Matthew Hockenberry is a media historian and technologist whose research examines critical developments in the epistemology of assembly. His work centers on the history of logistics, tracing the media forms and material practices of decentralized production throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries to examine the impact they’ve had on digital infrastructures and objects like the mobile phone. He is particularly concerned with how media archaeological approaches to the networks of production can reveal transitional moments of mediation within histories of paperwork, telecommunication, and computation. As a visiting scientist with the MIT Center for Civic Media and Tangible Media Group he developed Sourcemap, a collaborative platform for mapping supply chains and sharing “where things come from,” and he writes regularly on the state of global supply through the lens of its most emblematic objects.
Research Interests: Emerging Technology, Mobile Phones, Digital Infrastructure, Logistics, Media History, Media Archaeology