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The Problems Data Can’t Solve

The Problems Data Can’t Solve: Eric Adams Puts Too Much Faith in the Power of Statistics and Algorithms,” New York Daily News (June 28, 2021).

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How to Map Nothing

How to Map Nothing,” Places Journal (March 2021)

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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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Mapping the Field

Graduate Elective
Maps reveal, delineate, verify, orient, navigate, anticipate, historicize, conceal, persuade, and, on occasion, even lie. From the earliest spatial representations in cave paintings and on clay tablets, to the predictive climate visualizations and crime maps and mobile cartographic apps of today and tomorrow, maps have offered far more than an objective representation of a stable reality. In this hybrid theory-practice studio we’ll examine maps as artifacts, as texts, as media; and mapping as a method useful in the social sciences, humanities, arts, and design. We’ll explore the past, present, and future – across myriad geographic and cultural contexts – of our techniques and technologies for mapping space and time. In the process, we’ll address various critical frameworks for analyzing the rhetorics, poetics, politics, and epistemologies of spatial and temporal maps. Throughout the semester we’ll also experiment with a variety of critical mapping tools and methods, from techniques of critical cartography to indigenous practices to sensory mapping to time-lining, using both analog and digital approaches. Students are encouraged to use the course, which will be supported by a skilled cartographer teaching assistant, to supplement their fieldwork, to develop their own thesis / dissertation projects, or to advance other personal research and creative pursuits. Course requirements include: individual map critiques; lab exercises; and individual research-based, critical-creative “atlases” composed of maps in a variety of formats.

Spring 2021 Class Website

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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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Mapwashing: Co-Opting Civic Design (2019)

Mapwashing: Co-Opting Civic Design,” Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation Lectures in Planning, September 17, 2019

“Mapwashing,” Keynote Address, “Radical Cartography Now: Digital, Artistic, and Social Justice Approaches to Mapping,” Brown University, September 27, 2019

“Mapwashing,” Department of Urban Studies and Planning, MIT, November 22, 2019

Mattern Mapwashing2 by shannonmattern on Scribd

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Networked Dream Worlds (on 5G)

Networked Dream Worlds,” Real Life Magazine (July 8, 2019).

I wasn’t able to include acknowledgments in this piece, but lots of folks deserve thanks:

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Mapping Urban Media Infrastructures (2019)

PhD Workshop with Rebecca Ross, Birkbeck, University of London, May 30, 2019

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Data Fantasies and Operational Facts: 5G’s Infrastructural Epistemologies (2019)

Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference, March 17, 2019

Designing for the Unknown Series, CONNECT Research Centre, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, May 26, 2019

Data Materiality Series, Birkbeck, University of London, May 31, 2019

Mattern 5GTalk DublinLondon Updated by shannonmattern on Scribd