FRAME relaunches Homophily: The Urban History of an Algorithm an installative reading through algorithms of the concept of homophilia, a term coined in the ’50ies by researchers Paul Lazarsfeld and Robert Merton in order to point at “the tendency for friendships to form between people ‘of the same kind.’” Algorithms, of course, extend this concept to digital social dinamics.
The Urban History of an Algorithm, Courtesy Chicago Architecture Biennial / Cory DeWald, 2019, image via
Homophily: The Urban History of an Algorithm was on view at the Chicago Architecture Biennial from September 19, 2019 – January 5, 2020
Credits: Principal Investigator: Laura Kurgan | Assistant Director: Dare Brawley | Research Scholar:
Brian House, Mellon | Research Scholar: Jia Zhang, Mellon Research Scholar in collaboration with: Wendy Hui Kyong Chun, Canada 150 Research Chair in New Media and Professor of Communication, Simon Fraser University | Graduate Research Assistants: Alanna Browdy, Rebecca Cook, Audrey Dandenault, Tola Oniyangi, Andrea Partenio, Juvaria Shahid | Graphic Design: Studio TheGreenEyl
A companion essay to the exhibition is published in e-flux Architecture here.