Unfixed Art and Research

Art and Infrastructures: Information, Media-N v.10 no.3, is available online and in print. Terri Weissman and I co-edited the issue, with contributions from Orit Halpern, Judith Rodenbeck, Christian Sandvig, and many more.

“Visualities of strategic vision,” my essay with Ned O’Gorman on Air Force filmmaking from Pacific nuclear testing to the war in Vietnam, is included in Cold War Visual Alliances, a special issue of Visual Studies that grew out of 2014’s Cold War Camera symposium in Guatemala.

My talk on black box metaphors at the University of Virginia appeared as a four post series at the Hedgehog Review’s Infernal Machine blog: one / two / three / four

Learning to See Systems, our interdisciplinary graduate initiative, just concluded its second year of programming, and will be heading into two more years of funding with new fellows and new leadership. Lots more to come from this work.

I had the great honor of respond-ing to a paper from colleague
Jodi Byrd on indigeneity, object oriented ontology, and Bioshock Infinite. My remarks are available here at the blog for the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory.


Our paper on perception of algorithms in internet newsfeed sites won best paper at 2015 ACM/CHI. This collaborative work has been getting a lot of attention since last summer’s presentation at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society, and a subsequent panel at SXSW Interactive. More at Int’l Business Times / New Scientist / Fortune / Washington Post / Fusion.

Karrie Karahalios and I will be joint Fellows at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications here at Illinois for 2015-16.

Next up : presentations at ISEA 2015  in Vancouver (August, with Katja Kwastek), the Arctic Documentaries conference here in Urbana (August), and Media Art Histories in Montreal (November, with Orit Halpern.)

What I Hear You Saying2012

2015-2016 will see me in continued service to the University of Illinois’ College of Fine and Applied Arts as Senior Associate Dean, while also taking up a new role in the School of Art and Design as Associate Director.