In this talk, we will examine the relationship that emerging technologies have with the past, ranging from biased algorithms to the unequal degree of access that has been granted to different communities—and by extension how they have been respectively represented in media and technology. As art created with these technologies increasingly enters the public discourse, how can artists thoughtfully engage these media as tools to subvert the legacies of colonialism rather than unwittingly reinforce them?
Dr. Courtney D. Cogburn is an associate professor at the Columbia University School of Social Work and faculty of the Columbia Population Research Center. She employs a transdisciplinary research strategy to improve the characterization and measurement of racism and in examining the role of racism in the production of racial inequities in health. Dr. Cogburn’s work also explores the potential of media and technology in eradicating racism and eliminating racial inequities in health. She is the lead creator of 1000 Cut Journey, an immersive virtual reality experience of racism that premiered at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival. Dr. Cogburn completed postdoctoral training at Harvard University in the Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society Scholar Program and at the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan. She received her Ph.D. in Education and Psychology, and MSW from the University of Michigan and her BA in Psychology from the University of Virginia.
Jesse Damiani is Director of Simulation Literacies at Nxt Museum, Deputy Director of Emerging Technology at Southern New Hampshire University, and a Forbes Contributor. He is the author of the forthcoming hybrid-genre book Endless Spectator, and other writing appears in Adweek, Billboard, Entrepreneur, IndieWire, HuffPost, Quartz, The Verge, and Wired. He has worked as a consultant with Google, Oculus, and the Sundance Institute, and served as a mentor in the YouTube VR Creator Lab. A regular speaker and host, he has appeared at conferences, shows, and events such as SXSW, Cheddar, and the School of the New York Times. He hosts TECH TOCK, a talk show in Microsoft’s SocialVR platform, AltspaceVR. He was the Curator/Producer for the XR art exhibition, SPATIAL REALITY, at sp[a]ce gallery; Co-Curator of VIRTUAL FUTURES with LACMA for LA Art Show; and Co-Curator of SIM-CINEMA with FLOAT and Wevr. He is Curatorial Advisor for CURRENTS New Media and founded the AWE Arts Initiative, where he curated and produced the Immersive Arts Symposium. He also curates The Tech Zone at DesignerCon and XR For Change, the XR summit at Games For Change.