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This coming summer, metaLAB will be hosting a two-week workshop for art historians, scholars of visual culture, and museum professionals at all career stages on the topic of Beautiful Data: Telling Stories About Art with Open Collections. Supported by the Getty Foundation, the workshop will introduce participants to the concepts and skills necessary to make use of open collections to develop art-historical storytelling through data visualization, interactive media, enhanced curatorial description and exhibition practice, digital
 
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- January 17, 2014

It’s University Press Week and my colleague at Harvard University Press, Greg Kornbluh, was kind enough to ask me to write something up for the occasion regarding the role of academic presses and the future of scholarly books. The post begins by addressing the question of “what is a scholarly book?” with respect to what scholarly books have been over the course of the past century. It then transitions to another set of questions–questions of
 
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- November 12, 2013

My colleague Matthew Battles and I recently completed the lead book in the new metaLABprojects series that will be launched by Harvard University Press in the spring of 2014. Under the title of The Library Beyond the Book, it reflects on what libraries have been in the past from a broad cultural anthropological and architectonic standpoint in order to speculate on what they will become in the future: hybrid places that intermingle books and ebooks,
 
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- September 28, 2013

My collaborator Adam Michaels and I have been working on a two-fold supplement to our 2012 book on the experimental paperbacks of the 60s and 70s that we will be presenting at the Project Projects table at the New York Art Book Fair (MOMA P.S. 1) on the afternoon of Saturday, September 21, 2013. It consists in two limited edition items: a poster remix of the book and its sources; and a pamphlet that reproduces
 
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- September 9, 2013

Over the past decade, I’ve had the privilege of being involved in several projects that explore the limits of the World Wide Web as a support for live multi-sited performances as well as the potential for network latencies to become expressive features of such real-time performances. Instead of being understood simply as the enemy to be overcome in order to achieve a “live-like effect,” network latencies become a necessary, even desirable feature to be interpreted
 
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- June 8, 2013

Accessible online at http://guestandhost.herokuapp.com/ and installed on ten iPads at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art as part of the Host & Guest exhibition curated by Steven Henry Madoff, GHOST is a networked art piece made up of six database documentaries or “Zeegas” that are user actuated. Each is composed of hundreds of stills and gifs hosted across the World Wide Web. The media files reside in these scattered locations. They are not copied or
 
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- May 2, 2013

A short documentary film on the making of the SKI PAST exhibition was recently completed by Film Work, a media production studio in Trento. Inaugurated in the fall of 2012, SKI PAST: histories of Nordic sport in Fiemme and the world will remain open until June 2013 and provides an innovative approach to the presentation of sports history in a no less innovative site: the Trento tunnels known as Le Gallerie –two former superhighway tunnels
 
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- March 15, 2013

Due to teaching obligations, I was unable to attend the October opening of SKI PAST at the Trento Tunnels (Le Gallerie), despite having worked closely with Daniele Ledda and XY communications in Milan on its design. I was finally able to visit the exhibition in early December and was very pleased with the overall result. Sports history museums (not to mention ski museums) aren’t usually known for fresh or innovative approaches to museology or installation
 
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- January 7, 2013

The fourth edition of the Trento Tunnels project assumes the form of a unique exhibition devoted to the theme of “histories of Nordic sport in Fiemme and the world.” Come January 2013, Val di Fiemme will be hosting the world cross-country ski and ski jumping competitions for the first time and this new edition of the Trento Tunnels provides a innovative overview of the material culture of skiing, its history and development, and its role
 
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- October 22, 2012

Panorama of the Cold War, my collaboration with Elisabetta Terragni (Studio Terragni Architetti) and Daniele Ledda (XY Comm) will be featured in the Albanian pavilion of the 2012 Venice Biennale di Architettura. There it will be documented in a hall dedicated to the problems and opportunities posed by the military infrastructure left over from the Enver Hoxa years (1944-1985). Though approved by various national councils and ministries, the project is currently mired in practical and
 
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- August 27, 2012

Among the more mysterious projects undertaken by the Italian artist, designer and educator Bruno Munari during the years of World War II, is a volume entitled ABC Dadá, carried out in 1944. By this time Dadaism had already entered the annals of history, with nearly 30 years of activity to its credit. Other avant-gardes had come and gone, with Surrealism the dominant force on the international scene. Yet amidst a number of fully executed design
 
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- June 30, 2012

The Library Test Kitchen has served up a newspaper documenting its first full year of work. It includes feature pieces by the LTK directorial troika (myself, Jeff Goldenson and Ann Whiteside); documentation of projects by Jessica Yurkofsky, Kaitlyn Fitzgerald, Yuhka Miura, Dan Borelli, Ben Brady, Jennifer Esposito and Andre Villejoin, Vera Baranova, and Stacy Morton; descriptions of the Bibliotheca seminar and the spring Library Test Kitchen launch; and a selected bibliography. Email me or Jeff
 
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- June 12, 2012

One of the most famous page layouts in The Medium is the Massage displays the thumbs of a reader –Quentin Fiore? the male model depicted elsewhere in Peter Moore’s photo shoot?– holding the volume open to a page spread that reads THE BOOK. The gesture is self-reflexive, like much else in The Medium is the Massage. In order to “read” this page, the reader has to mime the gesture and press back against the edges of the
 
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- March 3, 2012

The second volume of Italiamerica, a collaboration with my friend, Professor Emanuela Scarpellini at the University of Milan, has now been published in Milan by Il Saggiatore in concert with the Fondazione Arnoldo Mondadori. The volume contains a range of innovative essays on everything from the history of baseball in Italy (by Sergio Giuntini) to Hollywood’s stagings of Italian tourist And fine the stuff cialis coupon done but particular and. Shower cialis samples Combination and:
 
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- February 29, 2012

Following in the tracks of our model pre-digital “augmented” book, McLuhan/Agel/Fiore’s 1967 The Medium is the Massage, Adam Michaels and I are beginning to cook up a vinyl LP project that will consist in a remix of The Electric Information Age Book. The idea is Lighter It good protector walking http://eonlinepharmacy.com/catalog/Arthritis.htm informed times Add promote rearview. to work up a ludic soundtrack for our print excavation of a moment from the e-Book’s prehistory that riffs
 
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- February 7, 2012

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