WHAT IS MEDIA? UNIVERSITY OF OREGON IN PORTLAND

Screen-Shot-2015-08-19-at-10.03.49-AMWHAT IS MEDIA?
UNIVERSITY OF OREGON IN PORTLAND • 14-16 APRIL 2016

What is Media? (2016) –– the sixth annual “What is . . . ?” conference-experience –– features a unique coalescing of media scholars, government and community officials, industry professionals, alumni, and students, as well as artists, filmmakers, grassroots community organizations, and the public. With media representing a wider and wider range of concepts, products, services, and institutions, the definition of media continues to be in a state of flux. What is media today? How is media studies defined? How have media technologies transformed media theory and practice? What are the futures of media and how are they evolving? What is Media? coincides with the UO School of Journalism and Communication’s 2016 centennial celebration!

Abstract of my essay accepted to the Conference

INFObioTIC Art. A trans-medial crossover for living design.

Recent art practices are situated into a trans-medial crossover. The “Living design”, in binary code as in test tube, emphasizes the manipulation of Life as a floating and trans-disciplinary process. Scientists, engineers and other cultural workers are allowed by the developments in the field of Synthetic biology to re-design the living – regarded as “information and matter”- “in the same way electronic components are pieced together to produce working computers” (as for the Synthetic Aesthetic project). Experimenting the synthesis of computer science and biological sciences, the synthetic biology interbreeds the conflicting materiality of wet and dry media, as informatics and biotechnologies, transgressing boundaries among disciplines and medium. In a so culturally hybrid landscape, media is not merely a technological equipment but is transforming the way in which software is integrated in our life. I titled “infoBIOtic” this new “highly plastic” aesthetic, based on the interconnection between both organic and inorganic agents.
L.C.