About the Class

This is the website for the Fall 2011 "Urban Media Archaeology" graduate seminar-studio, taught by Shannon Mattern and Rory Solomon at The New School.
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Presentation Schedule + Due Date for Final Map

Presentation Schedule + Due Date for Final Map

Although you’ll have until Monday, 12/19, to finalize your projects, some of you will start presenting your almost-finished projects on Wednesday, the 14th. About Your Presentations: To make sure we can fit everyone in and save time for individual feedback and a little “peer review” at the end of our final class, we should dedicate...
Final Presentations & Evaluation

Final Presentations & Evaluation

We’ll depart a bit from our original schedule and spread out our final presentations over two weeks — the 14th and the 19th. We’ll establish our presentation schedule in class on the 7th. And rather than inviting external critics (we’ve already had some outside guests join us — and inviting more here, at the end,...
Murals in East Harlem: Final Process Blog

Murals in East Harlem: Final Process Blog

I wanted to take this chance to clarify my project since I feel like I presented it so poorly yesterday. Looking back on this whole process I feel like one of the most valuable aspects o this process was the continuous reformation of the way data is analyzed and organized, and mental shifts in how...
Youth Media Map: Final Process Blog

Youth Media Map: Final Process Blog

Explaining my project to the class last night was a good way to practice explaining a significant body of research on Young Filmaker’s Foundation.  The map itself does not necessarily feel complete, but the process that I embarked on to create it feels thorough.  In the explanation of the map, I offer the vision of...
What is the [plot] point?

What is the [plot] point?

I’ll admit it…I’m an artifact fiend.  Gathering interviews and other primary source material for this project has been the most exciting aspect for me.  There’s a very nerdy kind of rush that I get when one of my interview subjects gives me an amazing photograph or (in the case of Scott Morris) scans an entire...
Evaluating My Atlantic Yards Media Actors Map

Evaluating My Atlantic Yards Media Actors Map

[In order for this to make sense, please first check out my final Atlantic Yards map, linked above and here] My original project proposal says, “What this study ultimately proposes is an analysis of the connectedness of the forces behind Atlantic Yards’ media engagement, informed by the actors’ spatial material existence, in order to better...
The Wrap Up - Final Process Blog

The Wrap Up – Final Process Blog

At the end of the whole URTing process I am very pleased with how things turned out. I think that for the majority of the semester I was intimidated by URT because I was not familiar with programming nor digital mapping (or mapping that didn’t require colouring in the lines). As my research progressed throughout...

End of Semester Bug

As the semester comes to a close and all of us are ready to present our final URT presentations, of course with my luck my project would acquire a Syntax Error bug throughout the entire day before my map is due. I must give Rory a major shout out for working hard and finally figuring...
The Bell System and The Story of Telephony

The Bell System and The Story of Telephony

With the famous exchange between Alexander Graham Bell and his assistant, Thomas Watson in 1876, an industry came into being. The history of the Bell System (later AT&T) outlines the development of telephony itself. My map illustrates major aspects of this story, from the invention of the telephone, to the consolidation of the Bell System,...
Final Thoughts

Final Thoughts

In finishing up this project, I find myself wanting to stay with this research as exploring both the past and present independent bookstores has been such a fascinating and, judging by all the news lately, a rather timely topic. Alas, I’m graduating and don’t know when I might again have the time and resources revisit...
Final reflections....

Final reflections….

This has been a very challenging experience. This was the first time that I ever thought about mapping arguments. Previously, I had a rather narrowed idea of what a map was and its possibilities. To me, a map was a physical representation, a guide to location, or perhaps an organizational tool for writing. However, after...

15 weeks later the assessment kicks in

I remember my first thought was to document every movie theater that existed in Manhattan prior to discussing this topic with Shannon.  But one quick search put that idea to rest immediately, I don’t have that much time on my hands.  However, I was still interested in the history of movie theaters and wanted to...

A Kink in the Process

(Yes, I know I probably should not be posting my last two process blogs on the final day, but it’s better than not getting to them at all, right?) Up until the dossier review before Thanksgiving, my process for this project involved collecting as much information as I could. Before embarking on this project, I...
Reflections

Reflections

Coming into the class I did not really expect there to be this type of immersion into a whole new  process process of documenting information.  I found myself pretty overwhelmed at  the prospect of having to to wrap my head around  how to articulate my thoughts and ideas in a whole new way, but the...