19-22 September, 2019
20 September - November 11, 2019


BOrder Control

How do you navigate borders in your own practice or research? The New Media Caucus seeks to bring together artists and scholars to critically engage relevant topics.

Borders and boundaries, both tangible and ephemeral, are closely tied to the ways in which humanity has always made sense of the world, and of its place in it.

Our current moment is one in which this certainty is being undermined as many borders are being challenged and contested.

Borders can be mental, physical, geographical, political, social, ethical, legal, economic, environmental, digital, real, imagined, visceral, and emotional.

Registration is required to attend the Symposium. The deadline for registration is September 13, 2019.

Please also consider joining students, faculty and the Ann Arbor community for the Penny Stamps Speaker Series on the evening of Thursday, Sept. 19.

The New Media Caucus (NMC) is proud to present the 2019 Symposium and Exhibition, Border Control at the University of Michigan, Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design and the Stamps Gallery.

Allison Collins, Media Arts Curator, Western Front

Please contact laura@steppesolutions.com with any questions.

Penny Stamps Lecture and Symposium Keynote

Vinay Gupta

Vinay Gupta is CEO of Mattereum and founder of Hexayurt Capital and Internet of Agreements. He coordinated Ethereum’s 2015 launch, acted as strategic architect at Consensys, the leading crypto venture studio, and designed Dubai’s National Blockchain Strategy. He is the Blockchain Fellow at UK Government's Digital Catapult and is also known for his humanitarian work and the invention of the hexayurt - a public domain disaster relief shelter, which has gone on to become iconic in the Burning Man counter culture.

Find out more about the Penny Stamps Lecture Series.


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The New Media Caucus (NMC) is an international non-profit association formed to promote the development and understanding of new media art. We represent and serve: artists, designers, practitioners, historians, theorists, educators, students, and scholars. Recognizing new media art to be inherently interdisciplinary, multimodal, and evolving, we support and advance a wide range of inquiry to catalyze further evolution of the field.

The NMC is committed to extending and sustaining the diversity of our community, board, and membership, to promote an environment of equality, inclusion, and respect for difference. We prioritize inclusion as an ongoing collaborative process of growth that we continually address, both within the Caucus and in our field.

In addition to being an independent arts organization, the New Media Caucus is an Affiliate Society of the College Art Association.


Ann Arbor

The Ann Arbor area is one of the state’s rare jewels: a small, friendly town with big-city sophistication; a world-class educational and high-tech research center nestled in a quintessential college town; a close-knit community of charming neighborhoods with a rich mix of cultures.

Arts and Culture

Although geographically small, the area is perhaps most renowned for its globally-inspired cultural offerings. From exclusive art exhibits to performances by jazz legends, there are abundant opportunities to enjoy arts and culture. You’ll find more than 30 independent bookstores, dozens of unique galleries, and a variety of top-notch museums all within the downtown area — including the distinguished University of Michigan Museum of Art. 

Restaurant Scene

Dining aficionados will appreciate the nearly 300 restaurants within a 20-mile radius of Ann Arbor, including the famous Zingerman’s Deli. Options range from old-fashioned Italian bistros to trendy, contemporary American restaurants. Many offer al fresco dining in the warmer months, which, when combined with the array of jazz and dance clubs in the area, makes downtown Ann Arbor a vibrant destination for nightlife.


Described as an urban oasis, the Ann Arbor area is also the perfect four season destination for outdoor enthusiasts. You’ll discover golf courses designed by legendary architects, trails groomed for hiking and cross-country skiing, some of the best canoeing and kayaking in southeastern Michigan along the twelfth nationally recognized water trail — the Huron River. 

For complete information on Ann Arbor and all it has to offer, please visit Destination Ann Arbor.