• This version of the Codes and Modes Symposium aims to create an intervention into the uncritical excitement about virtual reality, augmented reality, artificial intelligence and machine learning to establish a space for conversations about long-term socio-cultural and neurobiological impacts. Presenters will discuss how theorists, activists and artists can develop useful frameworks to explore the complex implications of using these technologies. Featured speakers include Lev Manovich (Director of the Cultural Analytics Lab, CUNY Grad Center), Mandy Rose (Co-Director of i-Docs), Daanish Masood (Co-Founder BeAnotherLab), and Lina Srivastava (Founder of Creative Impact & Experience Lab), Dan Archer (Founder of Empathetic Media) and Geetu Ambwani (Principal Data Scientist at Huffington Post).

    The symposium is March  16th (evening), 17th & 18th.

    The Symposium is sponsored by the Integrated Media Arts MFA Program at Hunter College, the Department of Film and Media Studies at Hunter College and the Emerging Media Technologies Program at NYC College of Technology, the Entertainment Technology Department. The primary locations on the 17th and 18th are the Lang Theater and the Film and Media Television Studio on the 5th floor in the Hunter North building. The evening of the 16th will be in the Glass Cafe on the 3rd floor of Hunter West.

    Symposium Organizers:

    Marty Lucas, Associate Professor, Integrated Media Arts MFA Program, Hunter College

    Heidi Boisvert, Assistant Professor, Emerging Media Technologies Program, NYC College of Technology

    Andrew Demirjian, Assistant Professor, Integrated Media Arts MFA Program, Hunter College













  • DAY 1

    Location: Glass Cafe 5PM – 6:00 PM Opening Reception 6:00 PM – 6:30PM Opening Remarks Andrew Lund, Director, IMA MFA Program Heidi Boisvert, NYC College of Technology Martin Lucas, Hunter College Jonah Brucker-Cohen, Introduction to Lively 6:30 – 8PM Featured Presentation: Immersion, Embodiment & Empathetic Engagement Mandy Rose ...

  • Geetu Ambwani Featured Speaker

    Geetu Ambwani heads the data science team at the Huffington Post which is tasked with building data products that can optimize social sharing, engagement, presentation, and distribution of Huffington Post editorial and advertising content. Prior to joining the Huffington Post in 2014, she held senior R&D positions at the Washington Post, ...

  • Lina Srivastava Featured Speaker

    Lina has worked with a group of social impact organizations, including UNESCO, the World Bank, UNICEF, the Rockefeller Foundation, MobileActive, Internews, 3Generations, Shine Global, and BYkids. An attorney by training from New York University School of Law, Lina has been involved in campaigns for several documentaries, including ...

  • Mandy Rose Featured Speaker

    Mandy Rose is Associate Professor – Digital Culture, Director of UWE’s Digital Cultures Research Centre and Co-Director of i-Docs. Her research looks at the intersection between documentary and networked culture. A filmmaker and producer of interactive media; during twenty years at the BBC Mandy led interactive and participatory projects ...

  • Dan Archer Featured Speaker

    Dan Archer is the founder of Empathetic Media, a multimedia agency that uses graphic journalism, virtual and augmented reality to tell news stories in an immersive new way. He is a recognized thought leader in the VR/interactive storytelling space, having lectured and given workshops at: MIT Media Lab, Google News Impact Summit, Society of ...

  • Lev Manovich Featured Speaker

    Dr. Lev Manovich is one the leading theorists of digital culture worldwide, and a pioneer in application of data science for analysis of contemporary culture. Manovich is the author and editor of ten books including Cultural Analytics (forthcoming), Instagram and Contemporary Image, Data Drift, Software Takes Command, Soft Cinema: Navigating ...

  • Daanish Masood Featured Speaker

    Daanish is an investigator at BeAnotherLab, a transnational interdisciplinary group that uses art, science, and technology to promote empathy and perspective taking among diverse communities; thereby facilitating shared civic action across identity fault lines. BeAnotherLab uses VR, neuroscience, embodiment, and storytelling to allow users to ...