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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.

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Orit Halpern

Orit Halpern is an 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. Her research centers on histories of digital media, cybernetics, cognition and neuroscience, architecture, planning, and design.

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 University Press, December 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 CultureConfigurationsBioSocieties, and at ZKM in Karlsruhe, Germany. She has also published essays in numerous exhibition catalogs.

She is currently working on exhibitions http://furnishingthecloud.net/ — 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. Please visit www.orithalpern.net to see more of her work.

Tad Halpern

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