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 was born and raised in NYC where she makes films and other ephemera - including photographs, works on paper and live projection performances. Her latest body of work takes place in a constellation of mediums investigating the cosmic landscape, at a curious intersection of art, science, and natural philosophy. Her 16mm film Observando el Cielo received the Tiger Award for Short Film at the 2008 Rotterdam Film Festival and her work has been represented in the 2006 Whitney Biennial, The New York Film Festival ; KunstFilm Biennale, Cologne; The Wexner Center for the Arts, The Museum of Modern Art; and The Sundance Channel among others. She has been the recipient of awards from The Jerome Foundation, New York State Council on the Arts, and The Museum of Contemporary Cinema. She also maintains ongoing scholarly research into The Joseph Cornell Film Collection at Anthology Film Archives and has taught widely and variously over the last decade, including The New School for Social Research, Pratt Institute, The San Francisco Art Institute, The Museum School, Boston, and SUNY Binghamton. She is also presently on the core faculty at the Milton Avery Graduate School for the Arts at Bard College.

    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.

    Media Tech Manager

    Laura Shill Laura Shill is an artist based in Denver, Colorado whose work is a collision of sculpture, installation, performance, and photography. Her work addresses ideas of the viewer and the subject, disclosure and concealment, absence and intimacy. Her works explore the transformative potential of people and objects through early and experimental forms of image making that pair the sinister and beautiful. Shill earned an MFA in Interdisciplinary Media Arts Practices from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 2012 and has exhibited her work nationally and internationally at the Yi Tong Bai Tong Gallery, Shang Hai, China, The 2017 Venice Biennale, The Gallery Of Contemporary Art, Colorado Springs, Redline Gallery, Denver, and Hyperlink Gallery, Chicago. Her recent solo exhibition, Phantom Touch took place at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver.


    MelanieClemmons Melanie Clemmons is a new media artist, an educator, and community organizer. Melanie’s work follows her various curiosities which are influenced by internet culture while questioning the intricacies of human-computer interaction and its relationship to technological determinism, and the nature of spatiality. Her work has been shown at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Echo Park Film Center, Transfer Gallery, Denver Digerati, the Museum of Human Achievement, and many DIY spaces/venues. She currently teaches Digital Art at the University of Colorado-Boulder, where she also coordinates the Interactive Art, Writing, and Performance program’s Visiting Artist Series. Additionally, Melanie facilitates the Studio Project, a teen intern program at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art.

    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 Researchers

    CorrinaEspinosaCorrina Espinosa is a Denver based artist/curator who received her BFA is in sculpture from Metro State University. Her studio practice is focussed on the merging of art and science through new media technology. She enjoys working with circuitry to create colorful light-up, interactive and kinetic works of art. She is also an avid robot, glitch, video, & conceptual art enthusiast and experiments with a variety of new media. Stylistically her work ranges from dark & humorous to fun & whimsical. She enjoys poetry and literature which she often incorporates into her work. Corrina is a member at Cabal Gallery in Denver, has shown her work locally at the Denver Art Museum, as well as internationally at venues in Barcelona and Bosnia. She is finishing her MFA at CU in Spring 2017. .

    Ryan Ruehlan Ryan Wade Ruehlen is an intermedia artist predominately working in sound, performance, and installation. Originally from Hays, Kansas, he has exhibited his work internationally; most often exhibiting with the Flinching Eye Collective which has gathered across the United States. With the FEC he participated in the 2016 MediaLive Festival at Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, 2014 Currents International New Media Arts Festival in Santa Fe as well as the Biennial of the Americas-Denver. In 2014 they were recepients of the Idea Fund Grant, a re-granting program of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. He has worked as a gallery and independant curator, performer, organizer, sound designer, university lecturer, community radio DJ, and currently co-operates Shadowtrash Tape Group, an audio-art cassette label in Boulder Colorado. Much of his work focuses on collaborative efforts and prolonged projects which develop over the course of years, taking on a form of practice-based research. He received his BFA in studio arts from Fort Hays State University in 2007, and his MFA in studio arts at the University of Colorado-Boulder in 2013. Currently, he is working on a dissertation for his PhD in Intermedia Art, Writing, and Performance at the University of Colorado-Boulder doing deep listening research with VLF radio, drones, and geographically-situated soundscapes. He currently resides and works in the Boulder/Denver CO region.

    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. He frequently works with the experimental gallery spaces Transfer Gallery Gallery (NYC) and Ditch Projects (Springfield, OR). Rick lives in Eugene Oregon, where he also teaches at the University of Oregon.

    SamaAlshaibi Sama Alshaibi's work explores spaces of conflict and the power struggles that arise in the aftermath of war and exile. Drawing from her experiences as a Palestinian-Iraqi, naturalized US citizen, she uses her body as an allegorical site that makes the byproducts of such struggles visible. Alshaibi’s monograph, Sand Rushes In (New York: Aperture, 2015) presents her Silsila series, which probes the human dimensions of migration, borders, and environmental demise. Silsila was exhibited at the Venice Biennale, Honolulu Biennale, and Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, and will travel to MARTa Herford and Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University in 2017. Alshaibi has also exhibited in solo and group shows at MoMA, Bronx Museum, Denver Museum of Contemporary Art, Ayyam Gallery, and the Thessaloniki International Film Festival. She received a Fulbright Fellowship to Palestine (2014-2015), and was named University of Arizona’s 1885 Distinguished Scholar as a Professor of Photography.

    JoeFarbrook Joseph Farbrook grew up in New York City and Santa Fe, living with his father, a concrete poet and his mother, a painter. His artwork has taken the form of electronic installations, interactive video, augmented and virtual reality narratives, live performances, and interactive screen projections. Within his work, he explores the evolution and consequences of cultural illusions and mediated perception. He has invented customized media platforms that mix physical and virtual art making practices. Farbrook exhibits his work regularly in galleries and museums worldwide, including SIGGRAPH, International Symposium for Electronic Arts, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Watermans Gallery in London, Galerie Vaclava Spaly in Prague, and numerous solo and group exhibitions in NYC, Los Angeles, Boston, Seattle and other cities. Joseph Farbrook is an Associate Professor of art at the University of Arizona. Much of his work is documented online at farbrook.net

    NicholasO'Brien Nicholas O’Brien is a net-based artist, curator, and writer researching Games, Digital Art, and Network Culture. His work has exhibited in Mexico City, Berlin, London, Dublin, Italy, Prague, as well as throughout the US. He has been the recipient of a Turbulence Commission funded by the NEA and has curated exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, 319 Scholes, and Eyebeam Center for Art and Technology. As a contributor to Rhizome at the New Museum, and Artsy, he has been recognized as a leading voice within contemporary art by Art F City, PULSE art fair, and AQNB. His work has also appeared or featured in ARTINFO, The Brooklyn Rail, DIS magazine, Frieze d/e, The Atlantic, and The New York Times. He currently lives in Brooklyn and is Assistant Professor in 3D Design and Game Development at Stevens Institute of Technology.

    PaulEcheverriaJones Paul Echeverria is a filmmaker, digital artist, and educator. His production work aims to dilute the boundaries between fiction, documentary, and experimental forms. In addition to filmmaking, Echeverria is a digital artist who works in the areas of e-literature, social media, creative coding, and data manipulation. His films and digital works have been exhibited at multiple venues, including Anthology Film Archives, the Bronx Museum of the Arts, the Echo Park Film Center, and the Hartford International Film Festival. As an educator, Echeverria is an Assistant Professor of Communication & Media Arts at Western Connecticut State University. He is also the director and founding faculty member of the Digital and Interactive Media Arts (DIMA) program. Most recently, he was selected as the executive director of the non-profit organization, the Millennium Film Workshop. His production website can be viewed at www.aurafilm.com. An ongoing archive of his digital work is available at www.paulanthonyamator.com.

    JulieRooney 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.