Shannon Mattern

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Shannon Mattern is a Professor in the Department of Anthropology at The New School in New York. For 14.5 years she served as a faculty member in The New School’s School of Media Studies. Her writing and teaching focus on archives, libraries, and other media spaces; media infrastructures; spatial epistemologies; and mediated sensation and exhibition. She's the author of three books: The New Downtown Library: Designing with Communities; Deep Mapping the Media City; and Code and Clay, Dirt and Data: 5000 Years of Urban Media, all published by University of Minnesota Press. A City Is Not a Computer is under contract with Princeton University Press. Shannon Mattern has also written several dozen journal articles and book chapters, and she writes a regular long-form column about urban data and mediated infrastructures for Places, an open-access journal focusing on architecture, urbanism, and landscape. She contributes to public design and interactive projects and exhibitions, too. And from 2006 to 2009 she directed the 600-student Graduate Program in Media Studies. She lives in New York City. (2020)

Publications[edit]

Books, dossiers[edit]

  • The New Downtown Library, Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press, 2007, 193 pp. Publisher. Review: Kruszewski (TSB, PL).
  • A City Is Not a Computer: Other Urban Intelligences, New York: Princeton University Press, Aug 2021, 200 pp. Publisher.

Book chapters, papers, essays[edit]

  • "A City Is Not a Computer", Places, Feb 2017; repr. in Historic Cities: Issues in Urban Conservation, eds. Jeff Cody and Francesco Siravo, Los Angeles: J. P. Getty Museum, 2019.
  • "Sonic Archaeologies", in The Routledge Companion to Sound Studies, ed. Michael Bull, New York: Routledge, Oct 2018. Proofs. Publisher. [1]
  • "Fluttering Code: A Cultural and Aesthetic History of the Split-flap Display", Modes of Criticism 5: "Design Systems", Eindhoven: Onomatopee, Dec 2019, pp 49-63. [5] [6]
  • "Shannon Mattern", in Ein Medium namens McLuhan. 37 Befragungen eines Klassikers, eds. Peter Bexte and Martina Leeker, Lüneburg: meson press, 2020, pp 52-53.
  • "Afterword", in Crowdsourcing, Constructing and Collaborating Methods and Social Impacts of Mapping the World Today, eds. Siddharth Peter deSouza, Nida Rehman, and Saba Sharma, Bloomsbury India, Dec 2020.
  • "The Pulse of Global Passage: Listening to Logistics", in Assembly Codes: The Logistics of Media, eds. Matthew Curtis Hockenberry, Nicole Starosielski, and Susan Marjorie Zieger, Durham, NC: Duke University Press, Sep 2021. [9]

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