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<nettime-ann> SoftWhere 2008 :: Wednesday, May 21, 12:30-5:30pm {AT} UCSD
Cicero Silva on Wed, 21 May 2008 19:05:44 +0200 (CEST)

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<nettime-ann> SoftWhere 2008 :: Wednesday, May 21, 12:30-5:30pm {AT} UCSD

Sorry for cross-postings.....


Wednesday, May 21st, from 12:30-5:30pm, the Software Studies
Initiative at UC San Diego invites you to attend a public event:

    SoftWhere 2008
    Wednesday, May 21, 12:30-5:30pm
    Reception to follow
    UCSD Faculty Club, Atkinson Pavilion (directions)
    RSVP to softwarestudies {AT} gmail.com

Software studies is a research field that examines software and
cyberinfrastructure using approaches from humanities, cultural
criticism, and social sciences.  The public session will feature a
rapid series of short presentations by key national and international
figures in this emerging field.  The format is 5-10 minute
speed-talks, modeled on the popular "Pecha Kucha" format, in which
each presenter is allowed a slideshow of 20 images, each shown for 20
seconds.  Attendees can expect a collage of diverse perspectives on
what it means to live in software society and how to study it.

Off-Campus Participants:

Ian Bogost (Georgia Institute of Technology)
Geoff Bowker (Santa Clara University)
Benjamin Bratton (UCLA / SCI-Arc)
Matthew Fuller (Goldsmiths College, University of London)
N. Katherine Hayles (UCLA)
Matthew Kirschenbaum (University of Maryland)
Peter Lunenfeld (Art Center College of Design)
Mark Marino (USC)
Michael (Mateas (UCSC)
Nick Montfort (MIT)
Rita Raley (UCSB)
Casey Reas (UCLA)
Warren Sack (UCSC)
Phoebe Sengers (Cornell)
Doug Sery (MIT Press)
Chandler McWilliams (UCLA)

Campus Participants:

Lev Manovich (UCSD)
Noah Wardrip-Fruin (UCSD)
Jeremy Douglass (UCSD)
Amy Alexander (UCSD)
Barry Brown (UCSD)
Jordan Crandall (UCSD)
Kelly Gates (UCSD)
Brian Goldfarb (UCSD)
Jim Hollan (UCSD)
Stefan Tanaka (UCSD)
Geoff Voelker (UCSD)


Google searches and Amazon recommendations, airline flight paths and
traffic lights, email and your phone: our culture runs on software.
How does software shape the world?

Software is a layer that permeates all areas of contemporary
societies. Therefore, if we want to understand contemporary techniques
of control, communication, representation, simulation, analysis,
decision-making, memory, vision, writing, and interaction, our
analysis can't be complete until we consider this software layer.
Social scientists, philosophers, cultural critics, and media and new
media theorists now seem to cover all aspects of the IT revolution,
creating a number of new disciplines such as cyber culture, Internet
studies, new media theory, and digital culture. Yet the underlying
engine that drives most of these subjects – software – has received
little or no direct attention. Software is still invisible to most
academics, artists, and cultural professionals interested in IT and
its cultural and social effects. But if we continue to limit critical
discussions to the notions of "cyber," "digital," "new media," or
"Internet," we are in danger of always dealing only with effects
rather than causes; the output that appears on a computer screen
rather than the programs and social cultures that produce these

Following on the first Software Studies Workshop organized by Matthew
Fuller (Rotterdam, 2006), the workshop SoftWhere 2008  {AT}  UCSD is an
invitation-only, foundational event bringing together key U.S. figures
in this emerging area. The workshop will discuss what it means to
study software cultures, and the direction and goals of Software
Studies as an emerging movement. Our goal is for the workshop to
result in publishing a founding statement on the field, as well as
initiate a set of interdisciplinary project collaborations. The
workshop will take place in Atkinson Hall, home of Calit2, a
preeminent research center for future computing and telecommunication,
where the Software Studies Initiative  {AT}  UCSD is located and currently
collaborating with researchers on several exciting projects. The
workshop has also been timed to precede (and coordinate with) the the
HASTAC II conference which will begin in nearby UC Irvine on the
evening of Thursday May 22.

The majority of the workshop will be closed sessions, however, the
Pecha Kucha on Wednesday afternoon is open to the public. Seating is
limited and RSVP is required by May 19 to softwarestudies {AT} gmail.com.

The workshop is sponsored by Calit2, CRCA, HASTAC, UCDARNet, and the
UCSD Visual Arts Department.

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