Orit Halpern

Orit Halpern

Orit Halpern, born in the US, is Lighthouse Professor and Chair of Digital Cultures and Societal Change at TU Dresden. Her work bridges the histories of science, computing, and cybernetics with design. She is currently working on two projects: the first is a history of automating intelligence, democracy, and decision-making; the second project examines extreme infrastructures and the history of experimentation at planetary scales in design, science, and engineering. Her first book »Beautiful Date: A History of Vision and Reason«, published by Duke UP in 2015, investigates histories of big data, design, and governmentality. Her current book with Robert Mitchell, published by MIT Press in 2023, is titled »The Smartness Mandate«. Orit Halpern is also the director of Against Catastrophe, a laboratory bridging the arts, environmental sciences, media, and social sciences to envision non-catastrophic futures.