critical makings

A significant part of my scholarship involves critically thinking through processes of making, via speculative design or by working on video games and other digital media forms.

Much of my critical making work happens in the ModLab Digital Humanities Laboratory at UC Davis. I have also worked with the Data Science Initiative, the Genome Center, and the Digital Scholars Lab at UC Davis, and at IIT Indore in the discipline of Computer Science and Engineering.

Currently, I am the project director of Frack! The Game, a strategy game that takes cues from real-world incidents to explore the ethical, socioeconomic and environmental landscape of fracking.

​I am also the lead developer on a multi-university, NSF-funded collaboration, via the Genome Center and ModLab at UC Davis, that investigates the role of narratives in citizen science. To that end, we are currently developing a science-fiction graphic-novel-based story module for foldit.

​I am also a part of the Critical Wearables group, a speculative design collaboration that aims to critically think about concepts of self and subjectivity in the era of wearable computing, asking what forms of sociality can emerge outside the top-down corporate model of wearable tracking devices.

In the past, I have participated in a number of other digital humanities and big data projects, working on, among other things, broadsides in early-modern English literature, machine (self-)learning preference networks, the rhetoric of the Twitter bots in the 2016 US Presidential election and contemporary meme archeologies. I have also co-designed an alternate reality game at UC Davis, and written a piece of literary criticism of a fictional work of fiction that is forthcoming in an edited collection under contract with punctum books.

 © 2018 by Ranjodh Singh Dhaliwal.

All photographs © Ranjodh Singh Dhaliwal.

Digital artwork, © by Katherine Buse, Raida Aldosari, and Kaly Stormer, is for illustration purposes only.

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Last updated on the 15th of July, 2018.

Ranjodh Singh
Dhaliwal