4.18.21

dear visitor,

you have reached the homepage of emma rae bruml* norton. welcome. i am an artist who practices programming, writing, researching, teaching. i study the computer mouse. put another way: i study the spaces between humans and computers.

here are some things i would like to share with you now that you're here. i'll start in 2010. i made

website with the sound of its own making

which you can also find on cd-rom at Printed Matter. this website 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. someone on the internet once said that RM would be rolling in his grave if he found out about this website but i disagree.

most recently i wrote an essay titled Who Cares? it was published in the are.na annual 2021. the essay, like this website, takes the form of a letter except this time it's addressed to my computer.

for the spring semester 2021 i will be teaching a class with Sasha Portis at Parsons. we will be teaching sophmore design students how to make websites from scratch, a practice that i *love* to share.

in early november i finished writing through the annotated script of my 11-minute desktop performance lecture on the computer mouse. it is published on futurefeed, an extension of Futurepoem, and was edited by Ariel Yelen. this year i am a resident artist at CultureHub. here i will be doing a mix of research performances and writing leading up to the organization of the second Computer Mouse Conference. The conference is organized with Ashley Jane Lewis and we are planning to hold the event online on 4/29 & 4/30, please stay tuned for updates on that!

in May i completed a two year graduate program and presented

The Mouse Holds Us

, a website which itself holds two years of research conducted on the history of the computer mouse.

while i see the thesis video at the top of that page 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 titled

Complication of the Computer Mouse

which was published in Urgency Reader 2 and 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 and am so thankful to have been published by them in Urgency Reader along with all of the amazing thinkers inside.

this was preceded by some writing i did over the summer of 2019 after taking a class with Danya Glabau. with Danya's support i wrote an essay for Real Life Magazine called

Close 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 called

Hand 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.

in january 2020 i co-organized code societies. this experience was a gift. i participated as a student in 2019 so it was energizing to be on the organizing side a year later. this is 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.


*i'm in the process of changing my last name to my mother's birth name. my grandfather's name. i decided to do this after looking at the Jewish Czech family tree on my grandfather's side, going back to 1743, where the name Bruml disappears over and over again as soon as a woman with that name marries.

i'll come back here soon to write more...

watch your step,
rae

about the design of this website:
right now it takes the form of an open letter from me to you. this typeface is called Apoc and is made by Blaze Type. this typeface is called Infini and is made by Sandrine Nugue. this typeface is the monospace font built into your computer's system. the colors here are inspired by this image

one more thing, i also freelance as a web developer. i have worked with the design studios No Plans and School most recently. i am currently (winter 2021) taking on new projects. please reach out if you would like to hire me.

here are some websites i built (or helped to build) recently:



you can also reach me on twitter @daddyofdada or follow my research on are.na