As a Professor of Film & Media Studies at the University of California, Irvine, I teach media history, digital culture, and media theory. I am also a member of the Departments of English and of Informatics at UCI. In my writing, I pursue interests in cultural memory, in the history and theory of gadgets, games and simulations, and in cinematic and digital representations of north and south pole regions. Currently I serve as department chair; previously I served a two-year term as director of the PhD Program in Visual Studies that includes faculty from Film & Media and from Art History.

Previously I taught at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (in the departments of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature and in English), and at Bard College (where I also taught at the Eastern Maximum Security Prison in upstate New York - see this CBS News story on that Bard Program). Over the past half decade, I was interviewed about new media on Fox News, on CNBC Africa, and in various North American and German newspapers. I served as visiting professor at Tainan National University of Art in Taiwan, at the South California Institute of Architecture (Sci_Arc) and at Otis College of Art in Los Angeles, at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, and at Laguna College of Art and Design, in Laguna Beach.

I am the author of two books - one called Noisy Channels: Glitch and Error in Digital Culture (University of Minnesota Press, 2011), now in its second printing already, and one called Déjà Vu: Aberrations of Cultural Memory (University of Minnesota Press, 2004); I also co-edited, with Andrew McNamara, Medium Cool, a collection on contemporary media theory (Duke University Press, 2002: Southern Atlantic Quarterly 101:3), and, with Ludwig Jäger, Werner Holly, and Samuel Weber, the Handbook Language Culture Communication (Berlin: De Gruyter 2012). I received my doctorate with a dissertation on media theory and European intellectual history at the University of California at Santa Barbara and previously worked as a Research Fellow at Konstanz University, and studied at the University of Stirling and Bonn University. During as well as in between my high school, college and graduate school years, I worked as a musician, journalist, webdesigner, translator, and stockbroker. I have received Fellowships from the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service), the DFG (German National Science Foundation), and from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Since the early 1990s, I was on the forefront of exploring the culture of the Internet, and received several awards for websites. In 2000, I was interviewed by Newsweek about Internet politics, and Artforum plugged my websites as early as 1998. I have served as a jury member for electronic arts organizations for over a decade now, I co-founded two online journals (both now defunct) and still serve on the board of another, Culture Machine.

Since coming to UCI, I have organized a number of international conferences here - on Pacific Modernities and Museum Studies (at MOCA in LA), on Digging, Gaming, and Texting, at Calit2 on Text & Image, and on models of Defense in the critical media arts. - More recent updates: I don't blog any more (and the blog lists the reasons why), but I have accounts on too many social networks to list them here (find me in yours). And I try not to think about my other dormant domain names. You can glimpse me at work on YouTube, here and here, for instance. For a three year period, I team-taught a year-long course on computer games as art, technology, and culture at UCI in the first-year integrated program sponsored by the Dean of Undergraduate Education. Other courses I offer focus on media history and archives, on secrecy and communication technology, on digital animation and machinima, on simulation and modeling, on film title sequences, and on the representation of the North and South Pole regions on film and in digital culture.

Substantial service commitments to the School, the Campus, and the University have taken up a large share of my time since I was tenured. These ranged from regular merit reviews to standing advisory bodies, and from academic senate committees to special task forces and ad hoc committees appointed at the campus or university-wide level (at the Oakland headquarters). Some of these commitments to shared governance are ongoing. I am a state-certified mediator under the CA Dispute Resolution Act of 1986.


Academia prepares you for the past, so judge this by its cover:
Published the University of Minnesota Press (Electronic Mediations series),
my book on Déjà Vu may be described as a history of false memories.


I co-edited a special issue of the South Atlantic Quarterly,
which you can find online at Amazon or -
and your library may get you access to it on Project Muse.


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