i4 Attendee biographies
Elizabeth A. Baker
Eschewing the collection of traditional titles that describe single elements of her body of work, Elizabeth refers to herself as a “New Renaissance Artist” that embraces a constant stream of change and rebirth in practice, which expands into a variety of media, chiefly an exploration of how sonic and spatial worlds can be manipulated to personify a variety of philosophies and principles both tangible as well as intangible.
PhD in Computer Engineering, full professor at DIBRIS (Polytechnic School, University of Genoa), where he teaches Human Computer Interaction (MS in Computer Engineering; MS in Digital Humanities). As art influences science and technology, science and technology can in turn inspire art: recognizing this mutually beneficial relationship, his research interests combine scientific research in human-computer interaction with artistic and humanistic research, and includes non-verbal multimodal interactive systems; computational models of non-verbal full-body expressive gesture, emotion, and social signals; interactive multimodal systems for performing arts, for active experience of cultural content, for health, therapy and rehabilitation. Scientific director of Casa Paganini - InfoMus Research Centre of DIBRIS, former member of the Executive Committee of the IEEE CS Tech. Committee on Computer Generated Music. He is member of the editorial board of the Journal of New Music Research, of Plos One journal, and member of the ESF College of Expert Reviewers. Author of over 150 scientific publications in international scientific journals and conferences. Coordinator of European funded projects in FP5 (IST MEGA), FP7 (ICT SAME, ICT FET SIEMPRE) and Horizon 2020 (DANCE - http://dance.dibris.unige.it; FET PROACTIVE EnTimeMent http://entimement.dibris.unige.it), Principal Investigator in about 20 EU-funded projects and in contracts with industry and cultural institutions, co-owner of software patents. Co-director of the Joint Research Laboratory ARIEL (Augmented Rehabilitation Lab) with Giannina Gaslini Children Hospital.
Jennifer Dawn Adams
Jennifer D. Adams is a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair of Creativity and Science and Associate Professor at The University of Calgary where she holds a dual appointment in the Department of Chemistry and Werklund School of Education. Her research focuses on the intersection between creativity and science teaching and learning in postsecondary contexts, more specifically she examines challenges to diversity in science in Canada and the US and how this impedes scientific creativity. She has scholarly expertise in science teaching and learning in informal science contexts including museums, National Parks and everyday setting. She was awarded a National Science Foundation Early CAREER award to study informal learning contexts and formal/informal collaborations for STEM teacher education. Her research portfolio also includes youth learning and identity in informal science contexts, with a focus on underrepresented youth and place/identity in transnational communities and environmental education. Her work emphasizes critical and sociocultural frameworks and participatory, qualitative, poststructural approaches. Prior to her appointment at the University of Calgary, she was at Brooklyn College and The Graduate Center, City University of New York. She has also worked as teacher and researcher in NYC public schools and the American Museum of Natural History. Outside of the academy she is a runner and triathlete and has a background in dance and visual art.
Grazia Dentoni is the director of Anache. She has been working for over 28 years in performing arts, taking part in a number of theatre, art and cinema festivals both nationally and internationally. Her experience spans across a number of roles such director, actress, author, writer, acrobat, trainer, film maker and manager. Over the years she developeds an artistic research focused on theatre as “salvation of human beings”, she creates Theatres of Peace. She worked both as theatrical trainer in circus, and various social sites such as streets, schools or prisons. She also have been affiliated to Universities as an expert in animation and play, reading and theatre.
Rossella Emanuele is an artist, a lecturer and a researcher. Born in Italy, she lives and works in the UK since 1994.
Her practice departs from traditional constraints of sculpture to embrace flexibility, even precariousness expressed in the objects themselves or in the encounter with the space inhabited. Proposing a provisional relationship to the art object that finds completion through various engagements, the work sits at the intersection of idea, material and process. This approach has evolved to include collaborative andp articipatory approaches, where the resulting installations, films, drawing and/or performances are brought into being as a result of each works context. Solo, group exhibitions and publications have taken place in the UK, Italy, France, Germany, Azerbaijan, China and America. Recent projects include: dAnCing LinEs (funded by ACE), Residency at Rotterdam University Willem de Kooning Academy (NL); A History of Drawing (Camberwell Space curated by Kelly Chorpening 2018)
Greg Foley is an artist, designer, author and illustrator. He was born in the Philippines, raised in Texas and moved to New York after attending Rhode Island School of Design. His work has been exhibited at The Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; the Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna; Beinecke Library, Yale University; and others. Foley is a visiting lecturer and critic at Parsons School of Design, RISD, Columbia University, Yale, and UT. He is the author-illustrator of eleven children’s books including the acclaimed Thank You Bear series (Viking) as well as the illustrated history of subculture COOL: Style, Sound, and Subversion (Rizzoli), and a contributing cover artist for The New Yorker.
Lissa Holloway-Attaway, PhD is an Associate Professor in Media Arts, Aesthetics, and Narration in the Division of Game Development within the School of Informatics at the University of Skövde (Sweden). She is the leader for the Media, Technology and Culture research group, and she teaches in the games education. Her background is in theatre performance, literature studies, and digital culture/media studies, and she works across many digital media forms, from digital art, to electronic literature, experimental audio/video, and games. Her creative and critical work has been published, exhibited and performed in a number of International venues. Her current research is focused on emergent media (AR/VR/MR), experimental narrative, digital cultural heritage games, and environmental posthumanities.
Young Joo Lee
Born in Seoul, South Korea and educated in Germany and USA, Young Joo Lee’s work deals with deeply personal narratives about her experiences of being an immigrant, a woman, and a cultural nomad. These personal narratives interweave with the current and historical narratives in her recent moving image, performance and Virtual Reality works. Her work is a glimpse into how our environments are not only outside of us but how they truly alter our perception as a whole, informing our personal identities. Young Joo Lee earned a Master’s degree in Film at Academy of Fine Arts Staedelschule Frankfurt, and an MFA in Sculpture at Yale University. Her recent works are shown nationally and internationally including the Drawing Center, New York, Alternative Space Loop, Seoul, Ochi Projects LA, Seoul National University Museum of Fine Arts and Boston Center for the Arts. Her work has been supported by Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture Fund (2018), Incheon Art Platform International artist residency Award (2017), HP Blended Reality Grant (2016-17), Alice Kimball Traveling Fellowship, Fulbright Scholarship (2015-17), Hessen Film Fund (2013), and DAAD artist scholarship (2010-12).
I have been working in particle physics at accelerators from over 30 years in experiments at different laboratories, such as CERN, INFN-LNF, J-PARC, IHEP and KEK, in the design, construction and operation of particle detectors, and I am professor of experimental physics at University of Turin in Italy. My interest extends to other fields, such as yoga and sacred feminine and arts, encompassing theatre, poetry, rhythm, sound and the visual arts. My involvement with these disciplines enables me to create an intangible but endurable net of information, which produces new ways of thinking and opens up new territories in my life and in my work as a physicist.
Ionnie is currently living a double life, working as a Project Executive at her family-owned business, MCO Construction, and moonlighting as a page at the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach. In her former life, she taught kids and young adults the importance of investing and how to become a corporate shareholder, which culminated in a book entitled, The Baby Billionaire’s Guide to Investing. During that time she was featured in Seventeen, Essence, Black Enterprise and USA Today. Now she focuses on Civil Rights advancements for minority-owned businesses through contracting opportunities and access to capital investment.
Dmitri is a North Carolina-based artist working to encourage meaningful interpersonal connections for more passionate lives. Throughout his career, he has communicated through photography, video production, animation, and design. His current medium is Virtual Reality with which he creates out-of-body experiences that introduce new perspectives on movement, perception, communication, and play. He sees VR as a way to integrate intercultural practices with technology for the betterment of all communities.
Lydia Nakashima Degarrod
Lydia Nakashima Degarrod, Ph.D. is both a visual artist and a cultural anthropologist who creates installations that blur the line between ethnography and art. Her latest work, Atlas of Dreams, unveils the invisible presence of dreams in the urban context.
She has published extensively on her interdisciplinary work in major journals in anthropology and art. Lydia has exhibited in museums and galleries nationally and internationally and received numerous awards for her artwork. She has been an artist in residence at Harvard University, de Young Museum of Art, the Center for Art and Public Life, and Djerassi Resident Artists Program.
Creative director, hip-hop artist, frontman and decorated writer Sum has spent his career carving a visionary approach to music and business, often melding the two into new models years before it becomes popular. The two-time Independent Music Award nominee’s music has been featured in Saints Row and dozens of TV shows including Breaking Bad and Sons of Anarchy. He also fronts his space-funk band The Milky Way, renowned in Los Angeles for their attention to live performance art. As a writer, Sum’s pen is also a high powered gun-for-hire. Donald Glover’s Atlanta, Tracy Morgan & Jordan Peele’s The Last O.G. , Hulu’s Wu-Tang: An American Saga and projects for Apple Music and Amazon Music have all leaned on his inventiveness and knowledge of music. Professionally he is currently lending his talents as Creative Director in Residence for the Stop LAPD Spying Coalition, and beginning his foray into landscape, experiential and environmental design. Musically his current focus is on the multi-format LANDSPEEDR project, a digital one-man show that lives on YouTube.
Hussein Rashid, PhD, is founder of islamicate, L3C, a consultancy focusing on religious literacy. He is currently teaching at The New School and his research focuses on Muslims and American popular culture. His work includes exploring Shi’i theology, the interaction between culture and religion, and the role of arts in conflict mediation. He co-edited a book on Kamala Khan/Ms. Marvel. He is currently co-editing a volume on Islam and Popular Culture, and another volume on Islam in North America. He is also co-authoring a cultural history of Muslims in America. His current projects include an independent film, a documentary, and a museum project on religion and jazz. He worked with the Children’s Museum of Manhattan as a content expert on their exhibit “America to Zanzibar: Muslim Cultures Near and Far.”
Keisha V. Thompson
Keisha V. Thompson, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Kingsborough Community College, CUNY. Dr. Thompson holds her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Texas A&M University. A native of Trinidad & Tobago, Dr. Thompson grew up in Brooklyn. She completed her bachelor’s degree in Business Communication at Baruch College, CUNY, and her master’s degree in School Counseling at Hunter College, CUNY. Dr. Thompson’s research is centered around Blackness in the African diaspora, particularly the Caribbean. Dr. Thompson is also the co-creator and co-director of the Historically Underrepresented Faculty & Staff Resource Center at Kingsborough.
Spencer Topel is an American artist combining sound, installation, and performance. His practice is often characterized as an exploration between sculpture and musical instruments, expressed in a variety of works ranging from site-specific installations to performance art pieces. At the heart of this inquiry is the notion that objects have their own unique voice, and the task of the artist is to reveal and amplify this quality. Most recently, Topel was Artist-in-Residence at The Yale Quantum Institute, where he and his team developed the first-ever musical synthesizer using Qubits, the building blocks of quantum computers.
Korean-American composer, vocalist, and sound artist Bora Yoon conjures immersive musical soundscapes using digital devices, voice, found objects, and instruments from a variety of cultures and historical centuries—evoking memory and association, to formulate a sensory multimedia storytelling through music, gesture, sound, and place. She has presented her unique performances and sound works internationally at Lincoln Center, Nam June Paik Art Center in South Korea, Patravadi Theatre in Thailand, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Walker Art Center, Festival of World Cultures in Poland, and performed her live original score for the multimedia staged adaptation of Haruki Murakami’s Wind Up Bird Chronicle at the Singapore Arts Festival, and the Edinburgh International Festival. Featured in The Wall Street Journal, Wire magazine, and TED for her musical innovations, she has been commissioned to write new works for Alarm Will Sound, So Percussion, Voices of Ascension, Young People’s Chorus of NYC, Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Modern Medieval, the Sayaka Ladies Consort of Tokyo, HERE Arts and Beth Morrison Projects, presenting her opera Sunken Cathedral released in multi-media formats as a kinetic fine art object, a graphic album (on iPad), and as a staged opera at the PROTOTYPE Opera Theater Now festival. Her music is published by Journal of Popular Noise, Boosey & Hawkes, and MIT Press; and received awards From New Music USA, the Asian American Arts Alliance, New Jersey State Council for the Arts, Sorel Music Foundation, and New York Foundation for the Arts.