Utopian Dreaming at UCSC: 11/6–7/15

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.

This Year’s Model

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

Critical Sustainabilities Site Launch

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

Poetics + Politics: Santa Cruz, 5/15–17

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

Mapping Our Disconnect

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.

New Article in Boom’s Summer Issue

I have a new piece out today in Boom: A Journal of California's new issue "What's the Matter with San Francisco." In conjunction with my ongoing Public/Transit project, I've written a story in three visualizations about the transit system the Bay could have had, the one we got, and how private companies are filling the … Continue reading New Article in Boom’s Summer Issue

Cities, Media: Neon Hong Kong

There's no better visual shorthand for HK's hive-like urbanism than crowded streets beneath a glowing canopy of signs sprouting from nearly every available surface. The multicolored glare and audible electric sizzle of so many tubes blinking on and off is a deeply encoded childhood memory.

UCSC Graduate Research Symposium

Oh hey, I was quoted in the Sentinel after being interviewed at the UCSC Graduate Research symposium, where I showed a 10-minute cut of footage from my Public/Transit project. There was a lot of great work presented, but, of course, I'm not at all biased when I say that the film and digital art projects … Continue reading UCSC Graduate Research Symposium

Photography: Day of Anti-Eviction Actions | April 11, 2014

Yesterday I filmed and photographed two anti-eviction actions in San Francisco as part of my ongoing Public/Transit documentary project. The protests were against the eviction of seven tenants from 812 Guerrero in the Mission by, Jack Halprin, a lawyer for Google, and against the many Ellis Act Evictions being pursued against teachers within the city. … Continue reading Photography: Day of Anti-Eviction Actions | April 11, 2014