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Piet Zwart Institute: Seda Guerses and Michelle Teran

Public Lecture: Seda Guerses and Michelle Teran
Date: Tuesday, 08/02/2011 Time: 19:30
Location: Mauritsstraat 36, Rotterdam or streamed at:

Bringing together artists, programmers and theorists, Sniff, Scrape, Crawl… is a series of lectures and presentations examining the porous borders of privacy in the digital age.

Seda Guerses is a researcher working in the group COSIC/ESAT at the Department of Electrical Engineering in K. U. Leuven, Belgium. Her topics of interest include privacy technologies, participatory design, feminist
critique of computer science, and online social networks. She has a keen interest in the subject of anonymity in technical as well as cultural contexts, the spectrum being anywhere between anonymous communications and anonymous folk songs. Beyond her academic work, she also collaborates with artistic initiatives including Constant vzw, Bootlab, De-center, ESC in Brussels, Graz and Berlin.
Michelle Teran explores the interaction between media and social networks in urban environments. In her work she looks at different aspects of how urban space is defined, occupied and mediatized. She has a socially and site-specifically engaged practice, focusing mostly on the staging of urban interventions and performances such as guided tours, discussions, walks and open-air projections as well as participatory installations and happenings. She won the Transmediale Award (the Turku2011 Digital Media & Art Grand Prix Award) and is currently a research fellow at the National Academy of Art in Bergen (KHIB).  Read more:
For a preview of a few of the issues raised during the lecture you can download, *A Trialogue on Interventions in Surveillance Space: Seda Guerses in conversation with Michelle Teran and Manu Luksch*: project has been generously supported by the Research Project (Lectoraat) Communication in a Digital Age.
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