Keynotes: Andrea Polli and Laura Forlano

For this keynote session, we are glad to feature presentations by Andrea Polli, environmental artist working at the intersection of art, science and technology, and Laura Forlano, Fulbright award-winning and National Science Foundation-funded scholar, writer, social scientist and design researcher. Their presentations will be followed by a Q&A session moderated by Nanna Verhoef, Professor of Screen Cultures & Society in the Department of Media and Culture Studies at Utrecht University; and Dave Colangelo, artist, educator, and researcher based in Toronto. All sessions of the MAB20 Program will be held via Zoom, recorded, and made available on our online conference platform after each session. All recordings will stay available on-demand for MAB20 attendees until August 1st. More details about the keynote presentations, speakers and moderators are described below. 

This session will also be live-streamed as part of Pakhuis de Zwijger’s online program via their website.

 

Andrea Polli

TITLE OF PRESENTATION
Hack the Grid

DESCRIPTION
Polli will present Hack the Grid, excerpts from her book and series of projects designed to advance the original definition of “hacking”: to make something your own. Hack the Grid employs public light and energy artworks in the built environment and community engagement to promote greater understanding of energy production and consumption. Through this, she encourages audiences to experiment with energy-related technologies and ideas, to make more informed choices about energy consumption and advocate for greener energy industries.

 

Laura Folano

TITLE OF PRESENTATION  
Making Critical (More-than-human) Futures

DESCRIPTION
How do we imagine, design, use and maintain digital technologies in ways that allow all lives — human and non-human — to flourish? The answer to this question requires new understandings of what it means to be human, new conceptualizations of knowledge and expertise, new inventive methodologies as well as new ethical and political concepts.

 

 

Andrea Polli

Andrea Polli

Keynote Speaker

Professor and environmental artist working at the intersection of art, science, and technology.

Laura Forlano

Laura Forlano

Keynote Speaker

Associate Professor of Design at the Institute of Design and expert on the social consequences of design & technology.

Nanna Verhoef

Nanna Verhoef

Nanna Verhoeff is Professor of Screen Cultures & Society in the Department of Media and Culture Studies at Utrecht University

Dave Colangelo

Dave Colangelo

Dave Colangelo is an artist, educator, and researcher based in Toronto, Canada. He is a founding member of Public Visualization Studio.His work focuses on urban media environments as sites for critical and creative engagements with the city, public art, and information