Image: Underwater black and white photograph of numerous white people swimming in a pool. Their bodies float limply in the water, and are intersected by two horizontal hoses and small plastic whistles that are strung across the pool's interior. The image depicts an underwater sound installation by sonic artist Max Neuhaus called Water Whistle (ca. 1970-1972).
Hello! I'm a contemporary art and digital media culture specialist. I research and write on digital art, intermedia practices, and computational aesthetics, and currently writing a book on sound artist Max Neuhaus (1939-2019) and the politics of listening. Specifically, I study how sound and listening contribute to a multi-sensory framework for understanding "art and technology," and connect historical technologies of power to those of today. Currently, I'm a Lecturer of Interdisciplinary Arts & Performance (IAP) at Arizona State University (ASU).
My work foregrounds interdisciplinary analysis, pairing art history with disability and gender studies, as well as musicology, media studies and the history of technology. In this effort, my work complements conventional artistic formal analysis with scientific knowledge and cultural critique.
One of my core interests is to examine how the field of "art and technology," and its many attendant techno-material cultures, sustains and creates political ideology. From the "politics of listening" to an emergent political economy of "blockchain aesthetics," my work examines how art and media both engender new modes of expression and cultivate systems of power.
Resume at a Glance
Assistant Teaching Professor | Arizona State University (2022-present)
Associate Research Scientist | New York University (2022-present)
Co-Founder | The Cybernetics Library (2017-present)
Visiting Assistant Professor | University of California, Riverside (2022)
Research Strategist | MIT Media Lab (2020-2021)
Visiting Assistant Professor | Oberlin College (2019-2021)
Research Fellow | Nokia Bell Labs (2019-2020)
Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow | Max Planck Institute (2018-2019)
Editor & Curator | Avant.org (2014-2021)
Recent & Upcoming
"Accessible Listening: Inclusive Uses of Sound in the Classroom." Accessibility Awareness Day Conference. Arizona State University. Tempe, AZ. (October 19, 2023)
"Critical Approaches to Queer Sound & Listening in Contemporary Art." Panel: "Queer Auralities." Research presentation at the Society for Cinema & Media Studies (SCMS) conference. Denver, CO. (April 12-15, 2023)
"Blockchain Aesthetics." Two-day seminar/workshop co-led with Dr. Tina Rivers Ryan (Buffalo AKG) for the Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) at New York University. New York, NY. (May 2023)
Remote Access disability arts program sponsored by The Feminist Art Project (TFAP) at Rutgers University. Creative research and access artistry project. Panel: "Art, Gender, and Disability: Aesthetics of Access." 2023 College Art Association conference. New York, NY. (February 24, 2023)