Shannon is an Associate Professor of Media Studies at The New School. Her writing and teaching focus on archives, libraries, and other media spaces; media infrastructures; spatial epistemologies; and mediated sensation and exhibition. She is the author of The New Downtown Library; Deep Mapping the Media City; and Code and Clay, Data and Dirt, all published by University of Minnesota Press. She contributes a regular long-form column about urban data and mediated infrastructures to Places, a journal focusing on architecture, urbanism, and landscape, and she collaborates on public design and interactive projects and exhibitions.
Cabinets, Codes, and Catalogues -- or, Structured Data + Other Disordered Things

How do our conceptual architectures manifest themselves in the everyday? How, for instance, might a data model scale up to an urban plan; or how might boxes and shelves, buildings and spreadsheets contain our thinkable thoughts? As we survey a variety of sites where the ethereal and datalogical become material — and, at the same time, where built and natural environments become informational — we'll also consider those dimensions of thought and experience that resist containment, as well as the politics of imposing order.