Peter D'Agostino
Steve Bull
Roderick Coover
Fabienne Darling-Wolf
Sarah Drury
Jan Fernback
Hana Iverson
Elizabeth Kilroy
Ralph Lemon
Andrew Mendelson
Fred Ritchin
Barry Vacker

Peter D'Agostino (FMA)

Peter d'Agostino is professor of Film and Media Arts and director of the NewTechLab, teaching new media and experimental video courses. His pioneering video and interactive projects have been exhibited internationally in the form of installations, performances, telecommunications events, and broadcast productions. Recent surveys of his work include: Interactivity and Intervention, 1978-99 exhibited at the Lehman College Art Gallery, New York; and, Between Earth & Sky, 1973 / 2003 at the University of Paris I Pantheon-Sorbonne. Major group exhibitions include: The Whitney Museum of American Art (Biennial, and The American Century-Film and Video in America 1950-2000), the Sao Paulo Bienal, Brazil, and the Kwangju Biennial, Korea. His work is in the collection of The Museum of Modern Art and is distributed by Electronic Arts Intermix, New York.

Professor d'Agostino is a Fulbright Scholar (Brazil, 1996; Australia, 2003) currently serving on the senior specialist roster to 2005. He has also been awarded grants and fellowships from: the National Endowment for the Arts, Japan Foundation, Pew Trusts, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and the Center for Advanced Visual Studies, MIT. He was an artist-in-residence at the TV Laboratory, WNET, New York, the Banff Centre for the Arts, Canada, the Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Center, Italy as well as a visiting artist at the National Center for SuperComputing Applications, University of Illinois, and the American Academy in Rome. His installations TransmissionS: In the WELL and VR/RV: a Recreational Vehicle in Virtual Reality received honorary awards for interactive art in 1990 and 1995 at Prix Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria.

D'Agostino's books include: Transmission: toward a post-television culture, The Un/Necessary Image. and TeleGuide-a Proposal for QUBE. He is also a contributor to Illuminating Video, and Theories and Documents of Contemporary Art. Recent publications featuring his work include Telematic Embrace: visionary theories of art, technology and consciousness, Video Art, and Digital Art.


Steve Bull (Adjunct, 2005 - 2007)

STEVE BULL is a mixed media technology artist whose practice includes writing computer code, rewriting historical narratives, recording audio interviews, and shooting video to create new location specific experiences delivered via cell phones. He is currently commissioned by the New-York Historical Society to create a cell phone tour of Lower Manhattan in support of their ongoing “Slavery in New York” exhibits. The first segment of the tour will launch in February 2006.

In 2005, he produced the still and video design for Wet, a multi-media chamber opera that premiered at the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (REDCAT). His single channel videos have been exhibited at the Getty, the Museum of Modern Art, PBS New TV series, the Kitchen, American Film Institute, Mill Valley Film Festival, Berlin Video Festival, Columbus Film Festival, Bucks County Film Festival, Cork Film Festival, Cleveland Film Festival, a ten-city tour in Brazil, and Creative Time on 42nd Street. He received a New York State Council for the Arts grant for Cellphonia: In The News and was a Creative Capital finalist for this project.

As a member of the Directors Guild of America, he worked as a First Assistant Director for such directors as Sam Peckinpah, Stephen Frears, Eric Red, and Lindsay Anderson. As a writer, he co-developed the TV movies Playing For Time starring Vanessa Redgrave with screenplay written by Arthur Miller, and Hardhat and Legs with screenplay written by Garson Kanin and Ruth Gordon. His commercial clients include Ridley Scott Associates, R.Greenberg & Associates, Ed Vorkapitch, and Industrial Light & Magic.


Roderick Coover (FMA)

Roderick Coover teaches in the Department of Film and Media Arts at Temple University. He teaches courses in hypermedia, film and video.

Coover's works blend research in film and cross-cultural visual studies. They include the interactive CD-ROM Cultures in Webs: Working in Hypermedia with the Documentary Image, which is published by Eastgate Systems and the feature documentary DVD, Burgundy and the Language of Wine.

Coover spent two years in West Africa as a USIS Fulbight Research Fellow. His works made in Africa explored how power is negotiated through visual and expressive culture. With a grant from the Chicago Group on Modern France, Roderick Coover spent two years in Burgundy filmming in winemaking villages and conducting interviewers with winemakers and workers. He shot on 16mm color and black and white film and on digital video, using montage studies and sound to explore the spaces between the activities of the winemaker's work and the words by which their world is described. You can read an essay about his research at NMEDIAC, the on-line journal of media and culture. He is currently working on projects in Mexico and the US southwest.

Coover has also created numerous experimental multimedia works, including collaborations with the author Deb Olin Unferth for gallery installations and with the theater director, Ian Belton, for JoAnn Akalaitis' direction of the Iphigenia Cycle. His essays are published in the journals Visual Studies, Visual Anthropology, American Anthropologist, and Film Quarterly, among others.


Fabienne Darling-Wolf (JOUR)

Fabienne Darling-Wolf received her BA and MA from the University of Texas at Austin, and her Ph.D. from the University of Iowa. Her research explores issues of global cultural identity formation and the role of new communication technologies in this development. Most of her work focuses on the Japanese cultural environment because Japan is both highly influential on and highly influenced by the global multimedia environment in which popular culture is produced today. Her recent work has appeared in New Media and Society, the Journal of Communication Inquiry, Feminist Media Studies, Critical Studies in Media Communication, Popular Communication, the Asian Journal of Women's Studies, and in several book chapters.


Sarah Drury (FMA, Director)

Sarah Drury is an Assistant Professor at Temple Universitys Film & Media Arts Program. She received a BA from Barnard College, an MPS at the Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU and an MA in Photography at the joint program of the International Center of Photography and NYU. She is a new media artist working with interactive video, song and lyrical narrative in forms including performative installation, wearable interfaces, interactive video and the artists book. Her installations, including "The Listening Microphone," "Voicebox," "Vocalalia" and ©-Intervention Chants,©~ explore the expressive qualities of the voice in interaction with video and sound. She has received grants including an NEA Artists Fellowship and from the TU Vice Provosts Research Initiative. Her work has been presented in national and international venues such as ISEA 2002, ACM Multimedia '98, Performative Sites 2001, the Brooklyn Museum, the Kitchen, Artists Space, Hallwalls, The Philadelphia Fringe Festival, The Worldwide Video Festival at the Hague and on PBS. Recent works include media design for "Violet Fire: a Multimedia Opera about Nikola Tesla," collaborating with filmmaker Jen Simmons, which includes interactive projections responding to the voices of opera singers. Her work on translating the energetic and sonic qualities of the voice into visual images led her to the design of assistive devices in the eVokability Project, using voice and movement input to enhance expressive possibilities for people with disabilities. Drury has been a faculty member of the NYU Art & Media Program and served on the faculty of the NYU Interactive Telecommunications Program.


Hana Iverson (Director & Producer-in-Residence 2004-2007)

Hana Iverson is a multi-media artist with a background in performance, photography and experimental video. Her photography and videos have been exhibited in galleries and festivals throughout North America and in Europe, and have won numerous awards. She is currently the Director of the New Media Interdisciplinary Concentration in the School of Communications and Theater at Temple University. A member of the faculty of the International Center of Photography/Bard College graduate program in advanced photographic studies, Iverson has taught workshops in Mexico and around the U.S. She has been a guest artist and/or lecturer at several universities including Temple University, the University of Colorado, Boulder, and the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Ms. Iverson holds a Masters Degree from the Interactive Telecommunications Program, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University.

Her recent work, View from the Balcony, began in 2000 as a site-specific installation at the Eldridge Street Synagogue (NYC), and closed at the end of 2003. The sound and video installation, located in an abandoned stairwell shaft of the historic building, has now extended into a networked environment. This project shares with her earlier work a grounding in the performative, using the body as nexus of experience and incorporating gestures of reconciliation, on personal and broader cultural levels. Ms. Iverson has received the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture award for 2002/03, the New York Foundation Artist-in-the-Schools grant in 2003 and generous support from the Covenant Foundation, to further develop the web component of the installation.


Jan Fernback (BTMM)

Jan Fernback, Ph.D., University of Colorado at Boulder, is Assistant Professor in the Department of Broadcasting, Telecommunications and Mass Media at Temple University. She works primarily on the cultural, philosophical, and policy issues surrounding new communication technologies. Current work includes explorations of internet privacy; theory of cybercommunity; information technology in distressed urban communities; and the internet, democracy and the public sphere.


Elizabeth Kilroy (Adjunct 2005- 2007)

Elizabeth Kilroy is an experienced art director and web site designer. As Art Director and Designer for ElizabethK Studio since 2000, some of her clients have included The Boston Consulting Group, The Ford Foundation, Kino Films, Wine Spectator,, Art Resource, Elahe Massumi (Artist), Skip Hop, and Bristol Media International. She has conceptualized and developed Internet brand identities and marketing campaigns for Fortune 500, e-Commerce, Media and Entertainment clients including BBDO, Wrigley’s (Juicy Fruit), MTVi ,, Travelution and Nutraceutical.

Her web site design has garnered numerous awards including Juicy Fruit - Netscape's Cool Site of the Day, People's Choice Web Site, and CyberTeddy's Top 500 Web Site award; Archive Films- Communication Arts Excellence in Web Design Award; and High Five Excellence in Web Design and Personal Site ( Her work has been featured in books including Elements of Web Design by Darcy Dinucci (Peachpit Press) and Laura Lamay's Guide to Sizzling Web Design (Sams Net) 1997, and in such publications as Print, Digitrends, Communication Arts and the New York Times.

Kilroy teaches Design and Visual Language at New York University and Temple University. She holds a MPS from the NYU Department of Interactive Telecommunications, a BFA in Design from National College of Art and Design, Dublin, Ireland, and a BA with Honors from University College Dublin, Ireland.


Ralph Lemon (2005-2006)

Artist-in-residence for the academic 05/06 year. New York-based choreographer-director-writer Ralph Lemon has recently completed his remarkable Geography trilogy. Unfolding over the course of nine years, Lemon's complex dance-theater universe explores global sociopolitical ideas and incorporates performance traditions from across the world. Lemon and his international performers-collaborators--including choreographer-dancer Bebe Miller, dancer David Thomson, and several other African-American artists from past Geography performances developed Come Back Charlie Patton, the final part of the trilogy, which was recently performed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in the fall of 2004. This new piece examines the complicated folk culture of the American South through Lemon's own African-American family history, which spans eras of segregation and integration.

Ralph is artistic director of Cross Performance, an organization he founded in 1985. Through the cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary collaboration of performance, literature, media and visual arts, Cross Performance produces performances, videos, exhibitions, publications and workshops that are presented throughout the United States and abroad. Ralph is recipient of numerous awards including the CalAlperts Award in the Arts and was an Associate Artist at the Yale Repertory Theater in New Haven, Conn.


Andrew Mendelson (JOUR)

Andrew Mendelson, Assistant Professor of Journalism, holds a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri, an M.A. from the University of Wisconsin and a B.A. from Marquette University. At Temple, Professor Mendelson teaches courses in journalism and society, photojournalism and documentary photography, visual literacy and visual culture, and research methods.

Andy's research interests focus on the role(s) that photographic messages play in society through a variety of media - film, advertising, television and journalism. He questions how we understand the world through the photograph and is interested in how that influences the construction of a viewpoint. He investigates the meanings in that construction and the resulting view of ourselves.


Fred Ritchin (Adjunct 2006)

Director, PixelPress (, creating web sites, books and exhibitions investigating new documentary and promoting human rights. Author, Reinventing Photography (forthcoming), In Our Own Image: The Coming Revolution in Photography (1990, 1999). Co-author, An Uncertain Grace: The Photographs of Sebastiao Salgado (1990); In Our Time: The World As Seen by Magnum Photographers (1989); Mexico Through Foreign Eyes (1993). Former picture editor, Horizon magazine and the New York Times Magazine; former executive editor, Camera Arts magazine; founding director, photojournalism and documentary photography educational program, International Center of Photography. Curator, "Contemporary Latin American Photographers" (1987); "An Uncertain Grace: The Photographs of Sebastiao Salgado" (1990); "The Legacy of W. Eugene Smith: Twelve Photographers in the Humanistic Tradition" (1991); co-curator, "Mexico Through Foreign Eyes: Photographs, 1850-1990" (1992). Essays and articles on mass media and digital communications contributed to books, including Under Fire: Great Photographers and Writers on the Vietnam War (2005), Sahel: Man in Distress (2004), The Critical Image (1990) , Photo Video: Photography in the Age of the Computer (1991), A New History of Photography (1994), National Geographic Photos: Milestones (1999), and to periodicals and catalogs, including Aperture, Camera Arts, Le Monde, The New York Times, Newsday, Nieman Reports, Print, Xposeptember, XXIst Century, Village Voice. Former series editor, "Image and Imagination," Syracuse University Press. Recipient, Presidential Fellowship for Junior Faculty (1994), Markle Foundation grant (1993-1994), and Hasselblad Foundation grant (1999) for future web project "Witnessing and the Web: An Experiment in Documentary Photography." Awarded the David Payne-Carter Award for Teaching Excellence in 1995. Nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in Public Service by the New York Times for the Web site, "Bosnia: Uncertain Paths to Peace"(1997). Also created first multimedia version of daily New York Times. PixelPress awarded "best multimedia/interactive publication" by Pictures of the Year International. Lectures and conducts workshops internationally on new media and documentary.


Barry Vacker (BTMM)

Barry Vacker is an Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Broadcasting, Telecommunications and Mass Media. He received his PHD from the University of Austin, Texas. Barry writes about how utopia and dystopia are theorized in media, culture, and technology. His work applies an "arts and humanities" approach to critically explore the cultural vortex of aesthetics, technology, and mass media, all of which combine to shape the models of utopia and dystopia that, in turn, shape cultures around the world. Barry shares in Marshall McLuhans belief that there exist parallels between aesthetics and technology and that artworks can function as cultural probes, capable of revealing deep patterns of cultural change wrought by technological transformation. Thus, if we want to see where new media are ultimately destined, then we should not overlook the world of arts and aesthetics.


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