Lines and Nodes: A new symposium + film series announced at NYU and Anthology Film Archives for Sept 2014

NYU and Anthology Film Archives will participate in the upcoming symposium + film series Lines and Nodes: Infrastructure, Media and Aesthetics from September 19-21, 2014, New York.

This three-day event gathers together artists, scholars and curators examining the mediated and aesthetic dimensions of human-made infrastructures that shape almost every aspect of modern life. By exploring data centers, oil pipelines, securitized border zones, waste treatment plants and more, 12 presentations and 17 films will ask the question: what are the juridical, economic, bio-political and aesthetic dimensions of our accelerating age of extraction and consumption?

Featured are a keynote lecture and screening by Swiss filmmaker Ursula Biemann, and a rare screening of Bernardo Bertolucci’s 1967 documentary The Path of Oil.

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SYMPOSIUM: Friday, September 19, 10am-5pm
NYU Department of Media, Culture and Communication, 239 Greene Street, 8th Floor, New York

Architectures of Energy – 10am

  • Interstitial: Finn Brunton, “Angles of Incidence”
  • “Satellite Landscapes,” Jenny Odell
  • “The Post-Oil Architectural Imaginary in the 1950s,” Daniel A. Barber
  • “Who We Are and What We Do: Extractive Networks and the Politics of National Identity in Canada,” Darin Barney
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  • “‘You Get a Shining Screen’: Hiroshi Sugimoto’s Theaters as Resource Images,” Brian Murphy

Visual Resources – 11:30am


  • “Lateral Time,” James J. Hodge
  • “Extraction Epistemologies and Petro-Infrastructures,” Brian R. Jacobson
  • “Infrastructures of a Visualized Arctic,” Jesse C. Jackson, Tori Foster, Lindsay Bell, Tom Özden-Schilling
  • “Media Tectonics,” Peter Bo Rappmund, Ryan Conrath

Infrastructures of Labor – 2pm

  • Interstitial: “Hitting Walls (v.XXVIII): Infrastructure for Temporary Architecture,” Carlin Wing
  • “The Work of Imaging and Images of Work,” Melissa K. Chalmers
  • “Reinventing Food, Remixing Nature, and Recovering from Industrial Amnesia,” Leila Nadir & Cary Peppermint
  • “International Bodies Do Decent Work,” Jen Hayashida & Benj Gerdes
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  • “The Internet Must Be Defended’: Data Centers and the Sovereignty of Data,” Tung-Hui Hu

Materials as Media – 3:30pm

  • “Plastic: An Ethology of Oil,” Heather Davis
  • “Altered Shorelines and ToxiCity,” Roderick Coover
  • “Looking Up Close From a Birds Eye View,” Sarah J. Christman
  • “Single Stream,” Pawel Wojtasik, Toby Lee, Ernst Karel

Keynote Lecture – Ursula Biemann – 5pm
“On the Ecologies of Oil and Water”

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FILM SERIES: Friday, September 19-Sunday, September 21
Anthology Film Archives, 32 Second Avenue, New York

Program 1: An Evening With Ursula Biemann (Contained Mobility, Black Sea Files, Deep Weather, Forest Law). Sept 19, 7:30pm

Program 2: Lines – Daybreak Express (D.A. Pennebaker), Bridge Tender (Hunter Snyder), Tectonics (Peter Bo Rappmund). Sept 20, 3pm

Program 3: The Path of Oil + Canal, Bernardo Bertolucci, 1967. Sept 20, 5:15pm

Program 4: Circulations – Trade Tattoo (Len Lye), An Italian Film (Mathieu Kleyebe Abonnenc), The Seaman (Bouchra Khalili), Persian Story (Anglo Iranian Oil Company), CCTV Social: Capital Circus (CAMP). Sept 20, 8:30pm

Program 5: The Land of Wandering Souls, Rithy Panh, 2001, 110mins. Sept 21, 3pm

Program 6: Water (Water and Power, Pat O’Neill; 28 Outfalls, Adam Diller; Gowanus Canal, Sarah Christman). Sept 21, 5:30pm

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Lines and Nodes is supported by a grant from the New York University Arts Council, with additional support from the NYU Metropolitan Studies Program; the NYU Asian/Pacific/American Institute; and the NYU Departments of English; Social and Cultural Analysis; and Media, Culture and Communication.