From the ubiquity of cloud computing to the crowds that have redefined contemporary mass politics (the Arab Spring, Occupy), innovations in media platforms, data collection, and digital labor are redefining the ways that collectives are imagined and produced. This MRG examines these shared trajectories of technology and sociality, approaching the cloud and crowd through the visual arts, performance studies, art history, ethnography, and literature. We are interested in the historical and aesthetic entailments of the 21st Century cloud and its reformatted utopian crowds; the implications for artistic creativity and labor implied in these transformations; and the political atmospheres emerging both around and through clouds and crowds. Outcomes include two scholarly meetings to deepen multi-campus collaborative networks; site visits with artists and other practitioners to build bridges beyond the university; and a crowd-sourced, group-curated website that will foster public engagement and offer curricular resources for the academic community.
Faculty PIs: Cori Hayden, Anthropology, UC Berkeley
Timothy Choy, Anthropology/STS, UC Davis
Anne Walsh, Art Practice, UC Berkeley