Most recent projects include the mapping of graffiti removal in New York City and a study of the haunted spaces motif in locative media design research. I’m interested in the controversy over the smart city and the networked city, i.e. the centrally monitored and professionally managed city as compared to a distributed and participatory polis. I like rummaging through data sets and finding ways to analyze and visualize them, but mostly I enjoy retracing the data – finding ways to bring it back to the streets: to people, to things, to the contested and agitated spaces in between.
Currently working on a thesis project that involves mapping the everyday experience of geopolitical borders. The project is an iPhone app that logs users’ perceptions of borders as they are crossed. The thesis is part of a larger project that I’m working on in collaboration with a masters student at Columbia University. Our aim is to contextualize the experience of transnational migrants within perceptions of the local boundaries. Details of our project is at: http://www.projectborders.com/
Now in my fourth semester in the Media Studies MA program with a BA is in History + International Relations. I earn a living building databases and reporting systems that support business operations. Although a South African born Canadian, I call Seattle home.