Excited to share a newly launched project developed in collaboration with colleagues at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science. Our conversations surrounding materiality and material culture turned into an effort to create an online platform featuring established voices and emergent interests surrounding these themes through interviews with an interdisciplinary group of scholars and practitioners. Our first volume of Primary Materials features Lorraine Daston, Jacob Gaboury, Timothy Mitchell, and Keith M. Murphy discussing glass flowers, digital teapots, carbon resources, and design offices.
Caught up in travel myself, but my colleague Martina Haidvogl is presenting our work on the curation and conservation of digital technology at Die Neue Sammlung: "From the 'Dumb Box' to the Museum as Interface."
CANADIAN CENTRE FOR ARCHITECTURE
Coming to the end of a wonderful week at the Canadian Centre for Architecture, beginning research for my project as the CCA's 2017-18 Emerging Curator. The project will examine architecture's simultaneous turns to the "anonymous" architectures of the indigenous Americas and toward systems and the digital in the 1960s and 70s.
MAKING ART CONCRETE
Thrilling to catch some of the first exhibitions of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, including Making Art Concrete, which I worked on while at the Getty Research Institute.
DECOLONIZING THE PLAN
Workshop at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science
Decolonization is not merely a historical process, but also an epistemological one; Decolonizing the Plan’s format of short, empirically-grounded case studies produces a complex, multi-layered picture of how plans in colonial, postcolonial, and settler colonial contexts shape how knowledge is produced. Rather than producing a simplifying or flattening account of decolonization, this research project broadens understanding of decolonizing processes as taking place at a number of different levels simultaneously.
In this workshop, scholars contributing to our book project, Decolonizing the Plan: Keywords for Rethinking the Histories of Planning, will present both case studies and primary source material (including archival documents, artefacts, images, field notes, and excerpts from ethnographies).
POWER PLAY: DESIGN AND THE CITY
SFMOMA lecture series
I'll be speaking alongside SPUR's Ben Grant for the first night of our lecture series on power and public space. You can find a full description and lineup of speakers here.
COLLEGE ART ASSOCIATION
Speaking tomorrow at the College Art Association meeting in New York on the place of the Maya potters of Ticul in the California design imaginary.
GETTY RESEARCH JOURNAL
A recent article was just published in the Getty Research Journal, examining intermediality and cultures of scientific image making in nineteenth-century Mexican archaeology: "Monuments in Print and Photography: Inscribing the Ancient in Nineteenth-Century Mexico."
DESIGN OBSERVER QUARTERLY
Excerpt from Learning by Doing at the Farm
Design Observer Quarterly asked to reprint passages from our book, Learning by Doing at the Farm: Craft, Science, and Counterculture in Modern California, in their latest issue. Portions of the book are beautifully set and finding new proximities with a series of invited essays and design contributions on the theme of "food."
LOS ANGELES MAGAZINE
Los Angeles Magazine asked me to write an architectural itinerary for their current issue on LA walks. This sixteen mile path down Wilshire will take a day, but includes many of LA's best bits of architecture.
A review of Art of Prehistoric Times: Rock Paintings from the Frobenius Collection, now on view at the Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin, for Daily Serving.
Article on land art, archaeology, and Cold War technoscience
"Monumentality as Method: Archaeology and Land Art in the Cold War" is in Representations vol. 130.
Essay on Julius Shulman in Mexico
I wrote a short piece for the Getty Iris on photographs of the Maya site of Chichen Itza taken by Californian architectural photographer Julius Shulman. You can read the piece here.
AMERICAN ANTHROPOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION
Join us for a roundtable on collections, ethics, and knowledge at the American Anthropological Association meeting in DC to coincide with the publication of our special issue of Curator: The Museum Journal, edited by Ann Kakaliouras and Joanna Radin. Participants include Frederic Keck, Amy Lonetree, Catherine Nichols, Heather Edgar, Margaret Bruchac, Desiree Martinez, Lydia Pyne, and Rachel Watkins.
LOS ANGELES TIMES
Review of Learning by Doing at the Farm
It was a lot of fun speaking with Carolina Miranda of the LA Times about our work on Learning by Doing at the Farm. You can read her full review here.
Review of Learning by Doing at the Farm
Archinect's Amelia Taylor-Hochberg stopped by our event for Learning by Doing at the Farm at the A+D Museum. You can read her review of the book here.