Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia
Philip Auslander’s primary discipline is Performance Studies. He has written on aesthetic and cultural performances as diverse as theatre, performance art, music, stand-up comedy, and courtroom procedures. His specific interests include performance theory, the relationship of performance to media and technology, and intellectual property.
Mark Coniglio and Dawn Stoppiello are the founders of Troika Ranch , a New York-based company that integrates dance, theater and interactive digital media in live performance works.
Coniglio has focused his career as an artist and computer programmer towards a singular goal: to find ways for the movements and vocalizations of performers to interactively manipulate digital media in a meaningful way.
Stoppiello’s choreography reflects her keen interest in visual rhythm, kinetic complexity and non-linear motion. An examination of the changing state of the human body as it responds to the increasingly technological world that surrounds it is a reoccurring and underlying theme in her works.
Christina Yang has been Summer Institute Director at The Kitchen, New York, New York since 2003 and is an independent art historian, curator and writer. As The Kitchen’s Curator of Visual Art and New Media (1999-2004), Ms. Yang’s curatorial practice focuses on the commissioning, presentation, and contextualization of multidisciplinary works of art particularly in new forms blending video, performance, new media, sound, and installation.
Prior to The Kitchen, Ms. Yang was on the curatorial staffs of the Guggenheim Museum and the Queens Museum of Art. She also worked on numerous exhibition projects with the Whitney Museum of American Art. She has been an adjunct lecturer in art history at the School of Visual Arts, Hunter College, York College, and the California College of Arts and Crafts.
Ms. Yang frequently serves on contemporary art and project grant panels for agencies such as Philadelphia Exhibitions Initiative, The Rockefeller Foundation, Harvestworks, Creative Capital, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, the NYC Percent for Art program and the NYC Metropolitan Transit Authority. Ms. Yang holds a BA in History and Art History from UC Berkeley (1985). She completed the Williams College Graduate Program in Art History (MA 1989) and is ABD (all but dissertation) in art history at the CUNY Graduate Center, New York.
Steve Murakishi, former Head of the Print Media Department (1981-2002), Cranbrook Academy of Art & Design, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
Steve Murakishi has worked as an artist, curator, writer/lecturer, teacher, and was the Head of the Print Media Department, at Cranbrook Academy of Art from 1981 – 2002. He currently resides in Boston and works as an independent artist and curator.
The edges of Murakishi’s works are in the cultural, political and sometimes common identities of our contemporary milieu. These works cut deeply into the elliptical path of social complexities, cultural differences and individual identities.
James B. Kerkhoff, Assistant Dean for Information Technologies, College of Fine Arts
University of Texas at Austin
Jim Kerkhoff manages Information and Instructional Technology for the College of Fine Arts at the University of Texas at Austin. Having worked extensively in the television broadcast and recording industry, he consults in the area of business and technology integration and has taught Electronic Music and Composition, Theatre Sound Design and Sound Recording. He is an active musician and performer with credits that include the James B Petersen Concerto Award, and Javabeat, an album of music suitable for underscoring multimedia and video productions. He has produced numerous compositions and sound designs for theatre including works for Contemporary Dance Fort Worth, Tapestry Dance Company and Western Oklahoma Dance Theatre. He holds a bachelors degree from The University of Nebraska at Omaha and a masters degree from The University of Texas at Austin.
Colin Fallows is Professor of Sound and Visual Arts at Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, England. He has explored crossovers between sound and the visual arts as an artist, researcher, curator and lecturer. Colin has produced work for live ensemble performance, recordings, exhibition, installation, radio and the Internet. His artistic and curatorial projects have been featured in numerous international festivals including Video Positive, ISEA98, Intermedia and Ars Electronica.