Michael Luke Murtaugh
Blvd. M Lemonnierlaan
+32 489 255 235
mm @ automatist.org
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.
M.Sc. Media Technology
Massachusetts Institute of Technology / MIT Media Lab
Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
B.Sc. Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Piet Zwart Institute (Masters program of the Willen de Kooning Academy)
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Instructor, Media Design Department
Employed at Constant VZW developing and researching Network infrastructure and applications both for the organisation and during workshops and special event.
Member of Active Archives, a research project initiated by Constant investigating and developing digital archiving platforms for cultural institutions.
Member of Constant VZW, Association for Art & Media Brussels. Participant in the Open Source Video interest group.
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.
Founder. See Exhibited and online work
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.
newMetropolis Science & Technology Center, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Exhibition & Interactive design. Worked under design director James Bradburne.
Medialab, Schellingkhout, The Netherlands
Interaction design / Programming Telecommunications Game “Get Connected”
MIT Media Lab, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
Research Assistant in the Interactive Cinema group under Glorianna Davenport.
Fiducia, Karlsruhe, Germany
CASE (Computer aided software engineering) tool programming
International Business Machines, White Plains, New York, USA
2016 : Algorithmic Arabesque, as SICV part of the "Contours" shot at the Photographers Gallery, London. http://thephotographersgallery.org.uk/contours The exhibition was accompanied by a workshop.
2015 : Göteborg Biennial, Sweden. Guttorm Guttormsgaard: Scandanavian Institute for Computational Vandalism Exhibition & Workshop. October 2015.
2014 : Museum Jorn, Silkeborg, Denmark: Scandanavian Institute for Computational Vandalism exhibition & symposium
2014 : Kiasma, Helsinki, Finland: Erkki Kurenniemi: In 2048 (digital archive). Installation part of large retrospective of Kurenniemi that ran from 01.11.2013 – 02.03.2014.
2013 : Kunsthal Aarhus, Denmark: Erkki Kurenniemi: Data Radio exhibition & workshop.
Online, Guttorm Guttormsgaard: 11 Orderings, an online interface to the objects of Norwegian graphic designer and artist Guttorm Guttormsgaard.
Documenta 13 Kassel, Germany: Erkki Kurenniemi "In 2048" (ongoing), an online interface to digital archive of Erkki Kurenniemi.
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.
Schaarbeeksetaal, an online audio dictionary related to language particular to a neighborhood in Brussels. Django-based CMS and front-end with time based text.
Active Archives, project to explore shared archiving platforms for cultural institutions. Project initiated by Constant.
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.
Archipel on-site and online interface to a musical collection for La Médiathèque de la Communauté française de Belgique asbl, Brussels. Together with ÜBERKNACKIG.
Cinema du Reel "Videotheque" interface for on-site visitors to view festival films on demand.
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.
with Joost Bottema
Design and programming custom content management system / navigation system for an online magazine style presentation of student projects in visual communication.
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.
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.
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.
Collaboration with Joost Bottema
Design and programming of an experimental online hypertext reading system.
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.
Design and programming of an experimental interface to support "non-linear" reading of discussion threads.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
ConTour: Boston Renewed Vistas, MIT Media Lab
Design and programming of an experimental interface for an “evolving documentary”.
2015 : Archiving the Data-body, essay with Geoff Cox and Nicolas Malevé in Writing and Unwriting (Media) Art History: Kurenniemi in 2048, editors Joasia Krysa and Jussi Parikka, MIT Press, September 2015
Vandalist Iconophilia with Ellef Prestsæter, Matthew Fuller, and Nicolas Malevé; Concreta 05, June 2015 Re
Eleven Orderings in Report from the Gutenberg Galaxy at Blaker #1
Do (not) Repeat Yourself in Fun and Software: Exploring Pleasure, Paradox and Pain in Computing; edited by Olga Goriunova, 2014, Bloomsbury
Interaction in Software Studies \ a lexicon, edited by Matthew Fuller, MIT Press, 2008.
Automatist storyteller systems and the shifting sands of story
with Glorianna Davenport
IBM Systems Journal, Volume 36, Number 3, 1997
The Automatist Storytelling System
Putting the Editor's Knowledge in Software
Masters Thesis, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1996
ConText: Towards the evolving documentary
with Glorianna Davenport
Proceedings of the third ACM international conference on Multimedia
San Francisco, California, 1995
Workshop in Blaker, Norway in conjunction with Eleven Orderings, See publications.
Close Reading Session Kenneth Goldsmith's Uncreative Writing; Participation and network infrastructure.
Cqrrelations; Participation and network infrastructure.
Relearn, Summer School Second Session, Brussels
Presentation, participant in panel "(Pro) Active Archives", Economies of the Commons 2
Presentation: "Do (not) Repeat Yourself", Software and Fun Symposium, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Seminar “Making Data Visible”
Invited Speaker; London Knowledge Lab, University of London, UK
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)
International Film Festival Rotterdam / Submarine, Bruno Felix
Invited Speaker / mentor Masterclass for Interactive Documentary Makers
Mediamatic Salon @ Baby, Amsterdam
Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam
Participation as mentor in video for science communication class
Mediamatic, Amsterdam, Klaas Kuitenbrouwer
Participation in 2 workshops as speaker / mentor for "Gedrag Ontwerpen" program
Jam New Media
Co-development and deployment of workshops for online video production
International Documentary Filmfestival Amsterdam (IDFA)
Invited speaker and panel participant "Docs Online" program
Seminar “Information in bits and genes”
Invited Speaker; Technology & Agrarian Development Group, Wageningen UR
Preferred Placement: The Hit Economy, Hyperlink Diplomacy and Web
Invited Speaker; organized by Richard Rogers
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
International Documentary Film Festival Rotterdam
Invited Speaker; "Exploding Cinema" Program, February 1995
Banff Center for the Arts, Alberta, Canada
Participation as presenter with Glorianna Davenport in Interactive Storytelling workshop.
ACM Multimedia Conference, San Francisco, USA
Presented paper with Glorianna Davenport (see publications)
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”
Internet Art, by Rachel Greene, Thames & Hudson
p. 139, references to project “Unravelling Histories”
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
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.
Experience in building custom interfaces for visualizing & uncovering connections within a digital collection. 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.