Zach Horton

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Assistant Professor

Zach Horton's research and teaching focus on the intersection of technological mediation, ecology, and scale. He is particularly interested in the ways that non-human scales become integrated with or excluded from the human lifeworld, mediascape, and identity. He is preparing a book manuscript about the conceptual and material history of the cosmic zoom. His other research projects focus on the history of geo-scale technical imaginaries and post-digital becomings in scanning media, video games, and maker culture. He teaches courses in game studies, Critical Making, scanning and surveillance, and eco-media. As a critical maker, experimental filmmaker, and camera designer he explores the relationship between making, virtuality, and the objectsphere of neoliberalism. Dr. Horton is the director of the Vibrant Media Lab at Pitt.