Chris Kerich (ckerich@mit.edu)

Chris Kerich

Chris Kerich is a programmer, artist, and human being. Chris has a bachelor's in Mathematics from Carnegie Mellon University but likes to tell people that he very nearly minored in film. He also now has an M.S. in Comparative Media Studies from MIT. These days, he's working on his PhD at UCSC in their Film & Digital Media department. What values become embedded in software, especially in understudied, normalized infrastructural systems, is his primary research focus. This can take many different specific forms, in everything from video encoding to physics systems in video games. His master's thesis explores some of the beginnings of how to interrogate these systems, which he hopes to expand on during his PhD. Thesis: Critical Breaking