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With Whit Pow (Prof., NYU), Jennifer Pranolo (Prof., Pace), Huan He (Prof., Vanderbilt).
Wed, Apr 10, 2024 @ 06:00 PM   FREE   Venue, 20 Cooper Square, 3rd Fl

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Curated by Jennifer Pranolo. Presented by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU.

Asians & Asian-ness have long circulated in literature, cinema, & pop culture as figures of science fiction threat & fantasy-what Michelle N. Huang has identified as the inhuman figures of robots, clones, & aliens. Beyond these techno-orientalist stereotypes & tropes, however, lies the shadow of social & economic forces that have materialized the injustice of such racialized logics, as well as artistic investigations that play with critical transformations of its coded imaginary.

This panel will put into conversation three scholars-Huan He, Whit Pow, & Jennifer Pranolo-whose research & teaching on the history, practice, & aesthetics of computational media extends the critique of representation that would spectacularly equate Asians/Asian-ness with a technological inhumanity. In distinct but reciprocal ways, their work complicates the blank interfaces of technology while asking how those technologies have been used to mediate modes & strategies of escape-through alternate narratives, archives, & forms-from seemingly inescapable regimes of representation.

COVID-19 & NYU campus access guidelines: This is an in-person event, open to the public. Registration is required. Non-NYU guests may be asked to present a government-issued photo ID. NYU guests must present their NYU ID.

Accessibility note: This venue has an elevator & is accessible for wheelchair users. There are single-stall, all gender restrooms available. If you have any access needs, please email

Huan He is an assistant professor of English at Vanderbilt University & was previously a postdoctoral fellow at the Digital Studies Institute at the University of Michigan. His research engages Asian/American literature & culture, digital studies, & critical game studies. His book project, The Racial Interface, examines digital capitalism through Asian American literature, art, & media. His research appears in Configurations, College Literature: A Journal of Critical Literary Studies, Media-N, Just Tech, & a new anthology on Asian American game studies. He is also an author of a forthcoming co-written monograph titled Technoskepticism: Between Possibility & Refusal. His poetry has been published in Poetry, Sewanee Review, A Public Space, Beloit Poetry Journal, & elsewhere.

Whit Pow is an assistant professor in the Department of Media, Culture, & Communication at New York University. Their book project, People Orientations: Toward a Transgender Video Game & Software History, looks at the intersection of trans medical history, surveillance, & policy with computer & video game history. Their work has been published in & is forthcoming from Camera Obscura, Feminist Media Histories, ROMchip: A Journal of Game Histories, the art magazine Outland, & on the Social Science Research Council's Just Tech platform, among others. Pow is a recipient of the NYU Center for the Humanities Faculty Fellowship.

Jennifer Pranolo is an interdisciplinary media scholar based in New York. She is an assistant professor in Film & Screen Studies at Pace University, an A/P/A Institute at NYU Visiting Scholar, a visiting critic at the Yale School of Art, & serves on the editorial board of RESOLUTION, a magazine on the impact of digital images. Her current research explores the history & aesthetics of simulation alongside the emergence of the figure of the user in contemporary art & computational culture. Her writings on film, photography, & new media have appeared in Screen, Film Quarterly, the edited volume Screen Space Reconfigured, & elsewhere.

Image: Emissaries, MoMA PS1, 2017. Photos by Studio LHOOQ, Pablo Enriquez, Ian Cheng.
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