News  (Still Water)

  • 9/17/2017
    As technological platforms have become more powerful, our ability to deconstruct them has weakened. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act criminalizes farmers who disassemble tractors, hip-hop artists who sample vintage songs, and museum conservators who decompile obsolete software [...]
  • 1/9/2016
    As visiting luminary for the UMaine Digital Curation graduate program's fall 2015 teleconference, Craig Dietrich challenged its students to consider how culturally sensitive archives and linked data can break the monoculture of one-size-fits-all paradigms for access and publication [...]
  • 3/20/2014
    ANVC Info Design Director and USC Media Arts + Practice Research Assistant Professor Craig Dietrich recently sat down with the University of Maine’s John Bell for a detailed interview. In “Digital Scholarly Production and the Semantic Web,” published at HASTAC, Dietrich frames Scalar’s history involving Semantic Web technology and the Vectors Journal [...]
  • 5/31/2013
    Scalar is an online platform built by the Alliance for Networking Visual Culture (ANVC) centered at USC that facilitates the creation of media-rich scholarly publications. The software has only recently entered public beta, however versions have been operational since 2010 that have led to a number of works, many sponsored by scholarly organizations and academic [...]
  • 6/26/2012
    According to Streetsblog Los Angeles‘ Sahra Sulaiman, Still Water Fellows Vanessa Vobis, Craig Dietrich, and collaborators are “saving the world, one garden at a time.” Their project LA Green Grounds continues to dig up both lawns and publicity on its mission to turn Los Angelenos into gardeners. Saving the World, One Garden at a Time [...]

Flickr  (Flickr/craigdietrich)



    Auto-play and touch-enabled viewing and interacting with digital publications originating from almost any platform

    Creators: Craig Dietrich, Christopher Gilman
    Producer: Occidental College Center for Digital Liberal Arts


    Spinning Scalar's import/export system in to its own middleware tool for use by many archives and publishing systems

    Creator: Craig Dietrich

    Skacore Los Angeles

    Two decades of show posters

    The Metric Clock

    Tell time in metric time

    How to Use Scalar in the Classroom

    Chapter, Routledge International Handbook of Research Methods in Digital Humanities

    On the Word, Digital

    Article on digital duplication published in the Library DH special issue of dh+lib

    Lego OxyContin

    Part of an ongoing series of ironic Lego builds

    Tenants in Action (TIA)

    Submit housing violations directly to LA City agencies using conversational language

    Team: Adam Liszkiewicz (TIA Project Manager), Jyotswaroop Bawa (TIA Co-director), Craig Dietrich (TIA Co-director)
    Publisher: Strategic Actions for a Just Economy (SAJE)

    Digital Scholarly Production and the Semantic Web: An Interview with Craig Dietrich

    Interview by John Bell for HASTAC Scholars


    Scholarly publishing platform combining content and media via semantic web technology

    Team: Tara McPherson, Erik Loyer, Craig Dietrich, Steve Anderson, Jillian O'Conner
    Publisher: Alliance for Networking Visual Culture, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

    Walking Wall Streets

    Finding Wall Streets in towns and cities across America

    Site of Impact

    Interviews with residents living near the proposed Los Angeles NFL stadium site

    Director: Craig Dietrich

    Police Violence Verdict Generator

    Activist media project based on real cases of police violence

    DexType for LEAP Motion

    Commercial for LEAP Motion DexType gestural keyboard.

    The Interpreters

    Designing narratives demonstrated by Natural History Museum staff

    Organizer: Craig Dietrich
    Presented at: USC School of Cinematic Arts Gallery
    Date: February 12, 2013

    After the Document Model for Scholarly Communication: Some Considerations for Authoring with Rich Media

    Article on digital publication

    Journal: Digital Studies / Le champ numérique
    Authors: Craig Dietrich and Jentery Sayers

    Occupy Roundtable

    Discussion series at USC and UCLA featuring OccupyLA participants and theorists

    Public Spaces essays

    Reflections on and interventions in urban environments and land use, so far in New York City and Los Angeles

    Redesigning Reality

    Week-long series featuring workshops where participants can remix and remake everyday objects and software

    Organizers: Craig Dietrich and Steve Anderson
    Presented by: USC Visions & Voices
    Date: February 24 - March 2, 2012

    A Path towards Global Reach: The Pool

    Chapter supporting networked environments in the classroom, with The Pool as a case study

    Learning From YouTube

    "Video-book" analysing YouTube's Pedagogical concerns while reimagining its interface, published by MIT Press

    Author: Alex Juhasz
    Designer: Craig Dietrich
    Publisher: MIT Press
    Date: February 7, 2011

    Unauthorized Pictures of Sony Pictures

    ... the guard ran out and told us we couldn't take pictures of Sony Pictures

    The Network of Ecology

    Talk series and companion installation show bringing "ecology" back to its source

    Director: Craig Dietrich
    Events: Panel Discussion featuring LA-based Ecologists, part of the USC Digitial Studies Symposium, The Natural History Museum's Age of Mammals Exhibit and Vivarium Jar Building (talk by Vanessa Vobis), Companion installation show at USC's Ronald Tutor Campus Center (November 2010-February 2011)
    Dates: October 2011 - February 2011

    Representing Culture via Agile Collaboration

    Chapter on developer ecosystems that priviliage small, bottom-up collaborations

    Magic at Without Borders

    Video installation featuring interviews with scholars and designers as they develop interactive media

    Creators: Craig Dietrich, John Bell, Vanessa Vobis
    Installed: Without Borders VI, UMaine Lord Hall Gallery
    Date: August - September, 2009

    Science Species Lab

    Ecology-centered installation show and companion workshop in California's Wine Country

    Creators: Vanessa Vobis, Annalisa Vobis, Craig Dietrich
    Installed: ArtSpace404, Arts Council of Sonoma County
    Date: Fall, 2009
    Press release: PDF

    Plateu Peoples' Web Portal

    Archive of Plateau people's cultural material, currated by Plateau Tribal members and WSU special collections

    Director: Kim Christen
    Lead Developer (2007-2009): Craig Dietrich
    Developers: Eric Volkernic, John Smith
    Presented in part by: Washington State Startup Grant, Northwest Computer Consortium


    Distribute and connect your papers using this easy-to-use web-based publishing system

    Please, Reply to All!

    Benefiting the digital environment one email at a time...

    Creator: Craig Dietrich
    Inspiration: /RR (Response Requested)

    Please, Do Not Reply to All!

    Inverse benefiting the digital environment one email at a time...

    Creator: Craig Dietrich
    Inspiration: /RNN (Response Not Neccessary)

    Mukurtu Archive

    Open source content management platform based on local cultural protocols of indigenous communities

    Director: Kim Christen
    Lead Developer (2005-2010): Craig Dietrich
    Presented in part by: Washington State Startup Grant, NEH Digital Start Up Grant
    Press: BBC News, Wendy Seltzer,

    Digital Dymamics

    Indigenous cultural archive and learning tool, published by the Vectors Journal

    Authors: Kim Christen & Chris Cooney
    Designer: Alessandro Ceglia
    Database: Craig Dietrich
    Presented by: Vectors Journal

    Unmarked Planes & Hidden Geographies

    Aesthetics of secret planes flown in the USA by the USA, published by the Vectors Journal

    Author: Trevor Paglen
    Designer: Raegan Kelly
    Developer: Craig Dietrich
    Presented by: Vectors Journal

    Panorama Ephemera

    Online version of Rick Prelinger's Panorama Ephemera, published by the Vectors Journal

    Author: Rick Prelinger
    Designer: Raegan Kelly
    Developer: Craig Dietrich
    Presented by: Vectors Journal

    Dynamic Backend Generator

    Relational writing canvas incoporated into dozens of scholarly multimedia projects


    Installations at Cedar Rapids' artist-run gallery and theater, Legion Arts | CSPS

    Creators: Katherine Parker, Vanessa Vobis with Craig Dietrich
    Installed: September 2008, Legion Arts|CSPS

    Airport runway lights

    Installation at the University of Iowa's art building portico featuring airport runway lights and companion runway

    Creator: Craig Dietrich
    Installed: Spring 2008, Iowa City

    Mall storefronts

    Some glossy, some not: store facades installation at the the iGallery in Iowa City

    Creator: Craig Dietrich
    Installed: Spring 2007, iGallery, Iowa City

    The Daily Palette OS X Dashboard Widget

    An artwork a day delivered to your OS X Dashboard (a hip place to be in 2005...)

    Creator: Craig Dietrich
    Presented by: University of Iowa Intermedia Area

    Goal 2006! Dynamic Trading Card

    Thirty-two teams and their contry profiles represented

    Director: Jon Winet
    Technology Director: Craig Dietrich
    Presented in part by: DiverseWorks, Houston