Julian Bleecker
Since 2002
Works in United States of America

Julian Bleecker is an Assistant Professor at the USC School of Cinema-TV’s Interactive Media Division, and research faculty at USC’s Institute for Multimedia Literacy. He is Director of the Mobile and Pervasive Lab, a near-future think tank and research and development lab run by the School of Cinema-TV and Annenberg Center at the University of Southern California. In 2005-06 he is a Research Fellow at the Annenberg Center for Communication.

Currently his research vectors focus on investigating new and future forms of social cooperation, social networking, entertainment and communication, particularly through location-specific mobile, wireless and “WiFi” enabling technologies.

His technology designs and wireless innovations have been exhibited and presented in many academic, commercial and art-technology venues including the Banff Center for the Arts, Canada, American Museum of the Moving Image in New York City, Art Interactive in Boston, the Annenberg Center at the University of Southern California, Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, ACM SIGCHI, Boston Cyberarts Festival, Keio University in Japan, Eyebeam Atelier in New York City and Fuji Xerox PARC in Palo Alto.

Presently, Bleecker is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Interactive Media Division and Critical Studies Department of the School of Cinema-TV at the University of Southern California, where he directs research at the Mobile Media Lab, a collaborative research and project design facility run by the Annenberg Center, the School of Cinema-TV and the Interactive Media Division at USC. He has an appointment as a Faculty Researcher at the Annenberg Center’s Institute for Multimedia Literacy at the University of Southern California. He was appointed to sit on the steering committee of the Provost’s Mobile Media Action Group at USC to help encourage and direct the development of Mobile Media research at the University. He also has an appointment as Adjunct Professor at the Parsons School of Design in New York City, within the Design and Technology Division

Bleecker has a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University, a Master’s Degree from the University of Washington, Seattle, in Computer-Human Interaction, and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Cruz where his dissertation is on technology, culture and entertainment.
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@nick I have to say, having had coded for both S60, Symbian, Palm OS, WInCE and Windows Mobile Edition and the iPhone OS, the iPhone OS is in an entirely different league if we say that time to get something done has an economic value. Nothing beats the iPhone OS presently (unless Android does, but I have to plead ignorance on that one) for a complete, well-integrated SDK _and_ API and a channel to distribute your stuff. All of those things you pix-nick about matter, but I don't think they're cause to bust-balls to the point JBC is making here — that this is a transformative platform for creative expression in your hand. Sure — the iPhone is the phone for people with a job and a bit more walking around money to throw around — what is it? $99 now? New? Probably a lot less in the secondary markets? And you'll need a Mac, I guess. Or a Hackintosh for $299. And a $99/year subscription to the Apple Developers Network. I guess you're in for an budget-busting $500, all-in.


Go grouse about the man/system/great-oppressor on nettime, bub. This here is good, playful, invigorating stuff that real people are making and crafting and creating.


Convergence CfP — Special Issue on Digital Cultures and California: Extended Submission Deadline

Mon Mar 31, 2008 00:00

This call invites submissions for a special issue related to and about digital cultures of California. Internationally, California is a phenomenon in terms of its relationship to creating, consuming and reflecting upon the era of digital technologies. From the legendary garage entrepreneurs, to the multi-billion dollar culture of venture capital, to stock back-dating scandals, to the epic exodus of California’s IT teams during the Burning Man festival, this state plays an important role in the cultures of digital technologies.


All research articles are refereed and should be between 7000 — 10000 words in length.

We also welcome submission of debates (1500 - 3000 words) or Feature Reports (3000 - 4000 words)

The Bay Area of California (often referred to somewhat incorrectly as Northern California) is often perceived as a hot-bed of technology activity. Silicon Valley serves as a marker for the massive funding of enterprises that shape many aspects of digital culture. The new interaction rituals that have come to define what social life has become in many parts of the world can often be traced back to this part of the state. New forms of presence awareness and digital communication such as Twitter and Flickr have found a comfortable home in the Bay Area. Complimenting the Bay Area’s activities in “social software” is Southern California — Los Angeles in particular — where Hollywood sensibilities bring together entertainment with technology through such things as video games and 3D cinema.

California is also the home of several colleges and universities where digital technologies are developed in engineering departments and reflected upon from social science and humanities departments. This curious relationship between production and analysis creates the promise of insightful interdisciplinary approaches to making culture. Many institutions have made efforts to combine engineering and social science practices to bolster technology design. Xerox PARC probably stands as the canonical example of interdisciplinary approaches to digital technology design. Similarly, combining arts practices with technology as a kind of exploratory research and development has important precedent at places like PARC and at the practice-based events such as the San Jose California-based Zero One festival and symposium.

In this special issue we welcome submissions which investigate, provoke and explicate the California digital cultures from a variety of perspectives. We are interested in papers that approach this phenomenon in scholarly and practice-based ways.

* What are the ways that social networks have been shaped by digital techniques?

* How has the phenomenon of the digital entrepreneur evolved in the age of DIY sensibilities?

* What are the ways that “new ideas” succeed or fail based on their dissemination amongst the elite, connected digerati, as opposed to their dissemination amongst less more quotidian communities?

* What is the nature of the matrix of relationships between Hollywood entertainment, the military and digital technology?

* Can the DIY culture explored in the pages of Make magazine produce its own markets?

* How does the Apple Inc. culture of product design and development shape and inform popular culture?

* How have the various interdisciplinary approaches undertaken at corporate research centers connected to universities such as Intel Berkeley Labs shaped digital cultures?

Contact for further information: Julian Bleecker (julian at nearfuturelaboratory com)




ACC Postdocs and Visiting Researcher Fellowship, April 30 2006 Deadline

Thu Mar 02, 2006 08:58

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The Annenberg Center for Communication (ACC) (www.annenberg.edu) at the
University of Southern California invites applications for up to eight
postdoctoral positions and one visiting scholar position. These
Visiting Research fellows will take part in a major multi-disciplinary
research initiative to explore the "The Meaning of the New Networked
Age: Innovation, Content, Society, and Policy." We welcome
researchers from various disciplines including anthropology,
architecture, the arts, business, communications, computer science,
design, economics, engineering, history, international relations, law,
library science, neurosciences, political science, rhetoric, and

ACC is a research institute devoted to the study of new media from a
multi-disciplinary perspective. We are in a period of fundamental
transformation in the nature of the networks that connect people,
information, objects, and locations. But, what does it mean and what,
if anything, should be done to guide the process? The ACC research
program will explore the drivers of these changes, their meaning, and
their implications for business and government policy.

The 2006-2007 theme investigates the structure and evolution of
today's political, social, cultural, technological, and knowledge
networks. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

* How new technology is transforming politics and citizen engagement
* Communication law and policy
* New models of intellectual discourse and citation,
* Peer-to-peer cultural production and distribution,
* The emergence of pervasive mobile and wireless networks.

The ACC intends to convene a multi-disciplinary cohort of scholars to
focus on a topic of pressing concern not well addressed in more
established disciplinary and departmental institutions. The visiting
fellows will work with the ACC's senior fellows and also will be
expected to pursue their research in residence at the Annenberg Center
during the 2006-2007 academic year. They will collectively be
responsible for organizing one conference and a monthly speakers
series, and to attend two weekly Fellows' seminars of graduate,
postdoctoral, and faculty fellows on the theme of the meaning of the
new networked age. They may not hold any other appointment during the
period of the fellowship.

The postdoctoral fellowship is intended for scholars who have completed
their Ph.D since 2001, but we also will consider researchers with at
least four years of relevant, real- world experience. The ACC
fellowship carries a stipend of $45,000 in addition to a limited amount
of funds to support research and relocation expenses.

The visiting scholar position is intended for a mid-career scholar with
a well -established track record and demonstrated leadership and
expertise related to the theme. The stipend will be commensurate with
the scholar's current position. ACC will also provide a limited
amount of funds to support research and relocation expenses.

Applicants should clearly indicate whether they are applying for a
postdoctoral position or the visiting scholar position. Applications
should include a CV, a cover letter including a personal statement, and
a brief statement of research goals in relation to the theme. Three
letters of recommendation are to be sent directly by the writers
(letters may also be faxed to 213-747-4981). Address all application
materials to Elizabeth Harmon, Annenberg Center for Communication,
University of Southern California, 734 West Adams Boulevard, Los
Angeles, CA 90089-7725. Email contact: [eharmon at annenberg dot edu].
The deadline for receipt in our office is April 30, 2006.