Born Chicago, raised Toronto, lived in New York City, resides in Philadelphia. Interdisciplinary artist, educator, curator. MPS, Interactive Telecommunications Program, Tisch School of the Arts, NYU.
Hana Iverson’s practice includes photo-based mixed-media works, video, large-scale public installations and openly distributed mobile media works that invite participants to author or co-create their narratives and self- representation. Addressing themes of wounding and healing in her photographs and videos, she amplifies them via public installation and networked story-sharing systems to historic sites, the built environment and the social body. By associating her autobiography to a chain of stories embedded in a landscape, her projects reveal the buried histories and memories connected to place. Integrating various media, these works are propelled by the moving body, spatial behavior and community collaboration. Iverson’s mobile/locative art works and education projects have been activated through the smartphone on the streets of New York City, Philadelphia, Istanbul, London, Rome and Tokyo.
Selected solo and group exhibitions include The Fabric Workshop, Moore College of Art, Philadelphia, PA; The Museum at Eldridge Street, Dorfman Projects, Granary Books and the School of the International Center of Photography, New York, NY; The Museo Universitario del Chopo, Mexico City; The Inter-society of Electronic Art (ISEA) Istanbul; Film Festivals; Broadcast TV; and revealed through the cellphone on the streets of New York City, Philadelphia, Istanbul, London, Rome and Tokyo.
Public and private funding provided by The Desert Food Foundation; Andrew H. Mellon Foundation; The Expressive and Creative Technologies Center (ExCITE), The Center for Mobilities Research and Policy, The Center for Civic Engagement, Drexel University. Other funding includes WHYY Public Television; Temple University; the Covenant Foundation; and the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture.
Publications include the co-edited special issue L.A Re.Play of the Leonardo Electronic Almanac (LEA) with Mimi Sheller, Director of the Center for Mobilities Research and Policy, Drexel University; and executive editor Lanfranco Aceti. The project included a co-curated exhibition of mobile locative art in Los Angeles, California, in conjunction with a series of panels co-organized as part of the 100th anniversary of the College Art Association (2012). Other articles on media art have appeared in LEA published by MIT, in Second Nature: International Journal of Creative Media and the books “Locative Media: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Media and Locality”and “MediaCity: Situations, Practices, Encounters.”
Iverson was the founder and director of The Neighborhood Narratives Project, a pioneering international education initiative employing the creative engagement of mobile technologies to examine the individual’s increasingly complex relationship to lived space. Neighborhood Narratives was hosted at Temple University, New York University, Rutgers University and Drexel University, with collaborative student/community involvement networking New York City, Philadelphia, London, Rome, Istanbul and Tokyo.
As a professor of media studies and media art, she has held interdisciplinary Visiting Fellowships at Temple University Libraries (2019 – ongoing) Drexel University (2013), the Institute for Women & Art, Rutgers University – New Brunswick (2009 – 2013), the Center for Creative Research, NYU (2005 – 2012), and is the former director of the New Media Interdisciplinary Concentration at Temple University (2004 – 2007).