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Brian Goldfarb: Global Tourette

UCLA Art|Sci center Free Flow Lecture

October 25, 2005, 6:00 pm   » 

Brian Goldfarb is a digital media artist, curator, and Associate Professor of Communication at the University of California, San Diego. His research and visual media production focuses on media studies and contemporary visual and digital culture. His book, Visual Pedagogy: Media cultures in and beyond the Classroom, (Duke University Press, 2002), considers how media technologies were used in the second half of the 20th century to advance a model of pedagogy across the arts, education, and postcolonial politics in the United States and globally. Goldfarb’s digital art projects have been exhibited internationally, and on the Web. His Ocular Convergence, an interactive, fictional, and critical examination of digital prosthetics for enhancing vision, has been exhibited in museums throughout the US , Mexico City, Calgary, Paris and Johannesburg. Goldfarb was education curator at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in NYC from 1994-7, where he organized “alt.youth.media” (Fall 1996), an exhibition of computer art, video, and popular print media (zines) by and for youth.

Goldfarb’s current projects include Global Tourette, a digital documentary and media exchange project that engages cultural and professional responses to Tourette Syndrome in the US, Argentina, Mexico, Germany and other contexts internationally. He is also working on Sense Ability: Fragments on Media Pedagogy, Digital Prosthetics and Assistive Technology explores the roles of visual culture and technology in shaping the concept of [dis]ability and in the development of techniques for assessing and supporting disabilities relating to the senses and communication. Sense Ability considers the role of visual culture, and these technologies in particular, in the emergence of sensory disability as a concept, and in the development of techniques for aiding and augmenting physical and sensory abilities since the late 19th century. The project will include both book and multimedia components.



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