Socially Engaged Speculative Media Initiative

led by Visual Arts professor Michael Trigilio

with a grant from the Calit2 Strategic Research Opportunities (CSRO) program

Thursday, 13 June 2013, 5-7PM

UC San Diego, Calit2 Theater, NexCAVE, Lobby in Atkinson
9500 Gilman Dr., La Jolla, California 92093

The Socially Engaged Speculative Media Initiative (SESMI), a research project led by Visual Arts professor Michael Trigilio, was begun in 2012 as a research project with support from a CSRO research award from Calit2 at UCSD.

SESMI invites students and community-members to experiment with a range of media and design modalities, imagining a constantly changing social and technological present. Through a variety of projects, SESMI is working across disciplines with students, artists, scientists, and technologists to develop workshops, collaborative media works, performances, and public interventions which examine the emotional, psychological, satirical, and social potential of imagining an unknown future. Since January 2013, Trigilio and his students have been making work for a project called T2ERU: Tell Them Everything/Remember Us wherein they consider the question of what is worth remembering in 4,000 years. The works made for T2ERU are partially data-driven time-capsules mixed with heaping doses of abstract visualizations and satirical speculative fictions.

In May 2013, SESMI began a collaboration with the International Collaborative Arts Program (ICAP) at University of New Mexico (UNM). ICAP is hosting Ukranian artist Denis Kolokol for several weeks at UNM and where he and professor Lee Montgomery have been working with UNM students to collaborate with students at UCSD on data-driven new media work. From June 10th-13th, SESMI will host ICAP at the UCSD Experimental Media Lab and in the Qualcomm Institute, where students, faculty, and staff will collaborate on a modular suite of works for visualization environments developed by the institute, the UCSD Division of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2). There will be a small opening and reception for this collaborative work (as well as the work from T2ERU) on Thursday, June 13th from 5pm-7pm at Calit2. More info on SESMI at

Please RSVP to: Trish Stone, tstone [at] ucsd [dot] edu

Media Contact: Doug Ramsey, dramsey [at] ucsd [dot] edu, 858-822-5825

Image courtesy of Calit2

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