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From Analog to Digital: Understanding Computing
February 18 | 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
$10 per person
Speaker: Hana Iverson
Part of our Saturday Lecture Series
The complex world we live in as a result of the technology revolution has had and continues to have a profound and disruptive effect on our social, economic and political systems. Technically, the transition from analog to digital is achieved by translating an electrical signal or electromagnetic wave into a binary number that can be read by a computational system. The subject is much more complex when we consider how information is transformed through this process. Digital processes accelerate and enlarge traditional processes, disrupting humanistic methods by creating an infinitely more extensive indexical connection between text, images, and objects.
This lecture will explain, at a nuts and bolts level, how a signal is translated into code; what compression codes are for photos, videos and sound; how the worldwide web operates; how we are untethered in the mobile world; and what the information highway means to the world we live in.
HANA IVERSON is a media artist + designer, curator, author, educator and administrator, playing a leading role as a creative force by integrating the role of artist into a variety of settings outside the cultural limit of art. Her work takes various formats such as public site-specific installations, symposia, organized exhibitions, video, photography and mobile-locative media with a focus on networked communities and wireless technologies. She is the Executive/Artistic Director of the Abington Art Center, and the former Director of the New Media Interdisciplinary Concentration at Temple University.