David B. Landes
DavidBLandes [at] gmail [dot] com
MAILBOX: 1117 Cathedral of Learning, Pittsburgh, PA, 15260
Attention shapes how we capture and compose the world as well as what we can know and do. I research human attention along the ideas that 1) the art of communication is part of the larger art of attention, 2) our modes of attention are historically evolved and socially tuned, and 3) securing attention is a universal communication problem solvable with strategies devised from the humanities and arts.
My dissertation culls attention wisdom from paradigmatic thinkers of communication and builds a robust theory of attention rooted in rhetoric, media, and phenomenology. It offers a qualitative-humanistic vocabulary for phenomena unaddressed by attention's ubiquitous quantitative-mechanistic vocabulary. My work equips scholars to better study the fluid dynamics of attention through changes in technology, society, culture, and consciousness. Researching attention has been additionally fruitful for my pedagogy, institutional service, and related professional and artistic applications.
Contributor to the best-selling rhetoric book Thank You For Arguing taught in Harvard Kennedy School of Government & Harvard Writing Program, Columbia University, NYU, and 3,500 college courses
Invited speaker to 40 events for Shell, TEDx, Pennsylvania Governor's Office of Citizen Service, the City of Pittsburgh's Office of the Mayor, Carnegie Mellon University's Public Communication for Researchers, University of Pittsburgh's Humanities Center and its Center for Instructional Development and Distance Education, and others.
Founding member: UpTo Know Good, a consultancy for startups
Founding member: Pittsburgh Group for Human Research, an emic social-communication laboratory
Consultant: WordFabric text analytics software development team
Consultant: Shift Collaborative
Consultant: Zola Design
Consultant: Kullu Valley Bike Project
Consultant: Emergency University
Consultant: Procore construction management software
Creator of UC Santa Barbara's first Writing and Rhetoric Major, institutionally adopted as the Professional Writing Minor in Writing and Civic Engagement (2003-2007)
Writing consultant for ~1000 students through Campus Learning Assistance Services at University of California at Santa Barbara (2005-2007)
Survivor of Project Zero, a public experiment to pay for a four-year public university education without financial aid, family assistance, or loans during the national rise of college tuition. Discussions with literary agents halted to focus on grad school and new projects.
Musician for 60+ ensembles: performance in stage and studio, management, and teaching ~250 lessons.
Some audio recordings.
Videos: latin jazz with improvisational dancers, warming up as the house soul band, 2-part original composition with a modern jazz group, dance breakdown with a Nigerian/Venezuelan afro-pop group, the usual response to this Brazilian samba troupe (top right of crowd).
A Bingo Bus: Dir. Andy Jurgensen, 30 min. documentary
Nuts: Dir. Clayton Sakoda, 24 min. comedy
Can't You See?: Dir. Alexander Koehne, 9 min. drama