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

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Current DANM Students

Mohamadreza Babaee, Ph.D., is an Iranian performance and digital media studies scholar and interdisciplinary artist. His research and creative areas of interest include Migration, Surveillance, Critical Race Theory, Iran, and the broader Middle East. He frequently presents at performance studies... more

Egyptian. But American. So they fight. Hence "The Crisis." sometimes in a theater. sometimes on film.

Ian Costello works with dioramas and game engines to examine how landscapes are constructed and experienced in physical and digital spaces. His projects investigate scale, computing, ecology, and the relationship between visualization and simulation.


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Dave Crellin, MA., is a director, performer, writer, scholar, educator, and interdisciplinary artist, working primarily in live, performative media. He has created art for over 25 years throughout most of North America and Western Europe, his practice ranging from collaboration with theatre... more

Nicki Duval (they/them) is a first year DANM student in the Isaac Julien Lab. In their sound, image, and research work, they explore alternative spatiotemporality, queerness, and spectrality. Their current project focuses on baseball’s uniquely expanded temporal qualities with the goal of making... more

Credit to Patrick Stephenson for the portrait photo.

Rose Klein (they/them) is a nonbinary white artist, game designer, and activist working to create games which forge liberating connections in marginalized communities.

Director and Multimedia artist Rory Willats is a first-year MFA student within DANM's Future Stages Lab. His current research traces the relationships between mediated/surveilling gazes, embodiment, desire, and the revelation of lack. 

dani wright | she/they | 23 | UCSC 2022 Digital Art & New Media: Experimental Play | UCSC 2020 Art and Design: Games & Playable Media | queer vampire enthusiast



dani is a 23 year old game designer studying as an MFA student at UC Santa Cruz. She has studied... more