Peter Lunenfeld is a professor in and Vice Chair of UCLA’s Design | Media Arts department, and is on the faculties of the Digital Humanities and Urban Humanities programs. He has a B.A. in history from Columbia University, an MA in Media Studies from SUNY Buffalo, and a Ph.D. from UCLA in Film, Television and New Media from UCLA.
He is working on an alternate, connectionist history of Southern California’s cultural lives titled, City at the Edge of Forever: Los Angeles Beyond the Screen. Digital_Humanities, a volume co-authored with Anne Burdick, Johanna Drucker, Todd Presner, and Jeffrey Schnapp, was published in 2012 by the MIT Press. Of The Secret War Between Downloading and Uploading: Tales of the Computer as Culture Machine (MIT Press, 2011), Jan Baetens writes that it “is a book whose political importance can be compared to that of McLuhan, Adorno (one will think here of Minima Moralia), and Dewey.” USER: InfoTechnoDemo (MIT, 2005) “begs to be compared with the landmark 1966 collaboration by Quentin Fiore, Jerome Agel, and Marshall McLuhan that resulted in The Medium is the Massage.” New Scientist’s featured review of Snap to Grid: A User’s Guide to Digital Arts, Media & Cultures (MIT, 2000) concluded by saying that artists working with digital technologies “now have their bible, their Stones of Venice, their Ways of Seeing.” Afterimage referred to the edited collection The Digital Dialectic: New Essays on New Media (MIT, 1999) as “the first printed book you read about the virtual world that does not merely describe it, but puts you there.”
He is creator and editorial director of the MIT Press’ multi-award-winning Mediawork project. These “theoretical fetish objects” cover the intersections of media, art, design and technology. The pamphlets have been discussed everywhere from the New York Review of Books to Entertainment Weekly, and have won awards for both writing and design. Lev Manovich, lauds them as “a new operating system for the book.” The project is supported by grants from the Rockefeller Foundation and Jeffrey and Catharine Soros. They include Utopian Entrepreneur (2001) by Brenda Laurel, designed by Denise Gonzales Crisp; Writing Machines (2002) by N. Katherine Hayles, designed by Anne Burdick; Rhythm Science (2004) by Paul D. Miller aka Dj Spooky that Subliminal Kid, designed by COMA; and Shaping Things by Bruce Sterling, designed by Lorraine Wild (2005).
Recent honors include a 2016 Internal Award for Art Criticism (from the IAAC), the Dorothy Lee Prize for Scholarship in 2013 (from the MEA), and fellowships at the Huntington Library (Dana and David Dornsife Fellow, 2015-16), USC Annenberg Center (Vectors, 2007), and the Columbia University Institute for Scholars at Reid Hall in Paris (2005). http://www.peterlunenfeld.com
Peter Lunenfeld’s books include The Digital Dialectic (MIT, 1999), Snap to Grid (MIT, 2000) USER (MIT, 2005), The Secret War Between Downloading and Uploading: Tales of the Computer as Culture Machine (MIT, 2011) and Digital_Humanities (MIT, 2012). As creator and editorial director of the Mediawork project, he produced a pamphlet series for the MIT Press that redefined the relationship between serious academic discourse and graphic design, and between book publishing and the World Wide Web. He holds a Ph.D. in Film, Television and New Media from UCLA. He is a professor and Vice Chair, UCLA Design | Media Arts. http://www.peterlunenfeld.com
Peter Lunenfeld is a professor in the Design | Media Arts department at UCLA. Books include The Digital Dialectic, Snap to Grid, USER, The Secret War Between Downloading and Uploading, and Digital_Humanities. He is the creator and editorial director of the MIT Press Mediawork project. http://www.peterlunenfeld.com
Peter Lunenfeld is Professor, UCLA Design | Media Arts department. http://www.peterlunenfeld.com