Faculty Director



    MarkAmerika Mark Amerika’s work has been exhibited internationally at venues such as the Whitney Biennial of American Art, the Denver Art Museum, the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, and the Walker Art Center. In 2009-2010, The National Museum of Contemporary Art in Athens, Greece, hosted Amerika’s comprehensive retrospective exhibition entitled UNREALTIME. In 2009, Amerika released Immobilité, generally considered the first feature-length art film ever shot on a mobile phone. He is the author of many books including remixthebook (University of Minnesota Press, 2011 -- remixthebook.com) and his collection of artist writings entitled META/DATA: A Digital Poetics (The MIT Press, 2007). His latest art work, Museum of Glitch Aesthetics [glitchmuseum.com], was commissioned by the Abandon Normal Devices Festival in conjunction with the London 2012 Olympics. The project was recently remixed for his survey exhibition, Glitch. Click. Thunk, at the University Art Galleries at the University of Hawaii. Amerika is a Professor of Art and Art History at the University of Colorado at Boulder. In Fall 2013, he was the Labex-H2H International Research Chair at the University of Paris 8. More information can found at his website, markamerika.com and at his twitter feed @markamerika




    Faculty Associates



    MichaelTheodore Michael Theodore is on the faculty of the University of Colorado Boulder, where he teaches music composition and technology, and interactive media. Theodore was born in 1968 and raised in New York City. Principal teachers include Lewis Spratlan (Amherst College, BA, Summa Cum Laude), Jonathan Berger, Jacob Druckman, and Martin Bresnick (Yale School of Music, MM) Roger Reynolds and Miller Puckette (University of California, San Diego, PhD). Theodore's technology-­informed work with sound, visual media or both has been presented across the United States, and in Mexico, Trinidad y Tobago, Greece, Spain, Germany, Sweden, France, Australia, Japan, and China. An active collaborator, Theodore creates large scale sound/art installations with roboticist Nikolaus Correll, has created a number of touring pieces with performance artist Michelle Ellsworth, is 1/2 of the electroaoustic "hardcore Americana" project Batteries Die with punk-folk artist Tim Eriksen , and released a recording with Glen Whitehead(Psychoangelo/Panauromni) that received a "Top Ten Classical Music Recordings of 2010" pick from Timeout Chicago.



    MichelleEllsworth Michelle Ellsworth makes solo performance work, performable websites, drawings, and videos. She is a 2013 Creative Capital Grantee and a 2011 United States Artists Knight Fellow. Ellsworth’s work has been commissioned by the National Performance Network, Diverseworks, Dance Theater Workshop, On The Boards, and Danspace Project. She has performed and taught at Brown University, Columbia College, Naropa University, The University of Costa Rica, and in Ireland. Her drawings and spreadsheets have been published in CHAIN and her screen dances have been seen around Europe and throughout the U.S. The New York Times has described Ellsworth’s solo work as “virtuosic,” and “completely winning.” Ellsworth is currently working on a 7-inch recording with drummer Sean Meehan and is an Associate Professor in Dance at the University of Colorado-Boulder.



    JulieCarr Julie Carr is the author of four books of poetry, Mead: An Epithalamion,Equivocal: An Epithalamion, Equivocal, 100 Notes on Violence, (winner of the Sawtooth Poetry Prize, 2009), and Sarah - Of Fragments and Lines (a National Poetry Series winner for 2010). Her study of Victorian poetry and poetics is forthcoming from Dalkey Archive. In addition to teaching creative writing, she teaches courses on British and American poetry from the Victorian period to the present. Carr is also the co-publisher, with Tim Roberts, of Counterpath Press. She is an Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Colorado-Boulder where she teaches creative writing and British and American poetry from the Victorian period to the present.



    JeanneLiotta Jeanne Liotta makes films, videos, and other ephemera including projections, works on paper, and photography. Her works encompass a constellation of mediums and interests often located at a lively intersection of art, science, and natural philosophy. Her signature 16mm film of the night skies, Observando El Cielo (2007), was voted one of the top films of the decade by The Film Society of Lincoln Center, took the Tiger Award for Short Film at Rotterdam International Film Festival, and made Artforum’s Top Ten Films of 2007. She has taught widely and variously over the years and is presently Assistant Professor in Film Studies at The University of Colorado Boulder, as well as FilmVideo faculty for the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College. She divides her time between Manhattan and the mountains of Colorado.



    LoriEmerson Lori Emerson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English at the University of Colorado at Boulder and Director of the Media Archaeology Lab. She writes about media poetics (visual, material, tactile, interactive literature from the 20th and 21st centuries) as well as the history of computing, media archaeology, media theory, and digital humanities. She recently wrote Reading Writing Interfaces: From the Digital to the Bookbound (University of Minnesota Press, June 2014). She is also co-editor of three collections: The Johns Hopkins Guide to Digital Media, with Marie-Laure Ryan and Benjamin Robertson (2014); Writing Surfaces: The Selected Fiction of John Riddell, with Derek Beaulieu (Wilfred Laurier University Press, 2013); and The Alphabet Game: a bpNichol Reader, with Darren Wershler (Coach House Books 2007).



    JoelSwanson Joel Swanson is an artist and writer who is currently the Director of the Technology, Arts & Media Program at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He teaches courses on digital art, media theory, and the history of design. He received his MFA in digital art at the University of California, San Diego. His art work is motivated by literary theory and exists as a series of installations, both real and virtual, that explore the nature of language and its embodiment. Swanson's work has been shown in various national and international venues. His work can be seen online at joelswanson.net.




    Graduate Researchers



    MelanieClemmons Melanie Clemmons is a MFA candidate at the University of Colorado at Boulder's IMAP (Integrated Media Arts Practices) program. Melanie is a practicing net artist and her recent works, including dprkvacation.com and strip-club-girls.com, explore and combine the fantastical with non-fiction themes. She also collaborates with Zak Loyd on their VJ collective known as "Vidkidz" creating live visuals and installations for various genres of music and performance. Her work has been exhibited in art galleries and DIY spaces across New York, Austin, and Denver/Boulder. She is artist-in-residence at the Media Archaeology Lab and her work can be found online at melanieclemmons.com.



    ZakLoyd Zak Loyd is a multimedia artist and IMAP Digital graduate student at the University of Colorado. His work has been featured on Rhizome , at the Austin Museum of Digital Art , and various galleries in Texas, Colorado, and New York. In 2009, Zak co-founded the VJ collective “Vidkidz” with his partner Melanie Clemmons. Zak’s most recent work explores layered amalgamations of new and archaic technology to produce formalist net art and video.




    Graduate Alumni



    MarkMcCoin Mark McCoin is a sound and interdisciplinary artist, composer, and educator. He received his MFA in film and studio art from the University of Colorado, Boulder. As a musician, he has performed in a host of venues ranging from large to small, including Carnegie Hall and the Merce Cunningham Studio in New York, at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., ruin sites in Peru, and villages in Bali, Indonesia. As a scoring composer he has written works for dance, theater, film, art installation, radio, and for multiple seasons of episodic television. He has sound-designed Shakespeare theater at Center Stage in Baltimore and Greek performance art at Brooklyn Academy of Music's Next Wave Festival. His collaborations include work with Michelle Ellsworth, Mark Amerika, Bruce Odland, Michael Theodore, Dr. Andrew Weil, Joanne Shenandoah, Mary Youngblood, Janet Feder, and Jr. Burke. His own site-specific multidisciplinary works and collaborations include "Circadia", which was performed in a salvage yard, and "Gifts From Unknown Islands," which was conceived and performed in the ATLAS Interdisciplinary Theater in Boulder, CO. Mark is founder and director of Brave New Audio, his postproduction studio, and teaches creative audio design/composition and interdisciplinary performance/installation in both the Film Studies and Digital Art programs at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Taken together, the variety of experience reflected to date in his multi-faceted career continues to prompt his explorations down less familiar avenues in teaching and composition, and in the art of presentation, whether based in performance or installation.



    RickSilva RICK SILVA, is an artist whose recent videos, websites and images explore notions of landscape and wilderness in the 21st century. Silva’s art has been shown in exhibitions and festivals worldwide, including Transmediale in Germany, Futuresonic in the U.K and Sonar in Spain. His projects have been supported through grants and commissions from organizations such as Rhizome and The Whitney Museum of American Art. Recently WIRED called his videos “glitchy, curious things—some mesmerizing, some arresting.” Silva lives in Eugene Oregon, where he also teaches at the University of Oregon.



    SamaAlshaibi CU-Boulder MFA graduate Sama Alshaibi has had over ten international solo exhibitions and her artworks are widely exhibited in prominent international biennials, film festivals, museums/institutions, galleries and fairs, including the 55th Venice Biennial, 2014 FotoFest International Biennial (Houston), MoMA (NYC), Edge of Arabia (London), Arab World Institute (Paris), Headlands Center for the Arts (San Francisco), The Bronx Museum (NYC), Paris Photo (Paris) and Museum of Contemporary Art (Denver). She is currently Chair and Associate Professor of Photography/Video Art, University of Arizona, where she has taught since 2006.



    JoeFarbrook Joseph Farbrook grew up in New York City and Santa Fe, raised by his father, a concrete poet, and his mother a painter. Farbrook creates electronic installations, interactive video, and virtual reality narratives. He has also developed media-reflexive live performances mixed with interactive screen projections. His latest work explores the intersections between video, video games, and sculpture. Farbrook exhibits both nationally and internationally. Recent venues include Watermans Gallery London, SIGGRAPH, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver, La Fabrica Arte Contemporaneo in Guatemala, Museo De Arte Contemporaneo in Columbia, as well as venues in the Netherlands, China, Czech Republic, and the USA. Farbrook, the first MFA graduate to go teach and develop work inside the TECHNE lab, is a Professor at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute.



    NicholasO'Brien Nicholas O’Brien received his MFA at the University of Colorado-Boulder where he was a LEAD Graduate Instructor in the TECHNE lab at Department of Art and Art History at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He he has been awarded a Turbulence Commission and curated ""New Nature"," that art critic Paddy Johnson listed as a top 10 exhibition in 2011 for L Magazine. O’Brien’s work has been internationally shown and published in venues like the Museum of Moving Image, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, The Portland Art Museum, ARTINFO, and Creators Project. Recently he has co-curated the exhibition, The New Romantics for Eyebeam. You can visit his website here.



    PaulEcheverriaJones Paul Echeverria is a digital artist and independent filmmaker who has exhibited works in a wide range of media. His most recent project, a transmedia narrative titled Tony Jones; or, The Expanded Autobiography, studies the fluctuating complexity of persona and artistic identity. Paul is also a seasoned educator who began teaching in the New York City Teaching Fellow program and has been working in higher education for the last 8 years. In 2014, he graduated from the Interdisciplinary Media Arts Program located in CU's Department of Art and Art History. His motion image productions can be viewed at www.aurafilm.com and an ongoing archive of his digital work can be found at www.paulanthonyamator.com.



    JulieRooney Julie Rooney Julie Rooney has exhibited at film festivals, galleries, performances, and public screenings throughout the United States. Additionally she has completed artist residencies at the Experimental Television Center in Owego, New York and Sandwich in Kyoto, Japan. One notable aspect of Rooney’s work is her research into animal and nature imagery across a unique transmedia landscape of dance, video, and music. Whether the imagery is philosophical about “human-ness” and The Wild, metaphoric for human behavior, or expressive of emotions and memories, animals and nature are important to her artistic practice. Rooney received her BA from DePauw University, studied at the Glasgow School of Art, and completed her MFA at the University of Colorado at Boulder.