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
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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
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 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.”


D_H in Italiano

Posted by peterlunenfeld on May 17th, 2014 filed in Uncategorized
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Matteo Bittanti’s translation of Digital_Humanities has been published by MondadoriUmanistica_Digitale got a great review in Milan’s Il Sole 24 ore by Elena Guila Rossi, and there’s an Englsih translation of her piece at Arshake.com.


D-Crit 2014 Video

Posted by peterlunenfeld on May 17th, 2014 filed in Uncategorized
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Video of my talk from the 2014 Design Criticism Conference in New York has been posted. As well, they’ve posted the panel discussion with SVA grads Lynda Decker, and Caterina Francisca (seen above), moderated by British design critic Justin McGuirk. Organized by Alice Twemlow, the conference was a real model of how to stimulate high-level discussion about design.


D-Crit in NYC

Posted by peterlunenfeld on April 23rd, 2014 filed in Uncategorized
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Looking forward to SVA’s 2014 Design Criticism conference. I’m talking about taking the future on as a client.


TEDxRoma video and interview

Posted by peterlunenfeld on March 20th, 2014 filed in Uncategorized
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The video of my talk at TEDxRoma, “The Care and Feeding of Hedgefoxes” is up. Wired Italia did a great interview a few days later.


Das dubitative Bild in Baden-Baden

Posted by peterlunenfeld on February 8th, 2014 filed in Uncategorized
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 My phrase, the “dubitative image,” from “Art Post-History: Digital Photography & Electronic Semiotics,” inspired the title of “Das dubitative Bild,” Marc Junghans’ show of photographic work at Galerie Supper in Baden-Baden.