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ArrayList is a listserv that launched on June 1, 2015 and ran through May 2016. It was an incredible year of discussion and we are grateful to the guests and active participants for contributing to this archive of knowledge. The number of subscribers reached 380+ educators.

The purpose of ArrayList was to connect new media artists, designers, educators, theorists, producers, activists, and organizers while facilitating an ongoing discussion about foundation level new media pedagogy [both inside and outside traditional academic structures]. For those new to the listserv format, a listserv is a thread of online, asynchronous email conversation. Every month a new theme is announced and new guest thread leaders initiate conversation with thoughts and questions. These conversations are archived on riseup and available to subscribers. Find information on past ArrayList guest thread leaders and their bios below.

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Research, Methods, Design:
with guest thread leaders [in development]: Brendan Albano, Bonnie Fortune, Maria Gaspar, Katie Hargrave, Randall Szott, Brad Tober, Jeff Thompson, Adam Trowbridge, Elizabeth (Dori) Tunstall, Meredith Warner, Jessica Parris Westbrook

Brendan Albano (researcher, architect, programmer)
Brendan Albano is fascinated by buildings, building performance, performance art, and urban ecology. He works at an architecture firm in Chicago and has taught computer programming to architecture students and worked at a lab as a programmer on building performance simulation related projects. Albano received a BFA in Visual Art, University of British Columbia, 2011 and an M.Arch with Emphasis in Interior Architecture, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 2015.

Maria Gaspar (School of the Art Institute of Chicago)
Maria Gaspar is an interdisciplinary artist born in Chicago. She has presented her work at The MCA Chicago, Jane Addams Hull House Museum, the Urban Institute of Contemporary Art, the Alpineum Produzentengalerie, and Artspace New Haven, amongst others. Recently, Gaspar was awarded a Creative Capital Award, a Joan Mitchell Foundation Emerging Artist Award, the National Museum of Mexican Art Sor Juana Women of Achievement Award, and residencies at the Experimental Sound Studio in Chicago and Project Row Houses in Houston. She was featured in the Chicago Tribune as Chicagoan of the Year in the Visual Arts in 2014. She is an Assistant Professor at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Gaspar received her MFA in Studio Arts from the University of Illinois at Chicago and her BFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. Gaspar teaches first year research and studio courses in the Department of Contemporary Practices at SAIC.

Randall Szott (researcher)
Randall Szott conducts mystic experiments in divination (writing), conjuration (design), evocation (aesthetics), transmutation (cooking), illusion (philosophy), and enchantment (regenerative agriculture) in a small grey house in a small Vermont town. He was a merchant mariner for nearly a decade and now is the Chef and Farm to School Coordinator for a tiny village school. Szott is currently developing a ten acre parcel of land into a functioning agroecological system and as a possible site for ongoing seminars in #soilpractice + #socialpractice. He holds an MFA in art critical practices from The Ohio State University, an MA in Interdisciplinary Art from San Francisco State University, and a BA in Liberal Arts with a philosophy minor from the University of Central Florida.

Brad Tober (designer, educator, and researcher)
Brad Tober is a designer, educator, and researcher whose work investigates the potential
 relationships of emerging code-based and interactive visual communication technologies to both design practice and pedagogy. His practice-led research entity, the Experimental Interface Lab, is characterized by a speculative approach to design that recognizes that forms of and methodologies for contemporary practice that spans design and technology are best developed through flexible and exploratory processes. Brad holds an MDes from York University (Canada), a BFA in graphic design from the Savannah College of Art and Design (USA), and a BA in mathematics from the University at Buffalo (USA).

Jeff Thompson (Stevens Institute of Technology)
Jeff Thompson ( / @jeffthompson_) is an artist, programmer, hacker, and educator based in the NYC area. He received his BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and his MFA from Rutgers University, and is currently Assistant Professor and Program Director of Visual Art & Technology at the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey. Thompson has exhibited and performed his work at venues including the Museum of the Moving Image, Sheldon Museum of Art, the Taubman Museum of Art, SITE Santa Fe, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, the Jersey City Museum, and the Weisman Art Museum. Recent commissions include Abandon Normal Devices, Brighton Digital Festival, Rhizome, Turbulence, and Harvestworks. In addition to his studio practice, Thompson curates exhibitions through Drift Station, a curatorial collaboration that mounts international, experimental exhibitions.

Adam Trowbridge (Designer/Programmer, Channel TWo)
Adam Trowbridge is currently considering and researching the potential for inhumane interfaces to promote conceptual awareness of computational and critical thinking.

Elizabeth (Dori) Tunstall (Design Anthropologist)
Elizabeth (Dori) Tunstall is a design anthropologist, researcher, academic leader, writer, and educator. She holds a PhD and an MA in Anthropology from Stanford University [1994–1999] and a BA in Anthropology from Bryn Mawr College [1990–1994]. Tunstall is interested in human values and design as a manifestation of those values. Tunstall observes that design translates values into tangible experiences and asks others to consider what their values are.[5] In a Design Matters interview with Debbie Millman, Tunstall describes some of the motivations underlying her research and practice. She is trying to use design and design technologies to make values more tangible and apparent to people and believes that design is not all about mass consumption and unbridled capitalism. She suggests values like equality, democracy, fairness, integration, and connection are values that, to some extent, we’ve lost and design can help make those values more tangible and ultimately express how we can use them to make the world a better place.

Jessica Parris Westbrook (Graphic Designer/Developer, Channel TWo)
Jessica Parris Westbrook is a graphic designer and media producer interested in learning, organizing information, and misbehavior.


Internet, Protocols, Web [communication, distribution, networks, data, design, development, code]:
with guest thread leaders: xtine borough (University of Texas at Dallas), Joelle Dietrick (Florida State University), Sean Dockray (Telic Arts Exchange, The Public School, Aaaaarg), Pamela Fox (Khan Academy and GirlDevelopIt), Curt Cloninger (University of North Carolina Asheville), Scott Rigby (NBCUniversal, Inc. Basekamp, Plausible Artworlds), Adam Trowbridge (School of the Art Institute of Chicago), Jessica Parris Westbrook (School of the Art Institute of Chicago)

xtine borough (University of Texas at Dallas)
xtine is a new media artist and educator. She has authored or edited several books including Foundations of Digital Art and Design (2013), Net Works: Case Studies in Web Art and Design (2011), and The Routledge Companion to Remix Studies (2015). She has co-authored other works and contributed chapters and articles to anthologies and scholarly journals. Informed by the history of conceptual art, she uses social networking, databases, search engines, blogs, and applications in combination with popular sites like Facebook, YouTube, or Mechanical Turk, to create web communities promoting interpretation and autonomy. xtine is passionate about creating works using digital tools to translate common experiences into personal arenas for discovery. She is a Webby Honoree, has received a Terminal commission and an award from the UK Big Lottery fund. With her co-PI, xtine is currently working on a project funded by California Humanities. An associate professor in the School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication at The University of Texas at Dallas, xtine bridges the gap between histories, theories, and production in new media education.

Joelle Dietrick (Florida State University)
Joelle Dietrick’s paintings, drawings, and animations explore contemporary nesting instincts and their manipulation by global economic systems. Her recent artworks and research considers housing trends that complicate relationships to place. Her work has been shown at Transitio_MX in Mexico City, TINA B Festival in Prague and Venice, Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) Chicago, MCA San Diego, Long March Space Beijing, ARC Gallery Chicago, Soho20 New York, MPG Contemporary Boston, Temporary Home in Kassel during Documenta (13), Flashpoint Gallery in Washington DC, the Orlando Museum of Art and as a permanent public art work at the University of Florida. She has attended residencies at the Künstlerhaus Salzburg, Anderson Ranch, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Banff Centre for the Arts, and the School of the Visual Arts and received fellowships from the University of California, Florida State University and the Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD). Dietrick is an Assistant Teaching Professor, at Florida State University, where she teaches Digital Media Foundations in the Department of Art. She received an MFA in Visual Arts, from The University of California, San Diego.

Sean Dockray (Telic Arts Exchange, The Public School, Aaaaarg)
Sean Dockray is an artist, a founding director of the Los Angeles non-profit Telic Arts Exchange, and initiator of knowledge-sharing platforms, The Public School and Aaaaarg. As a research fellow at the Post-Media Lab at Leuphana University, he explored the physical infrastructure of the sharing economy, focusing on Facebook's then new northern European datacenter. His written essays address topics such as online education (Frieze), the militarisation of universities (in Contestations: Learning from Critical Experiments in Education), book scanning (Fillip), traffic control (Cabinet), and radio (Volume). He lives in Melbourne and is a PhD candidate in Visual Art at the University of Melbourne.

Curt Cloninger (University of North Carolina Asheville)
Curt Cloninger is an artist, writer, and Associate Professor of New Media at the University of North Carolina Asheville. His art undermines language as a system of meaning in order to reveal it as an embodied force in the world. His art work has been featured in the New York Times and at festivals and galleries from Korea to Brazil. Exhibition venues include Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris), Granoff Center for The Creative Arts (Brown University), Digital Art Museum [DAM] (Berlin), Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art (Chicago), Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center, and the internet. He is the recipient of several grants and awards, including commissions for the creation of new artwork from the National Endowment for the Arts (via and Austin Peay State University's Terminal Award. Cloninger has written on a wide range of topics, including new media and internet art, installation and performance art, experimental graphic design, popular music, network culture, and continental philosophy. His articles have appeared in Intelligent Agent, Mute, Paste, Tekka, Rhizome Digest, A List Apart, and on ABC World News. He is also the author of eight books, most recently One Per Year (Link Editions). He maintains, , and in hopes of facilitating a more lively remote dialogue with the Sundry Contagions of Wonder.

Scott Rigby (NBCUniversal, Inc. Basekamp, Plausible Artworlds)
Scott Rigby is the Principal Software Engineer at NBCUniversal, Inc, Founding Co-director of Basekamp, and founding investigator, Plausible Artworlds. Scott lives in Brooklyn.

Adam Trowbridge (School of the Art Institute of Chicago)
Adam Trowbridge is a designer and programer (I guess?). He is a former Director of Project Management, Verio/DoCoMo/NTT; former Director of User Interface and Design/Creative Director,; former Information Architect, The Nature Conservancy; and former Information Architect and Developer, OpenMotive. He co-founded TW-Co, Possibility Studio, American Cheese, LLC. He is a former Op for #jesus and #squeeee, on EFnet, the Original IRC Network. He began his network art/design career as co-sysop of multiple Bulletin Board Systems in the Orlando area (407). He learned CGI to build the first online store for the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and almost made it work, until it turned out to be run on a Windows system. He recently served as a skeptic and facilitator for Basekamp/Plausible Art Worlds. He has edited two videos using Perl. He is intensely pro-choice.

Jessica Parris Westbrook (School of the Art Institute of Chicago)
Jessica Parris Westbrook is a designer and researcher interested in observing systems, asking questions, and organizing information. She learned html in 1995, dhtml in 1997, and css in 1999 so she could make a lot of money and have her own office. By 2008 she was a Creative Director.


Performance [experimental, durational, networked]:
with guest thread leaders: Thomas Albrecht (State University of New York at New Paltz), Amy Alexander (UCSD), L[3]^2 (Lee Blalock) (School of the Art Institute of Chicago), Ricardo Dominguez (UCSD), Kirsten Leenaars (School of the Art Institute of Chicago), Ellen Mueller (West Virginia Wesleyan College), Heather Warren-Crow (Texas Tech University), Jorge Rojas (artist/curator and Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City), Angela Washko (Carnegie Mellon)

Thomas Albrecht (State University of New York at New Paltz)
Thomas Albrecht’s performance projects have explored ritual and language in public spaces, galleries, and museums, prodding cultural beliefs and individual doubts. Current interests involve duration and elements of Absurdist Theatre, laying bare contingency in human constructions and slippage between truth and fiction. Albrecht has performed throughout the United States and internationally, notably at Grace Exhibition Space, Defibrillator Performance Art Gallery, Panoply Performance Laboratory, Dimanche Rouge Paris, the Queens Museum, and during festivals such as the Brooklyn International Performing Arts Festival, Month of Performance Art Berlin, and Performatorio, IV Muestra de Arte Duracional in the Dominican Republic. He received his BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, a Master of Arts in Religion from Yale University where he served as the Menil Scholar in residence, and his MFA from the University of Washington. He serves as Assistant Dean in the School of Fine & Performing Arts, and Associate Professor in the Art Department at the State University of New York at New Paltz.

Amy Alexander (UCSD)
Amy Alexander is a digital media, audiovisual and performance artist who has also worked in film, video, music, tactical media and information technology. She has been making films since 1990 and creating art through programming since 1994. Much of Alexander’s work is performance-­based, often working at intersections of cinema, performing arts, humor, politics, and popular culture. Her current research and practice focuses on expanded approaches to the moving image that reflect contemporary cultural and technological shifts. Alexander has performed and exhibited internationally in clubs and on the street as well as in festivals, museums and on the Internet. She has written and lectured on software art, software as culture, and audiovisual performance, and she has served as a reviewer for festivals and commissions for digital media art, video, and computer music. She was a founding organizer of the software repository, and she has done residencies at The Media Centre in Huddersfield, UK, and the iota Center in Los Angeles. She is an Associate Professor of Visual Arts at the University of California, San Diego. More information at:

L[3]^2 (Lee Blalock) (School of the Art Institute of Chicago)
Lee Blalock is an artist who considers what it may mean to live in a future somewhere between here and nowhere. Her research began when she was a kid and would visit her father at his job as a computer programmer / operator. Rules and systems are inherent to her process, while her imagination leans toward the N3w Hum4n. Lee uses her work to create new origin stories, visual or written, which are influenced by a life long interest in speculative fiction and science fiction. Having moved fluidly from an undergraduate STEM education to a career in design and production, she eventually found that all of her conceptual and technical interests converge in the fine arts. The artist makes work using text, performance, computational video and sound, electronics and drawing. Many ideas behind Lee's work attempts to describe the future human, replacing the failed language around identity with the self-constructed and amplified self. This new body (or "NeueBody") often takes the form of abstraction and presents a mix of algorithmic and heuristic behavior. In all cases, Lee's work represents the physical, computational, or behavioral body and uses repetition as a strategy to move past the automatic and into something transformative. As an arts educator, Lee's research is specific to topics referring to the posthuman, systems and cybernetics. She received her Bachelor of Science (Chemistry and Math) from Spelman College and an Associates of Arts (Design) from Bauder College. In 2011, Lee received her Master of Fine Arts from The School of the Art Institute, where she currently teaches in multiple departments. Lee writes and performs under the alphanumeric moniker of L[e]^2. She can be found walking a tightrope in the center of a holographic sphere.

Kirsten Leenaars (School of the Art Institute of Chicago)
Kirsten Leenaars’ creates participatory video and performance based work. In her practice Leenaars engages with specific people and communities. Her work oscillates between fiction and documentation, reinterprets personal stories and reimagines everyday realities through staging, improvisation and iteration. She examines the very nature of our own constructed realities, the stories we tell our selves and the ones we identify with and explores the way we relate to others. Recent projects include producing a series of 3 performances Notes on Empty Chairs, about loss, community and empathy for the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago; creating the video #thisistomorrow with Washington DC based performers in response to the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner; and producing the science fiction film: The Invasion of the Hairy Blobs, currently edited at the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally, amongst others at: Museo Universitaro del Chopo, Mexico City, DCAC, Washington DC, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Glass Curtain Gallery, Threewalls, Gallery 400, 6018 North, and Elaine L. Jacob Gallery, Detroit, Printed Matter, New York, the Wexner Center, Columbus, and at the Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, Kunst Fabrik, Munchen, and Bethanien Haus, Berlin. She has been rewarded grants from the Mondrian Foundation, The Propeller Fund, the department of Culturall Affairs, Chicago, the Dutch Art Foundation and multiple cultural grants from the Dutch Consulate in New York.

Ellen Mueller (West Virginia Wesleyan College)
Exhibiting works nationally and internationally, Ellen Mueller explores hyperactive news media and corporate management systems via work in a variety of media including, but not limited to, performance, 3D printing, and drawing. Recent residencies include Ox-Bow, Virginia Center for Creative Art where she was a Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Creative Fellow, Nes Artist Residency (Iceland), Coast Time (May 2016), and Signal Culture (August 2016). Mueller currently lives and works in Buckhannon WV as an Assistant Professor of Art at West Virginia Wesleyan College. She received her MFA in Studio Art from University of South Florida. She completed a BA in Theatre and Art, and a BS in Design Technology from Bemidji State University. Additionally, she has obtained performance training at Dell'Arte International and the Brave New Institute (now known as the Brave New Workshop Student Union). Mueller is contracted with Oxford University Press to publish a foundational art textbook entitled "Elements and Principles of 4D Art and Design", due out February 2016.

Heather Warren-Crow (Texas Tech University)
Heather Warren-Crow is a performance artist/scholar based in Lubbock, Texas in the US. She has exhibited her artwork in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, India, Japan, Mexico, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago, and across Europe and the US. Most recently, she presented performance art at Glasshouse in Brooklyn (US), theatre at the Porsgrunn International Theatre Festival (Norway), design at the Prague Quadrennial (Czech Republic), and sound art at the PNEM festival of sound art in Uden (The Netherlands). She has also published scholarly texts on animation, photography, media studies, and gender theory—most notably, the book Girlhood and the Plastic Image (2014). Heather has a PhD in performance studies from the University of California, Berkeley. She currently teaches in the interdisciplinary Fine Arts Doctoral Program at Texas Tech University, bringing together visual art, music, theatre, film, and media. She previously taught theory, aesthetics, and studio courses to art and film students of all levels.

Jorge Rojas (Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City)
Born in Morelos, Mexico, Jorge Rojas is a multidisciplinary artist, curator, and art educator. He studied Art at the University of Utah and at Bellas Artes in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. His work and curatorial projects have been exhibited across the US and internationally, including Museo del Barrio, Queens Museum of Art, White Box, and Grace Exhibition Space in New York; Museum of Latin American Art, The Mexican Museum, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, and MACLA in California; Project Row Houses and New World Museum in Houston; Diaspora Vibe Gallery in Miami; Utah Museum of Fine Arts and Utah Museum of Contemporary Art in Salt Lake City; Ex Convento del Carmen in Guadalajara; and FOFA Gallery in Montreal. He has received grants and fellowships from National Performance Network, Experimental Television Center, and Vermont Studio Center. He is the Founding Director of Low Lives, an international, multi-venue live streaming performance festival that was founded in 2009. Rojas is director of education and engagement at the UMFA in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Angela Washko (Carnegie Mellon)
Angela Washko is an artist, writer and facilitator devoted to creating new forums for discussions of feminism in the spaces most hostile toward it. She is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Carnegie Mellon University. Since 2012, Washko has operated as The Council on Gender Sensitivity and Behavioral Awareness in World of Warcraft - an ongoing intervention on communal language formation inside the most popular massively multi-player online role playing game of all time. A recent recipient of The Frank-Ratchye Fund for Art at the Frontier Grant from the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, a Franklin Furnace Performance Fund Grant, a Creative Time Report commission, a Rhizome Internet Art Microgrant, a Danish International Visiting Artist Grant and the Terminal Award, Washko’s practice has been highlighted in Art in America, Frieze Magazine, Time Magazine, The Guardian (UK), ArtForum, ARTnews, VICE, Hyperallergic, Rhizome, the New York Times, The Creator’s Project, Dazed and Confused Magazine, Digicult, ArtInfo, Bad At Sports and more. Her projects have been presented nationally and internationally at venues including Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art (Helsinki, Finland), Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, Moving Image Art Fair (London and NYC), the Rotterdam International Film Festival, Institute for Contemporary Art Boston and Bitforms Gallery in NYC. Washko’s work is featured in the recently published book “Mass Effect: Art and the Internet in the 21st Century” from The New Museum and MIT Press.


December 2015 theme: Games
with guest thread leaders: Theresa Devine (New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University), j.duran (Chicago Public Schools / School of the Art Institute of Chicago), Patrick Jagoda (University of Chicago), Alex Myers (Creighton University), Phoenix Perry (Code Liberation Foundation), Scott Richmond (Wayne State University)

Theresa Devine (New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University)
Theresa Devine is an Assistant Professor in the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University. Theresa received her BFA in Painting and Printmaking at Texas A & M University - Corpus Christi in 1991 and her MFA in Painting at University of Houston in 1994. In her personal artwork she explores the intersection of adversity and play in the media of toys and games. As Director of the Studio 4 Gaming Innovation research lab, Theresa focuses on researching games to redefine and explore what they can be and how they can be used to initiate transformation in our society.

j.duran (Public High School Teacher/Private Post Secondary Instructor)
j.duran is an artist and pedagogue who creates Rube Goldberg machines out of voltage differences. His process centers in the tension created through simultaneous reduction and abstraction that often manifests itself in creating code. He was granted an MFA in New Media in 2009 after earning a BS in Computer Science in 2001. duran has taught courses in Data Visualization, Interactive Art, and Systems at a public university in Chicago. Currently, j.duran is a Computer Science Teacher and the CTE Chair at a public high school where he teaches classes in games, new media, and computer science. In addition, he also teaches Experimental Games at a private post-secondary institution in Chicago.

Patrick Jagoda (University of Chicago)
Patrick Jagoda is an Assistant Professor of English and an affiliate of Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Chicago. He specializes in media studies, twentieth and twenty-first century American literature, and digital game theory and design. Alongside this position, he is the co-founder of the Game Changer Chicago Design Lab and serves as a co-editor of the interdisciplinary journal Critical Inquiry. Jagoda is a published author with research and teaching expertise in: New Media; 20th and 21st Century American Fiction, Film, and Television; Critical Theory; American Cultural Studies; Game Studies; Science Studies; and Game Design. He co-edited two special issues: New Media and American Literature for American Literature (2013) and Comics & Media: A Special Issue of Critical Inquiry (2014). Two of his books will be published in 2016: Network Aesthetics, and The Game Worlds of Jason Rohrer (co-authored). Jagoda completed his PhD in the Department of English at Duke University in 2010, along with a graduate certificate in Information Science and Information Studies.,

Alex Myers (Creighton University)
My research interests are far ranging and include games, architecture, violence, fear, mysticism, ambiguity, perception, movement, nature, extinction, death, and loss. I'd say that I'm interested in systems, but I think everything human is built upon systems. It's how we think. My methods and materials change to fit the needs of the project, but I spend a lot of time working in 3D environments like Blender and Unity. I have exhibited at NP3 in Groningen, Nikolaj Kunsthallen in Copenhagen, Lab for Electronic Art and Performance, Berlin, Interaccess in Toronto, FACT in Liverpool, and LACDA in Los Angeles, among others. I've twice been awards the Art and Culture Prize of Groningen, The Netherlands. Several years ago I received my MFA(Hons) in Interactive Media & Environments at The Frank Mohr Instituut of the Hanze University of Applied Science in Groningen, The Netherlands. In addition to making all sorts of weird stuff, I am an Assistant Professor of Design at Creighton University in Omaha, NE. I also occasionally mentor at the Kent Bellows Studio and Center for Visual Arts and give talks and workshops about Art Games, Interaction Design, and New Media Art.

Phoenix Perry (Goldsmiths, Founder Code Liberation Foundation, Co-Founder Dozen Eyes)
Phoenix Perry is an experienced developer, accidental public figure and general rebel rabble rouser. She's currently a lecturer at Goldsmiths, University of London where she teaches physical computing and games. She builds emergent play environments that encourage group dynamics while engaging in the subtle art of suggesting games can address larger concerns in society. Her research attempts to extend the human senses through augmenting the perception of emotion. As a card carrying member of the gaming feminist killjoy party, she engages in regular acts of mild civil disobedience. You can find her in hacklabs burning herself on soldering irons or coffee shops caffeinating while punching code in chemically induced fits of brilliance before napping. Additionally, she's the property of a grey Egyptian Mau. All appearances and engagements are by the cat's permission only.,

Scott Richmond (Wayne State University)
Scott C. Richmond is Assistant Professor of Film and Media Studies in the Department of English at Wayne State University, where his teaching and research focus on avant-garde cinema and experimental media, film theory and media theory, and phenomenology and critical theory. His work has appeared, among other places, in World Picture, Discourse, and the Journal of Visual Culture. He is co-editor, with Elizabeth Reich, of a special issue of Film Criticism entitled "New Approaches to Cinematic Identification." His first book, Cinema's Bodily Illusions: Flying, Floating, and Hallucinating, is forthcoming in fall 2016 from the University of Minnesota Press. On games and gaming, Scott has published an essay on boredom and gaming, “Vulgar Boredom: What Andy Warhol Can Teach Us about Candy Crush” (in JVC), and has presented widely on first-person gaming. He also regularly teaches both with and about games in humanities classes, especially low-fi, text-based, indie, experimental, and avant-garde games. In these classes, students work with games across many modalities, including analysis, research, theory, design, and making.


October 2015 theme: Electronics
with guest thread leaders: Alejandro Borsani (RISD), Dawn Hayes (City University of New York), Justin Lincoln (Whitman College), Brittany Ransom (California State University Long Beach), Chris Reilly (Eastern Michigan University)

Alejandro Borsani, Assistant Professor, Division of Experimental & Foundation Studies, Rhode Island School of Design
Alejandro Borsani is an artist and educator who explores the intersection of natural and artificial systems by creating videos, installations, sculptures, custom software and electronics. His research is driven by a curiosity about physical phenomena and the exploration of emergent technologies. His works have been presented in solo and group exhibitions internationally. Currently, he is Assistant Professor in the Experimental and Foundation Studies Division at RISD. He served as faculty in the Creative Computation Program at the Southern Methodist University and in the New Media Arts Program at the University of North Texas. Borsani holds an MFA in Electronic Arts from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (2012) and an MFA in Electronic Visualization from the University of Illinois at Chicago (2010). He also received a degree in Audiovisual Design from the School of Architecture, Design and Urbanism at the University of Buenos Aires (2007).

Dawn Hayes, City University of New York
Dawn C. Hayes tinkers, educates and explores emergent media arts and technology as facilitators of public engagement. She runs COOL Labs ( and has taught creative technology-centered courses at CUNY since 2010. Currently, Dawn's interests include applications of repurposed and networked artifacts as information resources in connected cities. Dawn holds a bachelor’s degree from Muskingum College and has pursued post-graduate studies at Columbia University and NYU.

Justin Lincoln, Assistant Professor, Whitman College
Justin Lincoln is an experimental artist and educator teaching New Genres & Digital Art at Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA. His work involves creative computer programming, the online community tumblr, video montage, and the history of experimental film. He is a prolific presence online and his work shows extensively in international exhibitions and screenings. Recent screenings include The Chicago Underground Film Festival, FILE Digital Languages Festival in Sao Paulo, Brazil, the Dallas Videofest, and the exhibition Across Voices: New Media Art 2015 at CICA Museum in Gimpo, Korea.

Brittany Ransom, Assistant Professor, California State University, Long Beach
Brittany Ransom is an artist and educator currently living in Long Beach, California. Ransom is the recipient of numerous awards and grants including the highly competitive Workshop Residency in San Francisco (upcoming Spring 2016), the Arctic Circle Research Residency (2014), University Research council and Instructional Technology Grant Awards (2013-2014), and the prestigious College Art Association Professional Development Fellowship (2011). Ransom has shown internationally and nationally and has been featured in numerous publications. Her most recent work has been exhibited in Long Island City, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Dallas. She collaborates with a number of local institutions and has a current large scale project at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. Ransom received her Master of Fine Arts Degree in Electronic Visualization from the University of Illinois at Chicago and her Bachelor of Fine Arts from The Ohio State University with a concentration in Art and Technology. Ransom is currently serving as the Assistant Professor of Sculpture + New Genres at California State University Long Beach. As a member of the faculty of the College of The Arts, she works within the sculpture area and specializes in 3D computerized production / digital fabrication and physical computing / kinetics. Ransom is half african american and italian / german and was born and raised in the small city of Lima, Ohio.

Chris Reilly, Assistant Professor, Eastern Michigan University
Chris Reilly is a Detroit-area artist, hacker and teacher. He holds a MFA from UCLA’s School of the Arts and Architecture, and a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is currently Assistant Professor of Digital Media in the Art Department at Eastern Michigan University. Since 2003, he has shown work in solo and group art exhibitions in the US, Europe and Asia. Working individually and collaboratively, his artwork explores telepresence, relationships, physical subjectivity and community building with media including games, performances, relational objects, robots, and open-source hardware/software projects.


September 2015 theme: Sound
with guest thread leaders: Erin Gee (Concordia University), , Catherine Pancake (Temple), Deborah Stratman (UIC), Benjamin Thorp, Beth Warshafsky (Pratt)

Erin Gee, Assistant Professor, Sound Art and Gender and Technology, Concordia University
Erin Gee is a Canadian artist who explores digital culture through the metaphors of human voices in electronic bodies, working in video, performance, robotics and audio art. Recently, Gee's work has been presented at University of Toronto Art Centre (2015), Trinity Square Video, Toronto (2015), Musée d'art contemporain de Montreal (2015), Cirque du Soleil International Headquarters, Montreal (2014), and Nuit Blanche Calgary (2014). Gee's work combining robotics and human emotion has been reviewed in publications such as Scientific American, VICE, and National Post. Gee has published work in Leonardo Music (2013) as well as eContact! Journal of Canadian electroacoustic community, and is the creator of futurefemmes, an online blog archived by Cornell University featuring interviews, showcased work and links to relevant articles on the topic of women working in technological culture. Gee lives and works in Montreal where she teaches sound art, as well as gender and technology courses, at Concordia University.

Catherine Pancake, Assistant Professor, Temple University
Catherine Pancake is an award-winning filmmaker and sound artist. Her work has been presented nationally and internationally in a wide variety of venues, including the Museum of Modern Art, Royal Ontario Museum, Baltimore Museum of Art, Academy of Fine Arts Prague and Big Screen Plaza, Herald Square NYC. Her awards include the Paul Robeson Independent Media Award, Jack Spadaro Documentary Award, Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award, the Silver Chris, and Edes Foundation Emerging Artist Fellowship at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her films have been broadcast in the U.S.A. and Great Britain (Sundance Channel, PBS, FreeSpeech TV, CommunityChannelUK) and are distributed by Bullfrog Films and the Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre. Sound art releases can be found on Ehse Records and Recorded in Baltimore. Pancake completed her MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in May 2012. She is currently a member of the Vox Populi Gallery in Philadelphia, PA, and teaches in the Center for the Arts at Temple University. Pancake is currently working on a piece commissioned by Goldsmiths at University of London to provide creative work for "Citizen Sense", a 1.5M (EUR) multi-year project directed by Dr. Jennifer Gabrys.

Deborah Stratman, Associate Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago
Deborah Stratman is a Chicago-based artist and filmmaker interested in landscapes and systems. Much of her work points to the relationships between physical environments and human struggles for power and control that play out on the land. Recent projects have addressed freedom, expansionism, surveillance, sonic warfare, public speech, ghosts, sinkholes, levitation, propagation, orthoptera, raptors, comets and faith. She has exhibited internationally at venues including MoMA NY, Centre Pompidou, Hammer Museum, Mercer Union, Witte de With, the Whitney Biennial and festivals including Sundance, Viennale, CPH/DOX, Oberhausen, Ann Arbor, Full Frame and Rotterdam. Stratman is the recipient of Fulbright and Guggenheim fellowships, a Creative Capital grant and an Alpert Award. She teaches at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Benjamin Thorp, artist, curator, educator
Benjamin Thorp is an environmental artist who works with sound to give form to a variety of media including sculpture, video, and installation. Much of his recent work has been public and site specific installations that engage audiences in sensory experiences that further appreciation and challenge one’s understanding of their surroundings. His work has been shown in large scale public spaces in Hong Kong and Italy, as well as in museums and galleries in the United States and Europe. Benjamin lives and works in Richmond Virginia. He is a sound designer and engineer for Black Iris Music, a curator and is currently working on projects to place sound-sculptures throughout the city. He has taught courses at Virginia Commonwealth University, University of Kentucky, Chicago State University, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and workshops through Marwen School, Chicago Public Art Group amongst others. Benjamin received a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute (2004) and his MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago (2010).

Beth Warshafsky, Professor, CCE, Foundation, 4D Coordinator, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
Beth Warshafsky is a NYC-based artist and teacher working in a multiple mediums and practices including video, animation and digital compositing, live visual performance and projection, digital prints and photographs, drawing, painting, artist's books, text-based works and dance. Her work moves between analogue and digital practices, and still and moving forms.


July 2015 theme: Code
with guest thread leaders: Ubi de Feo, Evelyn Eastmond, Ira Greenberg, Rebecca Miller-Webster, and Daniel Shiffman

Ubi de Feo, very curious person, creative technologist
"I was born in 1974 and I believe I belong to one of the most lucky, unique generations ever lived: I am part of a demographic which grew up without Internet, slowly saw it appearing on computer screens, and gradually transitioned into a world where the net is now in our pockets, on our wrists, in our fridge and many more connected devices. I started taking stuff apart when I was 6, and this desire to discover the inner workings of objects has guided me my whole life through hacking computers, engines, code and electronics. Armed with this curiosity I became interested in many aspects of computing and technology, as well as many things technical. ... I currently teach programming, electronics and other things to whoever wants to learn, often developing my own methods to explain really complicated things in a more tangible, down-to-earth fashion. I do not try to teach things I don't thoroughly understand, which often leads me to le arn completely new subjects in order to be able to explain them to myself and others. In my off-time, when I shower or do the dishes, I think about ways to improve things or invent new ones. I began experimenting with mobile devices in 2001, and internet connected objects in 2007." more:,

Evelyn Eastmond, Viewpoints Research Institute, Digital+Media, RISD
Evelyn Eastmond is an artist and software researcher. She received her BS and MEng degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT and an MFA in Digital + Media from the Rhode Island School of Design. In 2003, she joined the Lifelong Kindergarten Group's Scratch project at the MIT Media Lab, where she worked for seven years as a software engineer, user experience designer, and workshop facilitator. Before leaving MIT for RISD in 2010, she developed Design Blocks, a spinoff of Scratch focused on interactive computer graphics. At RISD, Evelyn became interested in the languages of traditional painting and drawing and their loose relation to the languages of computing. Evelyn is currently interested in the role of computation in contemporary arts, media and culture and in how the design of programming languages and learning environments affects the stories people can tell with them. She recently completed a residency at the Gushul Studio in Alberta, Canada. She has shown work in Providence and Boston, and has lectured and taught new media workshops and courses internationally. more info:

Ira Greenberg, Director, Center of Creative Computation and Professor, Computer Science and Engineering Southern Methodist University
With an eclectic background combining studio arts and computer science, Ira Greenberg has been a painter, 2D an d 3D animator, print designer, web and interactive designer/developer, programmer, art director, creative director, managing director, art and computer science professor and author. He wrote the first major language reference on the Processing programming language, Processing: Creative Coding and Computational Art, (Berkeley, CA: friends of ED, 2007). Greenberg holds a B.F.A. from Cornell University and an M.F.A. from the University of Pennsylvania. Greenberg’s research and teaching interests include aesthetics and computation, expressive programming, emergent forms, net-based art, artificial intelligence (and stupidity), physical computing and computer art pedagogy (and anything else that tickles his fancy). He is currently building a new 3D Graphics Library, called Protobyte, for developing artificial life forms. more info:

Rebecca Miller-Webster, Software Engineer and Managing Director thoughtbot Chicago, Write+Speak+code Conference Organizer, Educator
Rebecca Miller-Webster is a software engineer, conference organizer, and teacher. She is the founder of Write/Speak/Code and Managing Director for thoughtbot Chicago. Rebecca has been developing software professionally for over 10 years and previously organized GORUCO. She was the founding teacher at Dev Bootcamp NYC and has taught hundreds of students software development as well as led workshops on public speaking, leadership, and oppression. Rebecca holds an Masters in Computer Science and a BA in Women and Gender Studies from Washington University in St. Louis and was named one of 7 Brilliant Women in Tech by Craig Nemark, founder of Craigslist. She loves cupcakes, sea mammals, and prosecco. Rebecca lives in Oak Park, IL with her husband, black pug, and rescued havenese. And she changes her hair. A lot. more:,

Daniel Shiffman, Assistant Arts Professor, Interactive Telecommunications Program, NYU Tisch School of the Arts
Daniel Shiffman works as an Associate Arts Professor at the Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. Originally from Baltimore, Daniel received a BA in Mathematics and Philosophy from Yale University and a Master's Degree from the Interactive Telecommunications Program. He works on developing tutorials, examples, and libraries for Processing, the open source programming language and environment created by Casey Reas and Ben Fry. He is the author of Learning Processing: A Beginner's Guide to Programming Images, Animation, and Interaction and The Nature of Code (self-published via Kickstarter), an open source book about simulating natural phenomenon in Processing. more:


June 2015 theme: 3D art/design, fabrication, prototyping
with guest thread leaders: Tom Burtonwood, Jenna Frye, Taylor Hokanson, and Meg Mitchell

Tom Burtonwood, Assistant Professor, Contemporary Practices, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Tom Burtonwood is an artist and educator. Like many people he discovered 3D printing by way of the laser cutter and quickly became enamored by the alchemy of it all. more info:

Jenna Frye Professor, Foundation Department | Coordinator of Electronic Media and Culture (EMAC), Maryland Institute College of Art
Jenna Frye is a researcher, designer, and educator. “I teach, I make stuff, I talk about teaching and making stuff.” more info:

Taylor Hokanson, Assistant Professor, Art + Design, Columbia College Chicago
Taylor Hokanson is an artist, educator and open source hardware advocate. His research revolves around the creative opportunities formed by online communities and computer-aided fabrication tools. This research informs carefully engineered objects that question the myth of singular authorship, our expectations of post-digital functionality, and the absurdity of human-human and human-computer interaction. more info: (search Hokanson),,

Meg Mitchell, Assistant Professor, Digital Foundations, Department of Art, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Meg Mitchell creates work in diverse media from video, to performance, digital media and interactive installations. She uses humor to subvert formalist readings of her work, and to play with the boundaries between the conceptual and the physical spaces her work occupies. Mitchell borrows from a diverse range of sources such as Greek drama, contemporary advertising, camp, cinema, art history, and media representations of technological progress. more info: