Mark Shepard is an artist, architect and researcher whose post-disciplinary practice addresses new social spaces and signifying structures of contemporary network cultures. His current research investigates the implications of mobile and pervasive media, communication and information technologies for architecture and urbanism.
Recent work includes the Sentient City Survival Kit, a collection of artifacts for survival in the near-future sentient city; and the Tactical Sound Garden [TSG], an open source software platform for cultivating virtual sound gardens in urban public space. His work has been presented at museums, galleries and arts festivals internationally, including the Netherlands Architecture Institute; LABoral Center for Art + Industrial Creation; the Barcelona Design Museum; Art Center Nabi, Seoul, Korea; the Contemporary Museum, Baltimore; the Jacksonville Museum of Contemporary Art; The Queens Museum, New York; Storefront for Art and Architecture; Artist Space, New York; the Center for Architecture, New York; Transmediale 2011; ISEA 2010 RUHR; Futuresonic, Manchester, UK; Sonar Festival, Barcelona, Spain; and the Electronic Language International Festival – FILE 2007, São Paolo, Brazil, among others.
In 2006 he organized Architecture and Situated Technologies (with Omar Khan and Trebor Scholz), a symposium bringing together researchers and practitioners from art, architecture, technology and sociology to explore the emerging role of “situated” technologies in the design and inhabitation of the contemporary city. He is an editor of the Situated Technologies Pamphlet Series, published by the Architectural League of New York and co-author of “Urban Computing and its Discontents” with Adam Greenfield. In 2009, he curated Toward the Sentient City, an exhibition of commissioned projects that critically explored the evolving relationship between ubiquitous computing and the city. His recent book, Sentient City: ubiquitous computing, architecture and the future of urban space, is published by the Architectural League of New York and MIT Press.
In Fall 2014 Mark Shepard will be lecturing at the Bauhaus_Universitat, Weimar, although he will still be one of the directors of the Center for Architecture and Situated Technologies (CAST) at UB. CAST is devoted to work on the evolving and growing implications of new technologies within the built environment: social, political, ecological, and material. In March 2014 Mark Shepard’s “Beyond the Smart City: Everyday Entanglements of Technology and Urban Life”, was published in Harvard Design Magazine. The title reveals his research interests as does his media work Sentient City Survival Kit which consists of a collection of artifacts for survival in the near-future sentient city.