“Of Mountains and Machines” (on Armin Link’s Alpi), Wildness Distant, Arthur Ross Gallery, Columbia University, October 2020
“The Scalar Logics of COVID,” Harun Farocki Institut (April 25, 2020).
“Urban Auscultation; or, Perceiving the Action of the Heart,” Places Journal (April 2020).
Portuguese translation: Eduardo Harry Leursen, “Auscultação urbana: ou percebendo a ação do coração,” RUA (December 2020).
Co-taught with Barry Salmon, graduate seminar elective
Sound is not something merely projected into a space. Space is not merely sound’s container. To the contrary, sound has the potential to define space, to create metaphorical walls. Sound “happens” in space; its waves traverse a distance from source to ear. Furthermore, both sound and space have a structural design, an architectonics. This seminar addresses the sonic qualities of space, the spatial properties of sound, and the myriad other links between space and sound. We will begin by addressing theories of space – particularly those that acknowledge the role of sound, or silence, in shaping and giving character to space. We will then move on to examine some historical examples in which sonic and spatial constructions have worked in concert to define a place in time. The remainder of the semester is devoted to a variety of sound/space applications: artists crafting spaces out of sound, architects creating sonic spaces, sonic landscapes and sculptures, sound in mediated spaces, and auditory media’s role in shaping spaces or demarcating boundaries. Everyone will be asked to complete one mid-semester paper on a topic of his or her choice, and a final group project – either a substantial research paper or a creative project. Throughout the semester, additional assignments will be developed collaboratively between instructors and students. Through the completion of these exercises and weekly reading assignments, weekly attendance, and occasional field trips and guest speakers, students will leave the class familiar with a new body of theory, appreciative of the connections between these seemingly unrelated concepts, and aware of how sound shapes the world we live, and listen, in.
Spring 2008: Syllabus
Project-based graduate seminar elective
This course serves as a convergence point for the myriad courses and programs that comprise the “Media Space | Public Space” (MS|PS) project, a year-long investigation of the relationships between public spaces, media technologies, their uses, and the mediated environments they create. Bringing together students from the Departments of Media Studies & Film, Design & Technology, Architecture, and International Affairs, this seminar takes the University and the city-at-large as extended classrooms, as laboratories, in which we can investigate how new media are shaping the ways we design and experience public space, and how the growing academic interest in “space” and “place” can contribute to theoretical and practical concerns germane to media studies and other fields concerned with media.
Students enrolled in the seminar will be asked to attend, over the course of the semester, a minimum of three events that will be listed on the MS|PS events calendar. We will gather in the classroom for several seminar sessions during the semester to discuss the course’s foundation readings and our individual explorations of the seminar-related, outside-of-class events. In our in-class sessions, we will identify overarching themes, develop synthetic theories, draw conclusions about the relationships between media and space – and, ultimately, design and facilitate a culminating project that reflects our individual and collective understandings of those relationships.
Spring 2006: Syllabus
I organized a workshop on “Spaces of Media Access, Making and Learning” for the 2014 Society for Cinema and Media Studies conference in Seattle — and today we found out we’re in! I look forward to chairing the discussion among Anne Balsamo, Paulina Mickiewicz, Jentery Sayers, and Patrik Svensson (and me) in March! Here’s our proposal:
“Font of a Nation: Creating a National Graphic Identity for Qatar” Public Culture 20:3 (Fall 2008): 479-96
[Reprinted in Volume 19 (April 2009)]
with Joseph Gessert, “Bad Signal” The New Republic (December 6, 1999) on the local politics of FCC radio regulation