LeAnn Erickson is a Professor of film and video production at Temple University and an independent video/filmmaker. Her work has appeared on public television, cable television and has won national and international recognition in video/film festivals including Oberhausen (Germany), Women in Filmmaking (Los Angeles), Auburn International (Australia) and L’immagine Leggera (Italy). She has received regional and national production grants for her work including grants from the NEA, the Jerome Foundation, the IEEE Foundation and the Leeway Foundation. In 2010 she completed ‘Top Secret Rosies: The Female Computers of WWII’, a feature length historical documentary and in 2014 released ‘The Computer Wore Heels’, an iPad bookapp based on the film. Currently she is developing two television series pitches.
To learn more about LeAnn’s work visit: LeAnn Erickson, teacher and filmmaker
Sandra Dyas is a visual artist and published author living in Iowa City. She received her MFA in Intermedia: Performance Art and Video from the University of Iowa in 1998. She is a Lecturer in Art at Cornell College, where she teaches photography, video and performance art. Her video and photographic work have been exhibited internationally. Lost in the Midwest, a book of photographs about living in the Midwest, was recently self-published in 2016. A large solo exhibition of photographs and videos entitled my eyes are not shut was exhibited at the Anderson Gallery at Drake University in Des Moines, the Luce Gallery, Cornell College and the Wriston Galleries, Lawrence University in Wisconsin in January 2014. A book of photographs of the same title was self-published in 2012.
To learn more about Sandy’s work visit: www.sandydyas.com
As an internationally acclaimed, award winning composer, creator and artist, Ng Chor Guan, the co-founder of Toccata Studio, is also an active thereminist, sound designer, improviser, educator, and cyclist. Chor Guan is demonstrative in his belief of the arts as a world-changing force. His works are widely performed all around the world. His most recent work, ‘Project 2020’, is a five year process, powered by the concepts of multiple futures and time travel. Chor Guan is a guest lecturer in University Malaya. He has also produced 13 albums of his original compositions. His original creation “Space Age : The Phantom Power” is currently on Asia Tour.
George Higgs is a composer whose work comprises opera, film music, songs, chamber work, experimental electronics and music for instruments of his own making. “Higgstruments’ include The Lost and Found Sound Assembly (a large instrument for deaf musicians), The Jimmy Rig Slip Jig (performers assemble an instrument in the act of playing it) and Kahoogaphone (a musical machine engineered not to work). He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. at Trinity College Dublin on an approach to music composition for the deaf (funded by the Irish Research Council), and is represented by the Contemporary Music Centre of Ireland.
Lloyd Dunn is a Prague-based multimedia artist working in machine-based media since
the 1980s. One of the original co-founders of the Tape-beatles, Dunn created a series of performances and released 5 CDs on the Staalplaat label (Amsterdam, Berlin). Since 2009, Dunn’s main work has been the project nula.cc, the online presence for a series of filecasts initiated to further explore his long-standing interest in machine-based art forms, appropriation and collage, time-based media and design.
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John Heck is a collaborative cultural worker with a background in the arts, including photography, video, film and broadcasting, experimental and electronic music. A composer and performer, he was a proud founder of The Less Than Adequate Band and The Tape-beatles. A film enthusiast, he has a great curiosity for obsolete technologies and enjoys travel, biking, volunteerism and cooking.
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John Fillwalk is an internationally recognized artist and practitioner of virtual and hybrid artforms. He serves as the senior director of the Institute for Digital Intermedia Arts [IDIA Lab} at Ball State University. IDIA Lab is a virtual reality design studio exploring the intersections of art, science and technology. He has numerous grants, awards, fellowships and presentations.
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Colin Ives’ creative practice operates within a nexus of overlapping cultural categories, including art, technology, and ecology. The tools central to his work, digital media and the computer, are themselves representative of a hybrid discourse. They intersect with and have implications for almost every sector of our society. He uses technology never an end in itself, never an unexamined tool, but a chance to reflect, examine, and reveal aesthetic and cultural substructures. Across a diverse range of work, including media installation, kinetic video sculpture, sculptural objects, and interactive screen-based work, he explores how our digital tools are not only changing our capabilities, but also our worldview.
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Memo Salazar is a filmmaker, writer and artist who is engaged in a variety of creative activities including directing music videos for such performers as Public Enemy, coauthoring a TED Talk with Brian Greene, and serving as an editor on Sesame Street.
Madeleine Altmann has been active in visual arts for most of her life, beginning with photography and moving onto television, interactive media and video art. Born and raised in Brazil and England, she attended Hampshire College and received an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and a Masters in Professional Studies Degree from New York University, where she received the “Interactive Media Pioneer Award.” Ms. Altmann is currently represented by Petra Rietz Galerie in Berlin, Germany.
Miriam Bennett is an American artist working in film, video and installation. Bennett’s films and videos have been featured at such venues as the Cleveland International Film Festival, The Art Museum of the Americas (Washington, DC), and The National Gallery of Victoria (Melbourne, Australia), The Akron Art Museum, and in several US galleries in Cleveland, New York, and Chicago. She is the founder of Moving Studio Productions based in Akron, Ohio.
Tyler Kinney is a filmmaker living in Sacramento, CA. He studied Film and Media at Temple University in Philadelphia. His past abstract work has focused on deconstructing video technology, often in a live setting. And his more recent documentary work aims to address difficult topics with implicit subjectivity.
Ellen Wetmore’s artworks include 2d, 3d and video and inspire a combination of humor and horror. Her work focuses on lived experience blended with well-honed paranoia, using her body as the primary vehicle. Wetmore’s video projects have been internationally screened at such venues as Ciné Lumière in London, CologneOff, Cologne, Germany and Videoholica in Bulgaria.
Bonnie Sparling earned her MA in English at The University of Florida and her MFA in Intermedia Arts at The University of Iowa. Having also taught at the college level, she now teaches writing, mindfulness, art, and art history to middle school students at a progressive private school in Atlanta.
Sonali Gulati is a feminist, grass-roots activist, filmmaker and educator who grew up in New Delhi, India and has made several films that have screened at hundreds of film festivals worldwide. Gulati has won awards, grants, and fellowships from such organizations as the Third Wave Foundation, the Creative Capital Foundation and most recently the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship.
Jason Levi Smith is a videomaker based in Iowa City, Iowa. Embracing the creative power of collaboration, Smith’s latest work, lizmungerphotoclub, is a ‘moving photo album’ featuring Barry Phipps, Sandy Dyas, and Dawn Frary, that will premiere fall 2015.