Tom Leeser is a digital media artist, educator, curator and writer. He is the Program Director of the Art and Technology Program in the School of Art and the Director of the Center for Integrated Media at the California Institute of the Arts.
Tom’s film and video work along with his interactive installations and public performances have been shown at Telic Arts Exchange, MassMoca, The Santa Monica Museum of Art, The Kitchen, The Millennium, The Knitting Factory, Siggraph and film and video festivals worldwide. Tom’s projects have received support from Art Matters, Creative Time and the Daniel Langlois Foundation.
Tom’s recent curatorial projects include ‘Radical Cosmologies, ISEA2012’, ‘Indirect Intention- A Home and Garden Intervention at the Museum of Jurassic Technology and the Center for Land Use Interpretation’, ‘Future Imaginary’ for the Ben Maltz Gallery at the Otis College of Art and Design, ‘The Lament Project- An Evening at the Manual Archives’, ‘Underground Cinemamachine’ for Machine Project and ‘Object Lessons’ for Gigantic Artspace in New York. Tom is also an editor and producer with the web based journal and curatorial project- viralnet.net. (http://viralnet.net)
Sara Roberts received her master’s degree from the California College of Arts and Crafts in 1988. Her thesis project, the interactive video installation Early Programming has shown at the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery (1989) and the Long Beach Museum of Art (1990). She collaborated with media artist Lynn Hershman on interactive installations Deep Contact (1990), and A Room of One’s Own (1992), shown internationally, including Ars Electronica ’89; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Images du Futur ’91 in Montreal; Carpenter Center at Harvard; Montage ’93 in Rochester, N.Y.; International Center for Photography, Midtown, N.Y.; and in Cologne, Munich, Bonn and Karlsruhe, Germany. At that time she also worked extensively in feature film editing at Zoetrope Studios and at Lucasfilm’s Skywalker Ranch. In 1993 she was a resident at the Djerassi Foundation and her interactive sculpture The Digital Museum was commissioned by Silicon Graphics for the Interactive Gallery in Moscone Center, San Francisco. In 1994 she received a WESTAF grant for New Genres and completed Elective Affinities, a large scale installation shown at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco and Art Center, Pasadena. She is a founding member of Techne, a group of artists working with ubiquitous (off the screen) interactivity. She has taught at San Francisco State University, The San Francisco Art Institute and the California College of Arts & Crafts.
Francesca N. Penzani was born and raised in Bergamo, Italy where she started her theatre studies at Teatro Viaggio and Comuna Baires (Milano). She moved to England and she studied at London Contemporary Dance School and worked Independently as a dancer, choreographer, teacher, video maker.
She then moved to Los Angeles and studied at California Institute of the Arts where since 1999 she is teaching Dance for the Camera, Integrated Media and Creative Dance for Children for CAP. She also taught at CSUDH and as a guest artist at Wimbledon School of the Arts; NTUA, Taipei, Taiwan; Academie der Bilden Kuenste, Munich, Germany.
Francesca worked in collaboration with choreographers, filmmakers, composers, as well as with interactive artists such as Scott Snibbe. Her video works have been screened at International Dance on Camera Festivals , Experimental and Women Film Festival. Her “Stories to Tell” was a Prize Winner for Independent Production at: IL COREOGRAFO ELETTRONICO, Napoli Danza 18th Edition of International Festival of Videodance 2011.
WEB SITE: www.francescapenzani.com
Hillary Kapan received a master’s degree in film and computer arts from the University of Oregon. His interactive pieces Blind Date, Fingertip, Emerging Forms and You Kill Me question infatuations with technology. Exhibitions include Paris, Moscow, Yokohama, Sydney, Rio de Janeiro and throughout Europe and North America.
Awards include first prize in the First Annual Computer Arts Competition held in 1990. Currently, he is uncovering Trans-Atlantic ancient language, e.g., Nahuatl (Aztec, Toltec) share 70 roots with English. Some roots: AMA = love, MAT = mind, TEO = God, TEC = stone, art, technology.
Chi-wang Yang is a Los Angeles-based director of theater and performance. Whether in the form of plays, operas, concerts, or installation, his work is intensely physical, experimental, and collaborative. He is committed to expanding notions of identity and theatrical form and to exploring the unstable intersections of body, narrative and technology.
Yang is a founding member of performance collective Cloud Eye Control, whose technology-infused productions integrate live theater, animation, and music. His work has been presented at theaters and galleries internationally, including REDCAT, LACMA, Time-Based Arts Festival, Fusebox Festival, EXIT Festival (Paris), the Platform International Animation Festival, the San Francisco International Film Festival, Havana International Film Festival and the Edinburgh International Festival Fringe. Recent projects include Under Polaris with Cloud Eye Control, and The Closest Farthest Away/La Entrañable Lejanía, a groundbreaking international collaboration between American and Cuban artists.
Yang received his MFA in Theater Directing and Integrated Media at the California Institute of the Arts, where he currently teaches, and his BA from Brown University. Other training includes the SITI Company (NYC and Skidmore). He is the recipient of the Princess Grace George C. Wolfe Theater Award for Directing, and in 2011 was an artist in residency at the Headlands Center for the Arts and the Baryshnikov Arts Center. More information on his work can be found at http://mysteriously.org.
Tom Jennings continues working as an artist, activist, and computer historian. Tom’s work has been exhibited in numerous and varying art spaces around the country and has also shown internationally at the 49th Venice Biennalle. Tom had a solo exhibition Story Teller, the inaugural show at Machine Project, Los Angeles in 2003 where he also gave his lecture Early Computing in 1994. He has guest lectured at UCSD and CalArts.
Tom is a repository of technical crafts, practical philosophy, and the physics of programming at the ACE (Arts Computation Engineering) program at UC Irvine, where a large part of his job is teaching and mentoring graduate students in technical arts. He received an MFA from this program in 2009.
Tom has specialized in computers, software, and electronics since 1977; computer networking since 1984; internet since 1992.
In 1992, with John Gilmore, Tom founded the Little Garden, one of the earliest internet service providers (ISPs), and in the same year he was hired as the first webmaster for Wired magazine. Tom was also the founder of Shred of Dignity, a skateboarders rights group, and publisher of the seminal queercore zine Homocore from 1988-91. Tom created the worldwide FidoNet bulletin board network (35,000 servers in 1995). He was inducted into the Shareware Industry Conference Hall of Fame, for Fido/FidoNet in 1997.
Dave Mickey has designed sound, video, interactive, and lighting for theatre productions at Off-Broadway’s Theatre Row, ICT, the Rubicon Theatre, Laguna Playhouse, SCR, the Chance Theatre, the Blank Theatre, and Syzygy theatre and theme park show control (video) programming at Universal Studios Hollywood (2009/10). Some projects include MicePaceMaze at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the publication of iOS apps, and lead a workshop on Interactive Theatre for the Scenofest at the PQ11 in Prague. Mr. Mickey was the 2007 winner of the Robert E. Cohen Sound Achievement Award, a national award in sound design sponsored by USITT, three Editor Choice Awards from the Maker Faire, three Honorable Mentions for the Garland Awards, two Outstanding Achievements byStageSceneLA.com, and two nominations for the LA Weekly Theater Awards. Mr. Mickey holds an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts).
Tyler Calkin is an interdisciplinary artist living and working in Los Angeles. He received his MFA in Art and Integrated Media from California Institute of the Arts and has since shown his work across the US and internationally. He has also led gameplay-based artist workshops in Nepal and Mexico.
His participatory projects examine social constructions, habits, and anxieties through play and improvisation. Drawing particularly from safety hygiene products, Tyler rearranges material culture into social catalysts. The resulting situations propose new models for interpersonal and inter-object relations.
Stephanie Cheng Smith is a multiple-media artist, composer and violinist who enjoys creating environments that move and influence the mind and body. She often works with massive textures, tactile objects, light, and choreography. She is a graduate of the University of Chicago and earned an MFA in Experimental Sound Practices and Integrated Media at California Institute of the Arts.