Hillary Mushkin

Hillary Mushkin is a visual artist and Research Professor of Art and Design at California Institute of Technology (Caltech). As a visual artist, Mushkin explores intersections of media, technology and authority in visual culture. She works in diverse forms including drawing, digital media, and public engagement. She began Incendiary Traces in 2012 as a collective exploration of the role of landscape imagery and imaging in international conflicts. The project has brought artists, writers, scholars and others to militarized and high security areas to see conflict zones through the eyes of officials with specialized professional methods of visualizing war. Mushkin's projects have been exhibited at the Freud Museum (London), the Getty Museum (Los Angeles), and White Columns (New York).


Jena Lee

Jena Lee is an LA-based project and editorial consultant who has worked closely with Hillary on the development of Incendiary Traces since its early beginnings. In addition to her work as a consultant, she is apprenticing with veteran fine art appraiser Charles Credaroli while pursuing her professional accreditation with the American Society of Appraisers. Jena was a 2013 Createquity Writing Fellow and a contributor and exhibiting artist in the cultural exchange project MKE<->LAX. 

David Buuck

David Buuck is a writer who lives in Oakland, CA. He is the founder of BARGE, the Bay Area Research Group in Enviro-aesthetics, and co-founder and editor of Tripwire, a journal of poetics. An Army of Lovers, co-written with Juliana Spahr, is just out from City Lights, and SITE CITE CITY will be published by Futurepoem in 2014. 

Toro Castaño

Toro Castaño is an independent curatorial researcher who resides in Long Beach, CA. Current projects include The Francis Effect, a project initiated by artist Tania Bruguera and he occasionally provides research support to Semiotext(e) founder, Sylvère Lotringer. He is involved with the Long Beach participatory arts scene where he is a facilitator at the Institute for Labor Garments Workers and Uniforms (ILGWU) in the Art Exchange. He is also a contemporary art book reviewer for The Library Journal. Toro received his BA from UC Santa Cruz and his MA from the University of Southern California

Jason Hill

Jason Hill is an art historian based at the Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art, where he is Terra Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in American Art. His writing on art and photography has recently appeared in "X-TRA," "Études Photographiques," and "Photography & Culture."

Suzanne Mejean

Suzanne Mejean is a documentary editor based in Los Angeles, California.  Her work has been shown both nationally and internationally.


Celeste Menchaca is a PhD candidate in American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. Her dissertation, Borderland Visualities: Technologies of Sight and the Production of the U.S.-Mexico Border, 1848-1896, traces the relationship between visual technologies, spatial and social landscapes, the regulation of bodies and the production of borders. She is past recipient of the Predoctoral Ford Foundation Fellowship."

CEleste Menchaca

Susanna Newbury

Susanna Newbury is Assistant Professor of Contemporary Art History, Criticism & Theory at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Her current book project, "Speculations: Art and Real Estate Development in Los Angeles," focuses on art and real estate development in Los Angeles in the 1960s and 70s. In addition to her published work listed below, she was an author on Susan Silton's 2013 artists' book "Who's in a Name," and several exhibition catalogues for Oberlin College's Allen Memorial Art Museum. 

A former Georgia O'Keeffe Scholar, the recipient of grants from the Beinecke Library, ACLS/LUCE Foundation, and Huntington Library, among others, she received her Ph.D. in 2014 from Yale University.

Janet Owen Driggs

Janet Owen Driggs frequently participates in collective identity “Owen Driggs” with Matthew Owen Driggs. Their artworks and programs have been exhibited internationally. Janet co-authored Preserving a Home for Veterans (Les Figues Press) and Something More Than Just Survival (Proboscis)KCET ArtboundArtillery, ArtUS, and Art Review have published other writings.

Steve Rowell

Steve Rowell is an artist, curator, and researcher, working in Los Angeles, Berlin, and Washington D.C. over recent years. His spatial practice involves overlapping aspects and perceptions of technology, culture, and infrastructure on, beneath, and above the landscape - contextualizing the built and the natural environment, appropriating the methods and tools of the geographer and cartographer. Photography, video, and audio field recordings are the media of his projects, often exhibited as installations or as public interventions.

In addition to being Program Manager at The Center for Land Use Interpretation since 2001, he collaborates with SIMPARCH and The Office of Experiments.

Sarah Seekatz

A native of the Coachella Valley, Sarah McCormick Seekatz is a PhD candidate in history at the University of California, Riverside. Her dissertation will explore Southern California's date industry, booster efforts, and fascination with the Greater Middle East throughout the 20th century. She was a recent Autry National Center Jonathan Heritage Foundation Fellow and will be a Western History Association Martin Ridge Fellow at the Huntington Library this summer.

David Taylor

David Taylor’s photographs have been exhibited and published widely. His examination of the U.S. Mexico border was supported by a 2008 fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Taylor’s monograph "Working the Line" was published by Radius Books in 2010 and has received numerous "best book" and design excellence awards. He resides in Tucson, Arizona and teaches in the University of Arizona School of Art.


Jason Weems is assistant professor of American art and visual culture at the University of California, Riverside. His contribution to this blog is part of his broader investigation of camouflage in American culture during and after the World Wars. His other ongoing projects address the intersection of visuality and aviation, the relationship between art and archaeological representation in the early twentieth century and the conceptualization of scale in American art and scientific imagery.

Richard Wheeler

Richard Wheeler is an artist. He investigates locations, tools, methods, and cultures of observing, representing, and interacting with the world around us. He served in the United States Army for nine years as an imagery and signals geospatial intelligence analyst. He is currently an adjunct faculty member in Art Center College of Design's Media Design Practices: Field program and a lecturer in UCLA's Department of Design Media Arts.


Tatsiana Zhurauliova is an art historian based in Chicago, where she is currently a Collegiate Assistant Professor and Harper-Schmidt Fellow at the University of Chicago. She received her PhD in art history from Yale University in 2014.