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McLuhan Centenary Conference

November 7–10, 2011
University of Toronto Chestnut Conference Centre
Toronto, Ontario, Canada


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Lines of Thought

7:30-9:30 p.m. Walter Hall, Faculty of Music, University of Toronto 6:00-7:15 p.m. Reception

Curators: John Oswald & Dominique Scheffel-Dunand

On June 20, during the 15th annual convention of the Media Ecology Association in Toronto, The Faculty of Information Coach House Institute at the University of Toronto will hold an evening of conversations to [...]


Jenna Burrell April 29 7:00 PM at Fisher Rare Book Library

Materiality of Rumor Jenna Burrell, UC Berkeley

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In this talk I will discuss rumors as a type of small media and as ‘secondhand accounts’ rather than ‘false tales.’ Over the years, I have encountered a number of rumors while doing ethnographic fieldwork in Ghana including one about Bill Gates – the illiterate dropout, [...]


Pieter Adriaans March 25 7:00 PM at Fisher Rare Book Library

Information, art and meaning: Painting as a post-saturation discipline Pieter Adriaans, University of Amsterdam

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There is no doubt that the theories of information and computation are valuable tools for the analysis of objects of art and their production. They help us to model the cognitive processes involved in the understanding and appreciation of [...]