Mattern, Shannon

Shannon Mattern

Shannon Mattern
PhD, Culture and Communication, New York University
Associate Professor of Media Studies, School of Media Studies

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Areas of Expertise:
Media and spatial theory and practice (media and architecture, the use of media in public design projects, media in urban space, urban media infrastructures, media and geography, the influence of media on the way people design and conceive of space, spatial and formal dimensions of media); places of media production and consumption; media and materiality
Shannon Mattern’s teaching and research address relationships between the forms and materialities of media and the spaces -- architectural, urban, and conceptual -- they create and inhabit. She has written about libraries and archives, media companies' headquarters, place branding, public design projects, urban media art, media acoustics, media infrastructures, and material texts. Formerly a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the History of Art at the University of Pennsylvania, she has also taught at NYU, Parsons The New School for Design, and Rutgers University. Her work has also appeared in Public Culture; Space and Culture; The Senses & Society; Music, Sound and the Moving Image; the International Journal of Communication; Invisible Culture; Design and Culture; the Journal of Architectural Education; and several edited volumes. She also edited a special issue of Media Commons' The New Everyday on "notes, lists, and everyday inscriptions," and she is now the journal's editor.
Courses Taught:
  • Archives, Libraries & Databases
  • The City and Sound
  • Digital Archives
  • Media and Materiality
  • Media Exhibition Design
  • Media & Architecture
  • Media Theory
  • Sound and Space
  • Understanding Media Studies
  • Urban Media Archaeology
Recent Publications:

Preservation Aesthetics,” Interview with Trevor Owens, The Signal: Digital Preservation, The Library of Congress (June 9, 2014)

 “Library as Infrastructure” Places (June 9, 2014)

“Animated Spaces: Experience and Context in Interaction and Architectural Design Exhibitions,” Senses & Society 9:2 (Spring 2014): 131-150 

Interfacing Urban Intelligence” Places (April 28, 2014)

“Embracing the Formalist Mantle,” “Marshall McLuhan's Understanding Media at 50” Special Issue, Journal of Visual Culture 13:1 (April 2014): 85-87

Methodolatry and the Art of Measure: The New Wave of Urban Data Science,” Places (November 5, 2013)

Bureaucracy's Playthings,” Reanimation Library's Word Processor (October 28, 2013)

Ear to the Wire: Listening to Historic Urban Infrastructures,” Amodern 2, “Network Archaeologies” Special Issue (October 2013)

Infrastructural Tourism,” Places (July 1, 2013)

Paju Bookcity: The Next Chapter” Places (January 14, 2013)

Marginalia: Little Libraries in the Urban Margins” Places (May 22, 2012)

The New Downtown Library: Designing with Communities (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2007)


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