TOKYO FORUM 2019 Shaping the Future SPEAKERS Orit Halpern


Orit Halpern

Associate Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Concordia University

Saturday 7, December

Faculty of Science Bldg.1, Koshiba Hall 
Parallel Session 5
Faculty of Science Bldg.1, Koshiba Hall 
3.The Future is Now: Cities on the Edge
Dr. Orit Halpern is a Strategic Hire in Interactive Theory and Design and an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Concordia University. Her work bridges the histories of science, computing, and cybernetics with design and art practice. She currently focuses on how history impacts contemporary design, particularly in respect to “smart” infrastructures and the future of machine learning and artificial intelligence.

She is also the director of the Speculative Life Research Cluster, a research-creation laboratory situated at the intersection of the computational and environmental sciences, design, and anthropology ( ).

Her recent monograph, Beautiful Data (Duke Press, 2015), is a history of interactivity, data visualization, and ubiquitous computing. She has also published and created works for a variety of venues including e-flux, Grey Room, Rhizome, The Journal of Visual Culture, Public Culture, and ZKM in Karlsruhe, Germany.