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 is also a co-director of the Speculative Life Research Cluster, a research-creation laboratory situated at the intersection of the computational and environmental sciences, design, and anthropology.
She is currently working on three projects: the first is a history and theory of “smartness”; the second is about extreme infrastructures, resilience, and speculation; and the third is with Tal Halpern and is a comic book whose plot is not to be divulged, but it will involve neural nets, machines that learn (including ourselves), and Mongolian gerbils.
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, Rhizome, The Journal of Visual Culture, Public Culture, and ZKM in Karlsruhe, Germany.