When We Build

Bibliography for media referenced by Wilson Miner, speaking at Build 2011 in Belfast in November 2011.

Video of this talk is now available online.

Grouped by media, listed in order of appearance.


Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man. Marshall McLuhan. McGraw-Hill, 1964.

The Medium is the Massage. Marshall McLuhan and Quentin Fiore. Bantam Books, 1967.

Robert Irwin: Primaries and Secondaries. Hugh Davies. San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, 2008.

Seeing Is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees: Expanded Edition. Lawrence Weschler. University of California Press, 2009.


electric bulb 2. Phil Fried. Video, 2010.

What does it feel like to fly over planet Earth? - Fluid version. From timelapse photos taken from the International Space Station, motion interpolated and uploaded to YouTube by user thefcpk. Based on a video originally uploaded by user yesterday2221. Video, 2011.

EXPO bicycle city. Martin de Thurah. Video, 2010.

The Feynman Series - Beauty. Reid Gower. 2010.

TOKYO SLO-MODE. Alex Lee. Video, 2011.

Memory & Imagination: New Pathways to the Library of Congress. Julian Krainin and Michael R. Lawrence. TV, 1990. Clip on YouTube.

Ghana in Fog. Paul Octavious. Video, 2008.

Kite Hill. Paul Octavious. Video, 2011.

Aerostat. Page Stephenson. Video, 2010.

Minority Report. Steven Spielberg. Film, 2002.

Running on Empty (Revisited). Ross Ching. 2011.

Human environment as art form (1968). Marshall McLuhan. Marshall McLuhan Speaks: Centennial 2011.

Robert Irwin: Primaries and Secondaries. Hugh Davies. San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, 2008. Clip.


The Streak” by Mychael Danna. 2011. Buy on Amazon MP3

Often a Bird” by Wim Mertens. 2006. Listen on Rdio / Buy on Amazon MP3

Threnody” by Goldmund. 2008. Listen on Rdio / Buy on Amazon MP3


Inception. Christopher Nolan. Film still, 2010.

1967 Mustang. Uploaded to Flickr by user Digital Kythe Image.

Ford Thunderbird ‘59. Uploaded to Flickr by user Jordan Smith.

Electricity May Be the Driver. Uploaded to Flickr by user Jordan Smith.

Photos of Marshall McLuhan courtesy of his family. Thanks to Scott Boms for providing high resolution images.

Hovering U.S. Army helicopters in Vietnam, March 1965. AP Photo/Horst Faas. Google Similar Images

Office. Uploaded to Flickr by user Louis du Mont.

1908 Model T Engine. From the collections of The Henry Ford and Ford Motor.

Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. US Coast Guard. 2010. Google Similar Images

Cities and Roads. Rüdiger Nehmzow. 2010.

ENIAC and PDP-1 historical photos from the Computer History Museum Collection.

Xerox Star 8010. 1981. Polaroid scans posted to Digibarn Computer Museum.

2001: A Space Odyssey. Stanley Kubrik. Film stills, 1968.

Blade Runner. Ridley Scott. Film stills, 1983.

Bloggers. Gabriela Herman. 2010.

iPhone Portraits. Gabriela Herman. 2011.

Mark Trammell. Mark Lobo.

Phoot Portraits 2010. Dan Busta.

How to Use Magazine. Khoi Vinh. Stack America, 2011.

Conde Nast. iPad magazine instructions.

If you can point, you can use a Macintosh. Apple. Ad, 1984.

This is NYC. Uploaded to Flickr by user Matteo Visentini.

Robert Irwin’s Walker Installation. 1971.

Works in Progress”. Photo by Philipp Scholz Rittermann. Exhibition by Robert Irwin at Quint Contemporary Art in La Jolla, Ca.

MoMa New York. Uploaded to Flickr by user Martin Sarosiek.

MOMA, New York. Uploaded to Flickr by user Ed Schipul.

View of Market Street in Venice, California, in 1970, showing the studio buildings of Larry Bell (right) and Robert Irwin (left). Photo by Larry Bell.

Eames Lounge Chair. Google Similar Images.

Wanderer above the Sea and Fog. Caspar David Friedrich. Painting, 1818.

Tim Berners-Lee. Google Similar Images

Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, 1977. Google Similar Images

Stone tools. Uploaded to Flickr by user Old Chum.

Ray and Charles Eames Working on a Conceptual Model for the Exhibition Mathematica. 1960. Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division (A-22a).