Professor of Anthropology
Shannon Mattern is a Professor of Anthropology at The New School for Social Research. Her writing and teaching focus on archives, libraries, and other media spaces; media infrastructures; spatial epistemologies; and mediated sensation and exhibition. She is the author of The New Downtown Library: Designing with Communities, Deep Mapping the Media City, and Code and Clay, Data and Dirt: Five Thousand Years of Urban Media, all published by University of Minnesota Press. In addition to writing dozens of articles and book chapters, she also contributes a regular long-form column about urban data and mediated infrastructures to Places, a journal focusing on architecture, urbanism, and landscape, and she collaborates on public design and interactive projects and exhibitions. You can find her at wordsinspace.net.
RECENT SAMPLE: “Community Plumbing," Places Journal (July 2018); “Databodies in Codespace” Places Journal (April 2018); “Extract and Preserve: Underground Repositories for a Posthuman Future,” New Geographies 09: Posthuman (Harvard University Press, 2017); “The Big Data of Ice, Rocks, Soils, and Sediments,” Places Journal (November 2017); Code and Clay, Data and Dirt: Five Thousand Years of Urban Media (University of Minnesota Press, 2017); “A City Is Not a Computer,” Places Journal (February 2017); “Before BILLY: A Brief History of the Shelf,” Harvard Design Magazine 43 (Fall/Winter 2016); “Of Mud, Media, and the Metropolis: Aggregating Histories of Writing and Urbanization,” Cultural Politics 12:3 special issue on Geological Media, edited by Jussi Parikka (November 2016): 310-31; “Public In/Formation,” Places Journal (November 2016); “Animated Aberrations, Rebellious Objects: Zoe Beloff’s The Infernal Dream of Mutt and Jeff,” Volume 49 (September 2016); “Cloud and Field,” Places Journal (August 2016); “Instrumental City,” Places Journal (April 2016); “Indexing the World of Tomorrow,” Places Journal (February 2016); “Middlewhere: The Landscape of Library Logistics,” Urban Omnibus (June 2015); “Mission Control: A History of the Urban Dashboard,” Places Journal (March 2015); “Media Archaeology of Poetry and Sound: A Conversation with Shannon Mattern,” with Christine Mitchell, Amodern 4, “The Poetry Series” Issue (March 2015); “Speculative Archaeology,” Places Journal (December 12, 2014); Deep Mapping the Media City (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2015); The New Downtown Library: Designing with Communities (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2007). For digital copies of most of Dr. Mattern's publications, see her website.
For all upcoming and archived talks and conferences, see her website.
archives, media architectures, media infrastructures, mediated sensation, maps, materiality, urban data, urban intelligence
RECENT SAMPLE: Faculty Research Fund Grant, “Designing Knowledge” (collaboration with Metropolitan New York Research Council and Finnish Cultural Institute New York), Provost’s Office, The New School, $5000, 2018 – 19; Public Knowledge Scholar, Public Knowledge Project, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and San Francisco Public Library, 2018; Möbius Fellowship, with Jussi Parikka, Finnish Cultural Institute, New York, 2017 – 19; Innovations in Education Grant, Provost’s Office, The New School, $10,000, 2017; Senior Fellowship, Internationales Kolleg für Kulturtechnikforschung und Medienphilosophie, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, Germany, Spring 2016; Invited Lecturer/Curator, Critical Dialogues, Media Design Practices Program ArtCenter College of Design, October – December 2015; Visiting Scholarship, Digital Cultures Research Lab, Leuphana University, Lüneburg, Germany, June – July 2015; Faculty Fellow, Graduate Institute for Design, Ethnography and Social Thought, The New School, 2014 – 15
Anthropology & Design
Thinking Through Interfaces
Tools: Anvils to Androids