Kristen Gallerneaux (b.1979) was raised in a generations-long Spiritualist family in rural Southwestern Ontario, Canada, near a village named for its 18th Century bread shortage. Detroit is her forever home.
She often thinks about: local micro-histories of sinister small towns, "thing theory," vernacular technoculture, aesthetic failure, contact magic, monster magazines, learning to weave, sound studies, and visual legends.
Gallerneaux holds a PhD in Art Practice & Media History (UC San Diego), a MA in Folklore (University of Oregon), and MFA in Art (Wayne State University). She is also the Curator of Communication and Information Technology at The Henry Ford Museum in Metro Detroit, Michigan, where she continues to build upon one of the largest historic technology collections in North America.
She has spoken at Moogfest, Unsound (Krakow), and Pop Kultur (Berlin) and has written for the Barbican Center, ARTnews, and the Quietus. She has published on wide-ranging topics like mathematics in midcentury design, the visual history of telepathy research, the world’s first mousepad, and car audio bass battles in Miami.
Her forthcoming book, High Static, Dead Lines, will be released in May 2018 via Strange Attractor Press and distributed by MIT Press in the US.
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