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April 26: Theorizing the Web, NYC
May 31: Left Forum, NYC

Joanne McNeil is a writer and researcher interested in the ways technology is shaping art, politics, and society. She writes about things like broken iPhones, virtual assistants in airports, the Chelsea Manning trial, and the future of novels. Her essays and reviews have appeared in Modern Painters, Domus, Wired UK, Frieze, The LA Times, the Paris Review Daily, The Boston Globe, n+1, Jacobin, Dissent, and other web and print publications. She was a 2012 USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism fellow. She is a contributor to Art and the Internet (Black Dog Publishing, 2014) and has written a wide range of catalog essays. Formerly the editor of, she developed all content published on Rhizome News and the Rhizome blog. (2011, 2012 roundups.) Through Rhizome and with FACT, she co-curated online programming for the 2012 Liverpool Biennial. Earlier, she founded and edited the blog The Tomorrow Museum. An essay of hers was listed in The Verge's "Best Writing of 2013." She has lectured internationally including at Lighthouse (Brighton, UK), Centro in Mexico City, and Digital October in Moscow. She studied economics at George Mason University, where she was a University Scholar. She met the Philip K. Dick android before it lost its head. She is currently writing a book on privacy and internet culture.

Recently published:

Look Inside,
Frieze, January 2014

A Real Horrorshow,
Hysterical Literature, December 2012

The Price You Pay,
Medium, September 23, 2013

The Dust of the Future (Essay for HARD COPY catalog Maurice Carlin's Performance Publishing: Regents Trading Estate). Also published on The State, September 23, 2013

Tiny Proofs of the Existence of the Eiffel Tower,
Medium, September 2, 2013

A Dispatch From Bradley Manning's Conviction
The Atlantic, August 14 2013

Bradley Manning on Trial,
Jacobin, July 23, 3013

Mirror with Memory and a Blind Spot,
Medium, July 8, 2012

Prêt à travailler: workaholic holograms,
Domus, May 2013

& more at Internet of Dreams


nice things said:
"In this world, there are a lot of people, places, and things. You name it-architecture, movies, social networks, authors-and the list goes on-really, really on. Wouldn't it help to have everything that exists (and even a few things that don't) put into some sort of context? Trust Tomorrow Museum to do just that. A monumental task, yet curator Joanne McNeil's blog essays never fail to go headfirst into the deep end of the pool. For those trying to find the essence, this is essential reading."
- The Morning News, "Best Source for Making Sense of It All."
2009 Editors' Awards for Online Excellence.



Interviews with We Are NY Tech, The Setup, Deep Glamour, Toronto Standard, First 5, Look at Me, and The Boston Globe. Interviewed in Future Curation for Isetan Park. Listed in The Verge's The best tech writing of the week. Quoted in the New York Times ("Friendster to Erase Early Posts and Old Photos".) Part of Stories from the New Aesthetic, which was on Domus' Top 10 in Design for 2012. Listed on Femmeonomics Top 50 Women to Watch in Tech 2011. Appeared on CBC Radio's Spark ( Episode 123: Personalization, Perfect Playlists, and Privacy and Episode 109: Extreme crowdsourcing, the slow web, and motivation 3.0.) Appeared on Surprisingly Free and Steady Diet of Film podcasts. Other mentions on io9, Fast Company, Domus, The Atlantic, CBS News, Wired GadgetLab and more.


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