Michael Murtaugh

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Michael Murtaugh is founder of automatist.org, a new media design firm specialised in community databases, interactive documentary, and tools for new forms of reading and writing online. He also teaches in the Master Media Design and Communication programme at the Piet Zwart Institute. He is a member of Constant, a Brussels based collective engaged in the fields of free and open source software, feminism, copyright alternatives, and collaborative networks. With Constant he has been working on Active Archives, a platform for diverse material ranging from texts to images and video. Seeing the project as both technical and cultural, the system facilitates, re-use of material while enriching content through metadata, vocabularies, and taxonomies.

He received his undergraduate degree in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1994); subsequently he was part of the Interactive Cinema group, led by Glorianna Davenport at the MIT Media Lab where he completed a master's degree (1996).

His work has been shown at Documenta 13 and at Kunsthal Aarhus and he is a regular participant in events related to digital archiving and free software and design. He is based in Brussels.