Please join ENG 818: “Substrates of Cinema: Infrastructure, Media, Logistics” for a Skype conversation with Dr. Shannon Mattern(The New School) about her recent work and Bill Morrison’s celebrated film Dawson City: Frozen Time. In addition to Morrison’s film, the seminar will discuss portions of Mattern’s most recent book Code+Clay, Data+Dirt: 5000 Years of Urban Media (University of Minnesota Press, 2018), and her articles “The Big Data of Ice, Rocks, Soils, and Sediments: Inside the Material Archives of Climate Science” and “Extract and Preserve: Underground Repositories for a Posthuman Future.” (PDF attached).
If you would like to join the seminar for our conversation, RSVP to Justus Nieland (firstname.lastname@example.org) at your earliest convenience. We’ll have refreshments. And please also let me know if you’d like a copy of the introduction to Code + Clay.
Dr. Mattern is Associate Professor of Media Studies at The New School. Her writing and teaching focus on archives, libraries, and other media spaces; media infrastructures; spatial epistemologies; and mediated sensation and exhibition. She is the author of The New Downtown Library: Designing with Communities, Deep Mapping the Media City, and Code and Clay, Data and Dirt: Five Thousand Years of Urban Media, all published by University of Minnesota Press. In addition to writing dozens of articles and book chapters, she also contributes a regular long-form column about urban data and mediated infrastructures to Places, a journal focusing on architecture, urbanism, and landscape, and she sometimes collaborates on public design and interactive projects and exhibitions. You can find her at wordsinspace.net.
Sponsored by the Film Studies Program and the Digital Humanities Program of the College of Arts & Letters.