On Saturday, September 23rd, 2017, HG Contemporary Art Center will be holding a New Media Arts Symposium together with the Art Department of Queens College, The City University of New York at the LeFrak Concert Hall on Queens College Campus.
Social Practice focus on the interaction between human and social disclosures, the relationship was formed through the works’ organization and execution. Socially engaged art, via the form of new media arts aim to create social and political changes through collaboration with individuals, communities and institutions.
In this particular symposium, we plan to introduce various important socially engaged art projects made by the distinguished speakers as examples of socially engaged arts. We encourage the audience’s participation to have a direct conversation with the speakers on the subject.
The symposium is free to the public but we do require you to make advance reservation as the space is limited. All attendees must present your ticket to gain admission to the symposium. To reserve your seat, please use the link provided below or go to our website ( for further information.…

Saturday, September 23rd, 2017
LeFrak Concert Hall, Queens College, The City University of New York
08:30 – 09:00 Registration / Coffee
08:50 – 09:00 Opening Remark, Tony Gonzalez, Chair, Art Department, Queens College
09:00 – 09:40 Professor Chloe Bass
【My Feed Is Different From Yours: The Social Practice of Social Media】
Social media has had an incredible impact on the ways that we view — and produce — both acts of art, and forms of activism. This paper explores Instagram and Facebook as conversational artworks and particular spaces of connection, positing theories of social media as a form, a creative medium, a site, and a work.
09:40 – 10:20 Dr. Yi-Ping Pong
A field investigation regarding the social issues reflected from the observations made in Women’s Rooms. This is a report based on more than 200 interviews of various races and background from different countries conducted by Dr. Pong.
10:20 – 11:00 Dr. Jonah Brucker-Cohen
【Critical Networked Experience】
Jonah will discuss his projects and work in the theme of “Critical Networked Experience” that challenge and subvert accepted notions of network interaction and socialization. Some projects he will discuss include “BumpList”, an email community for the determined, “Killer Route” a GPS navigation system that integrates live crime data, “WSSID” a hacked wireless router that broadcasts the weather, “Alerting Infrastructure!”, a website hit counter that destroys a building, “Email Miles”, a spatial shift to representing email messages, “PoliceState” a fleet of radio controlled police cars who’s movements are dictated by terrorist keywords sniffed on a local network, “Wifi-Hog” a portable system for regaining control of public wireless networks and he will also discuss his “Scrapyard Challenge” hardware hacking workshops that he has been running since 2003. He will conclude his talk with a live demo and explanation of “Lively”, a web and mobile based project that allows for collaborative interaction from mobile devices on a shared public screen.
11:00 – 11:40 Dr. Bo Zheng
【An Online Learning Platform for Chinese Socially Engaged Art】
Dr. Zheng started teaching socially engaged art at China Academy of Art in 2011, and quickly realized that it was difficult to find materials on what Chinese artists have created. If students could not learn from previous generations, they would have to reinvent the wheel. So Dr. Zheng decided to build an online learning platform for Chinese socially engaged art. Over the past four years, with the generous support of the artists, his research team and Dr. Zheng have built, a digital archive and an online course (MOOC). Dr. Zheng will discuss what he and his team have learned in the process, both practically and theoretically.
11:40 – 13:00 Lunch
13:00 – 14:00 Keynote Speech – Dr. Gregory Sholette
【Is “Another Art Work” Possible? 】
In the wake of the 2008 financial meltdown and subsequent political shifts towards nationalism, xenophobia and the far Right, the liberal world of high art is being confronted by an unprecedented challenge from both within, and from without its institutional networks. First, there is a revolt by those systematically underdeveloped and marginalized artists who openly reject their assigned role as an undervalued and mute apparatus of creative reproduction. Second, thanks to the rise of new media and the demands of neoliberal ideology, we now witness a vast cohort of previously ignored social imagination and dissent involving artist-led boycotts and interventions that actively confront the art world’s status as a privileged empire for the world’s “1%.” The aim of my keynote presentation is to explore these evolving developments as they impact to the recent (though selective) embrace of socially engaged art practices by the mainstream culture industry in order to ask the question: is another art world possible?
14:00 – 16:00 Panel Discussion
Moderator Gregory Sholette
16:00 – 17:30 Open Floor

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