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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Daniel Jackson is a video, projection and interaction designer working primarily in live performance and installation contexts. His work deals primarily with using systems to create and destroy narrative, with a focus on the uncanny and formless. In addition to creating his own work, he has worked as a designer and technician with Andrew Schneider (NYC), The Wooster Group (NYC), Radiohole (NYC), Young Jean Lee (NYC), and Jump-Start Performance Co. (San Antonio, TX).

Daniel is committed to education at the intersection of media literacy, technology and the arts. He has taught computer programming, filmmaking, and performance to children and adults at The Museum of the Moving image in New York, SAY Sí in San Antonio, Texas, and the California Institute of the Arts.

Daniel holds an MFA in Video for Performance and Integrated Media from the California Institute of the Arts, and a BA in Drama from Stanford University. His personal website is www.danielnjackson.com

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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.

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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