Shannon Mattern – Media Architectures & Archaeologies

By in Current Semester, Lectures 2015 on October 3, 2015

Key Thinkers in the Field: Shannon Mattern – Media Architectures & Archaeologies

Monday, November 9, 2015, at 6:00 pm to 7:50 pm

University Center, 63 Fifth Ave, lower level, room UL104

Abstract: Just how new are “new” and “emergent” media? Just how novel are our locative technologies, quantified selves, and sentient cities? This talk takes up these questions by both introducing students to “media archaeology” and its presence in various courses and initiatives throughout the university; and by tracing the archaeological through my own work.

I’ll examine how our media architectures — from archives to performance dashboards, from bookshelves to server racks, from file folders to data models, from the agora to today’s “responsive” buildings — have long served as substrates for and containers of mediation; and have both coded and materially embodied intelligence across the ages.

Bio: Shannon Mattern is an Associate Professor in the School of Media Studies at The New School. She writes about media infrastructures; media aesthetics; archives, libraries, and other media spaces. She’s a columnist for Places, an architecture and urbanism journal, and she often consults on design projects related to her areas of research. You can find her at

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