Faculty

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)

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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.

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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.

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.
http://music.stephiescastle.com/
 

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