Radical Directing Lecture Series
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 - 7:30pm
Free and open to the public
San Francisco Art Institute
800 Chestnut Street
About the Lecture
A Renaissance Man for the 21st century, Jaron Lanier is a computer scientist, composer, visual artist, and author who writes on topics including high-tech business, the social impact of technology, the philosophy of consciousness and information, Internet politics, and the future of humanism. In 2005, Lanier was included in the top 100 public intellectuals in the world by Prospect and Foreign Policy magazines, and he was named to the “Thinkers” category of the 2010 Time 100—the magazine’s annual list of people who most affect our world.
A pioneer in virtual reality (a term he coined), Lanier founded VPL Research, the first company to sell VR products, and led teams creating technology for medicine, design, and numerous other fields. From 2001–2004, Lanier was Visiting Scientist at Silicon Graphics, and was Scholar at Large for Microsoft from 2006–2009, where he is currently Partner Architect.
Lanier’s book You Are Not a Gadget, A Manifesto (Knopf, 2010) was selected as one of the New York Times “Best Books of the Year.” His writing also appears in Discover Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Harpers Magazine, The Sciences, Wired Magazine (where he is a founding contributing editor), and Scientific American. His second book, The Fate of Power & the Future of Dignity, will be published in 2013 by Free Press. www.jaronlanier.com
Photograph by Lena Lanier
About the Radical Directing Lecture Series
In fitting with SFAI’s pioneering presence in experimental film, this series emphasizes cinematic approaches that veer from traditional narratives, as well as the conceptual frameworks filmmakers use to cinematically articulate characters, plot, subtext, tension, and drama. The series is organized to complement a course taught by Lynn Hershman Leeson for SFAI’s Film program.
All Radical Directing lectures begin at 7:30 pm in the Lecture Hall on SFAI’s 800 Chestnut Street campus. For a complete schedule of SFAI's lectures and events, please visit www.sfai.edu/events
SFAI’s exhibitions and public programs—a component of which is the Radical Directing Lecture Series—are supported in part by the Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund.