School of Art, Media, and Technology

MFADT Lecture Series talk

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Nowacek_talkNancy Nowacek

Slapstick and the Near Future Body


Monday, December 1

Room 1103, 6 E 16th Street

Nowacek is an artist whose work examines the relationship between late-capital post-industrial time-sense and body-sense, where physique has been eclipsed by other man-made machines as useful — or valuable — technology. Looking through the lenses of slapstick comedy and her own work, Nowacek explores a number of key questions:

How can the future world of interface, environment, and object design impact the body’s capacity to move, act, feel, and think?

What can we learn about 21st century technology from a 19th century comedic form?

Can we turn technological failings into human-scale triumphs?

Nancy Nowacek is an artist, designer and educator. Her work is rooted in the ecology of the everyday: the processes, codes, and habits of life. Her practice is focused on the uses of the body as relates to work, technology, architecture and the practice of space. She has shown in New York, the Bay Area, Los Angeles, Canada and Europe. Nowacek is a visiting critic at Pratt and NYU, and has an MFA in Social Practice from California College of Arts. She is certified in personal training by the National Academy of Sports Medicine and lives in Brooklyn. 

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