Benjamin H. Bratton
is a theorist whose work spans Philosophy, Art and Design. He is Associate Professor of Visual Arts and faculty coordinator of the MFA program; and Director of D:GP, The Center for Design and Geopolitics at the University of California, San Diego. Starting in Summer 2014, he is also Professor at The European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland. His research is situated at the intersections of contemporary social and political theory, computational media & infrastructure, architectural & urban design problems, and the politics of synthetic ecologies and biologies. Current work focuses on the political geography of cloud computing, highly-granular universal addressing systems, and alternate models of ecological governance. His next book, The Stack: On Software and Sovereignty, is forthcoming.
Most recent selected texts include:
"On Apps and Elementary Forms of Interfacial Life"
"What We Do is Secrete: On Virilio, Planetarity and Data Visualization"
, "Geoscapes & the Google Caliphate: On Mumbai Attacks", "Root the Earth: On Peak Oil Apohenia" and "Suspicious Images/ Latent Interfaces" (with Natalie Jeremijenko). More texts here.Most recent selected lectures online include: "2 or 3 Things I Know About The Stack" at Bartlett School of Architecture, London and at WSA at University of Southampton; "On the Nomos of the Cloud" at Berlage Institute, NL and MOCA, Los Angeles; "Accidental Geopolitics" at The Guardian Summit; "Ambivalence and/or Utopia" at University of Michigan and UC Irvine; and "Surviving the Interface" at Parsons School of Design. More lectures here. Recent Interviews with Bratton include: in The Guardian, with Metahaven in Print, with Calit2. View videos of the many lectures and discussions from the first two D:GP conferences, in 2011 and 2012 respectively.
Before coming to U.C. San Diego in 2009, Bratton taught theory and design for a decade at SCI_Arc (The Southern California Institute of Architecture) where is now Visiting Faculty, and from 2003-08 in the UCLA Department of Design|Media Arts.
Bratton has lectured widely, and is the author of many articles, book chapters, in both academic and popular publications, and has been an visiting lecturer and critic at Columbia, Pratt, Yale, Architectural Association of London, Penn, USC, UCLA, Art Center College of Design, Michigan, Brown, the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, Bauhaus-University, Moscow State, among others. He was also co-chair of ambient:interface, the 54th (and final) International Design Conference in Aspen.
Bratton is a frequent advisor and consultant to public and private organizations. In a previous life, he was the Director of the Advanced Strategies Group at Yahoo! He lives in La Jolla with Bruna Mori and their son, Lucien.
Twitter: @bratton and @desgeopolitics
Email: benjamin (at) bratton.info