MDOCS Forum - Control Panel

Saturday, June 9, 2018
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (ET)
Tang Teaching Museum Payne
Event Type
Panel Discussion

How does surveillance control movement in between our international and national borders? Four makers and scholars share their current work addressing the surveillance of borders and prisons.

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Camilla Fojas teaches in Media Studies and American Studies at the University of Virginia where she co-directs the Surveillance and Infrastructure research area of the Informatics Lab. She also co-directs the Global South lab. She is the author of five books: Cosmopolitanism in the Americas (Purdue UP, 2005), Border Bandits: Hollywood on the Southern Frontier (University of Texas Press, 2008), Islands of Empire: Pop Culture and U.S. Power (University of Texas Press, 2014), Zombies, Migrants, and Queers: Race and Crisis Capitalism in Pop Culture (University of Illinois Press, 2017) and Migrant Labor and Border Securities in Pop Culture (Routledge, 2017). She is currently working on a new project on surveillance and borders tentatively titled Border Securities/Border Futures.

Sylvia Ryerson is a radio producer, sound artist and journalist whose work probes the overlapping crises of mass incarceration, rural poverty, and environmental destruction. Her work has been featured on the BBC Radio 4, NPR, The Marshall Project,, and the Third Coast International Audio Festival. After graduating from Wesleyan University, Sylvia moved to southeastern Kentucky to work at Appalshop, a renowned documentary arts center and home to WMMT-FM community radio. Sylvia served as a reporter and Director of Public Affairs for WMMT-FM, and led the production of Calls from Home, a nationally recognized radio program sending messages from family members to their loved ones incarcerated in Central Appalachia. In 2014, Sylvia started Restorative Radio, a participatory radio project that broadcasts audio postcards from family members to their loved ones in prison. The project aims to transcend prison walls and change public perceptions of who is behind them.

Adam Tinkle is a multidisciplinary artist and scholar, trained in music and currently working at the interface of audio documentary, intermedia, performance, and participatory/collaborative modalities. His book manuscript, on experimental music and the aesthetics of social participation, probes the reputedly recondite 20th century sonics of John Cage, Ornette Coleman, Pauline Oliveros, and their co-conspirators and explores their surprising resonances with contemporary conversations around inclusive, public practice in the arts. His recent artistic projects include a pair of 2017 gallery exhibitions as a member of the collaborative Seven Count that included pirate radio, immersive sampledelia, and participatory sound making; an artist’s book and multimedia environment (exhibited at the Bennington Museum) remixed from material from his award-winning documentary solo performance A Mess of Things; and concert performances of interactive visual music with the duo Timbree. He has published in Leonardo Music Journal, Organised Sound, and American Music Review, and teaches at Skidmore College, where he has guided the development of its summer Storytellers’ Institute since its inception in 2015.

Javier Barboza is an award-winning filmmaker, Creative Director, Animator, Educator, and Founder of Kaleidoscope Media. His work tackles the complexity of the identity and migration, using a surreal and narrative method to engage the audience in an experience best described as visually immersive. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Javier has been animating since the age of sixteen through after-school inner-city outreach programs. He continued his studies at East Los Angeles College, dedicating himself to fine arts, animation and graffiti. He transferred to California Institute of the Arts (Cal Arts) and majored in Character Animation and Film/Video, earning his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. He received his Masters in Fine Arts at the University of Southern California (USC), in the School of Cinematic Arts, DADA Animation Division. He was awarded the Princes Grace Film Grant, was selected as an Annenberg Fellow, and has showcased at a variety of film festivals.

This event is part of the MDOCS Forum - a series of public events combining festival presentations of artistic work with symposium-style conversations around an annual theme. The symposium is free and open to the public.

This year, we will engage with the theme Surveil/Surveilled in documentary and analyze documentary as a form of surveillance, consider the ethics and legalities of observing and the vulnerability of being observed, learn how to protect from surveillance, and engage with the documentary material that surveillance systems yield to explore its storytelling and truth telling potentials. 

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