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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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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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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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Digital Frictions Series @ Urban Omnibus

I guest-edited the Digital Frictions series for the Architectural League of New York’s Urban Omnibus. With the expert assistance of editors Mariana Mogilevich and Josh McWhirter, we released 11 installments between September 2019 and January 2020. Here’s my introduction: “Where Code Meets Concrete,” Urban Omnibus (September 4, 2019)

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How to Run a City Like Amazon, and Other Fables

edited with Mark Graham, Rob Kitchin, and Joe Shaw, How to Run a City Like Amazon, and Other Fables (Meatspace Press, 2019) [buy online, download for free, or read on Issuu]

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Local Codes: Forms of Spatial Knowledge

Local Codes: Spatial Forms of Knowledge,” Public Knowledge (San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, January 18, 2019).

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Furnishing Intelligence

Furnishing Intelligence,” Perspecta 51: Medium (Yale School of Architecture, 2018).

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Thinking Through Interfaces

Integrative PhD Seminar, The New School, co-taught with Zed Adams

Interfaces are everywhere and nowhere. They pervade our lives, mediating our interactions with one another, technology, and the world. But their very pervasiveness also makes them invisible. In this seminar, we expose the hidden lives of interfaces, illuminating not just what they are and how they work, but also how they shape our lives, for better and worse. We also discuss a number of pressing social and political issues, such as why we are quick to adopt some interfaces (e.g., smartphones and social media platforms), but reluctant to embrace others (e.g., new voting machines and Google Glass).

Spring 2019 Website

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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.

Fall 2018 Website
Fall 2017 Website

See also Archived Class: Bookshelves to Big Data

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Databodies in Codespace (on precision medicine and data-driven urban planning)

Databodies in CodespacePlaces Journal (April 2018) [presentation slides here]

German translation: “Datenkörper in Coderäumen,” ARCH+ 236: Posthuman Architecture (2019)