Iain Boal

Iain Boal is a social historian of science and technics, affiliated with the University of California and Birkbeck College, London. He is associated with Retort, a group of writers, artists and artisans based for two decades in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is particularly interested in the relations between art, science, and representation. He is a founder of the new field of agnotology (a term he coined), the systematic study of ignorance and the long shadows cast by enlightenment. With James Brook he edited Resisting the Virtual Life: The Culture and Politics of Information (City Lights). He is the author, with T.J. Clark, Joseph Matthews and Michael Watts, of Retort’s Afflicted Powers: Capital and Spectacle in a New Age of War (Verso). He is co-editor of West of Eden: Commoning and Utopia in Northern California (PM Press, 2011), and his brief history of the bicycle, The Green Machine, is forthcoming from Notting Hill Editions. In 2005/6 he was a Guggenheim Fellow in Science and Technology.

Posts by Iain Boal (Iain Boal)

Faces of War
March 11, 2014  |  By | Filed under Conversations | 0 Comments »

Sun and Shadow: The Life and Death of Kodachrome K-14
February 4, 2011  |  By | Filed under Field Notes | 3 Comments »

The Fruit of Labor
January 3, 2011  |  By | Filed under Essay | 0 Comments »

The End of the Internet
December 21, 2010  |  By | Filed under Field Notes | 0 Comments »

Irruptions of the Marvelous
November 22, 2010  |  By | Filed under Field Notes | 0 Comments »

Zoopraxology
September 28, 2010  |  By | Filed under Essay, One on One | 0 Comments »