Category Archives: Ideas

The Cave

During the summer of 2014, the Getty Trust launched an important new initiative in digital art history designed to help art historians and museum professionals to explore the opportunities and challenges of new and emergent technologies. Along with George Mason … Continue reading

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Ripples of Beautiful Data: reflections on museum practice

A photo posted by Matthew Battles (@mbattles) on Jun 6, 2014 at 7:21am PDT At the end of Beautiful Data, the summer workshop on digital art history run by metaLAB with the support of the Getty Foundation, we asked participants … Continue reading

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Library Bridge

This fall, the Knight Foundation issued an open call for ideas in the form of a new News Challenge. (In 2011, metaLAB and Media and Place Productions were lucky enough to win such a challenge in support of development of Zeega.) … Continue reading

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Beyond ebooks: playful interventions in publishing paradigms

Asked to contribute to the recent Digital Book Summit at Olin College, metaLAB struggled to come up with something novel to offer. Held on a brisk fall day at Olin’s Needham campus, hosted by Olin library director Dianna Magnoni, the … Continue reading

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The place of sound: listening to nature and networks

On Thursday night, a small audience gathered in Boylston Hall to take in an unusual call-and-response performance: legendary musician and field recordist Bernie Krause joined poet and ecocritic Jonathan Skinner in a kind of motet of verse and natural sounds. … Continue reading

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Paths to Arborescent Object Teaching, Then and Now

At first glance one might doubt that metaLAB’s collaboration with the Arnold Arboretum finds much harmony with the ambitions of the Arboretum’s founder and first director, Charles Sprague Sargent. But we get a different story when we read Sargent in … Continue reading

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Networks & Natures

As the newest principal of metaLAB, I bring my own set of preoccupations to the group. My splintered interests in ethnography, computing, and architecture often converge in questions about changing human-machine-environment relationships. For instance, in my recent book, Co-Designers: Cultures … Continue reading

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Wikipedia and the sum of human knowledge

We’re only a couple of hours into Wikimania 2012, the global gathering of Wikipedians, and fascinating questions are already swirling around the online encyclopedia’s mission “to make the sum of human knowledge accessible to everyone on Earth.” It’s a bracing … Continue reading

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Beta Release of the Digital Archive of Japan’s 2011 Disasters: One Week

For over a year metaLAB and Zeega have been two of many partners in and outside of Japan working with Harvard’s Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies (RIJS) to build the Digital Archive of Japan’s 2011 Disasters. Other partners in this effort, … Continue reading

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Tree rings: primal sounds from the ambient archive

You may recall Bartholomäus Traubeck‘s project Years, which received a nice amount of attention a few months ago: the Austrian artist rigged a turntable with a lens in place of a stylus, and programmed a microcontroller to translate the patterns … Continue reading

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