The Center for Values Presents: Kim Knight

Kimberly Knight "The Lovers"

Wednesday, October 28, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
Venue: JO 2.604
Admission: Free
Season: 2015-16

Viral Anxieties in Art and Antiviral Technology

In 2000, PC users were plagued by a computer worm known as the “ILOVEYOU” virus, which was spread via email and targeted tens of millions of people. Three years later, artist Sneha Solanki created an installation piece inspired by the virus titled “The Lovers” at the German media art festival transmediale. The piece simply consisted of two computers networked with only one another. At the beginning of the installation, one of the computers is infected with a virus, and each computer terminal displays text from a separate love poem. Dr. Kimberly Knight will give a reading of “The Lovers” that uncovers the dark and romantic history behind the artwork and focuses on the fragility of the human operating system. By exploring interconnections between the viral in human bodies, computers, and art, Dr. Knight will connect Solanki’s work to contemporary antiviral technologies that attempt to mitigate anxieties around the viral using data and automation to shape responsible behavior. She will ask who or what is ultimately being protected, and at what cost?

About the speaker:

Kim Knight is an assistant professor of emerging media and communication at the University of Texas at Dallas. Her research focuses on digital culture, negotiations of power and the formation of identity, particularly in relation to marginalized groups. In her book, Viral Structures in Literature and Digital Media: Networked Counterpublics and Participatory Capitalism (forthcoming from Routledge), Dr. Knight addresses the role of digital media as it circulates outside of broadcast paradigms and empowers or oppresses subjects in network society. Her latest book, Fashioning Makers and Counterpublics: Critical Making and Public Humanities, is under advance contract with University of Iowa Press. Her public work can be found at, and

This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Values in Medicine, Science and Technology.

For more information contact:
Magdalena Grohman
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