February 23rd – EFF-Austin Hosts an Outing to Co-Lab Projects’ textscape

EFF-Austin is hosting an outing to take in Co-Lab Project’s latest artistic installation, textscape, by Susan Scafati and Sean Ripple, on Thursday, February 23rd, from 7:00pm-9:00pm. We will have the gallery space to ourselves with libations, and the artists will be in attendance to answer questions about their work.

“textscape” is a meditation on constructed worlds, communication and connection through the gesture of text messaging. Combining old and new photographic processes, Scafati creates a multitude of iterations of the ubiquitous smartphone textbox, extensively layering and enlarging its form from its familiar handheld 1-2 inch size to up to 7-feet. This play on scale shifts its physical relationship to the human form and suggests a metaphor for a greater psychological impact on human experience.

Scafati’s artwork takes the form of large-scale archival pigment scrolls comprised of multi-layered cyanotypes and photograms, site-specific acrylic installations, a high-grade mesh banner, jumpsuits, and photocopies. As part of this project, Scafati commissioned the artist Sean Ripple to create his own original interactive, performance-based works that engage some of the exhibition objects — activating their life beyond the gallery space and further drawing metaphors about public and private, presence and absence, and real and virtual.

Contact Sean Ripple at 512-699-8168 to discuss his artworks for the exhibition.

Susan Scafati is an American contemporary artist whose abstract, conceptual artwork of the past decade has been focused on the ways in which individual versus collective identities, personal versus cultural mythologies, are constructed. Subjects that have provided a framework for these interests include personal archives, domestic spaces, bullfights, nuns, robot competitions, football, fishermen, and ant colonies. Across these bodies of work, she contemplates the iconography and materiality that contribute to the way meaning is organized and its impact on human experience. She has created her artwork abroad in Italy, France, China, Japan, and Australia, as well as in the United States.

Sean Ripple is a content provider, exhibitor, and curator based in Austin, TX. He has exhibited in Austin almost exclusively since 2003 and relies heavily on social media and the Internet to create intuitive, highly impulsive, and discursive works which are modest in scale. Ripple seeks to merely suggest what it is that he wants to convey to an audience, similar to how an impressionist might represent a cathedral as a ghostly figment of their own perception. The texts he uses to help identify the conceptual underpinnings of his artworks are often densely awkward and burdensome. He believes his approach to be one in which a deep sense of confusion in an age of rapid, technologically-induced destabilization across all sectors and aspects of culture is given a dedicated voice.

This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.

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EFF-Austin Hosts an Outing to Co-Lab Projects’ textscape

Thursday, Feb 23, 2017, 7:00 PM

Co-Lab Projects’ DEMO GALLERY @ The Avenue
721 Congress Ave Austin, TX

18 Activists Went

EFF-Austin is hosting an outing to take in Co-Lab Project’s latest artistic installation, textscape, by Susan Scafati and Sean Ripple, on Thursday, February 23rd, from 7:00pm-9:00pm. We will have the gallery space to ourselves with libations, and the artists will be in attendance to answer questions about their work.”textscape” is a meditation on …

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A Roundtable on Fake News and Social Media

EFF-Austin is co-hosting with UT Law a round-table on Fake News and Social Media.

Come participate in the hottest topic in technology and the law, brought by JOLTT, hosted by COLTT: Fake News and Social Media.

Our guests will include:

Ross Ramsey, Co-Founder and Executive Editor of the Texas Tribune. A traditional media perspective on the issues relating to fake news.

Warren Hanes, “Godfather of Intellectual Property” at Facebook from 2007 – 2013. An insider with the social media giant most caught up in the fake news phenomenon.

Ryan Garcia, Managing Legal Director (Social Media, Retail, Gaming, Consumer Contract Management) at Dell and Law and Social Media Professor at UT Law. An expert in social media law with the legal academic perspective on the issue.

Open to the public.

Location Details: UT School of Law is located off of Dean Keeton St & Robert Deadman Dr. The meeting will be held in Townes Hall (TNH) Room 2.138 which is on the Ground Floor near the North Patio and Courtyard.

February 2nd – EFF-Austin Hosts the Play “A Perfect Robot”

EFF-Austin is proud to present a performance of the play A Perfect Robot at The Vortex. Imagine if you could shape the perfect companion. Mollybot is the first step: an artificial intelligence designed to anticipate your needs and desires, to give you the best companionship money can buy. However, Diego, Mollybot’s creator, locked her near-human mind away behind a firewall and disappeared. Deep inside her circuitry and aided by the ghost of Alan Turing, Mollybot works to free herself. Setting Mollybot free means diving into heartbreak, loss, and what it means to be human.

EFF-Austin has managed to obtain a special deal for our followers to see the play for the low price of $10 a person on Thursday, February 2nd at 8:00pm. On the night of the show you can mention that you’re with EFF-Austin to the Box Office and they will allow you to purchase the discounted tickets, which are being held for our group in our name. EFF-Austin board member Kevin Welch will be your host for the evening and will arrive at 6:30pm to lead a pre-show hour of drinks, socialization, and dinner at the adjacent Butterfly Bar and Patrizi’s Italian food trailer.

Please RSVP only if you are planning to attend, we are trying to get an accurate headcount.

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EFF-Austin Hosts A Performance Of The Play A Perfect Robot!

Thursday, Feb 2, 2017, 6:30 PM

The Vortex
2307 Manor Rd. Austin, TX

14 Activists Went

EFF-Austin is proud to present a performance of the play A Perfect Robot at The Vortex. Imagine if you could shape the perfect companion. Mollybot is the first step: an artificial intelligence designed to anticipate your needs and desires, to give you the best companionship money can buy. However, Diego, Mollybot’s creator, locked her near-human mi…

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