Mark Dery

Mark Dery [1997 © Jan Sprij]

Mark Dery

Mark Dery (US) is a cultural critic, who coined the terms "afrofuturism" and "culture jamming".

Mark Dery writes about new media, visual culture, art and design, science and technology, emerging trends, subcultural style, gender, gastronomy, and the politics of popular culture.

Dery is the author of The Pyrotechnic Insanitarium: American Culture on the Brink (1999) and Escape Velocity: Cyberculture at the End of the Century (1996). He edited Flame Wars: The Discourse of Cyberculture (1994), the anthology that inaugurated cyberstudies as an academic field and kick-started scholarly interest in techno-feminism and black technoculture (through Dery's trailblazing essay "Black to the Future," in which he coined the term "Afrofuturism"). His 1993 essay "Culture Jamming: Hacking, Slashing, and Sniping in the Empire of the Signs" popularized the term "culture jamming" and helped launch the movement. Widely republished on the Web, "Culture Jamming" remains the definitive theorization of this subcultural phenomenon.

Mark Dery is a frequent lecturer in the United States and abroad. In January 2000, he was appointed Chancellor's Distinguished Fellow at UC Irvine. In summer 2009, he was appointed visiting scholar at the American Academy in Rome. Until fall 2009, he taught media criticism, digital reporting, and narrative nonfiction (a.k.a. literary journalism) in the Department of Journalism at New York University.

Since leaving NYU, Dery has been a freelance journalist, book author, lecturer, curator, and consultant.

(text based on his web biography)

With V2_, he published the essay An extremely complicated phenomenon of a very brief duration ending in destruction": The 20th century as slow-motion car crash 1 in TechnoMorphica (1997).



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