Matthew Hockenberry

Matthew Hockenberry (PhD, Department of Media, Culture, and Communication, New York University) is a media historian and theorist whose work examines the media of global production. His current book project develops a media history of logistics, exploring critical developments in the epistemology of assembly by tracing how media forms shaped the emergence of logistical production and distribution in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He is particularly concerned with transitional moments of mediation in the histories of paperwork, telecommunication, and computation.

As a visiting scientist with the MIT Center for Civic Media and Tangible Media Group he developed Sourcemap, a collaborative platform for mapping supply chains and sharing “where things come from,” and he writes regularly on the state of global supply through the lens of its most emblematic objects.

Select Activities

  • Research Fellow, Internationale Kolleg für Kulturtechnikforschung und Medienphilosophie (IKKM), Bauhaus-Universität Weimar (2017-2018).
  • Melvin Kranzberg Dissertation Fellow, Society for the History of Technology (2015).
  • IHR Mellon Fellow, Institute of Historical Research, University of London (2013).
  • Lemelson Center Fellow, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution (2012).
  • “Sound Signatures: Epistemologies and the Order of Sound,” NYU, Humboldt University, and Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin (2014).

Select Writing

Select Talks

  • “Components, Crashes, and the Assembly Codes of Computation,” Institut für Musikwissenschaft und Medienwissenschaft, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (May 9 2019).
  • Supply & Command: Encoding Logistics, Labor, and the Mediation of Making,” New York University (April 19th-20th, 2018).
  • “Dial M for Maintenance,” Maintainers II: Labor, Technology, Social Orders, Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken NJ (April 6-9, 2017).
  • “The Performance of Preservation for Dead Media Maintenance,” in “Media Maintenance,” Society for Cinema and Media Studies, Toronto (March 14-18, 2017)
  • “Art by Telephone,” Broken Telephone: The Creative Potential of Signal Decay, Conference of the Universities Art Association of Canada, Montreal (October 27-30, 2016).
  • “On the Methods of Long Distance Assembly: Painting by Telephone in the Margins of Design,” The Arts of Logistics, Queen Mary University of London (June 3-4, 2016).
  • “Server Farm to Data Table,” Theorizing the Web, New York (April 15-16, 2016).
  • “Ports of the Long Land and Sea Carriage: The Factory System in Early Modern Trade,” Media, Materiality, Infrastructure Workshop, New York University (2014).
  • “Supply Chain Epistemologies: Changing Narratives of Knowing in Electronic Supply Chains,” Unseen Connections in the Ecologies of Cell Phones, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution (2013).
  • Sourcemap: Where We’ve Come From,” Future of News and Civic Media Conference, MIT Center for Civic Media, Cambridge (2010)
  • “Open Supply Chains,” MIT Communication Forum, Cambridge (2009).

Contact Information

Matthew Hockenberry
Department of Communication and Media Studies
Fordham University
441 East Fordham Road
Bronx, NY 10458

Email: hock[at]nyu.edu
Twitter: @hockendougal