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metaLAB (at) Harvard

An idea foundry, knowledge-design lab, and production studio, metaLAB (at) Harvard explores the digital arts and humanities through research, teaching, publications, and exhibitions. Our projects infuse traditional modes of academic inquiry with an enterprising spirit of hacking, making, and creative research. We believe that some of the key research challenges and opportunities of the new millennium transcend divisions between the arts, sciences, and humanities; between the academy, industry, and the public sphere; between theoretical and applied knowledge.

A community of scholars, technologists, artists, and designers based at the Berkman Klein Center, metaLAB also has ties to Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences and the Graduate School of Design, with partners across the university and in the world at large. The metaLAB team includes:

Jeffrey Schnapp, Faculty Director
Matthew Battles, Associate Director
Sarah Newman, Senior Researcher
Kim Albrecht, Data Visualization Designer
Jessica Yurkofsky, Creative Technologist
Oliver Luo, Product Manager
Yue Chelsea Qiu, Assistant Researcher

 

Read more about the full team here

 


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Mar 29, 2019

ARTificial Intelligence: The Laughing Room

An artificially intelligent sitcom

The Laughing Room is an artificially intelligent room and interactive art installation that plays a laugh track whenever the participants say something that the room’s algorithm… More

Mar 1, 2019 @ 1:00 PM

Alterspace

libraries, digital placemaking, and emancipatory design

An immersive library experience that gives visitors control over light, color, sound, and space to create the ideal environment for whatever brings them through the library's… More

Event
Feb 4, 2019 @ 6:30 PM

Is A.I Laughing at us?

A conversation with Jessica Fjeld, Jon Orwant, and Nikhil Dharmaraj

Artificial intelligence and art, how humor and creativity interrelate, and the successes and the shortcomings of new Al technologies. More

Event
Mar 6, 2018 @ 5:30 PM

metaLAB + friends openLAB

Please join us for metaLAB’s 2018 openLAB, showcasing work by metaLAB and friends. More

Event
Feb 13, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

Media Migration, Signage, and Smoked Fish

the Library Consortium as Studio, Platform, and Metacommunity

In this talk, Nate will give an overview of the programs at METRO/599, talk about the challenges associated with this organizational recalibration, seek input and ideas from the… More

Event
Jan 19, 2018 @ 6:00 PM

MACHINE EXPERIENCE II

Art Perspectives on Artificial Intelligence

A showcase of works by metaLAB artists exploring the emotional effects of algorithms, the uncanny experiences of sensor-enabled computers, and what intelligent machines might… More

Event
Nov 7, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

Study Card to Playlist: the Social Life of the Course Catalog

Curricle with Professor Jeffrey Schnapp, metaLAB Harvard

Visualized, annotated, connected: what should the course catalog look like in the 21st century? In this ​participatory lunch talk, members of metaLAB's Curricle team will share… More

Event
Aug 7, 2017 @ 10:00 AM

MACHINE EXPERIENCE

metaLAB AI Art Exhibition, Lightbox Gallery, Harvard Art Museums

metaLAB exhibits five new artistic projects playfully and critically engaging different aspects of Artificial Intelligence at Harvard Art Museum's Lightbox Gallery from August 8… More

Event
Sep 24, 2013 @ 12:30 PM

Curated by the Crowd: collections, data, and platforms for participation in museums and other institutions

hosted by metaLAB's Jeffrey Schnapp, Matthew Battles and Pablo Barría Urenda

Curarium is a collection of collections, an “animated archive,” designed to serve as a model for crowdsourcing annotation, curation, and augmentation of works within and beyond… More

Event
May 15, 2012 @ 12:30 PM

Going Feral on the Net: the Qualities of Survival in a Wild, Wired World

Matthew Battles, Managing Editor and Curatorial Practice Fellow at metaLAB (at) Harvard

How do we balance the empowering possibilities of the networked public sphere with the dark, unsettling, and even dangerous energies of cyberspace? Matthew Battles blends a deep… More

Event
Apr 3, 2012 @ 12:30 PM

The Growth and Decay of Shared Knowledge

Dennis Tenen, fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society

In this talk, Dennis will discuss our intuitions about knowledge domains and the methods by which such intuitions could be modeled empirically. Along the way, we will have the… More


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