Multimodal publishing since 2010!
Executive Editor/Founder: Julia Yezbick

Sensate is an online journal founded as an experimental scholarly and artistic forum to expand the academic journal beyond the margins of the printed page. Drawing largely from approaches in visual ethnography and documentary, Sensate offers a speculative space for non-traditional projects that probe the boundary between image and text-based inquiry.


As such, the journal can be located within a broader landscape of expanded and interactive documentary that seeks to invoke, but also broaden, the traditions of documentary practice. Sensate is an experimental online journal for media-based projects across the arts, humanities and sciences. Developed around the idea of “critical media practice,” the journal endeavors to engage disparate fields through innovative modes of inquiry and production. Affiliated with Harvard’s Sensory Ethnography Lab, the metaLab @ Harvard and their secondary field in Critical Media Practice, Sensate emerged out of our shared ambitions to accommodate and reflect “changing patterns of knowledge production,” and in particular to recognize that knowledge is increasingly incorporated into “novel multi-media configurations in which written language plays only a part.”[1] From its inception, the journal has sought to conceive an interstitial existence between the institution of the academy and a more public readership. As a cross and inter-disciplinary project, our aim is to facilitate the production, dissemination and critique of scholarly endeavors that do not necessarily begin or end in a text; recognizing the multiple forms, formats, and processes that augment our thinking today. Over the past decade, Sensate has published eight special collections comprised of about 75 individual articles in total. A few select pieces are highlighted below.

[1], accessed April 2021.

On Immersion: Editorial Essay

Co-Authors: Julia Yezbick, Ryat Yezbick, Emilio Vavarella

Published: 01/2021

Editorial essay for a special collection which grew out of a workshop at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study investigating the overlaps and implications of immersive methodologies (i.e. ethnography) and technologies (i.e. VR/AR/XR).
Imitation Game

Author: Stephanie Deumer

Published: 01/2021

Deumer visually juxtaposes a text about Alan Turing’s ‘imitation game’ with a text on Jacques Lacan’s ‘theory of the masquerade’ to explore two kinds of imitation: one socio-computational and the other psychoanalytic. This mirroring, she shows, leads to a twofold production: imitation-as-woman and woman-as-imitation. Deumer describes this double production as ‘an endless loop of subordination.’
Sounds of the Anthropocene (collection)

Guest Editor: Marina Peterson

Published: 03/2021

This special collection brings together work by scholars and artists that explores how listening in and to and with the Anthropocene might afford distinct modes of attunement to a rapidly changing climate. 

“(Auto) Dialogical Feedback: Towards an Archive of Loss”

Author/Artist: Mark Peter Wright

Published: 08/2015 

A sound artist uses screen capture video and deleting to comment on the violence of audio recording.

Flint Magazine, Issues 1 + 2 (collection)

Guest Editors: Ben Gaydos, Maia Asshaq

Published: 06/2018

Flint Magazine is a multimedia magazine in a box. Sensate publishes its digital content and facilitates the distribution of the print material. Modeled after Aspen Magazine, the influential art journal “in a box” from late 60s, Flint Magazine examines contemporary art practice and criticism.

Cargo Collective 2017 — Frogtown, Los Angeles