Madeleine Clare Elish is a graduate student in Comparative Media Studies at MIT as well as a research assistant for MIT´s HyperStudio Laboratory for Digital Humanities. Her research interests revolve around the intersections of technology, perception, aesthetics and ethics. She is particularly fascinated by interface design, new media art, workplace visual cultures and eighteenth-century automata. Within the emerging field of Digital Humanities, she is interested in the role of design and visual epistemology in online digital environments. She graduated with a degree in Art History from Columbia University, and has worked for Whitney Museum of American Art, the contemporary art gallery Gavin Brown's enterprise and interned at NPR's On the Media. Though working primarily in the digital realm, she can also be found playing with fabric, cooking, and tending her garden.