Stephen Monteiro  | The Fabric of Interface

Stephen Monteiro  | The Fabric of Interface

How may a handheld screen function like a loom, visual data function like swatches of fabric, or tactile interfaces function like needlework? What can such affinities tell us about digital media’s relationship to labor, industry, and gender? Presenting from his new book, Stephen Monteiro (Sociology and Anthropology, Concordia) examines how contemporary personal media forms and practices have been shaped by the larger histories of manufacturing, visual narrative, and social inequality.

March 6 | 4- 6 PM
Milieux Institute EV 11.705
Concordia University
1515 St. Catherine St. W 

California Typewriter

CALIFORNIA TYPEWRITER is a documentary portrait of artists, writers, and collectors who remain steadfastly loyal to the typewriter as a tool and muse, featuring Tom Hanks, John Mayer, David McCullough, Sam Shepard, and Milieux’s own Darren Wershler.

It also movingly documents the struggles of California Typewriter, one of the last standing repair shops in America dedicated to keeping the aging machines clicking.

In the process, the film delivers a thought-provoking meditation on the changing dynamic between humans and machines, and encourages us to consider our own relationship with technology, old and new, as the digital age’s emphasis on speed and convenience redefines who’s serving whom, human or machine?

Screening to be followed with a Q&A with director Doug Nichol.

Friday, February 2 | 4 PM
J. A. de Sève Cinema
Webster Library Building, main floor
1400 Boulevard de Maisonneuve O, Montréal, QC H3G 1M8
Concordia University

Joan Donovan | Phreaking Democracy

Joan Donovan | Phreaking Democracy

Joan Donovan (UCLA) will illustrate how protesters use new and old communication technologies to organize for social change, highlighting the role of the telephone. This talk explores the history of phone phreaking to draw out comparisons to today’s activist use of voice-to-voice communication in the struggle for democracy.

Monday, January 22 | 1:30 – 2:30 PM
CJ 5.301 Loyola Campus
Concordia University
7141 Sherbrooke Street