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Shannon Mattern: Looking from a Distance

Two paths accelerate from different points. In one, a display of student works engaging with climate, ecology and territory is dynamically pulled from a database of projects. In the other, Shannon Mattern offers reflections on digital anthropology and contemporary mapping practices. A geospatial line generator toggles between the two.

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Shannon Mattern

Shannon Mattern is a Professor of Anthropology at the New School for Social Research. 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, all published by University of Minnesota Press; and The City Is Not a
Computer, under contract with Princeton University Press. She contributes a regular long-form column about urban data and mediated infrastructures to Places Journal, and she collaborates on public design and interactive projects and exhibitions.

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