Featured Presenters

Jeff Burke

University of California, Los Angeles

“Occam’s Hourglass: Changing the Internet’s Fundamental Abstractions”

Keynote Lecture: Thursday, May 15, 2014 – 9:00AM-10:30AM – MU II

Jeff Burke’s research explores the intersections of the built environment, computer networks, and storytelling. He has produced, managed, programmed and designed performances, short films, new genre art installations and new facility construction internationally for over fifteen years. Currently, he is Assistant Dean for Technology and Innovation at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, where he has been a faculty member since 2001. Burke co-founded REMAP, a joint center of TFT and the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, which uses a mixture of research, artistic production, and community engagement to investigate the interrelationships among culture, community, and technology. Since 2010, he is Co-PI and application team lead for the Named Data Networking research project, a 12-campus effort supported by the NSF Future Internet Architecture program.

John Bischoff, Mills College

“Audio Combine” – A Set of Four Pieces

Keynote Performance: Thursday, May 15, 2014 – 8:00PM – Art Annex Main Room

John Bischoff (b. 1949 San Francisco) has been active in the experimental music scene in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 40 years. He is known for his solo constructions in real-time synthesis as well as his contributions to the pioneering development of computer network bands. Bischoff received his BFA in Composition from the California Institute of the Arts (1971), and his MFA in Electronic Music and Recording Media from Mills College (1973). He studied composition with Robert Moran, James Tenney, and Robert Ashley. His performances around the US include Roulette and Experimental Intermedia in New York, Lampo in Chicago, and BETA-LEVEL in Los Angeles to name a few. He has performed in Europe at the Festival d’Automne in Paris, Akademie der Künste in Berlin, STEIM in Amsterdam, and Fylkingen in Stockholm among other places. He is a founding member of the League of Automatic Music Composers, the world’s first computer network band, and co-authored an article on the League’s music that appears in Foundations of Computer Music (MIT Press 1985). From 1985 to the present he has performed and recorded with the network band The Hub. In 1999 he received a $25,000 award from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts in New York. He was also named a recipient of an Alpert Award/Ucross Residency Fellowship in 2002. In 2004, noted media theorist Douglas Kahn published A Musical Technography of John Bischoff in the Leonardo Music Journal (Vol. 14, MIT Press). Recordings of his work are available on Lovely Music, 23Five, Tzadik, and Artifact Recordings. A solo CD titled Audio Combine was released on New World Records in 2012 and was picked as one of the Best of the Year by The Wire magazine. He is currently an Associate Professor of Music at Mills College in Oakland, California.

Tom Boellstorff, University of California, Irvine

“Ontologies of Algorithmic Life”

Keynote Lecture: Friday, May 16, 2014 – 5:30PM-7:00PM – Art Annex Main Room

Tom Boellstorff is Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Irvine. He is the author of many articles and the books The Gay Archipelago (Princeton University Press, 2005); A Coincidence of Desires (Duke University Press, 2007); and Coming of Age in Second Life (Princeton University Press, 2008). He is also the coauthor of Ethnography and Virtual Worlds: a Handbook of Method (Princeton University Press, 2012). With Bill Maurer, he is Series Editor for the Princeton Studies in Culture and Technology (Princeton University Press). From 2007–2012 he was Editor-in-Chief of American Anthropologist, the flagship journal of the American Anthropological Association; he currently sits on the editorial boards of many journals, including Cultural Anthropology, Games and Culture, and Sexualities. He is also a Core Faculty member for the Culture and Theory Ph.D. program at Irvine. He has worked as a consultant for the Intel Corporation, and sits on the advisory boards of two community-based HIV/AIDS organizations in Indonesia.