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Lecture explores impact of “television noise”

Posted 11/15/16

The evolving relationship of humans and technology, and the impact of "television noise" on our collective unconscious, will be explored at the Fitchburg State University Communications Media Department's annual David Kendricken Memorial Lecture at 3:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 21 at Ellis White Lecture Hall in Hammond Hall, 160 Pearl St. Admission is free.

The lecture series is offered in memory of David Kendricken ’12, recalled by the department for his boundless curiosity and prodigious energy. The lecture series brings artists whose work and spirit resonate with Kendricken’s energy.

This talk, entitled "A Cultural Anthropology of Television Noise," will feature engineer and philosopher Park Doing, who explores relationships between people and technology through writing, music and visual art. A lecturer in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Cornell University, Doing is the author of Velvet Revolution at the Synchrotron, which explores the different cultures hidden within a modern physics laboratory. His music includes soundscapes that tell the story of the American Folksinger Woody Guthrie journeying around the sun and through the solar system. His visual art explores the "Collective Technological Unconscious" created by the joint experiences of different historical stages of television noise. His work, even in academia, is part philosophy, part history, part performance, and, of course, part engineering.

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