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

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 media theorist, software designer, and artist whose work explores theories and designs for online public space and public discussion.

Selected Publications: 
  • “Image, nombre, programme, langage,” in Digital Studies: Organologie des saviors et technologies de la connaissance, Bernard Stiegler, editor (Paris, France: FYP éditions, 2014): 123-140.
  • “Une Machine a Raconter des Histoires: De Propp aux Software Studies,” in Les Temps Modernes (novembre-décembre 2013)
  • “Data Navigation, Architectures of Knowledge” (transcription of a talk and discussion for “Living Architectures: Designing for Emersion and Interaction,” a Banff New Media Institute Summit of September 2000) in Euphoria & Dystopia: The Banff New Media Institute Dialogues, Sarah Cook and Sara Diamond, Editors (Riverside Architectural Press / ABC Art Books Canada, 2012)
  • “Aesthetics of Information Visualization,” in Context Providers: Conditions of Meaning in Media Arts, Christiane Paul, Victoria Vesna, and Margot Lovejoy, Editors (Bristol, UK: Intellect; and, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2011)
  • with Mark Deckert and Abram “Aphid” Stern, “Peer to PCAST: What does open video have to do with open government?” in Information Polity 16 (2011) 1–17
  • with John Kelly and Michael Dale, “Searching the Net for Differences of Opinion,” in Online Deliberation: Design, Research, and Practice, Todd Davies and Seeta Gangadharan (editors), University of Chicago Press, 2009
  • “Memory,” in Software Studies: A Lexicon, Matthew Fuller, editor (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2008)
  • “Picturing the Public,” in Structures of Digital Participation, Joseph Karaganis, Editor (New York: SSRC Press, 2008)
  • with Flore Barcellini, Françoise Détienne and Jean-Marie Burkhardt, “A socio-cognitive analysis of online design discussions in an Open Source Software community,” in Interacting with Computers: The interdisciplinary journal of Human-Computer Interaction (Elsevier), Volume 20, Issue 1, January 2008: 141-165
  • "Network Aesthetics," in Database Aesthetics, Victoria Vesna, Editor (Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press, 2007). This is an expanded version of “Artificial Intelligence,” in The Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, Volume 1, Michael Kelly, editor-in-chief (New York: Oxford University Press, 1998): 123-130. The entry was updated for The Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, 2nd edition (2014).
  • 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,” Journal of Computer-Supported Cooperative Work, 2006
  • “Agonistics: A Language Game,” in Making Things Public: Atmospheres of Democracy, Bruno Latour and Peter Weibel, Editors (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2005). Reprinted in Pro+agonist: The Art of Opposition, Marisa Jahn, editor (Minneapolis: Walker Art Center, 2012): 44-47.
  • “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).
  • “What does a very large-scale conversation look like?” Leonardo: Journal of Electronic Art and Culture, Volume 35, Number 4, August 2002

Selected Exhibitions

  • Things the Mind Already Knows in Impakt Online: On Group Formation, Impakt Festival 2013: Capitalism Catch 22, Utrecht, The Netherlands, 30 October - 3 November 2013 (Sabine Niederer and Raymond Taudin Chabot, curators)
  • Process is Paradigm, LABoral Art and Industrial Creation Center, Asturias, Spain, April 23 – September 27, 2010 (Susanne Jaschko and Lucas Evers, curators)
  • Conversation Map in The Art of Participation: 1950 to Now, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), November 8, 2008 – February 7, 2009 (Rudolf Frieling, 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)
  • Artport Gate Page, Whitney Museum of American Art, 11 – 30 April, 2005 (Christiane Paul, curator)
  • with Sawad Brooks in How Latitudes Become Forms/Translocations, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN, from February 6 - May, 2003 (Steve Dietz, curator)
Teaching Interests: 

Digital media art and design, critical studies of digital media, software studies