Augmented Reality @ Inertia

Posted by Peter Lunenfeld on April 26th, 2015 filed in Uncategorized
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On April 30th, from 10:10-11:10, I’m moderating a panel on Augmented Realities at Inertia: A Conference on Sound, Media and the Digital Humanities. The conference takes place at UCLA’s Charles E. Young Research Library and was organized by Mike D’Errico, a Ph.D. student in musicology, and one of my digital humanities advisees. Go Mike!

Season of the Witch

Posted by peterlunenfeld on January 2nd, 2015 filed in Uncategorized
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Cameron Dark Angel

My piece on the mid-century Californian artist Cameron and her legacy is in the January, 2015  issue of Artforum (paywall protected).  The essay covers the retrospective mounted by MOCA in 2014.

Barking at Memetics

Posted by peterlunenfeld on December 22nd, 2014 filed in Uncategorized
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cheezeburger meme

The new issue of the journal of visual culture has come out, a special issue on memes. Co-edited by Laine Nooney and Laura Portwood-Stacer, it features contributions from Lisa Nakamura and Jonathan Zittrain, among others, one of those others being me and my essay “Barking at Memetics: The Rant that Wasn’t.”

3×3 @ ACCD 10/22

Posted by peterlunenfeld on October 16th, 2014 filed in Uncategorized
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I’ll team up with Erich Joiner, Director, Tool of North America and Dave Bullock, Lead Developer at  Crowdrise for a 3×3 discussion at Art Center College of Design. The event, titled (with tongue in cheek) “The Smartest Guys in the Room: An Evening to Examine the Power of Media,” is scheduled for Wednesday, October 22  7:30–9:00pm in the Ahmanson Auditorium at Art Center’s Hillside Campus, 1700 Lida Street  Pasadena, CA 91103. The evening is organized by Petrula Vrontikis and is free and open to the community.

.calm Graduate Show

Posted by peterlunenfeld on October 9th, 2014 filed in Uncategorized
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The fall DMA grad show opens at the New Wight Gallery at UCLA on Thursday, October 23rd at 5:00.

Urban Humanities

Posted by peterlunenfeld on September 12th, 2014 filed in Uncategorized
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I’ll be having a conversation with Lev Manovich as part of “Design Knowledge: Making Urban Humanities” at UCLA November 12-13. From the conference description:  “We see this nascent intellectual terrain’s great potential, and aim to unpack its new scholarly working models that bridge the disciplines of design, urban studies, and the humanities.” 

Pay one for the Gipper

Posted by peterlunenfeld on September 12th, 2014 filed in Uncategorized
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This summer, I did a short piece for Salon on the college debt crisis, I’d wanted to title it “Pay It Backward,” but the editors apparently didn’t feel that was clickbaity enough, so they went with “Ronald Reagan stuck it to millennials: A college debt history lesson no one tells.”

New Media & Society reviews The Secret War

Posted by peterlunenfeld on September 12th, 2014 filed in Uncategorized
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In the September, 2014 issue of New Media and Society, Andrew Utterson of Ithaca College writes a trenchant review of The Secret War. I particularly like his conclusion: “Ultimately, whether or not one agrees with Lunenfeld’s polemic—and a polemic or manifesto it surely is—there is no doubting the timeliness and currency of its prognostic provocations. Indeed, it is testament to Lunenfeld that one’s response after reading (or, put another way, after downloading its content) may very well be of the upload variety, as the tale of the computer continues to be told by the countless millions who interact with its networked iterations every day.”

DMA grad show

Posted by peterlunenfeld on May 17th, 2014 filed in Uncategorized


UCLA’s Design Media Arts grad show opened last week, and it’s a strong one. Many of the pieces interrogated new screening surfaces, with Curtis Tam remaking the cinema as a Malaise trap, Amy-Claire Huestis designing a 21st century magic lantern, Peter Rand reimagining the city symphony via a backlit cartographic surface, and Refik Anadol showing off his plans for projecting onto Frank Gehry’s Disney Concert Hall in league with Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Phil this coming October. Great to see them and the other students pull it off so well.

D_H donnybrook in TNR

Posted by peterlunenfeld on May 17th, 2014 filed in Uncategorized


 After a pearl-clutching review essay on Digital Humanities by Adam Kirsch in the New Republic titled “Technology is Taking Over English Departments,” we responded with a rejoinder which the magazine titled, “The Immense Promise of Digital Humanities.” My own notion is that TNR should change its motto to “Wrong on the Iraq War, wrong on Digital Humanities.”