I am an Associate Professor in the English Department and Director of the Intermedia Arts, Writing, and Performance Program at the University of Colorado at Boulder, which rests on traditional territories of the Arapaho, Cheyenne, and Ute Nations. I am also Founding Director of the Media Archaeology Lab. My research focuses on uncovering crisis points in past media, or, points at which there was the possibility, never fully realized, for technologies that were definitively “other” that what we have now. I try to undo established narratives of how contemporary technologies came to be by looking at past technological alternatives as a way to reimagine alternatives in the future – largely by looking at how artists and writers across several centuries have experimented with technologies. My work also consistently argues that we cannot fully understand past, present, or future technological alternatives without hands-on access to still functioning media. I am the co-author of The Lab Book: Situated Practices in Media Studies, the author of Reading Writing Interfaces, and the co-editor of three collections. More on my current research appears below and a PDF of my complete curriculum vitae, updated in April 2022, is also available here.
Currently, I am working on a cluster of projects called “Other Networks.” These projects uncover, document, and archive networks that existed before and outside of the internet; they also look at how these networks shaped and determined artist and writer experiments on these same networks. “Other Networks” includes a book, titled The Wire, on the Canadian timesharing network IPSAnet and how the three undersea cables the network ran on shaped the artist networks it hosted; another book, titled Slow Networks, which documents both the technical specs of pre-internet telecommunications networks and artists’ experiments on these networks; an extensive catalog of these “Other Networks,” from 2000 BCE through the present moment; an essay titled “The Net Has Never Been Neutral;” and an interview with internet pioneer John Day titled “What’s Wrong With the Internet and How We Can Fix It.”