Public Engagement

  • Faculty

    Shannon Mattern

    Associate Professor of Media Studies

    Office Location:

    79 Fifth Avenue

    Profile:

    Shannon Mattern is an Associate Professor of Media Studies at The New School. 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 CommunitiesDeep Mapping the Media City, and Code and Clay, Data and Dirt: Five Thousand Years of Urban Media (forthcoming), 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 sometimes collaborates on public design and interactive projects and exhibitions. You can find her at wordsinspace.net.

     

     

    Recent Publications:

    RECENT SAMPLE: Code and Clay, Data and Dirt: Five Thousand Years of Urban Media (University of Minnesota Press, forthcoming November 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).

    Research Interests:

    archives, media architectures, media infrastructures, mediated sensation, maps, materiality, urban data, urban intelligence

    Awards And Honors:

    RECENT SAMPLE: Innovations in Education Grant (for the development of an “urban intelligence” test kit for my new “Urban Intelligence” graduate studio), 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

     

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