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Hedgework opens @ Brooklyn Navy Yard

Pleased to announce a new collaborative project titled Hedgework, an urban landscape intervention that takes the form of a sentient hedgerow, has opened at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. An inaugural commission for the Yard’s new public art series, the project is on view through November 10, 2024.

May 18, 2024

Keynote Lecture @ Torrance Festival of Ideas

Looking forward to kicking off this year’s Torrance Festival of Ideas. I’ll be addressing how attentive algorithms and extractive data practices are shaping space, influencing behavior, and colonizing everyday life. Articulating post-truth territory as an architectural and infrastructural condition, this talk will examine how these spatial architectures of attention and data mining are in turn situated within broader histories of empiricism, objectivity, science, colonialism, and perception.

April 18, 2023

Data and (Dis)obedience Conference @ Northeastern

Excited to participate on a panel discussion at the Data and (Dis)obedience Conference hosted by the Northeastern University See Something, Frame Something Project. Thanks to Jennifer Gradecki for the invitation!

March 15, 2023

There Are No Facts: book launch and panel discussion

Following the publication of my new book There Are No Facts, The School of Architecture and Planning at the University at Buffalo will be hosting a book launch and panel discussion on Wednesday, November 9 with Molly Wright Steenson, Malcolm McCullough and me, moderated by Hadas Steiner. The event will be both in person and live-streamed

November 9, 2022

No Facts, No People @ the Buffalo Humanities Festival

I’m on a panel with Lindsay Brandon Hunter at the Buffalo Humanities Festival on Sunday, September 25. We’ll be presenting on the role of generative adversarial networks (GANs) in the media and performing arts.

September 25, 2022

Bias in Urban Research: from tools to environments

I contributed a chapter titled Bias in Urban Research: from tools to environments to the Routledge Companion to Smart Cities, edited by Katharine Willis and Alessandro Aurigi. This edited volume of essays explores the question of what it means for a city to be ‘smart’, raises some of the tensions emerging in smart city developments and considers the implications for future ways of inhabiting and understanding the urban condition.

March 27, 2020

Digital Urbanisms @ Columbia GSAPP

Happy to be invited to contribute to this event @ Columbia University’s GSAPP. A homecoming of sorts. Thanks to Leah for the invitation and Laura for signing on to moderate. Very much looking forward to the conversation.

Oct 11, 2019

Delirious Data @ ACSA 2019: Black Box: Articulating Architecture’s Core in the Post-Digital Era

Looking forward to contributing to Delirious Data, a panel organized by McLain Clutter at the 107th ACSA Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh, PA. I’ll be giving a talk on the Data Blasé, Statistical Imaginaries, and the Cashier-less Bodega.

March 29, 2019

Hedgerow Hyllie @ Agrikultura, Malmo, Sweden

Hedgerow Hyllie, a collaboration with Antonina Simeti and Marek Walczak, is a site-specific landscape intervention created for Agrikultura, an international exhibition of public artworks, installations, meals, performances, urban interventions, and events outdoors in Malmo, Sweden from 1 July to 27 August 2017.

July 1, 2017

Intersections: Understanding Urbanism in the Global Age

I’ll be speaking at a conference at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, on a panel session titled “Ways of Knowing the City.”  In an age of big data and predictive analytics, how is what we know about the city shaped by these tools and techniques? How in turn do they shape what we know about its citizens? How do they work to shape the future city?

April 28, 2017

Logistical City Workshop

Looking forward to participating in this workshop addressing the social, political, material and cultural implications of logistical procedures for architecture and urbanism, and the ways in which logistical intelligence could be deployed, or re-routed toward the future design of the city. Sponsored by the UIC Institute of the Humanities at The University of Illinois at Chicago.

February 7, 2017

Art & The Future City

I presented the Sentient City Survival Kit at the Art & The Future City Symposium @ Beursschouwburg in Belgium.

January 20, 2017

Lecture @ the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar

I delivered a lecture in the Oberlichtsaal at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar titled Media Architecture in an Expanded Field. From Situated Technologies to Sentient Cities, the field of Media Architecture has evolved over the past ten years into an established research domain with strong pedagogical implications. This talk will traced how we got here through a cross-section of selected experimental work, in an attempt to open a debate on where we might go next.

November 17, 2016

URBAN INTERMEDIA: the City between Experience and Information

I participated on a panel at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard, part of a workshop addressing the methods and media of urban research sponsored by the Harvard Mellon Urban Initiative. The workshop explored the ways in which the digitized information, communication and media technologies we use to visualize and understand the contemporary urban not only condition what we see, but also shape the kinds of knowledge that our research produces and the ways in which we conceptualize the urban itself. Thanks to Eve Blau for the invitation!

May 2, 2016

New Geographies 7: Geographies of Information

I contributed an essay on Predictive Geographies to New Geographies 7: Geographies of Information. New Geographies is a journal founded and produced by doctoral candidates at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD).

October, 2015

False Positive Fall European Tour

I’m presenting False Positive in four cities across Europe this fall:

October 3, 2015

False Positive Premieres @ Ars Electronica

False Positive, a new collaboration with Moritz Stefaner, will be premiered at this year’s Ars Electronica Festival in Linz, Austria as part of the Post City exhibition.

September 3, 2015

Non Discrete Architectures Symposium @ the University of Pennsylvania

I delivered a paper on Critical Network Practice at the Non Discrete Architectures Symposium, convened at Penn Design, the University of Pennsylvania.

April 2-3, 2015

After Empirical Urbanism @ the University of Toronto

I delivered a paper on the Bias of Data at the After Empirical Urbanism symposium, organized by the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto.

February 27, 2015

In/visible Cities Panel @ Transmediale

I participated on a panel during Transmediale at the Haus Der Kulturen Der Welt in Berlin that focused on the Connecting Cities 2015 theme In/visibile Cities.

January 30, 2015

Keynote lecture at Connecting Cities: Urban Reflections @ SUPERMARKT, Berlin

I delivered the keynote lecture for the Connecting Cities: Urban Reflections symposium, held at SUPERMARKT in Berlin, Germany. Organized by Public Art Lab – Berlin.

September 12, 2014

Lecture at Connecting Cities: Urban Media Lab @ iMAL, Brussels

I delivered a lecture on Sentient Urbanism at the Connecting Cities: Urban Media Lab symposium at iMAL in Brussels, Belgium.

June 14, 2014

“Experiments in Media Architecture” at the Bauhaus Universität Weimar

I presented recent work by students from the Media Arts and Architecture Program (MAAP) at the University at Buffalo to students and faculty at the Bauhaus Universität Weimar, Germany.

April 10, 2014

Beyond The Smart City in HDM 37

I’ve contributed an essay titled Beyond the Smart City: everyday entanglements of technology and urban life to Harvard Design Magazine’s issue on Urbanism’s core (HDM 37).

March 31, 2014

Sentient City Survival Kit @ The New Institute, Rotterdam

I’m exhibiting the The Sentient City Survival Kit at The New Institute in Rotterdam, the Netherlands as part of the summer program The Ruin, on view June 21 – September 15. I also conducted walks with Serendipitor as part of the opening weekend’s events.

June 21, 2013

Essay on “minor urbanism” published in Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies

My essay “Minor urbanism: everyday entanglements of technology and urban life” appears in a special issue of Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies.

June 18, 2013

Expose: Peepers, Flashers and Other Lawbreakers

I participated on a panel with Beatriz Colomina and Hellen Nissenbaum addressing privacy, self-exposure, and space. Organized by Kazys Varnelis and the Network Architecture Lab at Columbia University GSAPP.

February 11, 2013

Eyebeam Annual Showcase

I participated on a panel on art and social change organized for Eyebeam Art + Technology Center’s Annual Showcase with Heather Dewey-Hagborg and Deborah Fisher, executive director of A Blade of Grass. I also have a video in the exhibition.

January 19, 2013

Lecture at OCADu Digital Futures Initiative

I delivered a lecture on the Sentient City at Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto for the Digital Futures Initiative.

November 12, 2012

I Am Seeing Things – Symposium and Exhibition

I’ll be delivering a keynote lecture at the I Am Seeing Things symposium and exhibition. This is the culminating event for TOTeM (Tales of Things and Electronic Memory), a three year research project by Brunel University, Edinburgh College of Art, University College London, University of Dundee, and the University of Salford.

October 23rd, 2012

October in NYC

It’s a double-bill this month in New York City:

I’ll be presenting at the Guggenheim Museum for the LISA Conference on Tuesday, October 16. Looking forward to what looks to be a great line-up of speakers.

Then it’s Conflux time! One of my favorite festivals to be part of. Come for a Serendipitor walk in lower Manhattan on Saturday, October 20th at 2pm.

October 11th, 2012

The City & The Book @ USC / 5D Institute

I’m in LA where I’m on a panel at The City & The Book, a two-day transmedia design summit at USC School of Cinematic Arts, organized by 5D Institute.

September 21st, 2012

Sentient City Survival Kit @ Haus für elektronische Künste, Basel

I’m in Basel for the opening of Sensing Place, an exhibition at the Haus für elektronische Künste. Sensing Place engages with urban developments, new digital infrastructure and municipal space concepts. Curated by Sabine Himmelsbach. Exhibition Opening: Thursday, August 30, 2012, 7 pm.

August 30th, 2012

13th International Venice Architecture Biennale

I’ll be in Venice presenting work as part of Spontaneous Interventions, an exhibition organized for the US Pavilion by the Institute for Urban Design as part of the 13th International Venice Architecture Biennale. The exhibition is on view August 29 – November 25, 2012. I’ll be conducting walks with Serendipitor and collaborating with Natalie Jeremijenko and David Benjamin on the Venice Mussel Choir, a water quality monitoring project using bi-valves as bio-sensors. I’ve also contributed an essay on minor urbanism to the exhibition catalog.

August 21st, 2012

SCSK @ Hack the City

The Sentient City Survival Kit is being exhibited in Trinity College Dublin’s Science Gallery exhibit Hack the City, curated by Teresa Dillon. The exhibition opens Thursday, June 21 and is on view through September 8, 2012. I’ve also organized a walk with Serendipitor across the city of Dublin.

June 21st, 2012

SCREENICITY: Sentient City – Oslo

I’m giving a talk on the Sentient City as part of the SCREENICITY lecture series organized by Ingrid Hoelzl, Department of Media and Communication, University of Oslo, Norway.

June 7th, 2012

Remediating Urban Space @ Plymouth University

I’m in Plymouth, UK where I’m delivering the keynote lecture for the Remediating Urban Space symposium, organized by Katharine Willis and the School of Architecture with i-DAT. Thrilled to participate in this event alongside such a sharp group!

June 6th, 2012

Tactical Sound Garden @ MIKSER 2012 – Belgrade

The Tactical Sound Garden [TSG] is growing in Belgrade, Serbia, during the Mikser 2012 festival from May 25 – June 2. The project is part of the exhibition Point Blank – Mikser on Belef, curated by Dušica Dražić. I’m also giving a talk as part of the Urban Transformations speaker series.

May 25th, 2012

Sentient City Survival Kit @ DEAF

On my way to Rotterdam where I’ll be exhibiting the Sentient City Survival Kit @ the Dutch Electronic Arts Festival (DEAF), which opens Wednesday, May 16. I’ll also be participating in a debate on Augmented Society, Saturday, May 19.

May 16th, 2012

Tactical Sound Garden: Buffalo

I’m in Buffalo on May 4 & 5 installing a new version of the Tactical Sound Garden, part of the Fluid Culture arts & media series of the University at Buffalo Humanities Institute.

May 4th, 2012

Situated Technologies: Beneath and Beyond Big Data

Come celebrate the publication of the final pamphlet in the Situated Technologies Pamphlets Series, Modulated Cities: Networked Spaces, Reconstituted Subjects, by Helen Nissenbaum and Kazys Varnelis. Bringing together contributors to the Situated Technologies Project throughout its first six years, this half-day event will address current issues surrounding situated technologies and the increasing entanglement of data, technology, and the built environment, and attempt to identify future trajectories for their evolution.

Situated Technologies: Beneath and Beyond Big Data
A symposium with Philip Beesley, David Benjamin, Laura Forlano, Usman Haque, Natalie Jeremijenko, Omar Khan, Laura Kurgan, Helen Nissenbaum, Trebor Scholz, Mark Shepard, and Kazys Varnelis
Saturday, April 28, 2012
2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Rose Auditorium, The Cooper Union
41 Cooper Square, NYC

April 28th, 2012

Discourse and Discord: Architecture of Agonism from the Kitchen Table to the City Street

I am off to Minneapolis for Discourse and Discord: Architecture of Agonism from the Kitchen Table to the City Street, April 12-14 @ The Walker Art Center.

I’m participating in a performative conversation titled Structures for Discord with designer Carl DiSalvo, artist/educator Marisa Jahn, and media theorist Warren Sack, for which I choreographed the lighting and and stage configurations based on George Balanchine’s ballet Agon.

update: a video recording of the event is archived here.

April 12th, 2012

Urban Ontologies @ Eyebeam

Jordan Crandall and I will be hosting an informal public conversation on new urban ontologies at Eyebeam Art + Technology Center on Thursday, March 22 from 6-8pm. The event is part of the Urban Research Group conversation series, which aims to address the underlying issues, ideas and interests that drive the research of Eyebeam’s current fellows.

March 21st, 2012

On the Verge: Dennis Crowley and Mark Shepard @ SVA

Looking forward to an informal conversation tonight with Dennis Crowley, founder of foursquare, as part of SVA’s spring lecture series for the MFA program in Interaction Design.

February 9th, 2012

CCD-me-not Umbrella @ Eyebeam Open Studios: Winter 2011

I’ll be participating in Open Studios @ Eyebeam Art + Technology Center this Friday and Saturday, December 16 & 17, from 3-6pm. I’ll be installing a live version of the CCD-me-not Umbrella, part of the Sentient City Survival Kit. This is a great opportunity to get a glimpse of current research and works-in-progress by current residents and fellows there. Come by and say hello if you are in New York!

December 16th, 2011

Festival CulturaDigital.Br – Rio de Janiero, Brazil

I’ll be heading to Brazil for this year’s Festival CulturaDigital.Br, from December 2-4th at MAM-Rio and Cine Odeon in Rio de Janeiro. I’ll be talking about Serendipitor and other forms of alternative urban navigation techniques.

December 4th, 2011

NYC Open Sensor Network Workshop @ Eyebeam

I’m facilitating a workshop at Eyebeam Art + Technology Center in New York on Friday, December 2. We’ll be developing ideas (and an action plan) for rolling out an open sensor network in NYC next spring. Organized together with Pachube and the NYC Internet of Things Meetup.

December 2nd, 2011

Lecture at Stroom Den Haag, Netherlands

I’ll be giving a talk on the Sentient City at Stroom Den Haag on Thursday, October 27 at 8 pm. The talk is part of Stroom’s The Knight’s Move lecture series, which aims to “cut across all disciplines and thus stimulate rethinking the city.” Excited to be a part of this excellent series!

October 27th, 2011

Expanding the Documentary @ Purchase College

I’m on a panel at the Expanding the Documentary conference at Purchase College, organized by Brooke Singer and Michelle Stewart. The conference is accompanied by an exhibition of expanded documentary works, in which Serendipitor is included, on view in the Passage Gallery, October 13 till November 6.

October 14th, 2011

Idea Festival

I’m in Louisville, Kentucky for the Idea Festival where I’m presenting with Shih Chieh Huang, Richard Pell, Julie Wyman, and Pamela Z during the Creative Capital session moderated by Ruby Lerner. I’ll also be conducting a walk with Serendipitor on Friday, September 23 @ 5:30pm, starting at the entrance to the Kentucky Center for Performing Arts.

September 22nd, 2011

PICNIC in Amsterdam

I’m heading to the PICNIC festival in Amsterdam where I’ll be moderating a session titled From Database Cities to Urban Stories with Saskia Sassen, Marc Tuters, Martijn de Waal, Beth Coleman, Nerea Calvillo, Eymund Diegel, Romano Gallo and Mirko Lorenz. Thursday, September 15 from 1:30 – 5:15pm at the NDSM warf.

September 14th, 2011

Sentient City Survival Kit @ Ars Electronica 2011

I’m off to Linz, Austria to exhibit the Survival Kit as part of this year’s Ars Electronica festival, August 31 – September 6.

The project is included in the CYBERARTS 2011 exhibition, which includes a selection of projects that received an award in the Prix Ars Electronica 2011 competition.

I’ll also be conducting walks with Serendipitor throughout the weekend.

August 25th, 2011

Sentient City Book Launch + Serendipitor Walkshop @ INDESEM 2011

I’ll be in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, on Saturday, May 14 for a Serendipitor walkshop during the day and a book launch event for Sentient City in the evening @ V2_ Institute for the Unstable Media, together with Martijn de Waal and Michiel de Lange. Thanks to the organizers of INDESEM 2011 for the invitation!

May 12th, 2011

Upgrade! Boston

I’ll be speaking at the MIT Media Lab as part of Upgrade! Boston next Tuesday, April 26 @ 7pm, and conducting a walk with Serendipitor on Wednesday @ 5pm.

April 20th, 2011

Sentient City Survival Kit @ Enter:datapolis

I’ll be in Prague from April 14-17 for Enter:datapolis, the 5th incarnation of this art and technology festival. I’ll be giving a talk on the Sentient City, presenting the Survival Kit, and organizing walks through the city with Serendipitor.

April 4th, 2011

Hertzian Rain @ Birchfield Penney Art Center

This spring I’ll be performing Hertzian Rain at the Birchfield Penney Art Center in Buffalo, NY. These performances as part of the exhibition Eyes of the Skin: Art and the Senses, featuring installations by Alexandra Spaulding and JT Rinker. Curated by Stefani Bardin. February 13 and March 27 at 3pm, and April 8 at 7pm.

March 27th, 2011

Sentient City now available from MIT Press and Amazon

Sentient City: ubiquitous computing, architecture and the future of urban space is now available for purchase from the MIT Press and

Case studies by David Benjamin, Soo-in Yang, and Natalie Jeremijenko; Haque Design + Research; SENSEable City Lab; David Jimison and JooYoun Paek; and Anthony Townsend, Antonina Simeti, Dana Spiegel, Laura Forlano, and Tony Bacigalupo

Essays by Martijn de Waal, Keller Easterling, Matthew Fuller, Anne Galloway, Dan Hill, Omar Khan, Saskia Sassen, Trebor Scholz, Hadas Steiner, Kazys Varnelis, and Mimi Zeiger.

February 28th, 2011


A few things happening in the first half of February:

From Feb 1-6 I’ll be in Berlin for Transmediale. Serendipitor is up for an award, and will be on exhibit at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt.

On Feb 10 I’ll be participating on a panel titled Responsive City: Fact or Fiction? at this year’s CAA Conference in New York. Chaired by Steve Dietz, the panelists include: Barbara Goldstein, Public Art Program Director, City of San Jose, Cameron McNall of Electroland, and Ben Rubin of Ear Studio.

On Feb 11 we’re celebrating the publication of Sentient City: Ubiquitous Computing, Architecture and the Future of Urban Space, the book I’ve edited based on the 2009 exhibition I curated at the Urban Center in New York. Paola Antonelli, Hadas Steiner and I will discuss the architecture and design exhibition’s historical relation to architectural production and its influence on contemporary design discourse. Friday, February 11, 2011, 7:00 p.m. @ McNally Jackson Books, 52 Prince Street, New York City.

January 26th, 2011

Vivo – São Paulo

Off to São Paulo, Brazil for Vivo Festival for Mobile Media Art, November 30 – December 5. I’ll be installing a new version of the Tactical Sound Garden, exhibiting the Sentient City Survival Kit, and participating on a panel discussion at the symposium.

November 25th, 2010

Ignite Amsterdam 2 @ Mediamatic

Presenting the Sentient City Survival Kit at Ignite Amsterdam 2 @ Mediamatic.

November 6th, 2010

Serendipitor @ Share Festival, Turin, Italy

Serendipitor is exhibited as part of Sm_Art Mistakes, an exhibition at the Museo Regionale di Scienze Naturali as part of the Share Festival in Turin, Italy from November 2-7.

November 2nd, 2010

Serendipitor exhibited at Art Center Nabi, Seoul, Korea

Serendipitor, one component of the Sentient City Survival Kit, is included in the exhibition Borderless Reality organized by V2_ Institute for the Unstable Media together with Art Center Nabi in Seoul, Korea as part of the 2010 International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality (ISMAR). The exhibition opens Wednesday, October 13 and will be on view through November 12.

October 12th, 2010


October is shaping up to be a busy month.

I’ll be at the Conflux Festival on Saturday, October 9 for a “long table discussion” with Eve Mosher, Sal Randolph, Bettina Johae, and Ricardo M. Zuñiga.

On Tuesday, October 26th I’ll be speaking at a one-day conference in Budapest, Hungary at the Traflo House of Contemporary Art titled The Architecture of Survival, Learning from Yona Friedman. I’ll be visiting Kitchen Budapest the next day for a public lecture and discussion.

Then it is on to Germany, for a keynote lecture and panel discussion at the MediaCity 2010 conference at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar on Saturday, October 30. I’ll also be participating in the Lift Workshop @ Weimar on Sustainable Interaction with Food, Technology, and the City.

Finally, on Sunday, October 31, I’ll be delivering a public lecture in Berlin (venue TBA) at the Deutsches Architektur Zentrum (DAZ) and visiting the Physical Interaction Design course at the University of Applied Sciences in Potsdam the following day.

Make contact if you want to connect at any of these events!

October 5th, 2010

Serendipitor nominated for the 2011 Transmediale Award

I’m pleased (and humbled) to be able to announce that Serendipitor has been nominated for the 2011 Transmediale Award.

From the announcement: “In a session lasting several days, the internatinal jury nominated the most outstanding works from an impressive pool of more than 1000 submissions. The jury selected seven submissions in their search for innovative, original and visionary art works and projects that address, question and artistically contribute to the technological society.”

Serendipitor is one component of the Sentient City Survival Kit.

September 28th, 2010

Beyond/In Western New York 2010: Alternating Currents

I’ll be exhibiting new work related to the Sentient City Survival Kit at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery as part of Beyond/In Western New York, an international contemporary art biennial produced through a unique curatorial collaboration between twelve of Western New York’s museums and galleries. The exhibition opens Sunday, September 26, 4pm at the Albright-Knox.

September 23rd, 2010

V2_ Test_Lab: Summer Sessions 2010

Back in Rotterdam for V2_’s Test_Lab: Summer Sessions 2010, presenting work by Anouk Wipprecht, Joachim Rotteveel, Ivan Henriques and myself developed at V2_ during this year’s summer residency program. Thursday, September 2 @ 8PM, Eendrachtsstraat 10, Rotterdam, the Netherlands

September 1st, 2010

Serendipitor Public Beta Released

After some back and forth with Apple, Serendipitor – an alternative navigation app for the iPhone – is now available as a free download from the App Store.

Thanks to everyone who helped out with the beta testing! Keep the comments/suggestions coming…

August 22nd, 2010

Sentient City Survival Kit @ ISEA2010 RUHR

Off to Dortmund, Germany where I’ll be exhibiting the Survival Kit @ ISEA2010 RUHR. The exhibition opens Thursday, August 19 in the RWE Gallery.

I’ll also be presenting as part of the V2_ Summer Session Test_Lab @ ISEA on Friday, August 27.

August 17th, 2010

Summer Sessions @ V2_

Arrived in Rotterdam and settling in at V2_ Institute for the Unstable Media where I’ll be continuing development on the Survival Kit as part of their summer residency program. This follows six weeks at Eyebeam Art + Technology Center as the inaugural resident for a new international residency program between the two media labs.

Follow the developments here.

July 12th, 2010

Open Studios @ Eyebeam

I’ll be participating in Open Studios @ Eyebeam Art + Technology Center this Friday and Saturday, June 25 & 26, from 3-6pm. This is a great opportunity to get a glimpse of current research and works-in-progress by current residents and fellows there. I’m in residency at Eyebeam working on the Sentient City Survival Kit.

June 21st, 2010

Entr’acte Panel @ PSi16 – Performing Publics

Just back from the Performance Studies International conference in Toronto where I was on a panel with Marianne Weems and Moe Angelos of the Builders Association, Rodolphe el-Khoury (was sick), and Omar Khan. The panel, titled Entr’acte, was organized by Jordan Geiger.

June 11th, 2010

Open 19, Beyond Privacy. New Notions of the Private and Public Domains

I have a short essay on the Survival Kit out now in Open: Cahier on Art and the Public Domain, published by SKOR and NAi Publishers. The main theme of Open #19 is privacy, a right that protects one’s private life, a right that is not only established by law but also has political and social significance. It can be experienced and observed differently by individuals and groups, depending upon their position in society and the desires and interests involved.

In this issue, the concept of privacy is examined and reconsidered from legal, sociological, media-theoretical and activist perspectives. The focus is not so much on deploring the loss of privacy but on taking the present situation of ‘post-privacy’ for what it is and trying to gain insight into what is on the horizon in terms of new subjectivities and power constructions. The issue includes contributions by Daniel Solove, Maurizio Lazzarato, Rudi Laermans, Armin Medosch, Felix Stalder, Joris van Hoboken, Oliver Leistert Martijn de Waal, Rob van Kranenburg, Mark Shepard and Matthijs Bouw and Gio Sumbadze.

June 5th, 2010

Mediateca Expandida. Habitar: Bending the Urban Frame @ LABoral

I’m showing concept sketches and a video trailer for the Sentient City Survival Kit in the exhibition Habitar: Bending the Urban Frame @ LABoral Center for Art and Industrial Creation in Gijon, Spain. The exhibition, curated by José Luis de Vicente and advised by Fabien Girardin, explores the topography of new urban landscapes populated by “soft and invisible architectures” that “fashion sentient and reactive environments.”

The exhibition opens Thursday, May 27 and runs through November 8, 2010 and includes work by Timo Arnall, Julian Bleecker, Ángel Borrego – Office for Strategic Spaces, Nerea Calvillo, Citilab-Cornellà, Pedro Miguel Cruz, Dan Hill, IaaC – Instituto de Arquitectura Avanzada de Cataluña, kawamura-ganjavian + Maki Portilla Kawamura + Tanadori Yamaguchi, Aaron Koblin, Philippe Rahm architectes, Marina Rocarols, Enrique Soriano, Pep Tornabell, Theodore Mohillo, Semiconductor, SENSEable City Lab, Mark Shepard.

Update: the exhibition catalogue is now available as a PDF download.

May 27th, 2010

Networked Publics Panel @ Studio-X

I’ll be participating in Discussions on Networked Publics, a series of panels examining how technology and social changes are transforming the public realm. This panel focuses on “Place” and includes: Amanda McDonald Crowley, Douglas Gauthier, Christina Ray, Kevin Slavin, and Tim Ventimiglia. Kazys Varnelis, director of Columbia University’s Network Architecture Lab will moderate.

Thursday, March 25 @ 6:30pm
Studio-X, 180 Varick Street, Suite 1610, New York City.

This event is free and open to the public.

March 25th, 2010

DAC 09 – After Media: embodiment and context

I’m at the DAC 09 Digital Arts in Culture conference, held this year at UC Irvine’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts. I’m participating on a panel titled After Mobile Media.

December 12th, 2009

Open City: Designing Coexistence – Keynote + Workshop + Exhibition at the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam

I’ll be in Rotterdam the first week in November to deliver a keynote lecture (Thursday, November 5), conduct a workshop and open an exhibit of my work (Friday, November 6), as part of the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam (IABR) at the Netherlands Architecture Institute (NAi). This year’s theme is Open City: Designing Coexistence and it looks like a great lineup of speakers and exhibitions.

Thanks to Martijn de Waal and Michiel de Lange of The Mobile City for the invitation!

November 5, 2009

Lecture @ Design Academy Eindhoven

I’ll be delivering a lecture at the Design Academy Eindhoven in the Netherlands on Wednesday, November 4. Thanks to Frans Parthesius for the invitation and Patricia Schraven for the introduction!

November 4, 2009

ACADIA 09: reForm() – On Hertzian Space and Urban Architecture

I’ll be in Chicago this Saturday, October 24, delivering a paper on Hertzian Space and Urban Architecture at ACADIA 09, held this year at the School of The Art Institute of Chicago, Department of Architecture, Interior Architecture and Designed Objects. This conference has come a long way in the past few years thanks to the efforts of people such as Omar Khan, Philip Beesley and Tristan d’Estree Sterk. Looking forward to a weekend in the windy city mapping new trajectories for the intersection of architecture and computing.

October 24, 2009

Sentient City workshop @ Conflux 2009

As part of this year’s Conflux Festival, I’ll be presenting the Sentient City Survival Kit, a sub-project of the Toward the Sentient City exhibition. Friday, September 18 @ 6:30pm at NYU’s Barney Building, 34 Stuyvesant Street, NYC.

September 18, 2009

Toward the Sentient City – Opening Reception September 17

It is with great pleasure that I announce the opening of Toward the Sentient City, an exhibition I’ve curated that aims to critically explore the evolving relationship between ubiquitous computing, architecture and urban space. Organized by the Architectural League of New York, the exhibition is based on five newly commissioned projects distributed throughout the city.

Opening Reception:Thursday, September 17, 6-9pm @ The Urban Center, 457 Madison Avenue, New York City

Exhibition on view September 17 – November 7.

September 4, 2009

ISEA 2009 on the Emerald Isle

I’m in Belfast for ISEA 2009. I’ll be giving two talks – one on Thursday morning addressing the Hertzian Space of cities as a context for the projects Hertzian Rain and the Tactical Sound Garden, the other on Saturday presenting work-in-progress on the Sentient City Survival Kit.

I will unfortunately miss the opening and panel discussion in Dublin on August 31st for Space is the Place at the National College of Art and Design (bad scheduling on my part). It’s an exhibition curated by Conor McGarrigle and John Buckley for ISEA 2009 in which the Tactical Sound Garden is included. Both the exhibition and panel discussion are not to be missed if you are in town!

August 25, 2009

Mobile City Interview

Here’s an interview with me posted by Martijn de Waal on the Mobile City blog.

July 5, 2009

Subtle Technologies: Networks

Presenting the Survival Kit as a talk for this year’s Subtle Technologies symposium, June 11-14, in Toronto.

June 11, 2009

The Global Polis: Interactive Infrastructures

Concept sketches for preliminary items in the Sentient City Survival Kit are included in the exhibition The Global Polis: Interactive Infrastructures, curated by Nader Vossoughian and organized by the Center for Architecture.

Opening: Friday, May 15 @ 6pm at the Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place, New York City. I’ll also be participating in a workshop that afternoon from 1-4pm on Energy Infrastructures with what looks to be a great group of people.

May 15, 2009

Hertzian Rain @ Eyebeam’s MIXER: EXPO

Eyebeam‘s quarterly event series dedicated to showcasing leading artists in the fields of live audiovisual performance, interactive and participatory art, will present its fifth iteration on Friday, March 6 – Saturday, March 7, 2009 from 9pm–2am @ Eyebeam: 540 W. 21st, NYC. Using the World’s Fair as the framework, Eyebeam will transform its rugged warehouse space into a temporary village of utopian pavilions for a two-night extravaganza called MIXER: EXPO. (Tickets are available here).

I’ll be presenting a new project called Hertzian Rain, a variable event structure designed to raise awareness of issues surrounding the wireless topography of urban environments through telematic conversations based on sound and bodily movement. This iteration will be performed in collaboration with G. Douglas Barrett, Al Laufeld, Dan Perlin, Craig Shepard and others.

March 6, 2009

The Commons at Studio X

I’ll be participating on a panel discussion Thursday, March 5, 6:30pm @ Studio X reassessing the idea of the Commons in light of contemporary economic conditions. Panelists include Nora Libertun De Duren, Director Of Planning, New York City Parks And Recreation Department; Olympia Kazi, Executive Director, Institute For Urban Design; Michael Mandiberg, Artist and Senior Fellow, Eyebeam; and Brooke Singer, Artist and Assistant Professor, Purchase College. Moderated by Gavin Browning, programming coordinator, Studio X.

The panel is organized by Studio X and Eyebeam as a prelude to the performance of Hertzian Rain at Eyebeam’s MIXER: EXPO, March 6-7, 2009.

Studio X is located at 180 Varick Street, Suite 1610, New York, NY.

March 5, 2009

A Few Zines: Dispatches from the Edge of Architectural Production

Now here’s something exciting from Mimi Zeiger that I’m (peripherally) involved in, thanks to Kazys:

A Few Zines: Dispatches from the Edge of Architectural Production is an exhibition that examines ’90s architecture “zine” culture and its relation to contemporary architectural publishing. To launch this exhibit, curator Mimi Zeiger has published a new issue of her zine loud paper and organized a party and panel discussion on Thursday, January 8, 2009, 6:30 pm @ Studio-X, 180 Varick Street, Suite 1610, New York, NY. Free and open to the public.

January 8, 2009

Tourism: Spaces of Fiction @ the Design Museum Barcelona

The Tactical Sound Garden [TSG] is included in Tourism: Spaces of Fiction, the inaugural exhibition at the new Design Museum in Barcelona. The exhibition explores the relationship between design and tourism and is on view from December 3, 2008 – May 24, 2009.

December 3, 2008

Recircuiting the Social: Sound Tactics for Urban Public Space

Off to RISD to give a talk on sound, architecture, urban space and participation. The lecture takes place Wednesday October 22nd 2008 at 11 am (CIT/Mason Building 413). This is a public lecture – all are welcome. The lecture is part of the seminar Sound, Media & Urban Space and is sponsored by Digital+Media. Thanks to Frauke Behrendt for the invitation!

October 22, 2008