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Visual and Media Cultures Colloquia: Hanna Shell

Wed, Jan 14, 2015, 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Porter College, Room 245

Title: Media Fabric: A History, Theory, and Practice of Textile Reuse

Clothing is a circulating technology that is also a medium of social transmission. It becomes, as it has for millennia, both the means and the site for storage and the spread, and the withholding, of information. Clothes wear upon us as we wear them. Temporary prostheses, they are shaped by the demands of body become inscribed with markers of a given body’s history; this remains the case even after they are shredded into bits and refashioned. This talk examines the status of what I call textile media through an inquiry – verbal and visual –into vestments’ transformation into detritus and beyond. 


Hanna Rose Shell, a historian of science and technology, and a media maker, is an Associate Professor of Science, Technology and Society at MIT, and an affiliate in Comparative Media Studies. Shell will give a free talk titled, "Media Fabric: A History, Theory, and Practice of Textile Reuse."

Free and Open to the Public

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Presented by: Arts Division, Film & Digital Media, and History of Art and Visual Culture