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PLASMA speaker series examines the world of media art, culture

Scheduled to speak in the PLASA series are, from left, micha cárdenas (March 21), Susanna Paasonen (March 28), Ian Bogost (April 11), Barbara Glowczewski (April 25) and Tony Conrad (May 2).

By CHARLES ANZALONE

Published March 21, 2016

“PLASMA's excellence lies in its range and depth of its presenters.”
Loss Pequeno Glazier, professor
Department of Media Study

The Department of Media Study’s PLASMA speaker series brings cutting-edge guests to UB to discuss innovations in media art and culture shaping the new millennium communication world.

Held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Mondays in 112 Center for the Arts during the spring semester, the PLASMA series is free and open to the public.

Each guest speaker draws on the expertise of the Media Study faculty to bring internationally celebrated artists to discuss varied arts practices, models, modes, examples, and experiences in media arts, according to Loss Pequeno Glazier, director of UB’s Electronic Poetry Center and a professor in the Department of Media Study.

“PLASMA's excellence lies in its range and depth of its presenters,” says Glazier.

“The series really serves as a kind of hub as to how our courses in new media, digital poetics, game studies, locative media, robotics, installation, media theory and performance arts can be experienced.”

The series brings to Buffalo celebrated theorists and artists who are exhibiting in some of the world’s most renowned museums and galleries, and writing on the cutting edge of new media theory and expression, he says.

PLASMA, an acronym for Performances, Lectures and Screenings of Media Art, showcases the university’s Department of Media Study and is known for its audience interaction with guest speakers, Glazier says.

“In this series you can see and interact with artists that you would encounter in New York, Europe and Latin America,” he says. “It is truly an offering of a rich experience for the University at Buffalo, the city and Western New York to be able to see such a range and experience such expertise that you would otherwise have to travel to a range of world cities to experience.

“The series provides, if not a range of expressive answers, but raises intriguing questions, exploring new avenues in the digital age, who we are, how we interact and where we are going.”

The program continues through May 2.

For more information on the remaining program dates and biographies of the speakers, visit the PLASMA website.