A three-week installation of PDA for your PDA 2: Public Display of Affection for your Personal Digital Assistant II, from January 27 to February 20, 2010, will be on exhibition at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, UBC Fine Arts Library during the AHVA Graduate Symposium and Exhibition “Sights/Sites of Spectacle” held to coincide with the Olympics in Vancouver. A printout and an artist’s talk examining the final communal poem will be availed at the end. More info below.

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An installation by Laiwan at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, UBC Fine Arts Library

PDA for your PDA 2
Public Display of Affection for your Personal Digital Assistant II (2010)


public participation, cell phones, interactive computer programming, flatscreen video monitor, printer and printouts.

For this project aimed at engaging and building a communal poetic experience, please text a message of love and affection to this cell # 778-829-7378. Each line should ideally be kept to a maximum of 60 characters. If you want to add more characters or lines, dial and text another 60 character line.

Keep in mind a delicate, ephemeral elegance familiar to poetics yet unfamiliar to current approaches to text messaging with cell phones or personal digital assistants and unfamiliar to current media bombardment of spectacle.

With your participation we can radically alter this space, our relationship with our PDAs and consider the poetic possibilities embodied by this project enabling a reconsideration of texting syntax and how we use our mediating prosthetics.

Thank you!
Acknowledgements
Thanks to Technical Director: Matt Smith; AHVA Symposium Organizers: Shaun Dacey, Devon Smithers; UBC Fine Arts Head Librarian: Vanessa Kam; Technical Assistance: Garry Der; Irving K. Barber Learning Centre & UBC.

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UBC Art History Visual Arts
29th Annual AHVA Graduate Symposium and Exhibition

Two day symposium: January 29th and 30th, 2010
Two week exhibition: January 29th to February 11th, 2010.

Sights/Sites of Spectacle

In 2010, the city of Vancouver will become the site of an immense international spectacle. On the eve of the Olympic Games, the AHVA 2010 Graduate Symposium and Exhibition will engage with the notion of spectacle as theoretical concept, historical phenomenon, and artistic theme.

Performance, subjectivity, power, agency, and mediation have been central to the theorization of spectacle. In his oft-cited The Society of the Spectacle (1967), Guy Debord presents the modern spectacle as hinging on, and being indicative of, issues of economic control, disempowerment, and mass consumerism. Shifting the study of spectacle to contexts beyond those of capitalist consumption, postmodernist and poststructuralist scholars have worked to deconstruct the rhetoric of empire, the symbolic uses of political power, and the ontological categories of race, gender, and sexuality as they relate to various kinds of spectacle. In pre-modern and early-modern contexts, scholars have nuanced our understanding of spectacles by viewing them in conjunction with other concepts – such as the carnivalesque – that interrogate the structure and negotiation of power within social relationships.

The 29th Annual AHVA Graduate Symposium and Exhibition, held on the Vancouver campus of the University of British Columbia, includes a two day symposium on January 29th and 30th, concurrent with a two week exhibition scheduled from January 29th to February 11th, 2010. The AHVA Graduate Symposium and Exhibition Committee accepted proposals for papers, presentations, and projects from emerging scholars, including current and recently graduated Masters, Doctoral students, Post-Doctoral scholars, and up-and-coming artists.

For more info go here: UBC AHVA GS&E 2010

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