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Professor of Media and Innovation, National Institute for Experimental Arts
Douglas Kahn is an historian and theorist of sound in the arts, energies in the arts, media arts, and science in the arts, from the late-19th Century to the present, with an emphasis on the traditions of the avant-garde, and experimentalism.
He was formerly a Professor and Founding Director of Technocultural Studies, University of California at Davis. He is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and an Art sWriters Grant from Creative Capital/ Warhol Foundation, and an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship.
His books include Energies in the Arts (MIT Press, 2019); Earth Sound Earth Signal: Energies and Earth Magnitude in the Arts (University of California Press, 2013); Noise, Water, Meat: A History of Sound in the Arts (MIT Press, 1999); Mainframe Experimentalism: Early Computing and the Foundations of Digital Arts, edited with Hannah Higgins (University of California Press,2012); and Source: Music of the Avant-garde, edited with Larry Austin (University of California Press, 2011).