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The New Ethereality

On February 18, 2021, I joined Marisa Duarte, Rahul Mukherjee, and Tyler Morgenstern, at the Carsey Wolf Center at the University of California, Santa Barbara, for “The New Ethereality.” We discussed the “contemporary politics of wireless communication, with special attention paid to the cultural and governmental imaginaries that accrue to emerging wireless infrastructures like 5G. Wirelessness has long been embedded in a range of divergent cultural, political, and social narratives. Today, it is as central to the enduring promise of untrammeled global connectivity as it is to the paranoid divinations of conspiracy theorists. What is at stake in this volatile mix of epistemologies? How might historical debates regarding the possibilities, the substance, and indeed the very existence of the ether help us to grapple with a new era of ethereal speculation?

Image via Rodrigo Cámara-Leret, Miguel A. Fortuna, and Jordi Bascompte @ PNAS

CWC Roundtable: The New Ethereality from Carsey-Wolf Center on Vimeo.

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Mapping Nothing: Geographies of Suspension

On, January 27, 2021, I shared “How to Map Nothing: Geographies of Suspension” in UCL’s CASA series, and on February 4, I reprised the talk for the “Urban Ecologies” program at ROM for kunst and arkitektur and the Oslo National Art Academy

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Fluttering Codes: A Cultural History of the Spit Flap

 

On November 23, 2020, the University of Pennsylvania’s Workshop on the History of Materials Texts hosted a “Writing on Objects” roadshow, and I shared “Fluttering Codes: A Cultural History of the Split Flap Display”; my presentation starts at around 22:00

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On Care and Repair in Community Tech

On October 13, 2020, I spoke with Rachel Coldicutt about care, repair, and maintenance in community tech, as part of their Community Tech Fellowship interview series

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Purity and Security: A Cultural History of Plexiglass

Invited Speaker, “Purity and Security: A Cultural History of Plexiglass,” “The City as Environmental Mediation,” Material and Visual Culture Seminar, Centre for Digital Anthropology, University College London (virtual), November 2, 2020

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Urban Auscultation: ABC Radio

“Urban Auscultation,” Interview with Jonathan Green, Blueprint, Australian Broadcasting Corporation (October 31, 2020)

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Data and the Pandemic

On October 21, 2020, Emily Bowe, Erin Simmons, and I joined Scott Knowles on COVIDCalls to discuss “Data and the Pandemic” [podcast]

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Listening with the Pandemic

On October 4, 2020, I joined Mark Andrejevic, Andrew Brooks, Sean Dockray, Vladan Joler, Yeshimabeit Milner, James Parker, Thao Phan, and Joel Stern to discuss “Listening with the Pandemic” for the Unsound Music Festival

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Phenomenology and Data

I joined Jocelyn Frank and Dietmar Offenhuber for “Phenomenology and Data,” hosted by the Princeton-Mellon Research Forum on the Urban Environment, Princeton University (virtual), on September 16, 2020. My talk, “Data Made Material,” examined the ways data capture our multisensorial experiences of the pandemic and the compounding crises of 2020.

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Language and Communication Protocols

I co-organized and moderated “Protocols as Language and Communication” with artist Jesse Chun, media scholar Meredith D. Clark, assistive technology expert Chancey Fleet, and artist / educator / activist Taeyoon Choi. Hosted online by the Vera List Center at The New School.

Seminar 1: Protocols as Language and Communication from Vera List Center on Vimeo.