Keynote Speaker:

Ricardo Dominguez is a co-founder of The Electronic Disturbance Theater (EDT), a group who developed Virtual-Sit-In technologies in 1998 in solidarity with the Zapatista communities in Chiapas, Mexico. His recent Electronic Disturbance Theater project with Brett Stabaum, Micha Cardenas, Amy Sara Carroll and Elle Mehrman, the “Transborder Immigrant Tool” (a GPS cellphone safety net tool for crossing the Mexico/U.S border was the winner of “Transnational Communities Award” (2008), this award was funded by Cultural Contact, Endowment for Culture Mexico – U.S. and handed out by the U.S. Embassy in Mexico), also funded by CALIT2 and two Transborder Awards from the UCSD Center for the Humanities. “Transborder Immigrant Tool” was exhibited at 2010 California Biennial (OCMA), Toronto Free Gallery, Canada (2010), and a number of other venues, the project was also under investigation by the U.S. Congress in 2009/10, and was also reviewed by Glenn Beck in 2010 as a gesture that potentially “dissolved” the U.S. border with its poetry.

Ricardo is an Associate Professor at UCSD in the Visual Arts Department, a Hellman Fellow, and Principal/Principle Investigator at CALIT2 ( He also co-founder of Particle Group, with artists Diane Ludin, Nina Waisman, Amy Sara Carroll, an art project about nano-toxicology entitled “Particles of Interest: Tales of the Matter Market” that has been presented in Berlin (2007), the San Diego Museum of Art (2008), Oi Futuro, and FILE festivals in Brazil (2008), CAL NanoSystems Institute, UCLA (2009), Medialab-Prado, Madrid (2009), Nanosferica, NYU (2010), SOMA, and Mexico City, D.F (2012). Ricardo also just opened the Performative Nano-Robotics Lab (PNR Lab) at UCSD’s new Structural and Materials Engineering (SME) research center and he is also the co-curator of “Drones at Home” a year long exhibition at Gallery@CALIT2 (


Greg Burris is a doctoral student in the Department of Film and Media Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His writings have appeared in CineAction, Journal of Popular Film and Television, Quarterly Review of Film and Video, and other publications.

Amanda Cachia is an independent curator from Sydney, Australia and is currently completing her dual PhD in Art History, Theory & Criticism and Communication at the University of California, San Diego. Her dissertation will focus on the intersection of disability and contemporary art. Cachia completed her second Masters degree in Visual & Critical Studies at the California College of the Arts (CCA) in San Francisco in spring, 2012. Her MA thesis, entitled What Can a Body Do? Inscribing and Adjusting Experiences of Disability in Contemporary Art, formed the basis of an exhibition curated by Cachia and hosted by Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery at Haverford College, PA in Fall, 2012. Cachia received her first Masters in Creative Curating from Goldsmiths College, University of London in 2001. Her writing has been published in numerous exhibition catalogues, Canadian Art and upcoming issues of Disability Studies Quarterly and she has lectured and participated in panels at conferences widely.  Cachia has been the Chair of the Dwarf Artists Coalition for the Little People of America since 2007.

Samantha Chang was born and raised in Arcadia, CA with her three siblings. Her love for art began early with copious drawings of peacocks in pre-school and her interest in graffiti research started with an independent project for A.P. Art History in high school. Samantha wrote her senior thesis on the formal aesthetics of graffiti by local Chicago writers and received a BA in Art History with Honors from the University of Chicago in 2007. As a current graduate student in UCSB’s Art History department, she dedicated her Master’s thesis on the L.A. graffiti scene and proposed the L.A. River as a site of active negotiation between writers, neighborhood, residents, and government officials.

Andrew Gansky is a doctoral student in the Department of American Studies at The University of Texas at Austin and a Public Services Intern at the Harry Ransom Center. His research interests include documentary, surveillance, archives, biometric technologies, and the history of photography.

Daniel Grinberg is a graduate student and associate instructor at Indiana University. He is studying Film and Media in the Department of Communications and Culture. Previously, he studied English Literature at the University of Virginia and taught English in France.  His research interests include space studies, documentary, and representations of war.  His current projects include analyzing cultural and traumatic memory in Vietnam War documentaries and depictions of North Africans in contemporary French cinema.

Abby Hinsman is a PhD candidate in Film and Media Studies at UC Santa Barbara with a BA in Film Studies from Columbia University and an MLA from the University of Pennsylvania with a concentration in Cinema and Gender Studies. Her research interests include technologies of the visual, theories of synesthetic media, intelligence discourse, and understanding aerial vehicles and combat technologies as media. She is working on a dissertation titled, “Aerial Intelligence: Framing a Media Apparatus.” She has published articles in Mediascape and Safundi, and she is the managing editor of the journal ARTMargins.

Steven Malcic is a graduate student in the Film & Media Studies Department at UCSB. He is interested in media historiography, infrastructure, and network culture. His dissertation will propose a history of digital identity from ARPANET to Anonymous. Steven has presented research at the University of Chicago, Northwestern, UCLA, UC-Irvine, UCSB, and the Pop Culture Association national conference. He holds an M.A. in Film & Media Studies from UCSB and B.A.s in Latin and Linguistics from the University of Missouri, Columbia.

Rahul Mukherjee is a PhD Candidate in the department of Film and Media Studies at UC Santa Barbara.  His academic preoccupations often meander into imaginings about media’s role with(in) alternative futures for/of politics and technology. Rahul received his Bachelor’s degree in Information and Communication Technology from DA-IICT Gandhinagar, India, following which he worked initially as a software engineer and then later as a research associate in Contextual Innovation. His dissertation deals with media’s role in socio-technical debates His dissertation explores media’s role in technoscience debates amidst public cultures of uncertainty.

Monika Sengul-Jones is a doctoral student in Communication and Studies Studies at UC San Diego.  Sengul-Jones earned her BA from the University of Washington and an MA in Gender Studies at the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary. Her current research on predictions draws on feminist theory, visual theory, software studies, and science and technology studies.

Michael Tauschinger-Dempsey is a first year graduate student in Visual and Media Studies at Duke University. Prior to that, he completed a MFA in sculpture with a focus on architecture at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf in Germany and a MFA in Digital Media at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, RI. As an artist and researcher he is interested in multi-directional power relations, as they exist on the macro level between states, corporations, and citizens, as well as on the micro level between the artist and his audience. He is focused on technology- and data driven surveillance systems as manifestations and embodiments of these power relations.

Jing Zhao received her Master Degree in Media Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. She is a doctoral student in Gender Studies and Cultural Studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Her interests of research include convergence culture, Chinese cross-cultural readings and imaginings of the West, gender and sexuality in online slash fandom, and the social, cultural, and historical shapings of Chinese queers.

Panel Respondents:

Maria Corrigan is a PhD Candidate in the Film and Media Studies Department at UC Santa Barbara. She received her BA in Comparative Literature and Film Studies and her MA also in Film Studies at Emory University. Her dissertation explores the avant-garde theater and film produced by the members of the Factory of the Eccentric Actor (FEKS), a collective founded in the Soviet Union of the early 1920s.

Sarah Harris is a PhD Candidate in the Film and Media Studies Program at UC Santa Barbara.  After receiving her B.A. in International Studies and Radio, Television and Film at Northwestern University in Evanston-Chicago, Sarah taught 5th grade and high school media arts in urban public schools. She completed her M.S.Ed at the University of Illinois, Chicago in 2007 and earned her M.A. in Film and Media Studies at UCSB in 2009. She is the author of “Turkish Popular Cinema: National Claims, Transnational Flows”in The International Journal of the Humanities, which explores cinema-TV convergence in contemporary Turkish popular cinema. Her current research focuses on Internet practices and telecommunications markets in the Middle East and Europe, and she is framing her dissertation project around global Internet policy “harmonization”.

Noah Zweig is a PhD Candidate in the Film and Media Studies Program at UC Santa Barbara.  He is working on a dissertation tentatively entitled The Cultural and Media Politics of the Bolivarian Revolution. The project analyzes state-backed film and TV productions in Venezuela under the government of Hugo Chávez. He is the author of, “Foregrounding Public Cinema and Rural Audiences: the USDA Motion Picture Service as Cinematic Modernism, 1908-1938,” in The Journal of Popular Film and Television. His interests include Latin American national cinemas, critical globalization studies, and critical cultural policy studies. Noah received a BA in Literature from UC Santa Cruz and an MA in Moving Image Archive Studies from UCLA. In addition to academic work, he has served as an AmeriCorps VISTA member in East Los Angeles.


Ursula Biemann is an artist, writer, and video essayist. Her practice is strongly research based and involves fieldwork and video documentation in remote locations. Biemann investigates global relations under the impact of the accelerated mobility of people, resources and information, and works these materials into multi-layered videos by connecting a theoretical macro level with the micro perspective on political and cultural practices on the ground. The videos are neither linear nor didactic but a reflexive exploration of planetary and videographic organization.

She has had  exhibitions at the Bildmuseet Umea in Sweden, Nikolaj Contemporary Art in Copenhagen, Helmhaus Zurich, Lentos Museum Linz, and at film festivals FID Marseille and TEK Rome. Her work also contributed to major exhibitions e.g. at the Arnolfini Bristol; Tapies Foundation Barcelona; Museum of Fine Arts Bern; LACE, Los Angeles, San Francisco Art Institute; Kunsthalle Brandt Odense; Kunstverein Hamburg; the Biennials in Gwangju, Shanghai, Liverpool, Bamako, Istanbul and Sevilla; steirischer Herbst, Graz; Flaherty Film Seminars, NY and many others. She has a forthcoming solo show at Neue Berliner Kunstverein n.b.k in March 2013.


Jeff Scheible is a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow in the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema at Concordia University in Montreal. As a Banting Fellow at Concordia, he is working on a book manuscript,Techniques of the Deep, a study that extends discourses about depth in philosophical thought, popular culture, and classical film theory to consider the status of depth today, in relation to contemporary visual culture and digital aesthetics, and as a philosophical metaphor and psychological condition, widely perceived to be disappearing.

Chris Dzialo received his PhD in film and media studies with an emphasis in global studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a Master’s degree in critical studies from the USC School of Cinematic Arts. His dissertation expands the practice of film and media interpretation and reception by examining and taking lessons from medical diagnosis, narrative medicine, and entertainment education. Chris is currently a staff member at the Hollywood, Health & Society (HH&S) program at the USC Annenberg Norman Lear Center, where he serves as a resource for television writers and new media creators producing health-related storylines. Previously, Chris studied production at Boston University and gained experience in both the London and Hollywood film industries.