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Peter Lunenfeld (Media Design Program, Art Center College of Design):
"Visual Intellectuals and Networked Ideals"

Judith Donath

Tuesday, May 13, 2003, 4:00 PM EST

Bartos Theatre, MIT Media Lab (E15)

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We are witnessing the wide-scale emergence of visual intellectuals—people simultaneously making, pondering, and commenting on culture, but in a way that doesn't always begin with words. We all understand that digital tools and information technology networks contribute to this trend, but the big question is how to develop media design strategies to make the dissemination of critical thinking and informed opinion both more seductive and more rigorous. A test case will be the "Mediawork Pamphlets" from the MIT Press, which can be described as being somewhere in-between 'zines for grownups and transmedia theoretical fetish objects.

A preeminent critic/theorist at the intersection of art, design and technology, Dr. Peter Lunenfeld teaches in the graduate Media Design Program at Art Center College of Design. He is the author of Snap to Grid: A User's Guide to Digital Arts, Media, and Culture (MIT, 2000), editor of The Digital Dialectic: New Essays on New Media (MIT, 1999), and editorial director of the Mediawork Pamphlet Series (MIT, 2001-). A collection of his "User" columns from the international journal artext is forthcoming.

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