Researcher

Professor Douglas Kahn

Biography

Professor of Media and Innovation, National Institute for Experimental Arts
Douglas Kahn is an historian and theorist of media arts, sound and music in the arts, energy in the arts, and science in the arts from the late-19th Century to the present, with an emphasis on the traditions of the avant-garde, and experimentalism. He was formerly a Professor in Science and Technology Studies, and Founding Director of Technocultural Studies, University...view more

Professor of Media and Innovation, National Institute for Experimental Arts
Douglas Kahn is an historian and theorist of media arts, sound and music in the arts, energy in the arts, and science in the arts from the late-19th Century to the present, with an emphasis on the traditions of the avant-garde, and experimentalism. He was formerly a Professor in Science and Technology Studies, and Founding Director of Technocultural Studies, University of California at Davis. He was a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Arts Writers Grant from Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation, and an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship.

His books include Noise, Water, Meat: A History of Sound in the Arts (MIT Press, 1999); Earth Sound Earth Signal: Energies and Earth Magnitude in the Arts  (University of California Press, 2013); Mainframe Experimentalism: Early Computing and the Foundations of Digital Arts, edited with Hannah Higgins (University of California Press,2012); and Source: Music of the Avant-garde, edited with Larry Austin (University of California Press, 2011). Forthcoming books include the edited volume Energies in the Arts (MIT Press, 2018) and the monograph Ecological Energies: Of Artists and Ecopaths from the Cold War to the Warm War (MIT Press, 2018).

Professor Kahn's current doctoral supervisions are:

  • Claudia Alvarez Arozqueta, Heartbeats and the Arts: The Pulse of History
  • Jo Burzynska, Correspondances: Creating Crossmodal Art through the Sound and Chemical Senses
  • Anthea Caddy, The Energetic Cello System: Expanding Cello Performance Space through Long Throw Speakers
  • Heather Contant, Constellative Frequencies: Historical Studies of Artistic and Cultural Communities Situated Along the Electromagnetic Spectrum
  • Pia van Gelder, Esotech: Esoteric Electronic Instruments in the Arts
  • Joyce Hinterding, The Pencil of Conductivity: An Investigation into Art and Energy through Resonant Systems, Aesthetics and New Materials
  • Emily Morandini, Modulating between earth and sky: Unearthing energetic materials
  • Mitchell Ryan, Cut into the Past: Media and the Arts of William S. Burroughs, 1959-1976

My Expertise

History and theory of media, media arts, music and sound.

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