Screen Shot 2015-05-03 at 9.19.42 PMThe Center for Design and Geopolitics
The Center for Design and Geopolitics is a think-tank based at Calit2 and the University of California, San Diego devoted to using Art and Design to develop new models for how planetary-scale computation transforms political, urban and ecological systems. D:GP was founded in 2010 by Visual Arts professor, Benjamin H. Bratton.

CTM [Ed Keller] participated in and co-sponsored the 2011 and  2012 Designing Geopolitics conferences.



punctum books is an open-access and print-on-demand independent publisher dedicated to radically creative modes of intellectual inquiry and writing across a whimsical para-humanities assemblage. We specialize in neo-traditional and non-conventional scholarly work that productively twists and/or ignores academic norms.

In 2013, CTM and Punctum  partnered to form an imprint around a ‘CTM Documents Initiative’ which publishes CTM conference proceedings, pamphlets, lectures,  books by CTM fellows, and research and black papers issued by CTM.


wqlQ07IIMannes School of Music  is dedicated to advancing the creative role of music in all aspects of a rapidly changing society. Mannes seeks to develop citizen artists who engage with the world around them in and through music, in traditional, new, and emergent forms of practice. Nearing its 100th anniversary, Mannes College The New School for Music, is a music conservatory dedicated to providing a comprehensive, world-class education to aspiring musicians via its undergraduate and graduate programs.



Miami New World Symphony

The Mission of the New World Symphony is to prepare highly-gifted graduates of distinguished music programs for leadership roles in orchestras and ensembles around the world.

From 2013-15, Parsons worked with the Miami New World Symphony and Mannes School of Music to explore the future of HD digital imagery and software driven sound/image interfaces in a live performance context. Three collab courses were platformed out of the Parsons MFA Design Technology program and included Parsons and Mannes students. The projects were presented at the Miami New World Symphony,  in three performances in Miami in the new, cutting edge Frank Gehry designed concert hall, and a NYC performance at the New School’s new University Center in January 2014.



Strandberg Guitars
Ola Strandberg

In 2013-14, Strandberg lectured at Parsons The New School for Design in CTM’s ‘Future of Guitar’ lecture series, and in Spring 2014 and 2015, Parsons conducted exclusive courses with Strandberg, taught by Ed Keller, in a collaboration between Parsons, Strandberg, and Mannes School of Music.
Strandberg Guitars sponsored these courses with guitar parts, materials, resources, and workshops with Ola.