How can data be explored and expressed in critically informed, historically grounded ways?What is a technological identity, a networked secret, a digital mess?How does the Internet reshape experience, cultural memory, beauty, and creativity?How can the digital and the analog be woven together meaningfully in the design of contemporary libraries, museums, archives, and learning spaces?How can we leverage the power of databases to tell stories or make arguments on scales from the minuscule to the magnificent?What are the architectures of silence in a networked world?How might the experience of pixels and printed pages productively converge or diverge?How can team-based learning through making complement traditional models of humanistic training and education?What new forms could books assume in the digital age?And what about scholarly books?Can we extend curatorial interventions beyond galleries and classrooms into the built environment and the natural world?How might we bring methods from studio teaching to bear across the liberal arts?
These are some of the questions posed at metaLAB, a community of scholars, technologists, artists, and designers based at the Berkman Klein Center, with ties to Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences and the Graduate School of Design.
With partners at the Berkman Klein Center, across the university, and in the world at large, metaLAB explores the digital arts and humanities through research, experimentation, tool building, teaching, through publications in print and online, and via exhibition, performance, and social practice. Our projects infuse traditional modes of academic inquiry with an enterprising spirit of hacking, making, and creative research.
Arts @ 29 Garden
Critical Media Practice
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Film Study Center
Harvard Art Museums
Harvard Graduate School of Design
Harvard Library Lab at the Office for Scholarly Communication
Harvard University Press
Museum of Fine Arts
Small Design Firm Inc.
The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University
The Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society
The Center for Geographic Analysis
The Getty Foundation
The Laboratory at Harvard
The Observatory of literary life
The Sensory Ethnography Lab
Villa i Tatti - The Harvard University Center for Renaissance Studies