At the end of the month I'll be participating in a lecture series at USF gathering artists, writers, and researchers around ideas of whether we are, in fact, in this thing called the Anthropocene, and if so, how do we cope?
15 years seems an impossibility—for the New York of that time, and the New York before, to be so far in the rearview. It's especially strange when my overwhelming feeling for much of 9/11 was that none of us might survive the day, or the weeks and months to follow.
I'll be presenting at the ISA World Forum in Vienna on July 10 as part of the Visual Sociology Working Group. The panel is a series of presenters discussing the environment, the Anthropocene, and visual media—some of my favorite subjects. Very pleased to be included and looking forward to the other talks. The Forum runs … Continue reading Presenting at the International Sociological Association Forum
Utopian Dreaming was covered by KQED's California Report in advance of the conference, with a nice follow-up article including expanded interviews today.
I'll be presenting at Utopian Dreaming, an event considering the 40th anniversary of Ernest Callenbach's Ecotopia, on November 7 at UCSC. My talk will be about utopia and dystopia in film and literature in California, and there are many other fascinating panels, including a keynote by Kim Stanley Robinson. Talks will be archived after the conference here.
Very pleased to see Elizabeth Wissinger's This Year's Model out in print from NYU Press. It's a fascinating look at the standardization of both the modeling industry, and the ironclad proportions of the model body that have been the subject of such intense debate. I contributed to the project by sourcing historical images and doing archival … Continue reading This Year’s Model
Since the summer of 2012, I've been involved in a project at UC Santa Cruz that is an attempt to get scholars from different disciplines who study sustainability to collaborate and forge a shared vocabulary for common solutions to our collective challenges. The project collects sites where different logics of sustainability—market forces and utopian impulses, … Continue reading Critical Sustainabilities Site Launch
There's a great conference coming up hosted by the Film & Digital Media department at UCSC. Poetics & Politics will focus on bridging the gap between theory and practice in documentary film and interactive work. I'm very pleased to have been included in a panel on May 17 on Gentrification in San Francisco, where I'll … Continue reading Poetics + Politics: Santa Cruz, 5/15–17
I'll be doing a conference presentation of my "Postcards from the Future" project, on California, science fiction, utopia, and dystopia at the Abiding Cities conference at CUNY this November. I'll be part of a panel called "Viable Utopias" on November 14 at 12:30. Come and say hello!
Maps have power. They can make the illegible legible and the invisible visible. They can make the obvious even more obvious and the impossible seem possible. When Stamen Design mapped the routes of the private buses that ferry techies between their homes in San Francisco and their jobs in Silicon Valley for the 2012 Zero1 Biennial, the aesthetic choice to render the map as a transit-system schematic made an open secret within San Francisco obvious to the world. The city is becoming a suburb of the Silicon Valley suburbs.