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Archival Grounds

Invited Panelist and Moderator, with Ayana Omilade Flewellen, Katherine Jenkins, Liz Sevcenko, and Aurora Tang, “Archival Grounds,” USC Landscape Architecture and Urbanism “Grounds” series (virtual) (April 8, 2021).

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Field [in Uncertain Archives]

“Field Archives” in Nanna Bonde Thylstrup, et al., eds., Uncertain Archives: Critical Keywords for Big Data (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2021): 227-34.

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The Role of Libraries in the Digital Age (2020)

Invited Moderator and Speaker, “Digital Praxis: The Role of Libraries in the Digital Age,” with Public Books, the Institute for Public Knowledge, and NYU Libraries, New York University, February 26, 2020

Digital Praxis: The Role of Libraries in the Digital Age from NYU-TV on Vimeo.

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Data Ecologies: A Green New Deal for Climate and Tech Reform (2020)

Invited Lecture, “Programming Care: Social Infrastructures in the Green New Deal,” McHarg Center, University of Pennsylvania, January 23, 2020

Keynote, “Data Ecologies: A Green New Deal for Climate and Tech Reform,” “Cultured Data Symposium,” University of California, San Diego, February 8, 2020

The McHarg Center at the Weitzman School Presents Shannon Mattern from Weitzman School of Design on Vimeo.

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Fugitive Libraries

Fugitive Libraries,” Places Journal (October 2019)

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Data Archive Infrastructure

Elective graduate seminar course, The New School

“There has been more information produced in the last 30 years than during the previous 5000.”

We’ve all heard some variation on this maxim. As we find ourselves wading through a billion websites; as publishers supply over two million books to the world’s libraries each year; as we continue to add new media – from apps to geo-tagged maps – to our everyday media repertoires, we continually search for new ways to navigate this ever more treacherous sea of information. Meanwhile, our analog audio-visual archives are deteriorating, and our ever-volatile digital media and data sets present their own preservation challenges. Throughout human history we have relied on various institutions and politico-intellectual architectures to organize, index, preserve, make sense of, and facilitate or control access to our stores of knowledge, our assemblages of media, our collections of information. This seminar looks at the past, present, and future of our archives, libraries, and data repositories, and considers what logics, politics, audiences, contents, aesthetics, physical forms, etc., define them. We will examine what roles these collections play in a variety of contexts: in democracy, in education, in science, in socio-cultural heritage, in everyday life, and in art. Throughout the semester we’ll examine myriad analog and digital artworks that make use of archival/library material, or take the archive, library, or data repository as their subject. Some classes will involve field trips and guest speakers. Students will have the option of completing a substantial traditional research project, or a research-based, theoretically-informed creative/production project for the class.

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Fall 2017 Website

See also Archived Class: Bookshelves to Big Data

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Extract and Preserve: Underground Repositories for a Posthuman Future

Extract and Preserve: Underground Repositories for a Posthuman Future,” New Geographies 09: Posthuman (Harvard University Press, 2018)

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Deep and Mattering Cities (2017)

December 20, 2017: with Jussi Parikka and the Finnish Cultural Institute in NY, at PUBLICS, Helsinki, Finland [pdf]

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The Big Data of Ice, Rocks, Soils, and Sediments

The Big Data of Ice, Rocks, Soils, and Sediments,” Places Journal (November 2017)

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On Index Cards and Infrastructures (2017)

November 9, 2017: “On Index Cards and Infrastructures,” College of Architecture + Design, University of Tennessee [video (or here)]

November 13, 2017: “On Index Cards and Infrastructures,” in “Orthographies: New Kinds of Drawings,” Program in Art, Culture and Technology, MIT, Cambridge, MA

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