this year, a year full of change, i completed a two year graduate program at NYU and put togetherThe Mouse Holds Us
, a website which itself holds two years of research conducted on the history of the computer mouse. the video at the top of that website was presented as my graduate thesis this past May.
while i see that video as able to stand on its own, the questions i have asked there are ones which i continue to think about. some of them were born out of a shorter essay i wrote a year earlier titledComplication of the Computer Mouse
which seeks to complicate the computer mouse and its place within histories of computing and gendered divisions of labor. i often look up to the work of artist and educator Paul Soulellis who is the founder of Queer.Archive.Work. and am so thankful to have been published by them along with all of the amazing work inside Urgency Reader 2 which was printed in April 2020.
this was preceded by some writing i did over the summer of 2019 after taking a class with Danya Glabau who has since energized so much of my work. with Danya's support i wrote an essay for Real Life Magazine calledClose To The Metal
which elucidates the value of reintroducing friction into our interactions with computers.
in addition to writing and research i am also dedicated to coding carefully. since 2010 i have been making websites from scratch by writing html and css, simply because i like to and not so simply because i reject the move fast and break things ethos with which so much of the internet has been built upon. in step with this practice i run a workshop calledHand Coding Round Robin
which is organized so that participants learn how to "hand code" a web page by working on each others computers (or in the year 2020, on each others remote web pages over video conferencing software). the session starts with a brief lecture on the significance of coding slowly and by hand. participants learn how to do this kind of coding by example and with care.
speaking of hand coding, the first website i ever made is for sale on CD-ROM at printed matter. you can also listen to it here, it's calledwebsite with the sound of its own making
and was made as a digital response to "box with the sound of its own making" by robert morris. i come back to this website a lot, its a reminder that the internet is material. that its infrastructure is built alongside the railroad which means that it is always and already occupying and operating on stolen land. someone on the internet once said that RM would be rolling in his grave if he found out about this website but i disagree. fast forward ten years,
in january 2020 i co-organized a three week session called Code Societies. this experience was a gift. i attended CS as a student in 2019. it was energizing to be on the organizing side a year later, not only because of the 18 amazing partipants in the cohort who i learned so much from, but also because i was co-organizing with neta bomani and melanie hoff. i owe so much of what i know as an educator and organizer to neta and melanie, if you are not familiar with their work click those links and spend time on their pages. as part of my organizing role for CS i hand coded thecode societies
website where you'll find collaborative resources and documentation. take time to read through!
i also build websites for my dear friends, for example this website for poetAriel Yelen