Craig Dietrich teaches IML scholarly multimedia and digital studies classes and develops systems for creative and scholarly examinations of transnational culture. His offline production includes gallery-based airports, mall storefronts, and artificial ecosystems (recently presented with Vanessa Vobis at ArtSpace404, Santa Rosa) and curated events (“The Network of Ecology” series at USC). Online collaborations include the Mukurtu Archive and Plateau People’s Web Portal content manager based on Aboriginal cultural protocols; ThoughtMesh, a folksonomic online publishing system; the Dynamic Backend Generator, a MySQL-based relational data writing canvas; and Scalar, a new media studies platform based on semantic web technology.
Craig is presently in production of Magic, a documentary about humanist-programmer collaborations. His presentations and papers are situated at the intersection of trans-nationalism, corporate hierarchies, and local economies, having compared prevalent database paradigms to big-box retail chains, linked Bataille’s Formlessness to RSS feeds, and championed custom, agile software over large content management systems for digital humanities production.