Founding 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), META/DATA: A Digital Poetics (The MIT Press, 2007) and Remixthecontext (Routledge, 2018). He is the author of many novels including The Kafka Chronicles, Sexual Blood, 29 Inches, and Locus Solus. His transmedia 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 has been remixed for the solo exhibition, Glitch. Click. Thunk, at the University Art Galleries at the University of Hawaii and GlitchMix: not an error in Havana. Amerika is a University of Colorado Professor of Distinction where he is the Founding Director of the Doctoral Program in Intermedia Art, Writing and Performance and a Professor of Art and Art History. In Fall 2013, he was the Labex-H2H International Research Chair at the University of Paris 8. In 2017, the 20 year anniversary of Amerika's groundbreaking work of net art, GRAMMATRON, was celebrated in London at a two day international symposium titled Beyond GRAMMATRON: 20 years into the Future. More information can found at his website, markamerika.com and at his twitter feed @markamerika 

    Associate Director



    Francoise Duresse-Stimilli Françoise Soulé Zinsou Duressé is a multi-ethnic multidisciplinary artist working within the formal aesthetics of painting and drawing and site-specific installation formats, incorporating printmaking, ceramics, video, experimental sound, photography, and performance. Her work is a meditation on the power of imagery and object-making to represent trauma and death and the state of the world as observed through the eyes of an Afro-Latina woman: it draws on the esoteric spirituality and magic of her Beninese-Togolese-Haitian-Jamaican lineage to address the politics and aesthetics of geographical and social displacement and the evolving realities of identity perception. She is interested in the politics and aesthetics of pain, the complexities of memory and place, identity, transnationalism, trauma, and displacement. She has participated in national and international residency including Yaddo Residency Program, Hungarian Multicultural Center, and Cholamandal Artists Village, Injambakkam in Chennai, India. She has won several films awards including, The Front, Migrations Film Festival award and Yaddo Donald and Genie Rice Filmmaker Residency Grant. She was invited to perform at the Black Mountain College Museum & Art Center. There have been numerous publications of her work, including Art in America; and featured on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN). Her work, solo and in collaboration, has been presented at such institutions as Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, Printed Matter, Inc., Bogota Arte Contemporaneo Gallery, Kunstverein/Tiergarten/Galerie Nord (Contemporary Art in Berlin-Moabit), Total Arts Gallery in Dubai, and the Cultural Foundation in Abu Dhabi. She has exhibited her work in the Middle East, Asia, Europe, Africa, and the Americas.




    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 a 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 Associate 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 Assistant Professor in the Herbst Humanities Program in Engineering 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 Mariana Vieira is a Brazilian artist based in Colorado whose work mines contemporary topics as raw material to construct imagery and build experiences. Her work has re-imagined optical devices like the praxinoscope and the mutoscope, lenticular image animations, origami installations, and recently, through transforming an encyclopedia into a series of miniature books to give away to unsuspecting recipients. Mariana earned an MFA in Interdisciplinary Media Arts Practices from the University of Colorado, Boulder and has exhibited her work nationally and internationally at Anderson Ranch Arts Center, the Center for Fine Art Photography, and the Colorado Photographic Arts Center, among others.




    Instructors



    CorrinaEspinosaCorrina Espinosa is a Denver based artist/curator who received her BFA is in sculpture from Metro State University. Her studio practice is focused 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 received her MFA at CU-Boulder in the Department of Art & Art History in 2017.




    Graduate Researchers



    Laura Kim Laura Hyunjhee Kim is a multimedia artist who renders familiar physical experiences into fabricated (non)existent spaces that reimagine digital culture and virtual living. She is the author the book Entering the Blobosphere: A Musing on Blobs (Civil Coping Mechanisms, 2019) and co-author, with TECHNE Lab director Mark Amerika, of Remixing Persona: An Imaginary Digital Media Object from the Onto-tales of the Digital Afterlife (Open Humanities Press, 2019). With Mark Amerika and Brad Gallagher, she co-authored a TECHNE Lab paper, FATAL Error: Artificial Creative Intelligence (ACI) that was accepted into CHI 2020, the premiere international conference on human-computer interaction. Kim has shown work in numerous on/offline exhibition spaces, screenings, and festivals around the world including the Internet Archive, Pioneer Works, Harvestworks and the Streaming Museum, Made In NY Media Center, Bienal Internacional de Curitiba, Supernova Digital Animation Festival, Centro Cultural São Paulo, San Jose ICA, California Academy of Sciences, Kadist Art Foundation, Southern Exposure, Portland State University, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Aurora Picture Show, Adirondacks Lake Center For The Arts, Bronx Art Space, Newark Museum, Spring / Break Art Show, New York Anthology Film Archives, Institute of Contemporary Arts - London, The Berlin International Directors Lounge, Mutuo - Centro de Arte, Magmart International Videoart Festival, São Paulo Museum of Image and Sound, Costa Rica Museum of Contemporary Art and Design, quARTel - Galeria Municipal de Arte, Museum of Contemporary Art of Caracas, Fei Contemporary Art Center-Shanghai, Asian Experimental Video Festival in Hong Kong and Super Art Modern Museum (SPAMM). She is currently a PhD student in CU-Boulder's Doctoral Program in Intermedia Art, Writing, and Performance.



    Brad Gallagher Brad Gallagher's practice revolves around writing, coding, sound and new media with a focus on how computation intersects these different mediums. He has had a lifelong interest in how simple rules give rise to complex behavior, how order arises from chaos and how systems with many interacting parts exhibit self-organization. As an artist he draws inspiration from and directly leverages these principles to create interactive, dynamic, and emergent content. He reflects these practices back into traditional writing, creating a feedback loop of influence amongst the mediums of his work. He graduated with a BFAW from the School of The Art Institute of Chicago in May 2019. With Mark Amerika and Laura Kim, he co-authored a TECHNE Lab paper, FATAL Error: Artificial Creative Intelligence (ACI) that was accepted into CHI 2020, the premiere international conference on human-computer interaction. He has most recently performed sound-triggered, generative, text pieces at the Electronic Literature Organization event hosted by the School of The Art Institute of Chicago in conjunction with the 2019 MLA conference, the Red Rover Reading Series in Chicago, and the 2019 &Now Festival at the University of Washington at Bothell. He has recently completed technical development on a project called Sound Spaces, a dance triggered sound/music generation system using motion capture technology and is finishing work on a long form poem titled “A Time a Lot of People Call Christmas, and Others They Don’t.” Brad is currently a PhD student in CU-Boulder's Doctoral Program in Intermedia Art, Writing, and Performance.




    Graduate Alumni



    MelanieClemmons Melanie Clemmons is a new media artist and educator experimenting with the nature of spatiality across IRL, URL, and virtual experiences and existences. Her work follows various curiosities that are influenced by internet culture, human-computer interaction, and technological determinism. She makes images, sounds, videos, net art, installations and VR experiences, performs live video with Zak Loyd in Vidkidz, and is an assistant professor of Digital/Hybrid Media in the Meadows School of the Arts, Division of Art at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. Melanie's work has been shown at HeK (House of Electronic Arts), Basel, Switzerland; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Echo Park Film Center, Los Angeles; UPFOR Digital, Portland; Gene Siskel Film Center, Chicago; TRANSFER Gallery, Brooklyn; Denver Digerati; Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art; the Museum of Human Achievement, Austin; and many other DIY spaces and venues. She has completed a residency at Welcome to My Homepage Digital Artist Residency Program and will be an artist in residence at Laboratory Residency in May 2018.



    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 is an Assistant Professor of New Media Art at the University of Texas in San Antonio.



    RickSilva Rick Silva is an artist whose recent videos, websites, and images, explore notions of landscape and wilderness in the 21st century. He received an MFA from The University of Colorado in 2007, and has since shown extensively nationally and internationally, with recent solo exhibitions at Transfer Gallery in New York, Wil Aballe Art Projects in Vancouver, New Shelter Plan in Copenhagen, and Ditch Projects in Oregon. His projects are included in multiple permanent collections such as The Whitney Museum of American Art and the Borusan Contemporary Collection. He lives and works in Eugene, where he is an Associate Professor of Art & Technology 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.