What I'm Working on Right Now

This now page shares what’s occupying my time at the moment. If you have your own website, you might want to create one as well. Learn more about me or read my CV.

I just launched my art gallery, Gallery 404. The gallery exhibits net.art as it appears today - exclusively specializing in broken artworks.

I’m consulting with a team at Ruca on an open digital identity system. My role as a technical consultant is to provide a cultural, historical, and technological context for their overall strategy. I can’t talk much about the project at the moment, but I can say that Ruca’s background as a global design cooperative means they have a unique approach to the problem. I’m excited.

Projects

My October talk at JupyterCon 2020, “Dr. Schmood’s Notebook of Python Calisthenics and Orthodontia”, was published online.Summary: Explore the benefits of taking a functional approach when writing Python in Jupyter notebooks: reduce errors caused by out-of-order execution and hidden state while producing more readable code.

My other talk at Nexa Center for Internet & Society at the Polytechnic University of Turin, “Software Preservation in Networked Art”, was also recently published. I talk more about the experience in “Software Preservation in Networked Art” on Beyond the Frame.Abstract: Art became increasingly abstract and conceptual throughout the 1900s, concluding the century in complete ephemerally on the internet. A brief survey of net art from the 1990s and early 2000s will demonstrate the subsequent challenges faced by many curators and preservationists. Their struggles with the absence of the art object typifies the difficulties of preserving our shared digital heritage. In this way, artists are forced to engage questions that progress-oriented scientists and engineers tend to ignore. The seminar will address the existential questions, current best practices, and future technologies that may help to combat the generational loss of information.

I’m still working on three book projects.

  1. Collaborating on an untitled chapter on software preservation with Elisabetta Mori and Patricia Falcao for an edition edited by Liesbeth De Mol: PROGRAMme Research Into the History and Philosophy of Computing. Art will form a cornerstone of our thesis.
  2. Revising my contribution to Dick Van Lente’s Prophets of Computing book. My chapter is on Commodore’s growth during the mainframe era and its subsequent contributions to personal computing.
  3. A secret book project.

Reading

  • Bach: Music in the Castle of Heaven by John Eliot Gardiner (2015)
  • The Prophet by Khalil Gibran (1923)

I just finished 81 Little Lions by Immanuel de Villers, Lankavatara Sutra (350-400 CE) translated by Red Pine, and Computation and Human Experience by Philip E. Agre (1997)

Recent Memory

I am tracking 🇮🇹 The Corona Virus in Turin, Italy using a computational notebook on Nextjournal.


Last Updated: