Looking forward to presenting at the upcoming annual conference for the Society for Utopian Studies at UC Berkeley. This year's theme is "Disruption, Displacement, and Disorder" in the Bay Area, and I'll be presenting on my research into the Google Buses, the history of BART, and the push for self-driving cars.
On April 11–12, I'll be participating in Utopia After the Human, the fifth symposium organized by the research network Imaginaries of the Future: Historicizing the Present. I'll be presenting work from my ongoing research on the ways that ideas of the Anthropocene circulate in visual media, focusing on dystopian imagery and environmental documentary.
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!
My essay that appeared in Boom: A Journal of California's winter 13-14 issue is on Slate.com today as "California is the Future." The original text and photos have been enhanced with a map plotting the locations of future California, by my UCSC Digital Art & New Media colleague Wayne Marci. Check it out!
Touring around California you could be forgiven for thinking you’re living in the future, and not just because of the Silicon Valley wizardry that surrounds us all. We also have to thank Hollywood’s movie magic, which has turned the state into a backdrop for countless science fiction films presenting futures both terrible and wondrous. It’s not just that so many are filmed here—writers and filmmakers have been exploring the future through California sets for decades.