Project Description

Jonah Brucker-Cohen

Assistant Professor, Digital Media and Networked CultureLehman College, CUNY

Jonah Brucker-Cohen is an award winning researcher, artist, and writer. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Journalism and Media Studies at Lehman College. He received his Ph.D. from Trinity College Dublin. He is a mentor at New INC. and a Designer in Residence at the New York Hall of Science. His work critically challenges and subvert accepted perceptions of network interaction. His work has been exhibited at venues such as SFMOMA, Canadian Museum of Contemporary Art, MOMA, ICA London, Whitney Museum of American Art, Tate Modern, and more. His projects, “Bumplist” and “America’s Got No Talent” are in the permanent collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art. His writing has appeared in WIRED, Make, Gizmodo, Neural and more. His Scrapyard Challenge workshops have been held in over 15 countries in Europe, South America, North America, Asia, and Australia since 2003.

Speaking at the conference

Wednesday, September 29, 10:05-10:50 am PST

Critical Networked Experience

Jonah will speak to the need for users, designers and artists to think critically about the technologies and networks they are creating and interacting with. Some of the projects he will discuss include “Weapon of Protest,” a modified game controller that protests gun violence in the US, “To Protect and Server,”  a critical modification of Google’s ReCaptcha software to emphasize police brutality and social justice, “Killer Route,” a GPS navigation system that integrates live crime data, “ContactRot,” an iPhone app that challenges our reliance on the cloud, and “Human Error,” a series of projects he built that emphasize the things we do “wrong” with technology.

Key Themes:

  • Critical networks
  • Social justice
  • Hardware hacking
  • Subversive software
  • Location services manipulation
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