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Wednesday Night – Simulation as Strategy: A Collaborative Workshop with Ian Alan Paul

November 30, 2015  by: Natalie Fleming

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Simulation as Strategy: A Collaborative Workshop with Ian Alan Paul
Wed, Dec 2, 8pm at Dreamland, 387 Franklin Street, Buffalo, NY 14202.

FREE and open to the Public.

“Possibility is not a luxury;
it is as crucial as bread.”
-Judith Butler

Can simulations be a form of resistance? Do fictions have consequences? How do politics depend upon stories?

In collaboration with the Department of Art at the University at Buffalo, Dreamland hosts an evening with artist and theorist Ian Alan Paul on Wednesday, Dec 2 at 8:00pm, who will lead a participatory workshop on the role of simulation in art and activism. After briefly looking at past examples of simulational practices and reviewing different techniques and strategies that can be used to produce simulations, people who attend the workshop will collaborate to produce an online simulation in resistance to a local issue that we’ll choose to intervene against (please come with ideas!).

Over the course of the workshop, we’ll cover topics such as:
-The practice of critical fiction/simulation as disruption or critique.
-The tactical subversion of institutional truths.
-Utopian and Dystopian Fiction.
-Political imagination and the curtailment of the possible.

Note: People who attend the workshop are asked to bring laptops, tablets and/or smartphones to help produce materials for our simulation, but they are not required to take part.

Introduction by Dr. Jasmina Tumbas, Assistant Professor, Department of Art, University at Buffalo.

Ian Alan Paul is a transdisciplinary artist and theorist living between Oakland, Barcelona, and Cairo. His projects and writing have approached a large variety of topics including the Guantanamo Bay Prison, Fortress Europe, the Zapatista communities, Drone Warfare, and most recently with the military regime in post-coup Egypt. Using diverse media to produce documentary, critical fiction, hacktivism, performance, and simulation, Ian’s work aims to both complicate and defamiliarize our shared sense of politics, ethics, aesthetics, and technology.

Ian has lectured and exhibited internationally, and has had his work featured in The Atlantic, Al Jazeera, Le Monde, Art Threat, Mada Masr, Jadaliyya, Art Info, and C Magazine. He received his MFA and MA at the San Francisco Art Institute in 2011 and is a PhD candidate in UC Santa Cruz’s Film and Digital Media program.

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