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Aim and Scope

ADJACENT is an online journal of emerging media published by New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program, or ITP.

Its mission is to share research, reflection, observations, and opinions from and for the diverse creators that are exploring the possibilities and directions at the frontiers of media and technology.

Rapid change—whether incremental, sudden, or meteoric—is the air we breathe. Think of all that you take for granted today that hardly existed a decade ago. Imagine what the next decade will bring. ADJACENT will be a forum to pause and consider the world we are making. It’s not intended to be a place to show off the latest app/widget/game/device/buzzword tech, but to explore what these new advances reveal about our selves and society, and/or what they might mean.

Emerging media includes expressive technology in programming, video, physical space, music, visual arts, products, entertainment, education, CR, AR, AI…you name it. We feel that emerging media has emerged enough to begin to take it seriously in terms of criticism and research into its effects.

We call the journal ADJACENT because each medium is connected to another, and creators, no matter the medium, are connected to each other,to society, and to the world. We have opportunities and responsibilities. We believe that it’s our adjacencies to diverse media, people, and disciplines that spark creativity. We’re influenced by the term “adjacent possible,” coined by the biologist Stuart Kaufman to describe how organisms grow and flourish—that is, change—just by existing near entities different from themselves.

Editorial Board


Nancy Hechinger

Managing Editors

Alden Jones & Carrie Wang


Ashley Jane Lewis

Gabriella M Garcia

Lillian Ritchie

Matthew Ross

Mohammad Hafiyyandi

Noah Pivnick

Sam Hains

Art Direction & Web Design

Dana Elkis

Emily Lin

Ilana Bonder

Web Development

Wenqi Li

Illustration Curators

Camilla Padgitt-Coles

Katya Rozanova

Sam Hains

Sofia Suazo


Mohammad Hafiyyandi

Instructions For Authors

Adjacent publishes 2 issues a year. We welcome articles from those both within the ITP community of students, faculty and alumni and the wider world of emerging media.

Have something to say? Something innovating, illuminating, interactive, irritating? Commentary or controversy, research or reflection…submit your idea for an article, and the editorial board will let you know as soon as we can if we will publish it in the next or future issues.

Submit here or at

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All articles published by Adjacent have been reviewed by the Editorial Board.

Open Access Statement

Adjacent is an open-access journal. All of the articles are publicly accessible on Adjacent’s website upon publication. Sharing and adapting works published by Adjacent are permissible under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License..


Adjacent is listed under the Library of Congress. ISSN: 2578-4307

Table of Contents

You are now

By Andrew Schneider

Consider Your Ears

By Robert Krulwich

The Shape of Reality

By Kathryn Zazenski

the rite of computing

By lengua partida