- The colloquium typically takes place on the 1st Wednesday of the month during semesters, at the Critical Media Lab or outside, from 2-5 pm. Everyone is free to leave as they wish, but we invite everyone to stick with us and take some time off.
- The CML colloquium is a space where teaching & research intersect. The group consists of people with wildly different backgrounds and levels of experience. Using simple language and avoiding jargon helps to keep things accessible for everyone. If you use jargon, please explain what you mean by it.
- We use English as a main language of communication but welcome comments, questions, etc. in the language you feel most comfortable with. Members of the lab will help with translating, should need be.
- Captioning of videos and access copies of talks is welcome!
- Please let us know if you have specific access needs. The main building has three large elevators. There are spacious gender-neutral single restrooms on each floor. Floors are even with no ramps or thresholds throughout the building. Doors to the restrooms and the lab are rather heavy and not automated. The lab is dog-friendly (beware of cables and loose materials). The lab is air-conditioned. More details on access and directions here.
- Attendees of the colloquium are expected to treat everyone in the room and online with respect and help create a welcoming environment. Please let us know if you notice behavior that fails to meet this standard.
- Please be mindful of others’ vulnerabilities and avoid re-circulating violence through word or imagery. If you are unsure or believe you need to share material that is potentially disturbing for the audience, please be in touch ahead of time and discuss with the organizers.
In order to encourage dialogue around specific key issues we hold a regular colloquium at the Critical Media Lab. Colloquiums take place usually on the first Wednesday afternoon of the month during the semester at the Critical Media Lab space. These gatherings are intended to take advantage of the varied and diverse backgrounds of all participants – our team members, invited guests and students. The sessions are meant to provide an inclusive and open forum for different perspectives on shared issues and to inspire, expand and challenge the ways in which we approach practice in technology, art, design, science and research. Discussions sometimes focus on written chapters and essays, and at other times on a creative project, intervention or exercise.
The colloquium is part of the curriculum offered within the MA Experimental Design and is explicitly open for students of the Make/Sense PhD and other study programs, as well as external guests and colleagues. Upcoming and past sessions are listed in the Agenda and below this page. Individual sessions are organized by CML members, some may ask for short readings or other thematic preparations. For details on the sessions please see the colloquium announcements on this website and be in touch with us to get access to the respective handouts with description, bios, links, reading lists and space for collective note-taking.