Clinical Associate Professor, XE: Experimental Humanities and Social Engagement
Kimon Keramidas is a cultural historian whose research focuses on the study of media and technology through the lenses of political economy and sociology of culture. This research approaches media and technology from an interdisciplinary perspective that unpacks complex micro-and macro-scale concerns in a way that makes the impact of technology on our lives more apparent at the global, local and personal level. The goal of this work is to encourage a better understanding of how the hardware and software experiences of our digital culture influence the ways in which we work, play, learn, and communicate as a society.
Kimon’s most recent project was the exhibition The Interface Experience: Forty Years of Personal Computing which presented some of the most ubiquitous objects in the history of personal computing in tactile and interactive displays. This exhibition offered visitors a unique opportunity to gain a better understanding of the history of the design and material experience of computers, and aimed at stimulating personal questions about how interaction with these devices has influenced each of our lives. Future projects include a book on the role of intellectual property rights and corporate media ownership on the field of contemporary theatrical production and a digital publication that uses print, video, and web advertisements from the personal computing industry to present a non-linear exploration of how the computer industry and press has deployed rhetoric and imagery to shape demand and user purchasing practices.
Along with teaching courses at Draper within his fields of study, Kimon also teaches core courses in the digital humanities and organizes digital humanities initiatives across the Graduate School of Arts and Science. Prior to joining the faculty at Draper and NYU, Kimon served as Assistant Professor and Director of the Digital Media Lab at the Bard Graduate Center–where he helped establish the BGC as a leader in digital initiatives in the scholarship of material culture and interactive exhibition design– and as Director of Digital Initiatives for the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center. He also helped found and is on the editorial collective of The Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy, and founded and is on the steering committee of New York City Digital Humanities.
Kimon’s research and teaching considers digital tools not only as objects of study, but also as a means for performing research and scholarship. He is active in the fields of digital humanities and interactive technology and pedagogy, and has taught courses in digital humanities, interface design, media and materiality, artifacts in the age of new media, digital information fluency, and theatre design, performance and technology at the Bard Graduate Center, Marymount Manhattan College, the CUNY Online Baccalaureate, The Cooper Union, and now at Draper.
Specialties: cultural history of media and technology, digital humanities, interactive technology and pedagogy, performance/theatre, political economy, sociology of culture;
The Interface Experience: 40 Years of Personal Computing
The Sogdians: Influencers on the Silk Roads