Digital Arts and New Media: MFA: Collaboration, Innovation, Social Impact

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Research Associates

DANM Research Associates for 2016-17:

Dr. Yolande Harris' artistic practice and teaching address the nexus of art, the environment, and technological media. An artist, scholar, and educator, Dr. Harris has a broad educational and professional background spanning visual arts, experimental music, architecture, and interactive media. In fall 2016, she will be leading the Mechatronics Research Project Group: Materializing the Immaterial - Experiencing the Environment through Sound, Image and Data. As a Research Associate, she will continue her artistic research on sound, art and environment.

Steven Trimmer (DANM ’16) is a sound and new media artist whose installations, soundtracks, and experimental radio works have been featured in galleries, museums, and juried shows throughout the States and in Europe. Steven’s MFA thesis project – entitled Vocal Landscaping -- looked at modal intoning paradigms of the Renaissance and modeled these processes into a voice interactive game. During the coming year, Steven proposes to create a version of this piece designed for a mobile platform (e.g., cell phones).

Dr. Michael Stevenson is a research associate for Fall 2016. is an assistant professor of new media & digital culture at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands. His research specialty is 1990s web culture. His work as a “web historian” combines archival research and much-needed interviews with an aging population of web pioneers who were key to the creation of the web in the 1997-2001 period and important contributors to the Perl programming language, what was then the key programming tool of the web (comparable to JavaScript of today).

The title of Research Associate has been established by the Regents of the University of California to give appropriate official recognition to scholars working at a UC campus.  DANM Research Associates often work closely with their faculty contacts, while enjoying access to common research facilities such as the labs in the DARC building and the University library. They are encouraged to participate fully in the DANM community.