Presenter Bios

Andrea Baer is an Instruction/Reference Librarian at King’s College in Pennsylvania, where she is exploring new directions for information literacy instruction that emphasizes critical thinking and collaboration across campus. Her forthcoming book chapter, “Critical Information Literacy in the College Classroom: Exploring Scholarly Knowledge Production through Genre Studies and the Digital Humanities,” considers what DH may bring to library instruction that is informed by critical pedagogy (forthcoming in Information Literacy and Social Justice: Radical Professional Praxis, Shana Higgins and Lua Gregory (eds.). Library Juice Press, Spring 2013). Andrea holds a Ph.D. in comparative literature (University of Washington) and a Master’s in Information Sciences (University of Tennessee).

Scott Barton is an Assistant Professor of Music at Worcester Polytechnic Institute who composes, performs, and produces (electro)(acoustic) music. His interests include: rhythmic complexity, auditory and temporal perception, musical robotic instrument design, human-robot interaction in composition and performance, audio engineering and rock music. His recently completed dissertation explores the cognitive and contextual inputs to musical discontinuity perception. He co-founded Expressive Machines Musical Instruments (EMMI), a collective focused on designing and building robotic musical instruments (www.expressivemachines.com), with Troy Rogers and Steven Kemper. He studied music and philosophy at Colgate University, received his Master of Music in Composition from the Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music, and completed his Ph.D. in the composition and computer technologies program at the University of Virginia. Important influence upon Scott's music and thought have come by way of Jonathan Schlackman, Jordan Berk, Dexter Morrill, Tania Leon, Rory Stuart, Amnon Wolman, Judith Shatin, Matthew Burtner and Ted Coffey.

Liat Berdugo is an American artist whose work focuses on the strange, delightful and increasingly ambiguous terrain that lies between the digital and the analog and between the online and the offline. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and festivals internationally, and she has performed throughout the U.S. and Canada. Berdugo is currently pursuing her M.F.A. in Digital + Media at the Rhode Island School of Design. She lives and works in Providence, RI. More at http://digikits.ch

Stephen Cartwright earned a BA in Studio Art from the University of California, Davis and an MFA in Sculpture from Tyler School of Art. After school Cartwright stayed in Philadelphia and worked in the exhibit industry making models, prototypes and displays. In 2005 Cartwright joined the sculpture faculty of Virginia Commonwealth University as a visiting assistant professor. Cartwright has exhibited widely throughout the United States. Recent and upcoming venues include: Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown OH; Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Ana, CA; Albuquerque Museum of Art and History (ISEA2012 Conference Exhibition). Cartwright is currently an Assistant Professor in sculpture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. http://stephencartwright.com

Cristóbal Cea (Santiago de Chile, 1981) has a Bachelor in Visual Arts from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and is currently an MFA Candidate in Digital Media at the Rhode Island School of Design, where he continues to develop a line of work that uses drawing, sculpture and software to reflect on how fundamental human passions – like faith, pain and affection -- are affected by the tools and procedures that belong to the realm of Digital Culture. He has exhibited individually in Galería Moro, Galería Animal, and Sala SAM, and at collective shows at the 798 Beijing Biennale, the Maison de l’Amerique Latine, and Extension Center, among others. He is also a Fulbright Scholar and a National Council for the Arts Grant (Chile) recipient, and won the first prize in Fundación Telefónica’s Art & New Technologies Exhibition in 2011.

Jim Cocola is an Assistant Professor of Literature, Film, and Media in the Department of Humanities and Arts at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and also serves on the faculty of the Language and Thinking Program at Bard College. He has published essays and reviews in College English, Discourse, the minnesota review, n+1, SEL: Studies in English Literature 1500-1900, and The Worcester Review.

Jessica Branco Colati As Digital Initiatives Librarian at WPI, Jessica Branco Colati coordinates digital collections and repository services for the library and campus stakeholders. She’s served as the Director of Preservation Services at NEDCC, the Director of Repository Services at the Colorado Alliance, and has worked with collections at Tufts, Smithsonian, and the Washington Research Library Consortium. Jessica presents, publishes, and consults with institutions on digital topics large and small. She and her husband, Greg, frequently co-facilitate workshops and webinars on building digital collections, digital repositories, digital preservation, discovery, access, and use of digital objects, and the always essential metadata.  Jessica holds a MLIS with a concentration in Archives Management from Simmons Graduate School of Library Science and a BA in History from Tufts University.

Christine Drew leads the Research & Instruction team at Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s Gordon Library and oversees information literacy and assessment initiatives. She coordinates outreach to promote library resources and services. Her role has evolved over the years to build lasting relationships with faculty and infuse research education throughout the curriculum. This includes connecting students and faculty with the multitude of digital library content provided by the WPI libraries and beyond.

Tang Di is a Chinese artist. His work has been shown in Chendu and Beijing in China, as well as in Providence and Detroit in the US. He is currently an MFA candidate at the Rhode Island School of Design. More at http://cargocollective.com/Tangdi

Deena Engel is a Clinical Associate Professor as well as the Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Computer Science Minors programs in the Department of Computer Science of the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University. Professor Engel teaches undergraduate Computer Science courses in web programming, database technologies, and related areas. She created an undergraduate semester-long course on Computing in the Humanities and the Arts as an elective within the Computer Science Department's Web Programming Minor in order to better serve students in the Humanities and the Arts fields. She also taught a graduate seminar on Digital Literary Archives for NYU's English department in the fall, 2011 semester. Professor Engel holds both an M.A. in Comparative Literature (SUNY-Binghamton, 1982) and an M.S. in Computer Science (New York University, 1999).

Brenton Faber is Professor of Writing and Professor of Business at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and the Founding Director of the WPI Analytics Lab - Presented by Dimensional Insight. He studies the human dynamics of changing systems and for the past 5 years has been studying system change in healthcare. He has worked in hospital and clinic settings on business intelligence, electronic medical record installation, and performance improvement efforts. He is currently studying knowledge-based problems enacted by digital data in forms like analytics, big data, and BI.

George Fifield is a new media curator, a writer about art and technology and teacher. He is the founding director of Boston Cyberarts Inc., a nonprofit arts organization, which has a number of projects in the Boston area including the Boston Cyberarts Gallery and Art on the Marquee, which puts media art on the 80 foot video marquee in front of the Boston Convention Center. He is also an independent curator of New Media with numerous projects here and abroad. His most recent exhibitions were Drawing with Code: Works from the collection of Anne and Michael Spalter at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in January 2011 and Act React: Interactive Installation Art at the Milwaukee Art Museum in October 2008. For thirteen years until 2006, Fifield was Curator of New Media at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, MA. He is adjunct faculty at Rhode Island of Design’s Digital + Media graduate program and teaches at Massachusetts College of Art. He was executive co-producer for The Electronic Canvas, an hour-long documentary on the history of the media arts that aired on PBS in 2000. Fifield writes on a variety of media, technology and art topics for numerous publications. In 2006, Fifield was honored with the First Annual Special Award for Distinguished Contribution to the Boston Arts Community by the International Association of Art Critics (AICA) Boston Chapter. In 2007, Boston Cyberarts was honored with the Commonwealth Award by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the category of Creative Economy.

Christopher Scott Gleason is an Associate Professor in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at Wentworth Institute of Technology. He holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Florida International University and a Ph.D. in English / Creative Writing from the University of Utah. He teaches History of American Folk Music, American Cinema as Reflection of American Culture, Film & Literature: The Art of Adaptation, and a number of other literature and writing courses. He also teaches Fiction Writing at Harvard Extension School and Harvard Summer School.

Margot Herster is an artist and experimental archivist who engages interdisciplinary collaboration and media theory in addressing social, psychological and political phenomena. Herster has presented context specific installations and screenings nationally and internationally, including New York University Cantor Film Center; EdLab at Columbia University, New York; Sesnon Gallery, University of California-Santa Cruz; and FotoFest, Houston, Texas. Her work is widely featured in press, such as National Public Radio, International Herald Tribune, Houston Chronicle, and Artnet. Herster is currently Professional in Residence at Louisiana State University School of Art. In 2012, she founded BUREAU of CHANGE, a collaborative venture that produces physical and virtual social platforms to enact institutional accountability to individuals. More at www.margotherster.com

Valerie Hotchkiss is the Director of The Rare Book & Manuscript Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Over the past 20 years, she has led three libraries and has championed issues of access and public programming. She has implemented an integrated online library system, renovated facilities, and raised over $16 million for endowments. At the University of Illinois, she has focused on making the collections more accessible through archival processing and cataloging projects.

Lisa Marie Iaboni lives in Providence and is an MFA candidate in RISD’s Digital + Media program. Her work explores the relationships between people, time and digital and virtual space. She earned her BFA in photography from Pratt Institute in 2001 and was a multimedia producer at The New York Times for eight years.

Hyun Ju Kim is a new media artist and an Assistant Professor at the Department of New Media in the Korean German Institute of Technology in South Korea, in which she is the founder and the director of Expanded Media Studio. As a former Assistant Professor of Art at UMass Lowell, Prof. Kim has been involved in developing the Artbotics program from its inception in collaboration with her colleagues in the Computer Science Department and the collaborators at the Revolving Museum. Kim’s research in New Media Art and the interdisciplinary collaboration of art and science has appeared in various journals and conference proceedings including the Journal of New Media Caucus, the Journal of the Korean Society of Media and Arts, SIGGRAPH 2007 Educators Program, ICRA 2011 Robots and Art Workshop, International Conference on the Arts and Society, and HCI Korea. She is thegrant recipient of “Science Meets Arts” grant by the Korea Foundation for the Advancement of Science & Creativity (KOFAC) (2010, 2011) and “Interdisciplinary Arts” grant by Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture. Kim studied Industrial Engineering in Pohang University of Science and Technology and got her M.F.A. in Computer Art at the Transmedia Department of Syracuse University.

Justin Mancini is pursuing an M.L.S. at the Queens College Graduate school of Library and Information Studies. He is contributing to the “Digitizing Don Quixote” project through an Independent Study course and is excited for this hands-on opportunity to continue his education regarding archival/special collections materials.

Kenton McHenry is a Research Scientist at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) and lead of the Image, Spatial, and Data Analysis (ISDA) group. His background is in computer vision with interests in the areas of image segmentation, object/material recognition, and 3D reconstruction. At NCSA, he has applied this experience towards the task of digital curation, specifically digital preservation and access.

Elisa Giardina Papa Papa is an Italian artist. For seven years she worked as a video director and project leader with Studio Azzurro, an Italian art collective known internationally for their experimentation in the field of art and technology. With them she created many video installations, theatrical performances, and documentaries, that have been shown and presented internationally, including: International Biennial of Santa Fe, Italian Pavillion Expo 2010 - Shangai, Espace d'art Actua - Casablanca, Opernhaus - Stuttgart, MAXXI Museum of Modern Art – Rome, Ara Pacis - Rome, Triennale di Milano - Milan. In 2011 she started to work as a solo artist, and her work has been shown at the Internet Pavilion, Venice Biennial 2011, House of Electronic Arts Basel, among others. She is currently an MFA candidate at RISD - Rhode Island School of Design. More at www.elisagiardinapapa.com

Christine Parker is currently a graduate student in the Queens College Graduate School of Library and Information Studies. She is concurrently pursuing a certificate in Archives and Preservation of Cultural Materials. She is entering her second year in the program and contributed to the “Digitizing Don Quixote” project as an Independent Study within the Department of Special Collections and Archives.

David S. Roh. Roh is Assistant Professor of Digital Humanities and American Literature at Old Dominion University.

Joshua Rosenstock is a multimedia artist, musician, and educator currently based in Somerville, MA. He examines the relationship of humans to technology, employing an ever-expanding repertoire of analog, digital, and craft techniques to create dynamic intermedia works that incorporate moving images, sound, sculptural installation, and interactive performance. He earned a BA in Visual Art & Semiotics from Brown University and an MFA in Art & Technology Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Josh’s exhibition and publication highlights include the UC Berkeley Art Museum, the Peabody Essex Museum, the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, the Cambridge Maker Faire, the Ann Arbor Film Festival, Cabaret Voltaire in Zürich, the Dislocate festival in Yokohama, Aspect Magazine, and the Leonardo Music Journal. He is currently an Associate Professor of Art at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and is the Associate Director of the Interactive Media & Game Development program. http://joshuarosenstock.com

Elizabeth Rossiter is an MFA candidate in Digital + Media at the Rhode Island School of Design. Her current work mixes internet culture with the visual language of video games to create a slurry of large-scale, super-saturated animations. In her free time, she enjoys watching BBC America and TLC, playing Tetris Battle and Skyrim, and trawling the gutter of the internet for inspiration. More at https://vimeo.com/ehastings

Tom Scheinfeldt is Director-at-Large of the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media and Research Assistant Professor of History in the Department of History and Art History at George Mason University. For more than a decade, Tom has provided strategic vision for CHNM and has directed many of its award-winning digital humanities projects, including THATCampOmeka, and the September 11 Digital Archive. In addition to his duties at CHNM, Tom is President of the Corporation for Digital Scholarship, the organization behind Collaborative Storage for Zotero and Omeka.net. Trained as an historian of science and public historian with a bachelor’s degree from Harvard and master’s and doctoral degrees from Oxford, Tom has written and lectured extensively about the history of museums and the role of history in culture. Among his many publications, Tom is a recent contributor to Debates in Digital Humanities (University of Minnesota Press) and co-editor of Hacking the Academy (University of Michigan Press). Tom blogs about digital humanities and the business of digital humanities at Found History and co-hosts the Digital Campus podcast will his colleagues Dan Cohen, Amanda French, and Mills Kelly. You can follow Tom on Twitter and Linkedin.

Michael Simeone is the Associate Director for Research and Interdisciplinary Studies at the Institute for Computing in the Humanities Arts and Social Sciences (I-CHASS) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research interests include consumer electronics and global digital culture, postmodern fiction, visual media, research databases, and practices of mapping and geospatial representation.

Sophia Sobers is an interdisciplinary artist. She creates installations where natural material and technology meet, exploring how these mediums work with and against each other. Her work is inspired by growth and decay, investigating how dualistic systems work with each other. She is currently attending the Rhode Island School of Design for an MFA in Digital + Media and has a background in architecture. Her work has been presented at the SIGGRAPH 2010 International Conference and Exhibition for Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques and has shown in Providence, RI at Brown University and the Sol Koffler Gallery, and in Newark, NJ at the Newark Public Library, Paul Robeson Gallery, and City Without Walls among other places. Her portfolio is available at www.sophiasobers.net

John Unsworth is Brandeis University’s Vice Provost for Library and Technology Services and chief information officer, as well as senior lecturer in English. Unsworth previously served as the dean of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign from 2003 to 2012, when he began his post at Brandeis. He also has served as director of the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities and taught on the English Department faculty at the University of Virginia. Additionally, he is the co-founder of Postmodern Culture, a peer-reviewed electronic journal in the humanities. Unsworth received a B.A. from Amherst College, an M.A. from Boston University and a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia. Unsworth and his wife, Maggie, have three grown children. In September 2012, he was nominated by President Obama as a member of the National Council on the Humanities.

Brad Tober is an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design in the School of Art and Design at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research explores emerging interactive visual communication technologies and their role within graphic design practice, with particular interest in examining the designer's mediating role in facilitating collaboration through experimental interface design.

Jeffu Warmouth is a conceptual artist who creates work that asks the viewer to unravel their relationships to language, identity, and culture. His work incorporates photography, video, objects, and installations, and often uses humor to skewer popular culture. Born in San Diego, California, in 1970, he received a B.A. from the University of Michigan in 1992, and an M.F.A. from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston / Tufts University in 1997. He lives and works in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, where he is professor of communications media at Fitchburg State University. Warmouth’s work has been exhibited and screened internationally, including the DeCordova Museum, Boston Center for the Arts, Portland Art Museum, Tufts University, Photo Festival (Kaunas, Lithuania), Brainwash Film Festival (Oakland, CA), AXIOM Center for New and Experimental Media (Boston, MA), and the Experimenta Media Arts Tour (originating in Melbourne, Australia).

Ellen Wetmore was raised in Saginaw, Michigan in the 1970’s and ‘80’s. Her work explores the corporality of the female body and its surreal transformations through sculpture, video, photography, and large digital wall drawings. For her, art functions in an aesthetic and revelatory capacity: “Art is a way of mitigating the atrociousness of everyday life.” Wetmore’s video projects have been featured in screenings at the Sandwell Arts Trust in the West Midlands, UK, Ciné Lumière in London, the Dorsky Gallery in Long Island, NY, Currents, Santa Fe, New Mexico, CologneOff, Cologne, Germany, the AIR Gallery in New York, the Women’s Caucus for the Arts, and Les Instants Video in Marseille, France. Her latest show was on the 80 foot tall marquee at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. Her work can be found online at www.ellenwetmore.iwarp.com, on Youtube, and on Vimeo. She lives and works in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. 

 
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