Michael L. Murtaugh
Blvd. M Lemonnierlaan
1000 Brussels
+32 489 255 235
mm @ automatist.org
www.automatist.org

profile

Michael Murtaugh (b. 1972, Champaign, Illinois, USA) is a freelance programmer specialised in community databases, digital archives, and tools for new forms of reading and writing online.

education

1996
M.Sc. Media Technology
Massachusetts Institute of Technology / MIT Media Lab
Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
1994
B.Sc. Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

employment & associations

2003--present
Piet Zwart Institute (Masters program of the Willen de Kooning Academy)
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Instructor, Media Design Department
2014--present
Founder and member of Scandinavian Institute for Computational Vandalism.
2014--present
Employed at Constant VZW developing and researching Network infrastructure and applications both for the organisation and during workshops and special event.
2010--present
Member of Active Archives, a research project initiated by Constant investigating and developing digital archiving platforms for cultural institutions.
2009--present
Member of Constant VZW, Association for Art & Media Brussels. Participant in the Open Source Video interest group.
2010--2011
BAM, Instituut voor beeldende, audiovisuele en mediakunst, Gent, Belgium. Support for the Active Archives project as part of the Archipel project investigating sustainable archiving for Flemish cultural heritage.
2001--present
Automatist.org, Brussels.
Founder. See Exhibited and online work
1999--2001
Jam New Media (for Public Dialogue), Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Co-founder, partnership with Jeanine de Bruin; Designed and implemented projects with focus on uses of new media for science communication. See projects section.
1997–1999
newMetropolis Science & Technology Center, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Exhibition & Interactive design. Worked under design director James Bradburne.
1997
Medialab, Schellingkhout, The Netherlands
Interaction design / Programming Telecommunications Game “Get Connected”
1994–1996
MIT Media Lab, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
Research Assistant in the Interactive Cinema group under Glorianna Davenport.
1992
Fiducia, Karlsruhe, Germany
CASE (Computer aided software engineering) tool programming
1990
International Business Machines, White Plains, New York, USA
Summer Internship

recent recorded presentations

2018
Ecosystems of writing
Inteview made as part of Creating Commons Worksession, Basel
http://creatingcommons.zhdk.ch/?p=617
https://vimeo.com/309009024
2018
The Art and Politics of Archival Practice. A càrrec de SICV
MACBA, Barcelona
https://youtu.be/a5PO7QhTzHU
2016
Scandinavian Institute for Computational Vandalism
Libre Graphics Meeting 2015, London
https://youtu.be/wANo6M_swoY

publications

2016
A bag but is language nothing of words in Mondotheque: A Radiated Book/un livre irradiant/een irradiërend boek
2015
Vandalist Iconophilia with Ellef Prestsæter, Matthew Fuller, and Nicolas Malevé; Concreta 05, June 2015 Re
2015
Eleven Orderings in Report from the Gutenberg Galaxy at Blaker #1
2014
Do (not) Repeat Yourself in Fun and Software: Exploring Pleasure, Paradox and Pain in Computing; edited by Olga Goriunova, 2014, Bloomsbury
2008
Interaction in Software Studies \ a lexicon, edited by Matthew Fuller, MIT Press, 2008.
1997
Automatist storyteller systems and the shifting sands of story
with Glorianna Davenport
IBM Systems Journal, Volume 36, Number 3, 1997
1996
The Automatist Storytelling System
Putting the Editor's Knowledge in Software
Masters Thesis, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1996
1995
ConText: Towards the evolving documentary
with Glorianna Davenport
Proceedings of the third ACM international conference on Multimedia
San Francisco, California, 1995

exhibited and online work

2019
These are Situationist Times: An Online Interface on display as part of the exhibition Pinball Wizard, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam. http://vandal.ist/thesituationisttimes/
2018-2019

Situationist Times Digital Interface, produced for the exhibition The Situationist Times: Same Player Shoots Again! Produced with Torpedo Books, Oslo

Malmö Konsthall, Sweden
https://www.konsthall.malmo.se/en/utstallning/jacqueline-de-jong-the-situationist-times/

http://www.torpedobok.no/ Torpedo Publishers, Oslo

2013 — 2015
Guttorm Guttormsgaard: 11 Orderings, an online interface to the objects of Norwegian graphic designer and artist Guttorm Guttormsgaard.
2012 — 2014
Erkki Kurenniemi "In 2048" (ongoing), an online interface to digital archive of Erkki Kurenniemi. The digital archive was exhibited as part of Documenta 13 in Kassel (2012), at Kunsthal Aarhus, Denmark (2013) at Kiasma, Helsinki (2014).
2012
Open House Brussels, an editors interface (based on Active Archives) and front end video player to allow on-the-fly editing of a collection of interview material based on tags.
2011 — 2013
Schaarbeeksetaal, an online audio dictionary related to language particular to a neighborhood in Brussels. Django-based CMS and front-end with time based text.
2008 — present
Active Archives, project to explore shared archiving platforms for cultural institutions. Project initiated by Constant.
2009—2010
TransLearning an online "learning histories" project related to sustainable agriculture. Collaboration with Jeanine de Bruin, the Athena Institute at the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, and TransForum.
2010-2011
Archipel on-site and online interface to a musical collection for La Médiathèque de la Communauté française de Belgique asbl, Brussels. Together with ÜBERKNACKIG.
2010
Cinema du Reel "Videotheque" interface for on-site visitors to view festival films on demand.
2005–2010
Videodagboek: Borstkanker / Videodagboek: Prostaatkanker
(Videodiary: Breast Cancer / Videodiary: Prostate Cancer)
with Jeanine de Bruin for the Dutch Cancer Society (KWF), Amsterdam, NL
Design and production of streaming video-based websites to support the decision making process of those diagnosed with cancer. Video clips give a firsthand account of doctor’s visits, treatment, and at-home interviews. Design included specialised CMS to manage subtitles and auxiliary textual information tracks synchronized with the streaming video.
http://dagboek.kwfkankerbestrijding.nl/
2005
Vathorstgroeit.nl
A "video wiki" for a developing suburb of the Dutch city of Amersfoort. The site allows residents to upload video clips and supports grouping and annotating the clips to create a community-based "evolving documentary". NB: the editing capabilities are only available when registered and logged in.
2005
Open History Timeline: Web Design Timeline
with Femke Snelting
Design and programming of a custom content management system to support communal history writing. Through an open structure of questions and answers placed on a timeline, participants give their definition of the first ten years of web design.
http://www.designtimeline.org
2005
Robott.org
with Joost Bottema
Design and programming custom content management system / navigation system for an online magazine style presentation of student projects in visual communication.
http://www.robott.org
2004
Map of Creativity
with Remon Tijssen, James Bradburne for the Next Generation Foundation, UK
Design and programming of an interactive visualisation and navigation tool for an extensible database of innovative education projects throughout the world.
2003
European Seminar on Multilevel Governance: Video Presentation
with Jeanine de Bruinfor the Dutch Ministry of Internal Affairs (BZK), The Hague, NL
Design and programming of an interactive video summary of report about citizen participation for the EU.
2002
Unravelling Histories
Collaboration with De Geuzen, NL
Design and programming online database and public browser for an extensible collection of over 200 cross-indexed photographs and texts.
http://www.unravelling-histories.org
2002
Blood: Perspectives on Art, Power, Politics and Pathology
with Joost Bottema for the Frankfurt Museum of Applied Art (mak.frankfurt), Germany
Design and programming of an online database and browsing system for an exhibition collection of over 300 items and associated texts. Developed "word-linking" an automatic word-based cross-reference system.
http://automatist.org/blood
2001
Txtbk.com
Collaboration with Joost Bottema
Design and programming of an experimental online hypertext reading system.
http://robott.org/book2
2001
Jol-Fix
with Jeanine de Bruin (Jam New Media) for Jol-Fix B.V., NL
Design and production of a website with an online digital catalog using short video fragments to situate product use.
2001
Echte Welvaart
with Jeanine de Bruin (Jam New Media) and Joost Bottema for Stichting Echte Welvaart, Utrecht, NL
Design and programming of a website and content-management system, including the "atlas", a tool for browsing and visualizing patterns among over 400 project descriptions dynamically organized by theme, location, or target audience.
http://www.echtewelvaart.nl/atlas_frames.cgi?_pageid=63
2001
Comment Browser
Design and programming of an experimental interface to support "non-linear" reading of discussion threads.
http://automatist.org/commentbrowser/
2001
Bio50
with Jeanine de Bruin (Jam New Media) for the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, NL
Design and production of a video-based CD-ROM commemorating 50 years of the biology department at the VU.
2000
Xenotransplantie: kan dat?
with Jeanine de Bruin (Jam New Media) for Stichting Consument en Biotechnologie (Foundation for Consumers and Biotechnology), NL
Design and production of an interactive video-based CD-ROM for use in small scale "community meetings" to stimulate discussion around the use of animals for human organ transplantation.
1999
E21.nl (Energy in the 21st century)
with Jeanine de Bruin (Jam New Media) for the Van Staveren Stichting, Arnhem, NL
Design and programming of content management system for an education website to stimulate students to study energy sciences.
1999
Klonen Kloneren
with Jeanine de Bruin (Jam New Media) for the Rathenau Instituut, The Hague, NL
Design and production of a video-based summary and interactive exhibition for a public campaign about cloning technology.
1995
News in the Future, MIT Media Lab
Design and programming of an experimental interface demonstrating the idea of an "elastic canvas", a hierarchical presentation of a project abstracts in a single seamless display.
http://automatist.org/nif/
1995
ConTour: Boston Renewed Vistas, MIT Media Lab
Design and programming of an experimental interface for an “evolving documentary”.
http://automatist.org/contour/

teaching and speaking

2015
Workshop in Blaker, Norway in conjunction with Eleven Orderings, See publications.
2015
Close Reading Session Kenneth Goldsmith's Uncreative Writing; Participation and network infrastructure.
2015
Cqrrelations; Participation and network infrastructure.
2014
Relearn, Summer School Second Session, Brussels
2010
Presentation, participant in panel "(Pro) Active Archives", Economies of the Commons 2
2010
Presentation: "Do (not) Repeat Yourself", Software and Fun Symposium, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
2004
Seminar “Making Data Visible”
Invited Speaker; London Knowledge Lab, University of London, UK
2000–2003
Merz Akademie, Hochschule für Gestaltung, Stuttgart
Developed and led 3 separate 5-day workshops on topics related to design of interactive media. (July 2000, June 2002, and May 2003)
2003
International Film Festival Rotterdam / Submarine, Bruno Felix
Invited Speaker / mentor Masterclass for Interactive Documentary Makers
2001
Mediamatic Salon @ Baby, Amsterdam
Invited speaker
2001
Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam
Participation as mentor in video for science communication class
2000

Mediamatic, Amsterdam, Klaas Kuitenbrouwer
Participation in 2 workshops as speaker / mentor for "Gedrag Ontwerpen" program
http://www.mediamatic.nl/workshops/archief/2000_01/verhalenspelen_docu.html
http://www.mediamatic.nl/workshops/archief/2000_01/topologie2_sprekers.html

1999–2000
Jam New Media
Co-development and deployment of workshops for online video production
2000
International Documentary Filmfestival Amsterdam (IDFA)
Invited speaker and panel participant "Docs Online" program
2000
Seminar “Information in bits and genes”
Invited Speaker; Technology & Agrarian Development Group, Wageningen UR
1999
Preferred Placement: The Hit Economy, Hyperlink Diplomacy and Web
Invited Speaker; organized by Richard Rogers
http://www.govcom.org/symposium.html
1997
CILECT: Centre International de Liaison des Ecoles de Cinéma et de Télévision
Invited Speaker; (International Association of Cinema and Television Schools)
Congress 1997: Training for the Next Century, Ebeltoft Denmark
1995
International Documentary Film Festival Rotterdam
Invited Speaker; "Exploding Cinema" Program, February 1995
1995
Banff Center for the Arts, Alberta, Canada
Participation as presenter with Glorianna Davenport in Interactive Storytelling workshop.
1995
ACM Multimedia Conference, San Francisco, USA
Presented paper with Glorianna Davenport (see publications)

citations

2006
Else/Where, Janet Abrams and Peter Hall Editors, University of Minnesota Design Institute
pp. 290-299, Article “Contours & Colonies” by Andrea Codrington, review of project “Unravelling Histories”
2004
Internet Art, by Rachel Greene, Thames & Hudson
p. 139, references to project “Unravelling Histories”
2003
Information Design Source Book, Graphic-Sha Publishing, Japan
pp 228-231 description and images of “Blood” project as an example of “Unfolding Navigations”
2000
Items Magazine # 6, Dec 2000, Published by BIS B.V., Amsterdam
p. 63 review of Docs online presentation / “Elastic Boston” project in “www” column by Menno Grootveld

awards

1994–1996
Eastman Kodak Media Lab Fellowship 1994 - 1996
Awarded by Eastman Kodak and the MIT Media Laboratory

skills

Extensive experience with video production for the web from shooting and editing to compression. Experience with use of synchronous text (for subtitles, auxiliary information) and multi-lingual installations.

Programming Languages: Python, Javascript, MySQL, PERL, XML, HTML, CSS, Java, C/C++.

Experience in building custom interfaces for visualizing & uncovering connections within digital collections & archives, including machine learning & vision. Custom content management systems with tight integration between back-end database/CGI scripts to front-end user interaction.

Fluent in English and Dutch. Working knowledge of French.