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Julie Albright + Terri Senft

October 20, 2007 at 12:00 pm to 9:00 pm

cosmetic surgery demonstration video by Brooke Kellaway, supplemented with diet and fitness plans
Performance by Nina Waisman
Presentation by Julie Albright
Presentation by Terri Senft

Julie Albright is a noted authority in the media and in academia on sexuality, relationships and technology (including the Internet and plastic surgery). She has been quoted in the NY Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, on and, among others, on these issues. She is also a research consultant for eHarmony, one of the nation’s largest online matchmaking sites. She recently completed work as Associate Producer on a documentary film on plastic surgery and makeover in popular culture, and is currently working on several journal articles related to Internet dating and sex-seeking behaviors. She is currently a lecturer in the Dept of Sociology at USC. For her presentation at Telic, Julie will speak on the concept of transformation and ‘makeover’ via technology (whether online or in the flesh). Her presentation will concern themes of self-transformation, invention, presentation, performance — including notions of beauty, what people find attractive (driven by media technology), and how these attractions and appearances are managed.

Theresa M. Senft is a Senior Lecturer in Media Studies at the University of East London, U.K. Her work considers how new media has changed our conceptions of the private, the public, the pornographic, and the pedagogic in global society. Her books include Camgirls: Web Celebrity and the Personal as Political in the Age of the Global Brand (2007), History of the Internet, 1843-Present (co-author), and a special issue of Women & Performance devoted to sexuality & cyberspace (co-editor). For her presentation at TELIC, Theresa will address what she sees as the rise of ‘empathy fatigue’ among viewers who routinely consume displays of personal psychic trauma through public media such as webcams. To combat empathy fatigue, Theresa urges us to stop treating many-to-many media as television, and instead begin engaging in ‘tele-ethicality’: a commitment to risk social contracts over one’s networks with others who may or may not be true, or even real. To demonstrate, she relates a true story of a watching a camgirl attempt suicide over her webcam while hundreds of ‘friends’ watched and commented, wondering if what they were witnessing an actual event, or a staged publicity stunt, as a woman was dying before their eyes.

Nina Waisman is an MFA candidate at UCSD. She has shown her work in Berlin, New York, Los Angeles, Dallas, San Francisco, Long Beach, etc. Her work has been reproduced and written about in the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times and the San Diego Union Tribune, among other publications. (see She holds a BFA with distinction from Art Center and a BA, magna cum laude, from Harvard University. Waisman also trained seriously as a classical dancer. This study of movement informs her ongoing creation of interactive installations and performances in which simple acts such as walking raise questions about technology’s impact on a body’s creation of identity and processes of meaning-making. Nina describes her performance at TELIC as follows:
“Gesture and sound have long been employed as mediums of social control, mediums through which a body can be made to transduce social and political formulas. What new forms of bodily targeting and splicing will be effected as our tools and environments gain intelligence? Your footsteps might be swapped out for a gait and pace meant to adjust your mood or style. You might walk in the steps of your idol of the moment - coming closer bodily to the one you wish you could be. You might download tracks to help you learn the productive movement rhythms of successful figures in your field. You train… Subtly, your body gives way, disappears, as you puppet the moves deemed more desirable….”

Scott Bukatman

October 6, 2007 at 12:00 pm to 9:00 pm

not canceled! this is happening as scheduled

DIY nutritional supplements demo
“On the Shift from the Cult of the Expert to the Cult Of The Amateur” screening program, selected by Scott Bukatman, including clips from French Chef and Young People’s Concerts with Leonard Bernstein; Simple Life and Top Chef. Also: Nobody’s Watching (youtube); Albert Brooks, Real Life
Presentation by Scott Bukatman

Scott Bukatman is an Associate Professor in the Film and Media Studies Program in the Department of Art and Art History at Stanford University. He holds a Ph.D. in Cinema Studies from New York University and is the author of three books: Terminal Identity: The Virtual Subject in Postmodern Science Fiction, published by Duke University Press, one of the earliest book-length studies of cyberculture; a monograph on Blade Runner commissioned by the British Film Institute; and a collection of essays, Matters of Gravity: Special Effects and Supermen in the 20th Century. His writing highlights the ways in which popular media (film, comics) and genres (science fiction, musicals, superhero narratives) mediate between new technologies and human perceptual and bodily experience. His latest project is a book-length study of Winsor McCay, an early innovator in both newspaper comics and animated film.

Pascual Sisto - The Impossibility of the Beach

May 27, 2006 6:00 pm to July 15, 2006

Telic Arts Exchange is pleased to present “The Impossibility of the Beach”, the first solo exhibition in the United States for Spanish artist, Pascual Sisto. “The Impossibility of the Beach” includes “Push / Pull”, Sisto’s latest video installation and “28 Years in the Implicate Order”.
In both pieces, Sisto rearranges the mundane through his own digital intervention to produce mesmerizing, impossible realities.

Pascual Sisto video still

“Push / Pull”, Two channel video loop.

Two video projections face each other in a darkened room. A never-ending, tunnel-like flow of automobiles passes from one screen to the other, approaching in white and receding in red. These opposing, kaleidoscopic images create a suspended state for the viewer, neither coming nor going, in the space in between.

Pascual Sisto video still

“28 Years in the Implicate Order”, Single channel video loop.

The video consists of a locked off shot of an empty parking lot. A centered sodium vapor light illuminates the night landscape as 28 red balls bounce up and down in a chaotic random order. As the video reaches its mid point, the balls align themselves until they reach the point where they all bounce at the same precise moment, before falling back into chaos.


Born in Ferrol, Spain and raised in Barcelona, Spain, Pascual Sisto graduated with a BFA in film from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. His film work has been shown widely, including the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Museum of Latin American Art (MALBA) in Buenos Aires, TVE (Spanish Television) and the Los Angeles International Short Film Festival. Recent exhibitions include the Reencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin Festival (Paris, France), Viper Festival (Basel, Switzerland), AKA Gallery (Rome, Italy), Ego Park Gallery (Oakland, USA), Gallery 825 (Los Angeles, USA) and the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Park (Los Angeles, USA).

Sean Dockray - Ameising 1

November 22, 2003 at 6:00 pm

 Video still

Ameising 1 is a video that documents a drawing made by Argentine ants. The drawing (or more accurately, the writing) is the outcome of a biochemical semiotic process, which is normally apparent, but invisible to the human eye. Over the course of this video, traces of meaning emanate and dissipate in a single dynamic portrait.  See excerpt