selected work

EDITORIAL / CURATORIAL

+ Publications and exhibitions as opportunities for discursive “thinking together.” 

+ Process based exhibitions, publications, and programming series that grow, change, and learn over time, modeling historical inquiry and artistic practice.

+ Interest in collective imaginaries, future fictions and histories, place, gender, process and making.

+ Investigations of the boundaries and relationships between text, image, body and site - including the publication as material object, and the object as evidence of thinking.

PRACTICE SPACE DESIGN STUDIO

SHIP TO SHORE

A digital exhibition, storytelling venue, and series of writings produced for the New Bedford Working Waterfront Festival, investigating the role of families in the fishing industry.  Research included home visits, oral histories, and interpretation of hundreds of hours of community conversations.  Funded by the Mass Humanities Scholar in Residence program.

Additional projects include:

+ Ghosts in the Archive, featuring work and a workshop by artist Avery Williamson at the Cambridge Historical Society in 2015. curator

+ Magazine Beach: A Place Apart, exhibition and community programming about the history and future of a park in Cambridge, MA.  project editor


LISTENING

+ listening as a research method and an interpretive practice

+ training across disciplines, including radio, sound art/creative ethnography, dance, and oral history

+ specific interest and expertise in interviews with narrators that work with their hands: fishermen, artists, chefs.

Interviews

Audio work can be found on Soundcloud.

teaching, facilitating, And public programs

+ project-based learning, site-based pedagogy, creative research methods

+ strategies from the classroom brought to public institutions; archives, materials, and exhibition based inquiry brought to the classroom

+ emphasis on historical understanding, metacognition and intrinsic motivation.

LISTENING IS EMOTIONAL LABOR

A workshop series of professional listeners across disciplines : including musicians, field researchers, human service providers, and hospitality professionals.  Includes exercises and peer-discussion for improving listening as a creative practice, listening as attention, and self-care for listeners. 

OUR RIVERSIDE

In 2015 Diana founded Our Riverside, a summer program at the Cambridge Community Center. The program combines local history and design thinking, for Cambridge youth to explore and teach about their neighborhood. Conducting original research based on their own personal interests, students create installations and multimedia research projects.

images at right.

OTHER WORKSHOPS

Diana has created workshops and public programming for students and practitioners to develop their skills in interpretation, installation, and media/experience design, and deepen their knowledge.  These workshops include Hack the Museum at the Harvard Museum of Natural History, the Doing History series (and more) at the Cambridge Historical Society, and Oral History for Planners and Designers.

UNIVERSITY TEACHING

Graduate teaching work has included developing assignments, leading discussions, lecturing and overseeing student projects.

+ "Urban Tone," a workshop on listening for the Art + Ecology course at MassArt (2018)

+ Qualitative Methods for Urban Planning (Harvard GSD, 2012 + 2014)

+Discourses and Methods in Urban Design (Harvard GSD, 2015)

+ US and the World 24: Reimagining Boston (Harvard College, 2015)

HOSPITALITY

+ using hospitality to create immersive, shared experiences

culinary heirloom project

A collaboration with ONCE to produce a Mother's Day tea party with menu based on archival recipes from 100 years ago. The event asked the questions, what of our relationships lives past us? How do we stay close with our loved ones? The project was created as part of the Harvard metaLAB Curatorial Innovation Fellowship.

TASTING TABLE

Facilitated, communal dining events in urban public space.