How to Read a Virtual Human

This is a graphic piece I created for a presentation that my writing partner and I did at the Shoah Foundation at a conference focusing on digital humanities approaches to the Holocaust and Genocide Studies. This accompanied a slide show that we used during our talk and was intended as a reminder of the artifice… Continue reading How to Read a Virtual Human

The Mummy (1932)

There are certain movies that haunt a viewer for a lifetime. These films most likely do not affect each viewer the same. In fact, it is certain that they do not. But some element, a particular scene or the overall mood, serves as a mind hook and the image returns again and again. It is… Continue reading The Mummy (1932)

On the Applied Unconscious

This is a visual essay/graphic narrative that I created back in 2017 for a presentation that I was giving with my colleague Noah Shenker at the Memory Studies conference in Copenhagen. It’s meant to sketch out an idea from the talk about database consciousness. At this point, I had grown tired of using powerpoint as… Continue reading On the Applied Unconscious

The White Album (Didion, not The Beatles)

I’ve been re-reading Joan Didion’s collection of essays from the 1970s, The White Album. What strikes me about her essays is how much they anticipate the current moment. Her take on the excesses of the 1960s suggests that the chaotic power that gives birth to political and social realignments is always marbled through with technology.… Continue reading The White Album (Didion, not The Beatles)