Daniel Snelson Andrew Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital Humanities
Danny Snelson (Ph.D University of Pennsylvania) is the inaugural Andrew Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital Humanities at the Alice Kaplan Institute of the Humanities and the English Department. His online editorial work can be found on UbuWeb, PennSound, Eclipse, and Jacket2. He is the author of Radios (Make Now Press, 2016), EXE TXT (Gauss PDF, 2015), Epic Lyric Poem (Troll Thread, 2015), and Inventory Arousal with James Hoff (Bedford Press/Architectural Association, 2011). With Mashinka Firunts and Avi Alpert, he works as one-third of the academic performance group Research Service. His research and teaching blend a study of poetry and poetics with work on digital and network cultures, material text studies, and media theory. His book project The Little Database: A Poetics of Media Formats argues for materially-invested readings of works of print, sound, and cinema from within a new media context. Considering questions of scale, this study probes big data analysis on one hand, while operating in homage to the little magazine on the other. With a particular interest in the modes of media-specificity exercised by the historical avant-gardes, his research develops interdisciplinary tactics for addressing contemporary media practices. Articles, artworks, and performances on these topics have appeared widely, including venues such as Amodern, American Book Review, Centre Pompidou, Jacket2, Palais de Tokyo, The New Museum, and Brown University.
His first project at Northwestern was to produce an online interface for the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's legacy, entitled Shakespearevel, in which members of the Northwestern community recorded videos of readings of Shakespeare's works for a series of collective supercuts. In 2016, he co-edited the Present Tense Pamphlets with Mashinka Firunts through a collaboration with the Block Museum and a range of departments at Northwestern. With James Hodge he is co-founder of the Ordinary Media Research Workshop, a biweekly forum hosted by the Kaplan Institute at Northwestern that investigates the ways in which digital technologies come to saturate everyday experience and inform artistic practice in the early twentieth-first century.
- EXE TXT: Textwarez and Deformance. Code and Concept: Literature and the Digital, ed. Hannes Bajohr. (German and English.) Berlin: Frohmann Verlag. 2016.
- Alternatively, We Might Query. Covertext: Is the artist necessary for making art today?, ed. Swantje Lichtenstein and Tom Lingnau. Cologne: Covertext. Print. 2015.
- Live Vinyl MP3: Mutant Sounds, PennSound, UbuWeb, SpokenWeb. Amodern 4, ed. Scott Pound and Darren Wershler. Montréal: Concordia University. 2014.
- Teleconference.” A Research Service audio essay commissioned by the New Museum Research and Development Season on Voice, August 6, 2014.
- Incredible Machines: Following People Like Us Into the Database. Avant Magazine, June 4, 2014
- Archival Penumbra. In Focus: Lost & Found, ed. Kyle Schlesinger. American Book Review, Volume 34, Number 3, March/April, 2013.
- Heath, Prelude to Tracing the Actor as Network. Freeware Guide to Electronic Literature, ed. Brian Kim Stefans, 2011.