Jon McKenzie

Jon McKenzie

Faculty
Jon McKenzie

Jon McKenzie is Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he teaches courses in performance theory, new media, and critical information design. He is also Director of DesignLab, a digital composition center whose mission is to democratize digitality. An affiliate of the Digital Studies program, he likewise coordinates the Digital Humanities Initiative, an informal network of faculty, librarians, and technologists dedicated to enhancing the cyberinfrastructure of artists and humanists. Jon is the author of Perform or Else: From Discipline to Performance (Routledge 2001) and such articles as “Global Feeling: (Almost) All You Need is Love,” “Abu Ghraib and the Society of the Spectacle of the Scaffold,” “Performance and Globalization,” and “Towards a Sociopoetics of Interface Design: etoy, Etoys, and TOYWAR.” His work has been translated into a half-dozen languages, and with Heike Roms and C.J. W-L. Lee, he is co-editor of Contesting Performance: Global Sites of Research (Palgrave 2011). Jon has produced a number of experimental video essays, including The Revelations of Dr. Kx4l3ndj3r (2012) and This Vile Display (2006), and he gives workshops on performative scholarship and emerging scholarly genres or “smart media.” His homepage is labster8.net.