Warren Sack
Since 2003
Works in United States of America

Warren Sack is a software designer and media theorist whose work explores theories and designs for online public space and public discussion. He earned a B.A. from Yale College and an S.M. and Ph.D. from the MIT Media Laboratory. Warren's writings on new media and computer science have been published widely and his art work has been shown at the ZKM|Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, Germany; the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; the artport of the Whitney Museum of American Art; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Beall Center for Art + Technology, Irvine, California; and, LABoral Art and Industrial Creation Center, Asturias, Spain.
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Ph.D. in Critical Practice of Film & Digital Media at the University of California, Santa Cruz

Fri Jan 15, 2010 00:00

United States of America

University of California, Santa Cruz: Call for Applications

Ph.D. in Critical Practice of Film & Digital Media at the University of California, Santa Cruz

Deadline: January 15, 2010


The Film & Digital Media Department of the University of California Santa Cruz welcomes applications for admission to the inaugural 2010 class of its program for the Ph.D. in Critical Practice of Film & Digital Media. We seek applicants who challenge the boundaries of critical studies and media production.

For information on our program, faculty, and application requirements, please visit our website at http://film.ucsc.edu/phd_program/home

The program will house creative practice and theoretical knowledge as related forms of intellectual work and provide the underpinnings for students to realize a wide range of possible projects employing a diverse set of methods including those of cultural dissent, cultural studies, documentary, ethnography, feminist studies, historiography, media cultures, narrative, platform studies, psychoanalysis, queer epistemology, the reinvention of the archive, reverse anthropology, science studies, software studies, transnational and postcolonial studies.

Research within the program will span a large number of topics including avant-garde and experimental film and video; silent and classical cinema; digital, electronic, and new media; documentary; gender and sexuality; international cinema; participatory culture; public media art; race, ethnicity, nationality, colonialism and their intersections.

The flexibility of the program allows students to work closely with their advisers and the director of graduate studies to craft a personalized course of study that advances their intellectual and professional goals.

Online applications are welcomed October 1, 2009 through January 15, 2010 for our inaugural class, entering in September 2010.

Core Faculty:
Lawrence Andrews, Caetlin Benson-Allott, Sharon Daniel, Irene Gustafson, Amelie Hastie, Eli Hollander, L.S. Kim, Peter Limbrick, Chip Lord, Irene Lusztig, Margaret Morse, Warren Sack, Shelley Stamp, Gustavo Vazquez, Yiman Wang. See http://film.ucsc.edu/phd_program/faculty

For additional questions, please contact the Graduate Program Coordinator, Abby Young


Lecture by Lauren Cornell: Tracing the Evolution of Internet Art

Mon Apr 28, 2008 00:00 - Wed Apr 23, 2008

Lauren Cornell is Executive Director of Rhizome.org and Adjunct Curator of the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, as well as a UCSC (University of California, Santa Cruz) Porter College Distinguished Visiting Lecturer.

In this presentation, Cornell will trace the evolution of art engaged with the Internet from the the time of Rhizome's founding in 1996 up through its diverse, current iterations. She will present new directions and practices in the field and illuminate the underlying economics and structures surrounding this field.

Lauren Cornell oversees and develops Rhizome's programs, all of which serve to promote and contextualize emerging art engaged with technology. She also serves as Adjunct Curator at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York. Previously, Cornell worked as a curator, writer and director in New York. She worked in the Andy Warhol Film Project at the Whitney Museum and, from 2002-2004, she served as Executive Director of Ocularis, an organization dedicated to avant-garde cinema, experimental video and new media. Her writing has been published in a range of international publications and she has collaborated to produce events or exhibitions at The Kitchen, Foxy Production, Participant Inc, The Institute of Contemporary Art in London and the Contemporary Center for Art in Warsaw.

This talk is organized by Warren Sack (wsack@ucsc.edu), and sponsored by UCSC Porter College and atc@ucsc (the Art, Technology and Culture Lecture Series @ University of California, Santa Cruz)

Location: Studio C, Communications Building, University of California, Santa Cruz
Date/Time: Monday, April 28th, 6:15pm


Online Deliberation

Fri Feb 15, 2008 00:00

United States of America

Twenty-one years since the first DIAC Symposium!

Tools for Participation:

Collaboration, Deliberation, and Decision Support

Directions and Implications of Advanced Computing Symposium

Conference on Online Deliberation


Sponsored by Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility

and UC Berkeley School of Information

Partners: National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD)

University of California, Berkeley

June 26 - 29, 2008


At the dawn of the 21st century humankind faces challenges of

profound proportions. The ability of people around the world to

discuss, work, make decisions, and take action collaboratively is one

of the most important capabilities for addressing these challenges.

Researchers, scholars, activists, advocates, artists, educators,

technologists, designers, students, policy-makers, entrepreneurs,

journalists and citizens are rising to these challenges in many ways,

including, devising new communication technologies that build on the

opportunities afforded by the Internet and other new (as well as old)

media. The interactions between technological and social systems are

of special and central importance in this area.

DIAC-08 combines CPSR's 11th DIAC symposium with the third Conference

on Online Deliberation. The joint conference is intended to provide a

platform and a forum for highlighting socio-technological

opportunities, challenges, and pitfalls in the area of community and

civic action. Technology enhanced community action ranges from

informal communities of practice to democratic governance of formal

organizations to large social movements.

We are especially interested in technology development that is

already being tested or fielded. We are also interested in

theoretical and other intellectual work that helps build

understanding and support for future efforts. In addition to

exploring social technology, we must at the same time understand and

advance the social context of technology, including its design,

access, use, policy and evaluation, as well as intellectual

frameworks and perspectives that inform technological as well as

social innovation including requirements, case studies, critique and

self-reflection, and infrastructures for future work.

Our areas of focus include but are not limited to: deliberative and

collaborative systems, e-democracy and e-participation, mobilization

and organization, negotiation, consultation, sustainability,

community support systems, open source models, human rights,

ecological awareness, conflict resolution, justice, transparency

systems, media and civic journalism, media literacy, power research,

citizen science, economic development and opportunity, peace and

reconciliation, infrastructure development, policy, education,

community networks, research and development for civil society,

social software, virtual communities and civic intelligence.

We are currently interested in the following types of submissions:

research paper and exploratory paper presentations (both of which

will be peer reviewed), technology demonstrations, workshops and

poster sessions. We are currently seeking co-sponsors who can help

provide various types of assistance. We are also seeking donations

and other support (including volunteer labor) to help make this event


The DIAC symposia have resulted in six book publications (in addition

to the proceedings). Although we don't have specific plans at this

time, we are hoping to publish our seventh book based on this event.

Guidelines for papers and other submissions

All submissions must be made via the conference submission system on

the DIAC-08 web site. Submissions should be written in English and

foreign speakers are encouraged to have their submissions reviewed

for language prior to submission. Submissions should be formatted for

"US Letter" size using 11 point Times-Roman font. Research papers

should be a maximum of 10 pages. Accepted research papers should be

revised according to reviewer comments and resubmitted by the

deadline. Workshop proposals (two pages) should include motivation,

objectives, expected outcomes, intended audience, process (including

specific description of how people will be engaged during the

workshop). Taking a cue from PDC 2008, we are also interested in

exploratory papers (4 pages), that reflect novel concepts,

works-in-progress, reflections, manifestos or other ideas and issues

that aren't currently suitable for a research paper.

Important Dates

January 1, 2007 Submission system available

January 15, 2007 Early registration begins

February 15, 2008 Research paper submissions due

March 15, 2008 Demonstration, workshop proposals due

April 1, 2008 Notices of research paper acceptances

April 15, 2008 Poster proposals due

May 1, 2008 Late registration begins

May 15, 2008 Completed research papers due

June 26 - June 29, 2008 DIAC-2008/OD2008

Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility

CPSR is a public-interest alliance of people concerned about the

impact of information and communications technology on society. By

sponsoring international, national, and local projects and events,

CPSR serves as a catalyst for in-depth discussion and effective

action in key areas.

UC Berkeley School of Information

Providing the world with innovative information solutions and

leadership, the UC Berkeley School of Information conducts research,

provides policy counsel, and trains information professionals in five

areas of concentration including information design and architecture,

information assurance, social studies of information, human-computer

interaction, and information economics and policy.

Conference Chair

Douglas Schuler

Program Chairs

Todd Davies, Jerome Feldman, and Douglas Schuler

Related Conferences

We also recommend the Participatory Design Conference which will be

held in Bloomington, Indiana, USA. September 30, 2008 - October 4,

2008. See http://www.pdc2008.org/. The theme of this 10th PDC is

"Experiences and Challenges" and it is an excellent opportunity to

reassess the achievements of the PD movement and to consider its



Re: CAA Panel: Relationality vs Autonomy in Media Art

since marisa doesn't want too nerdy a panel, we -- the panelists --
aren't going to do the usual academic thing of reading a paper to the
audience. so, instead, for the truly curious, here's a link to a draft
of my paper that won't be read at the conference:"aesthetics of
information visualization."

the paper will be published later this year in a book entitled _context
providers_ that is being edited by christiane paul, victoria vesna and
margot lovejoy. in it i talk about a number of artworks in the area of
information visualization and try to relate them to older, conceptual
art practices. suggestions for improvements are most welcome!

i don't discuss my own art work in the paper, but will shortly present
"agonistics: a language game"
(http://artport.whitney.org/gatepages/artists/sack/) at the conference

-warren <wsack@ucsc.edu>

Marisa Olson wrote:

>Hi. I wanted to let you know about a panel I'll be moderating this week,
>on behalf of the New Media Caucus, at the College Art Association's annual
>conference in Boston. The panel is FREE and open to the public at large,
>so you don't have to register for the conference to attend it!
>The title of the panel is "From database and place to bio-tech and bots:
>relationality vs autonomy in media art." It's a mouthful! When I first
>proposed it, I had in mind looking at current new media practices
>(including specific works by some of the artists who ended up being on the
>panel), in order to reconcile what I saw as points of overlap and
>discrepancy in Bourriard's _Relational Aesthetics_ and Bey's notion of the
>"Temporary Autonomous Zone"
>Yes, it's kind of a nerdy premise, but I thought that we'd all be ready to
>go there in Boston, while also looking at some very interesting art
>I'm very pleased that my panelists are all artists, in addition to being
>theorists, historians, and/or curators of new media. Some of the
>presentations will register on the more theoretical side of the scale,
>while some will be much more practice-oriented. We're going to take a more
>conversational approach, and present a number of work samples, in
>exploring the semiotic, political, and formal connotations of
>'relationality' and 'autonomy' in media art.
>It should be fun! Here are the key details:
>"From database and place to bio-tech and bots: relationality vs autonomy
>in media art"
>Moderator: Marisa Olson, Artist; Editor & Curator at Large, Rhizome.org;
>Rhetoric/ Film, UC Berkeley
>Tad Hirsch, Artist, Institute for Applied Autonomy
>Warren Sack, Artist; Professor, University of California, Santa Cruz
>Brett Stalbaum, Artist, C5; Lecturer, University of California, San Diego
>Helen Thorington, Artist; Co-Director, Turbulence.org, New Radio and
>Performing Arts, Inc.
>This panel will take place, in room 304 of Boston's Hynes Convention
>Center, on Thursday (2/23) at 12:30-2:00 pm and is FREE and open to the
>public at large.
>You can get travel directions here:
>-> post: list@rhizome.org
>-> questions: info@rhizome.org
>-> subscribe/unsubscribe: http://rhizome.org/preferences/subscribe.rhiz
>-> give: http://rhizome.org/support
>Subscribers to Rhizome are subject to the terms set out in the
>Membership Agreement available online at http://rhizome.org/info/29.php


Job Posting: Assistant Professor of Critical Studies

Sun Nov 13, 2005 15:10

Note that the deadline is approaching: The deadline is this Friday, November 18th.

Position: Assistant Professor in Critical Studies
Institution: University of California - Film & Digital Media Department
Location: Santa Cruz, California
Application deadline: 11/18/2005

If you are interested in more information about the job do not reply to me; rather please email film@ucsc.edu.

The Film and Digital Media Department, University of California, Santa Cruz, invites applications for a tenure-track position in critical studies. Applicants with a scholarly emphasis in international film and/or media are especially desirable; candidates with expertise in other areas of film, television and/or digital media theory and/or history are also invited to apply. Requires Ph.D. in relevant field of study, with demonstrated potential for excellence in innovative research and for excellence in university teaching.

Please refer to the complete job announcement and application requirements at http://www2.ucsc.edu/ahr/employment/bulletin/05-06/700-06.pdf

Candidates should submit letter of application, curriculum vitae, writing samples, syllabi from courses previously taught, three confidential letters of recommendation, and summary of past student evaluations, if available, to Search Committee, Film & Digital Media Department, University of California, 1156 High Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95064. Refer to provision #700-06. Postmark deadline: November 18, 2005; position open until filled. UCSC is an EEO/AA Employer.

Enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope if you desire writing samples returned at the end of this recruitment.

Questions regarding the department or position may be addressed to film@ucsc.edu. Further information about the department is available at http://film.ucsc.edu/.

Contact Information:

Job code: #700-06
E-mail: film@ucsc.edu
Web Site: http://film.ucsc.edu
Search Committee
Film & Digital Media
UC Santa Cruz
1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95064