An online journal of emerging media

ADJACENT is an online journal of emerging media published by the Interactive Telecommunications Program of New York University (often just called ITP). Our mission is to share research, analysis, and opinion from and for the diverse creators that are exploring the contemporary moment.

10 Ecoscope

What lives at the intersection of nature, humanity, and technology? Some might say everything. ‘Ecoscope’ is meant to be a lens for our theme, covering ecologies, ecosystems, economies, and more. This issue explores the fine line between nature and technology, and their intimate relationship with humanity. Each essay takes a close look at one very small piece of this everything-verse we are intimately wedged in, like a scope. The range in topics exhibits the breadth of this tripartite intersection: interspecies art-making, microbial archiving, snails, camouflage, keyboards, nesting, bugs, the notes app, and collective joy. In other words, everything.

Published in March 2023

9 Rituals

The word ritual often conjures spiritual, religious, or occult context – such as witchcraft , ceremonies, sacraments. Today it also applies to the more mundane: any established or repetitive behavior, usually with some functional purpose. We all have our own unique approach to ritual. Our latest issue draws attention to the activities that structure and give meaning to our lives, celebrating their diversity and nuances (and sometimes their absurdity). From making offerings to the full moon once a month to repairing old kiddie rides, we invite you to explore our contributors’ takes on this perennial theme of being human.

Published in 03/14/2022

8 Disembodiment
Reflections on digital life after death. Healing our relationship with Artificial Intelligence with chaotic eroticism. Interpretations of time, collective selves, routine, and sociocultural metaphors. This is disembodiment.

Published in October 2021

7 Feeling

What is a feeling and where can I find it? Is it cute and squishy like a blob? Does it live alone or with other feeling[s]? Does it have a pet? Is it under lockdown? Does it wear a mask? Should I socially distance from it?

Published in June 2020

6 Old / New / Next
Old / New / Next

Is Hong Kong’s decentralized resistance forming a new national identity? What does predicting the future have in common with colonialism? Are there dreams for the future that aren’t nightmares? Launched amid ITP’s 40th anniversary, this issue uses the milestone as an opportunity to look back on the past 40 years of media and technology and reflect on where we’ve been and where we are going.

Published in December 2019

5 Reality?

We question what is real, live in a simulation, say goodbye to holograms, and become all we can be, virtually. Radiolab’s Robert Krulwich presents how sound triggers an avalanche of possibilities. An interview with bio-hacker Heather Dewey-Hagborg. Autonomous writing agent lengua partida composes an epic poem for our age celebrating the beauty of computational theory, while lamenting the world, on the brink of collapse.

Published in April 2019

4 Bodies and Borders
Bodies and Borders

This issue is the first with a theme: |THēm| A body that is fixed yet fluid. A border that asks to be pushed against. An axis, an outline, an invitation. A deep dive into the 30 years of feminist technoscience resonating from Donna Haraway’s seminal essay, A Cyborg Manifesto. A series of interactive maps presents a postcolonial cartographic history of India. A call to evaluate a global system in which categories of identity are increasingly hard-coded in menus and checklists.

Published in October 2018

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Issue 3

Ari Melenciano describes creating Afrotectopia and the need to provoke systemic change. ITP’s ML5 team, led by Daniel Shiffman, launches the beta version of ml5.js, a tool for making machine learning accessible to beginners, and Lauren McCarthy, founder of p5.js, throws a party run by AI.

Published in June 2018

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Issue 2

What happens when computer vision alters factual transparency? How can tech-enabled apophenia, the tendency to see relationships where there are none, perform as a dance choreographer? Issue 2 considers the puzzling ways things connect, even if subject pieces seem dislocated, disparate, or even divisive.

Published in March 2018

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Issue 1

Surya Mattu compares Facebook’s racially-biased algorithms to the highway that destroyed the historic Rondo neighborhood in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Alex Kauffmann details what’s wrong with today’s most hyped hyped media sensation—Virtual Reality. The inaugural issue of Adjacent demonstrates what an accessible journal dedicated to emerging interactive media, first-ever in academia, could look like.

Published in September 2017