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Mark Dery Keynote speech at ZXZW


Mark Dery is a cultural critic. Time magazine called him one of "
<http://www.time.com/time/archive/preview/0,10987,1118376,00.html> the
smartest people we know." (Praise so staggeringly over-the-top that even the
Smartest Kid in the World would collapse under the strain of trying to live
up to it!) Bruce Sterling wrote, "He may be the best cultural critic alive."
Dery writes about media, the visual landscape, fringe trends, and unpopular
culture. He is the author of The Pyrotechnic Insanitarium: American Culture
on the Brink (1999) and Escape Velocity: Cyberculture at the End of the
Century (1996). He edited Flame Wars: The Discourse of Cyberculture (1994),
the anthology that inaugurated cyberstudies as an academic field and
kick-started the academic interest in techno-feminism and black
technoculture (through Dery's trailblazing essay "Black to the Future," in
which he coined the term "Afrofuturism"). His 1993 essay "
<http://www.markdery.com/culture_jamming.html> Culture Jamming: Hacking,
Slashing, and Sniping in the Empire of the Signs" popularized the term
"culture jamming" and helped launch the movement. Widely republished on the
Web, "Culture Jamming" remains the definitive theorization of this
subcultural phenomenon. He teaches media criticism and literary journalism
in the  <http://journalism.nyu.edu/faculty/dery.html> Department of
Journalism at New York University.


In a keynote speech at ZXZW Dery will examine the science-fictional (i.e.,
AfroFuturist) and techno-bricoleur aspects of the work of Sun Ra, setting
them within the context of African-American culture's relationship to
technoculture and sci-fi mythology.


Mary Dery

Keynote Speech


ZXZW Tilburg



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