Interview: Mark Shepard

Interview with Mark Shepard

Mark Shepard is an artist, architect and researcher whose post-disciplinary practice investigates the entanglements of contemporary technologies and urban life. His work has been presented at museums, galleries and festivals internationally, including the 2012 Venice International Architecture Biennial, the 2011 Prix Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria and the 2009 International Architecture Biennial Rotterdam. His work has been supported by Creative Capital, The New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), The Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, and Eyebeam Art + Technology Center, where he was a 2011–2012 Fellow. He curated Toward the Sentient City, an exhibition that critically explored the evolving relationship between ubiquitous computing and the city through a series of commissioned projects distributed throughout New York City. He is co-editor of the Situated Technologies Pamphlets Series and editor of Sentient City: Ubiquitous Computing, Architecture and the Future of Urban Space, published by the Architectural League of New York and MIT Press. Mark is an Associate Professor of Architecture and Media Study at the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, where he directs the Media Arts and Architecture Program (MAAP) and co-directs the Center for Architecture and Situated Technologies (CAST).

Contact: Departments of Architecture and Media Study, University at Buffalo, The State, University of New York, 12 Capen Hall Buffalo, NY 14260, USA.

Photograph ©Mark Shepard, Sentient City Survival Kit (2010), Under-a-ware: underwear designed to sense hidden RFID tag readers and alert the wearer to their presence though small vibrators sewn into strategic locations on the garments. http://