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The Spectacle of Data: A Century of Fiches, Fairs and Fantasies

The Spectacle of Data: A Century of Fiches, Fairs, and Fantasies,” Theory, Culture & Society, special issue edited by Ryan Bishop and John Phillips (2020) [I presented part of this work as a keynote; you can find my copious slides here

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Indexical Landscapes: 2015

I’ve curated a symposium for the Media Design Practices Program at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA.

Thursday, October 29, 6 to 9pm
The Wind Tunnel Graduate Center for Critical Practice,
950 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena, CA 91105
[via MDP ArtCenter]

Our streets stream data from embedded sensors, our metropoles splinter into districts defined by delivery logistics or crime data, while our contested zones yield their secrets to drone surveillance. Our cities and metropolitan regions are code-spaces, algorithmic landscapes, with layers of data and informational networks laid atop, and often spilling over, their traditional geographic boundaries. “Now, There: Scenes from the Post-Geographic City,” a concurrent exhibition in Art Center for Design’s gallery, will feature projects that explore these new forms and practices of digital urbanity. Yet even without their datified dressings, our landscapes have long been shaped using techniques and technologies that render them “intelligent” and intelligible – either to we humans who inhabit them, or to the various tools we use to cultivate, navigate, and operationalize them. So many of our landscapes – from factory farms and container ports, to libraries and factories, to airwaves and railways and codifed urban “zones” – materialize, and even render perceptible, the logics behind their own organization, management, and use. This panel discussion examines myriad such “indexical landscapes,” those spaces shaped to refer to their own organized content and operative logics.

Participants:

Emily Bills, Participating Adjunct Professor and Coordinator, Urban Studies Program, Woodbury University:
“The Telephone Builds Los Angeles”

Jesse LeCavalier, Assistant Professor, School of Architecture, New Jersey Institute of Technology:
“Landscapes of Fulfillment”

Mark Vallianatos, Policy Director, Urban & Environmental Policy Institute, Occidental College:
“Coding & re:coding Los Angeles”

Lorie Velarde, Geographic Information Systems Analyst, Irvine Police Department:
“Using Geography to Find Criminals”

Jason Weems, Associate Professor of American Art and Visual Culture, University of California, Riverside:
“The City, A Slaughterhouse View”

Richard Wheeler, Adjunct faculty, Graduate Media Design Practices: Field, ArtCenter College of Design:
Viewing the Landscape Through Data”

with Tim Durfee, Professor, Graduate Media Design Practices Program, ArtCenter College of Design, on the Now, There: Scenes from the Post-Geographic City exhibition, co-curated with Mimi Zeiger 

I also led a six-week “Critical Practices” master class, “Sorting Things Out,” which focused on approaches to “indexical writing.”

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Small Moving Parts (2017)

Small Moving Parts (2017)

I co-keynoted the Winter Digital Methods School with Geof Bowker in Amsterdam. I talked about index cards, filing systems, and the long-20th-century material history of data management. Here are my slides.

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Indexical Landscapes (2015)

As a Visiting Critic at ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena, CA, I curated a “Indexical Landscapes” symposium on October 29, 2015. Participants included Emily Bills, Participating Adjunct Professor and Coordinator, Urban Studies Program, Woodbury University; Tim Durfee, Professor, Graduate Media Design Practices Program, ArtCenter College of Design; Jesse LeCavalier, Assistant Professor, School of Architecture, New Jersey Institute of Technology; Mark Vallianatos, Policy Director, Urban & Environmental Policy Institute, Occidental College; Lorie Velarde, Geographic Information Systems Analyst, Irvine Police Department; Jason Weems, Associate Professor of American Art and Visual Culture, University of California, Riverside; and Richard Wheeler, Adjunct faculty, Graduate Media Design Practices: Field, ArtCenter College of Design.

with Tim Durfee, Professor, Graduate Media Design Practices Program, ArtCenter College of Design, on the Now, There: Scenes from the Post-Geographic City exhibition, co-curated with Mimi Zeiger 

You can find info herehere, and here.

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Empyrean Index

Cynthia Daignault, via  Lisa Cooley
Cynthia Daignault, “I love you more than one more day,” via Lisa Cooley

Last weekend, after experiencing the amazing Massive Attack v Adam Curtis gesamtkunstwerk at the Park Avenue Armory and a lovely Jean Tinguely / Rauchenberg “Nouveau Réalisme” “assemblage” show at Sperone Westwater, a friend and I visited Lisa Cooley on the LES to see Cynthia Daignault’s “Which is the Sun and Which is the Shadow?” I was particularly taken by her “I love you more than one more day,” an installation consisting of 365 oil paintings of the sky, which was given its own back room in the gallery.