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65 5th Ave, Room 411
New York, NY, 10003
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Funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Graduate Institute for Design, Ethnography & Social Thought at the New School incubates advanced transdisciplinary research and practice at the intersection of social theory and design and fosters dialogue on related themes across the university.

Orit Halpern


The GIDEST seminar is held on Fridays from 12-1:30pm. All seminars take place in the GIDEST Lab at 411, 63 Fifth Avenue.

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Orit Halpern

The Architecture Machine: Demos, Interactive Design, and Responsive Environments

Orit Halpern is Assistant Professor in History at The New School of Social Research and Eugene Lang College, and an affiliate in the Design Studies Graduate Program at Parsons, The New School for Design.

Her research centers on histories of digital media, cybernetics, cognition and neuroscience, architecture, planning, and design. Her recent book Beautiful Data: A History of Vision and Reason since 1945 (Duke, 2014) is a genealogy of big data and interactivity. Halpern’s published works and multimedia projects have appeared in numerous venues including the Journal of Visual CulturePublic CultureBioSocieties, Configurations, and at ZKM in Karlsruhe, Germany. She has also published essays in numerous exhibition catalogues.

Halpern is currently working on exhibitions — — and has a number of future projects on histories of "smartness," self-­organization as a virtue and a democratic ideal, and the relationship between calculation, territory, and utopia throughout history. You can see more of her work at

Earlier Event: October 2
Kevin Jerome Everson
Later Event: October 30
Rafi Youatt