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Warren Sack | Film+Digital Media / Social Documentary at UC Santa Cruz

Warren Sack

Warren Sack

Professor, Film & Digital Media
Theory and practice of digital media. Software design and media theory.
Office: 831-459-1497
Fax: 831-459-1341
Education and Training: 
Ph.D., Media Arts and Sciences, MIT, Cambridge, MA
S.M., Media Arts and Sciences, MIT, Cambridge, MA
B.A., Computer Science and Psychology, Yale U., New Haven, CT
Research Interests: 

Warren Sack is a software designer and media theorist whose work explores theories and designs for online public space and public discussion. His field of expertise is social computing. As a field of research, social computing explores two issues: (A) How can the insights of social, critical, cultural, and media theory be incorporated into and used to critique and evaluate software? and, (B) How can new media be designed to address outstanding social and political issues? Current and past projects include work in news media, Open Source software development, locative media, computer-supported translation, systems for visualizing and facilitating online discussions, and the design and analysis of network-based learning environments.

Selected Publications: 

“Aesthetics of Information Visualization,” to appear in Context Providers, Christiane Paul, Victoria Vesna, and Margot Lovejoy, Editors (Bristol, UK: Intellect, forthcoming). with John Kelly and Michael Dale, “Searching the Net for Differences of Opinion,” to appear in Online Deliberation: Design, Research, and Practice, Todd Davies and Seeta Gangadharan, Editors, (University of Chicago Press, forthcoming) with Michael Dale, Abram Stern, and Mark Deckert, “Metavid.org: A social website and open archive of congressional video,” in Proceedings of dgo.2009: The 10th Annual International Conference on Digital Government: Social Networks: Making Connections between Citizens, Data, and Government, Puebla, Mexico, May 17-20, 2009. “Picturing the Public,” in Structures of Digital Participation, Joseph Karaganis, Editor (New York: SSRC Press, 2008). “Memory,” in Software Studies: A Lexicon, Matthew Fuller, Editor (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2008) with Françoise Détienne, Jean-Marie Burkhardt, Flore Barcellini, Nicolas Ducheneaut and Dilan Mahendran, “A Methodological Framework for Socio-Cognitive Analyses of Collaborative Design of Open Source Software,” in Journal of Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (2006). “Discourse Architecture and Very Large-Scale Conversations,” in Digital Formations: IT and New Architectures in the Global Realm, Robert Latham and Saskia Sassen, Editors (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2005). “Agonistics: A Language Game,” in Making Things Public: Atmospheres of Democracy, Bruno Latour and Peter Weibel, Editors (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2005). “What does a very large-scale conversation look like?” Leonardo: Journal of Electronic Art and Culture, Volume 35, Number 4, August 2002. Selected Exhibitions Process is Paradigm, LABoral Art and Industrial Creation Center, Asturias, Spain, April 23 – September 27, 2010 (Susanne Jaschko and Lucas Evers, curators) Scalable Relations, Beall Center for Art + Technology, University of California, Irvine, January 9 – March 14, 2009 (Christiane Paul, curator) The Art of Participation: 1950 to Now, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), November 8, 2008 – February 7, 2009 (Rudolf Frieling, curator) Faultlines, organized by Rhizome.org and co-presented by the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York City, August 5, 2006 – September 15, 2006 (Lauren Cornell, curator) Making Things Public: Atmospheres of Democracy, ZKM | Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, Germany, March 19, 2005 – October 3, 2005 (Bruno Latour, Peter Weibel and Steve Dietz, curators) Rhizome ArtBase 101, the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York City, 23 June – 10 September 2005 (Lauren Cornell and Rachel Greene (curators) with assistance from Kevin McGarry) Artport Gate Page (http://artport.whitney.org), Whitney Museum of American Art, 11 – 30 April, 2005 (Christiane Paul, curator) Database Imaginary, Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff, Alberta, Canada, November 13, 2004 – January 23, 2005 (Sarah Cook, Steve Dietz and Anthony Kiendl, curators);

Teaching Interests: 

New media art and design, critical studies of new media, social software, news and new technologies.