S. Alana Wolf

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Alana Wolf Johnson is an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in the Digital Humanities at the University of Rochester, where she is working toward her PhD in Visual and Cultural Studies. Her research is concerned with spatial representation in modern and contemporary art, sonification, urbanism and the built environment, and histories of technology. Her dissertation, provisionally titled, "Atlases of Apprehension: Mediating Perception and Mapping Sensoria in Interwar New York City," investigates how triangulations of the built environment, sound, and the human body were depicted by artists and institutions between the two World Wars.

At the University of Rochester's Digital Humanities Center, Wolf Johnson is developing a GIS project related to her dissertation to analyze a small group of artworks illustrating specific sites in New York City between 1920 and 1932. She hopes to release an interactive version of the resulting map that will allow users to add data and produce their own analyses of this period of cultural production.

In 2015, Wolf Johnson joined the research team of Architectural Biometrics, an ongoing data visualization project fostering collaboration between humanities and computer engineering scholars. She has traveled across Canada and Turkey using 3D scanning technologies to gather, process, and analyze three-dimensional data on the historical architecture of the Canadian and Ottoman railway networks. In early 2016, Wolf Johnson initiated AuralArchAnalysis, the first of a series of experiments that use data auralization to compare architectural features. The results have encouraged her to continue working with audio engineering students to sonify the point cloud data she collected in her earlier field work.

Wolf Johnson has taught on critical theory, media theory, art and architectural history, digital media, and studio art praxis at the University of Rochester and has presented her research in North America and Europe. She maintains an interest in curatorial practice, most recently organizing "Silence" at the Ronald Rettner Hall for Media Innovation in 2015. She holds her BA in Art (Art History concentration) from Georgia State University.

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