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02.18.09 | W.H. Keck Lecture Hall
Benjamin H. Bratton: The Program Is Not on the Floor: Stories about Projection, Planning, and Partition

Benjamin H. Bratton is Associate Professor of Visual Arts at the University of California, San Diego, and Director of the Design Policy Program at CALIT2.

Bratton's Doctoral work was in Sociology. Bratton is a social theorist working within and across multiple institutional contexts --academic, artistic, corporate, theoretical, projective, literary-- experimenting with their systems of production, and with how the means allowed by each can work in strong and weak relation to each other.

His research, writing, and practical interests include contemporary social theory, the perils and potentials of pervasive computing, architectural theory and provocation, inverse brand theory, software studies, systems design and development, and the rhetorics of exceptional violence.

Among his most recent writings, "The Logisitics of Habitable Circulation," Bratton's introduction to the new edition of Paul Virilio's Speed and Politics was recently published by Semiotext(e)/ MIT Press. Suspicious Images/ Latent Images (with Natalie Jeremijenko) is available for download and purchase from Situated Technologies.

Bratton has published widely, from AD and Volume to BlackBook and 34, and has been an visiting lecturer and critic at Columbia, Pratt, Yale, Architectural Association of London, Penn, USC, UCLA, Art Center College of Design, Brown, the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, among many others.

He was also co-chair of ambient:interface, the 54th (and final) International Aspen Design Conference. This venerable institution was run by for many years by Reyner Banham, among others, and closed with the theme for our third machine age: 'all design is interface design.'