Department of Media Study News & Events

UPDATE! – LALYA GAYE Lecture + Mobile Phone workshop

Lalya Gaye’s LECTURE has been moved to Friday, 11:30am in CFA 232.

The mobile phone workshop will run as scheduled TODAY (Thursday) at 7:00pm in CFA 246.

Both events will take place in the Center for the Arts, North Campus, UB

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Lecture, 11:30am – CFA Room 232:
Lalya Gaye discusses her work which “explores potentials of ubiquitous computing for everyday life aesthetic activities, and focuses in particular on locative media and mobile music technology”.

Workshop – 7:00pm – CFA Room 246:
***Limited Space — Please RSVP to Erik Conrad at if you are interested in attending***
This hands-on workshop will demonstrate the creation of media for mobile phones.

FRIDAY, December 4, 2009
Lecture, 11:30am – CFA Room 232:
Lalya Gaye discusses her work which “explores potentials of ubiquitous computing for everyday life aesthetic activities, and focuses in particular on locative media and mobile music technology”.

Lalya Gaye is an HCI/interaction designer, researcher and teacher, trained in engineering, who works in multidisciplinary projects at the convergence of art, technology and design.

In her research, she is interested in the relation between people and new technologies, in the context of contemporary culture and society: how to design new technologies that can challenge and inspire people creatively, and what aesthetic activities people come up with when having access to them. This covers a broad range of interests, from mobility and urban space, to aesthetic computer-mediated interactions such as electronic music making or digital photography, to physical interfaces and the integration of technology into everyday environments, artefacts and behaviours, i.e. ubiquitous computing. Her research explores in particular the potentials of mobile and ubiquitous computing for everyday life aesthetic practices and creative behaviours, and builds on mobile music, locative media and physical computing projects. She approaches her
research question with a combination of user-centred, body-centric and culturally grounded interaction design, of physical prototyping and of user studies in context.

For more information about Lalya Gaye’s work, please see:

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Read about in today’s cover story in Artvoice!


Featuring work by current and former Media Study grads Ron Douglas, Loren Sonnenberg, & Diedie Weng
When: Sunday, December 6th, 3 pm
Where: Market Arcade Film & Arts Center, 639 Main Street
Suggested Donation: $5

On Sunday, December 6th at 3pm, Squeaky Wheel invites the public to the Channels – Stories from the Niagara Frontier premiere screening of newly produced films, to be held at the Market Arcade Film & Arts Center (639 Main St). Channels – Stories from the Niagara Frontier, now in its third year, is Squeaky Wheel’s production program that matches documentary filmmakers with grass roots initiatives and groups to collaboratively create documentary films about important (and often overlooked) issues specific to this region. This innovative collaboration results in a documentary film that the organizations can use to promote social awareness about their cause for years to come.

The participating groups are Preservation Buffalo Niagara, the Coalition for Economic Justice, Native American Community Services, and Read To Succeed. Participating filmmakers are Diedie Weng, Christine Zinni, Ron Douglas, and Loren Sonnenberg. This premiere screening is a great way to meet with these local organizations and filmmakers and learn how to get involved in your own community! Channels – Stores from the Niagara Frontier is supported by the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo.


Building on the Past for Our Future by Diedie Weng aims to promote a conversation about low-income communities’ efforts and struggles in revitalizing neglected historical Buffalo neighborhoods by valuing the people and the place as assets.

Dawn ’til Dusk: Buffalo Workers and the Fight for Jobs With Justice by Christine Zinni focuses on 4 workers whose income from full time employment is well below the federal poverty level, showing how people are fighting back to bring about change.

Unseen Tears: The Impact of Native American Residential Boarding Schools in Western New York by Ron Douglas focuses on Western New York Native American communities who are attempting to heal the wounds and break the cycle of inter-generational trauma resulting from the boarding school experience.

The Ecology of Reading by Loren Sonnenberg shows the innovative and holistic approach the Read To Succeed coalition and other organizations in Buffalo bring to the field of literacy education.

Please contact Dorothea Braemer for further information and hi-resolution images.

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Digital Media Poetics presents JONATHAN MINTON

Monday, November 16, 3-5 PM, 232 CFA

All events will take place in the Center for the Arts, SUNY Buffalo, North
. Sponsored by the Electronic Poetry Center , Dept. of Media Study, SUNY Buffalo and, in part, by Gender Week, Institute for Research and Education on Women and Gender. Series Curators: Loss Pequeño Glazier and Anna Scime.


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FREEQUENCIES: Intermediate Sound Art exhibition @ Soundlab

Sunday, November 22, 7 – 9:30PM
Soundlab, 110 Pearl St., Buffalo, New York 14202

Students from the Department of Media Study at the University at Buffalo will be presenting an exhibition of sound art at Soundlab.

The exhibition, entitled Freequencies, is a collection of final projects by students in Intermediate Sound Art, an undergraduate-level course taught by Jessica Thompson in the Department of Media Study, University at Buffalo. This exhibition is supported by the Department of Media Study and Soundlab.

Many of the projects are interactive, and gallery visitors will be invited to participate in the projects over the course of the evening.

Featuring work by:

Chris Anderson
Jake Barber
John Blume
Colin Brennan
Justin Brylinski
Christine Cortes
Nathan Cramer
Kevin Diehl
Joseph Hewitt
Dino Huseinovic
Nicholas Kryder
Steve Lopian
Matthew Lorentz
Anthony Martini
Benjamin Paine
Bobby Tan
Sam Turner
Sam Wanamaker
Paul Weingart

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Media Study presents Berlin artists MATHIAS JUD and CHRISTOPH WACHTER


Wachter / Jud (Honorary Mention ARS 2006, Honorary Mention Transmediale 2008, Winner Cynetart 2008) are in Buffalo as part of their first US tour this week. Wachter / Jud’s work visualizes forces we are subject to, but have no control over. They are the creators of Zone*Interdite, a community project that maps restricted military areas around the globe and unveiled secret prisons such as the children’s prison in Guantanamo or Bagram, Afghanistan as well as Picidae, a message passing system that converts texts into images and makes them illegible to common forms of filtering and censorship. Wachter / Jud will present their work at UB’s Department of Media Study and Sugar City on Tuesday November 17 (3pm and 9pm).

Presentation: Department of Media Study, University at Buffalo,
Center for the Arts 232, Tuesday, November 17, 3pm

Discussions: Sugar City, 19 Wadsworth St., Buffalo, Tuesday, November 17, 9pm

Both events are open to all. Limited seating available. Please arrive early.

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PLACES: MFA candidate Mili Pradhan’s thesis show @ Squeaky Wheel

Squeaky Wheel’s inaugural Here & Now Regional Artist Showcase features MFA candidate Mili Pradhan’s thesis show PLACES.

Saturday, Nov. 21st, 2009
7:00pm – 10:00pm: Installation Opening and Artist Reception
8pm Video Screening
@ Squeaky Wheel – 712 Main St, Buffalo, NY 14202
Cost: Free!

On Saturday, November 21st, 2009, Squeaky Wheel presents the first edition of a new ongoing artist showcase geared towards featuring the work of the many emerging and innovative media and installation artists in the Western New York region. Squeaky Wheel’s Here & Now Regional Artist Showcase will start the series off by showing PLACES, a new media installation (in the upstairs gallery) and a screening of video work (8pm) by local Buffalo artist Mili Pradhan.

PLACES is an interactive installation that brings viewers to the intimate space of the everyday through repetitive cycles of domestic activities. These activities, contingent on the images, evoke duration as a mode of both movement and absorption.

Originally from Nepal, Mili Pradhan is a video and photography artist currently living and teaching in Buffalo, NY. She is a recipient of the UB Gender Institute Creative Arts Award (2008), and the New York State of
Council on Arts Video Regrant (2007) for production of video works that have been screened at numerous symposiums and exhibit venues including the Western New York Media Art Exhibition, and Out of the Cube Symposium. She is currently a graduate student at The University of Buffalo, Department of Media Study.

Squeaky Wheel’s Here &; Now Regional Artist Showcase is currently accepting submissions from emerging and established media artists that reside in Western New York. All genres, styles, and length are welcome! Installation artists and performers are also encouraged to apply. Please include a brief description of the work, short bio, screening history (if appropriate), and a DVD (or mini-DV) of your work. All entries will
become part of our Media Library. Deadline is ongoing. Submit works to: Squeaky Wheel, 712 Main St., Bflo, NY 14202 (ATTN: Here & Now)

For Hi-Res Images, Please contact Jax Deluca at Squeaky Wheel - // 884-7172.

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Andrew Deselm returns for Psycho lecture

Fixing Hitchcock

Andrew Deselm, MAH 2008, will be giving his lecture “Fixing Hitchcock” as part of Stefani Bardin’s Alfred Hitchcock class this coming Wednesday, November 18th at 5PM. We will be screening Gus Van Sant’s 1998 remake of Hitchcock’s Psycho and having a discussion surrounding the stylistic approaches of each director and how remakes of Hitchcock help to illuminate his directorial style. This event is open to everyone and will take place in CFA 112.

Mr. Deselm is currently an adjunct professor at Indiana University-South Bend in the English department. He has given lectures on Psycho at Notre Dame and Indiana Tech.

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dorkbot BUFFALO

dorkbot BUFFALO
Thursday, November 12, 2009
7:30pm – 9:30pm

Sugar City, 19 Wadsworth Street, Buffalo, NY

This week’s Dorkbot will feature the following presentations:

Stefani Bardin – “The Pharmacology of Taste”
Evelyn Killaby – “Theremin as Computer Input Device”

Stefani Bardin is a media maker interested in the intersections of food, technology and science. By examining industrial food production and using such tools as artificial smells (that “flavor” our food supply) and gastroenterology technology Stefani looks at food as both a mediating agent and phenomenological reference point within our society and how its role has changed through the modern influences of technology and corporate culture.

Evelyn Killaby has recently graduated from the Computer Science department at the University at Buffalo and currently works as a web-based software engineer for Synacor, Inc. in downtown Buffalo. Among the many ideas floating around in her brain is the notion of building theremin-based computer input devices that branch into the realm of wearable computing and theremin-based desktop input devices that can be used for manipulating multidimensional data. In this presentation, Eve will demonstrate a proof-of-concept to show how input data is gathered through user interaction with a theremin and will briefly explain the physical phenomenon that makes this type of user interaction possible. Following this, she will present concept sketches pertaining to how we might re-envision the theremin as an advanced input device, leveraging its smart, cheap, and low-tech nature. This presentation will begin a series of critical appreciations of theremin-based innovations.

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FRAUKE BEHRENDT: “Spaces Rubbing Together: De Certeau on a GPS Sound Walk”

The University at Buffalo, Department of Media Study is pleased to sponsor:


Time: 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Room: CFA 232 (North Campus)
Title: Spaces Rubbing Together: De Certeau on a GPS Sound Walk

Talk will begin at 3:00 p.m. with questions and conversation until 5:00 p.m.
(inquiries: or

Frauke’s blog:
Frauke’s CV

Frauke Behrendt is a researcher, historian and critical theorist interested in the role of sound in the areas of interactive art, locative media and mobile technology. She studies the increasing number of artists experimenting with mobile phones as means of audience participation in their sound/music-focused projects. Frauke is actively involved with the rapidly growing field of mobile music and is on the steering committee of the International Workshop of Mobile Music Technology. Currently she is completing her PhD at the Department of Media and Film Studies at the University of Sussex, England. Frauke has presented her research at various international conferences and published her research both in English and German. Recently she presented a paper on “Sound Art on the Move” at the SoundAsArt Conference in Aberdeen and published the conference paper “Mobile Music Technology: Report on Emerging Community”, presented at the 2006 Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME-06) at the IRCAM Center in Paris. Her Master’s thesis was awarded a research prize on Digital Media and published as “Handymusik. Klangkunst und ‘mobile devices’ ” in Germany in 2004.

Frauke works on several commercial and governmental advisory committees to help steer progress in mobile and locative media. She has been appointed as Management Committee Member for Germany and is Chair of the Working Group “Interactive Art and Music”. Her work in Sonic Interaction Design is funded by COST (European Cooperation in the field of Scientific and Technical Research). Frauke is also a Member of the Centre for Material Digital Culture at Sussex, which aims to re-connect media studies with forms of thinking that have traditionally been marginal to the discipline, but which have been more centrally concerned with thinking through early techno-culture: in particular medium theory, cultural geography, and science and technology studies (STS). Frauke is also a Member of the Steering Committee of the International Workshop on Mobile Music Technology.

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Transgender Day of Remembrance Call for Work

Friday, November 20 is Transgender Day of Remembrance, an international day to memorialize and reflect on the human loss that results from anti-trans hate and fear of people who do not conform rigidly to the binary gender system. Cayden Mak is curating an event at the Department of Media Study’s Open Graduate Studio (CFA 286) to create space and time for observance and activism. The event will take place on that Friday from 1 until 4 pm.

Creative and/or critical works regarding the issue of oppression and silencing due to gender identity and expression will be considered for the show. There will be space for installation work as well as time for screening, performance or reading. The event will culminate in a social justice workshop.

Please submit work/proposals and direct questions to Cayden Mak ( by Friday, November 12.

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