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Report on talk at CLAS

Towards the end of last month, Claire gave a talk at the Open Seminar Series run by the Centre of Latin American Studies at the University of Cambridge. Held on Monday 21 May, Claire’s talk was entitled Mapping the Americas Online: Latin(o) American net.art and the Aesthetic Production of Space and focused on the ways in which net.art attempts to dialogue with place-based tropes and concerns.

As in her recent talk at Southampton’s MEXSU Centre, Claire used as examples the work of Brian Mackern, Coco Fusco, and Ricardo Dominguez, and showcased some of their key works, including the Netart Latino Database and Turista Fronterizo. The paper aimed to illustrate how the mobilizations of place-based tropes in these works, coupled with the tactical re-use of gaming technologies and database formats, attempt to resist the cooption of new media technologies by global corporatism, at the same time as interrogating place-based practices.

The paper is part of a broader project on net.art on which Claire is currently working. Further details of the project can be seen on the ‘net.art’ page of this blog, and an update on the project’s progress will be posted to the blog shortly. Watch this space!

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