I am a researcher, strategist, writer and producer working across urbanism, technology, and design. I develop large-scale projects and organisations that reprogram outmoded systems, sites, and surplus as collaborative platforms.
My work started through repurposing and reorganising defunct spaces into exceptional interactive environments. In 2003, I founded Elsewhere, an organisation that transformed a massive, three-story second-hand store into an immersive world for collaborative creative productions rethinking things. In 2007, I launched Kulturpark, a three year intervention that catalysed the conversion of an abandoned East Berlin amusement park into a public park. In 2011, I worked at Provisions Library, an art and social change agency in Washington DC, to develop Provisions Research, which connected international creators with federal institutions and archives to source and circulate untold histories.
I hold a BA in English Literature from University of Pennsylvania, an MA in Philosophy from Duke, and aPhD in design at The University of California San Diego. My PhD research traced the geneologies of pervasive automation through the histories of platform automobility, investigating how 20th Century automotive environments, narratives, and interfaces constrain and enable future platform logics and dynamics. As part of this project, I worked as a designer and strategist with partners including The Centre for Design and Geopolitics and The UC San Diego Design Lab, Ford Motors, Hyundai, SANDAG (The San Diego Department of Regional Governance), SAP Design, The Henry Ford Archives and Museums, and Trust Berlin. My dissertation Auto: A Platform Parable is the scaffolding for a book manuscript currently in progress.
I am the founder and Production Director of Radio Espacio Estación (radioee.net), a nomadic, online, translingual radio station that hosts 24-hr broadcast marathons about mobility and movement from locations across the world. I am the Associate Director of Antikythera, a research program on the future of planetary computation based at the Berggruen Institute in Los Angeles, Venice and Beijing. I regularly collaborate with Autonomy UK, a think tank on the future of work, on urban designs and policy proposals for post-work futures.
My writing has been published in AI & Society, Frontiers in Computer Science, Strelka Magazine, Cabinet Magazine, Terremoto Magazine, ACM Design Journal, and Field Journal. My projects have been supported by The British Council, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The Arts and Humanities Research Council, The Soros Foundation, and others.
I have lectured and hosted workshops at University of Porto, Strelka Institute Moscow (New Normal & Terraforming Think Tanks), Neon Foundation Athens, Sandberg Institute Amsterdam, Cambridge University, Bauhaus University Weimar, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Institut Hyperwerk Switzerland, and CCA San Francisco. I have participated on panels at the Design Museum, ICA London, Venice Architecture Biennale, and many others.
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