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Harris Kornstein (any pronoun) is a PhD candidate in Media, Culture, and Communication at NYU, whose research and art practice focus on digital culture, surveillance, data and algorithms, media art/activism, and queer theory.  His dissertation, Queer Enchantment: Contours, Cruising, Crystal Visions, and Other Queer Tactics for (Not) Being Seen, documents queer and trans cultural strategies that mobilize techniques of play, misuse, and obfuscation to counter surveillance capitalism—a process he theorizes as "queer enchantment."  His research has been published in Surveillance & Society, Studies in Gender & Sexuality, and the International Encyclopedia of Gender, Media, and Communication, and his writing on digital culture has appeared in The Guardian, Wired, and Salon, among others.  He has served as a managing editor for Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience, and a web designer for the NYU Center for Disability Studies project Disability & Covid Chronicles.  As a media and performance artist, Harris has presented work at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Institute for Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, International Symposium on Electronic Art, and other universities, galleries, and festivals.  He also co-curated the exhibition "System Failure" for Apex Art.  Harris is the recipient of a Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship from the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, as well as grants from Eyebeam, UC Institute for Research in the Arts, MAP Fund, and  Harris has an MFA in Digital Arts & New Media from UC Santa Cruz, and a BA from Swarthmore College.

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Media, Culture, and Communication

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