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Joanne McNeil is a writer and researcher interested in the ways that technology is shaping art, politics, and society. She is currently writing a book on privacy and internet culture. She was recently an artist-in-residence at Eyebeam.

She writes about things like broken iPhonesvirtual assistants in airports, the Chelsea Manning trial, and the future of novels. Her essays and reviews have appeared in Modern Painters, DomusWired UK, Frieze, The LA Times, the Paris Review Daily, The Boston Globe, n+1, 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 Rhizome.org, she developed all content published on Rhizome News and the Rhizome blog. (20112012 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.

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Recently published:

Medium columns

Fear of Zero Bars
Haunted Machines, March 2015

The Patriotic Face
Saturated Space, December 2014

The Dads of Tech, (co-written with Astra Taylor)
The Baffler, Winter 2014

Watching Foam Rise
Dirty Furniture, Issue 1

Dronism, (co-written with Ingrid Burrington)
Dissent, Spring 2014

Look Inside,
Frieze, January 2014


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 TechThe SetupYahoo NewsDeep GlamourToronto StandardFirst 5Look 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 — twice. Also included in The Verge’s Best Writing of 2013. Part of Stories from the New Aesthetic, which was on Domus’ Top 10 in Design for 2012. (More on that in Vanity FairAeon, and elsewhere.) 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 onSurprisingly Free and Steady Diet of Film podcasts. Other mentions on io9Fast CompanyDomusThe AtlanticThe New York TimesCBS NewsWired GadgetLab and more.