TRANSLATING MEDIA is a Graduate Student Conference co-hosted by the Division of Critical Studies and the Media Arts and Practice PhD (iMAP) program at the School of Cinematic Arts, University of Southern California.The event is co-sponsored by the USC Graduate and Professional Students Senate (GPSS) and the Association of English Graduate Students (AEGS).

At a glance:

Friday Evening Keynote Address given by Julia Meltzer and David Thorne

For information on their most recent project, visit This world, then another

Julia Meltzer is an artist and filmmaker. She has directed and produced 5 award-winning documentary projects. Her film/video work with David Thorne, including IT’S NOT MY MEMORY OF IT, WE WILL LIVE TO SEE THESE THINGS and NOT A MATTER OF IF BUT WHEN has been awarded prizes at the European Media Arts Festival, Transmediale, and the Rio de Janeiro Short Film Festival. Recent art work has been exhibited at Modern Art Oxford, Steve Turner Gallery, HomeWorks IV in Beirut, and the 2008 Whitney Biennial. She received her BA from Brown University and her MFA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She is a recipient of grants from Art Matters, the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, the Rockefeller Media Arts Fellowship Fund, and was a Fulbright Fellow in Damascus, Syria in 2005-6. She is a fluent Spanish speaker and proficient in Arabic (Levantine spoken dialect).

David Thorne is recipient of a 2007 Art Matters grant and a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Biennial Award, and a 2004 recipient of a Rockefeller Media Arts Fellowship. Recent projects with Julia Meltzer have been exhibited at Steve Turner Contemporary (Los Angeles), Argos Center for Arts and Media (Brussels), the 2008 Whitney Biennial, Akbank Sanat Gallery (Istanbul), the 2006 California Biennial, and Apex Art (New York). Video work has been screened at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, The New York Video Festival, the Margaret Mead Film Festival, and the Toronto International Film Festival, among many others. He recently collaborated with Andrea Geyer, Sharon Hayes, Ashley Hunt, and Katya Sander on the project 9 Scripts from a Nation at War for documenta 12. David completed his MFA in Interdisciplinary Studio at the University of California, Los Angeles in 2004.

Saturday Evening Keynote Address given by Lisa Parks, Chair and Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies at UC Santa Barbara.

Lisa Parks is Chair and Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies at UC Santa Barbara. She is the author of Cultures in Orbit: Satellite and the Televisual and co-editor of Planet TV: A Global Television Reader and is working on two new books entitled Coverage: Media Spaces and Security after 911 (forthcoming, Routledge) and Mixed Signals: Media Infrastructures and Cultural Geographies. She is also the producer and co-producer of an array of media arts projects  such as Experiments in Satellite Media Arts (w/ Ursula Biemann), Loom  (w/ Miha Vipotnik), Postwar Footprints and Roaming.