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chris coleman

Christopher Coleman


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Chris' research interests include control systems, chaos and order, digital interaction, physical interaction, borders, animation, appropriation, technological decay, art as activism, audio/video manipulation, systems in nature, and object creation. He received his B.F.A. in sculpture at West Virginia University where he also spent a number of years studying Mechanical Engineering. His M.F.A. was earned at SUNY Buffalo specializing in Interactivity and Real-Space Electronics. He teaches interactive programming in Processing and OpenFrameworks, tangible and mobile interface experimentation, and motion design. More may be found at Chris's personal website ( and his course website (


bill depper

Bill Depper

Teaching Professor/Program Director

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Bill's primary teaching areas include web development, interactive media and 3d modeling and animation. Bill's creative work explores text/image relationships found within digital media. These explorations are expressed through interactive works, experimental video pieces and computer-based animation. He has a M.A. in Digital Media Studies at DU as well as a M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Iowa and a B.A. in English from the University of Denver.


rafael fajardo

Rafael Fajardo

Associate Professor

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Rafael is part of an emerging group of artists and designers who are exploring the potential of digital video games to express serious and complex subject matter. Through his collaborative, SWEAT, Fajardo has published two video games that comment on the game-like nature of (il)legal human traffic at the US/Mexico border. These games have been exhibited in the Netherlands, Turkey, Canada, and the US. Before coming to Colorado, Fajardo spent six years living, teaching, and working on the US/Mexico border. There, he challenged the canons of design education and attempted to locate a visual expression that was "of the region" and not imposed from outside. His students created ideosyncratic works that have been recognized for their excellence by Milia, the leading global forum for the interactive industries; Walt Disney Imagineering; and, MexicArte, a nationally renowned cultural space in Austin, Texas. For over twelve years Fajardo has been investigating cultural identity and cultural representation through his visual and intellectual work. His early explorations, completed while receiving his MFA from RISD, garnered recognition from the American Center for Design. More recently, his critical practice has earned him recognition by I.D., The International Magazine of Design. In 2005, the Colorado Council for the Arts awarded him a grant to support scholarships for under-represented populations to a game camp he is organizing with the department of computer science at the University of Denver. His educational background includes two undergraduate degrees from The University of Texas at Austin, and an MFA in design from the Rhode Island School of Design. More may be found at Rafael's personal websites ( and and his course website ( and


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Daniel Jolliffe
Visiting Teaching Assistant Professor
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Visual and media artist Daniel Jolliffe's work traverses many disciplines and interests including interactive art, sculpture, installation, sound, interventionist art, performance, and open-source culture. The goal of his artistic practice is to challenge and query how embodied conscious experience is changed by the intervention of technology. His artwork has been exhibited across Canada and internationally at venues that include the Biennale de Montreal, FILE Festival, ISEA, and the WRO Media Art Biennale. He holds a B.A in Philosophy from the University of Victoria and an M.F.A in Art and Technology from the Ohio State University.


laleh mehran

Laleh Mehran


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Laleh Mehran constructs elaborate artworks focused on complex intersections between politics, religion, and science. The progeny of Iranian scientists, Mehran's relationship to these issues is necessarily complex; even more so given today's political climate in which certain views can have extreme consequences. Her research, often modeled on and about the very ideas of science and technology, takes advantage of their cultural importance in order to articulate a set of ideas which require precisely these kinds of mediations from both political and religious intolerance. Mehran received her MFA from Carnegie Mellon University. Her work has been shown individually and as part of collaborations in venues including the International Symposium on Electronic Art (United Arab Emirates), National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts (Taiwan), Electronic Language International Festival (Brazil), Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (Massachusetts), The Georgia Museum of Art (Georgia), The Andy Warhol Museum (Pennsylvania), Denver Art Museum (Colorado), Biennial of the Americas at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver (Colorado), 404 International Festival of Art & Technology (Argentina), Next 5 Minutes 4 Tactical Media Festival (Netherlands), and the European Media Arts Festival (Germany). Mehran is a Professor in Emergent Digital Practices at the University of Denver. More information may be found at Laleh's personal website (


trace reddell

Trace Reddell

Associate Professor/Graduate Director

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Trace Reddell is a writer, artist and theorist exploring the interactions of sound and the cosmological imagination. Trace's live cinema performances and video works have screened at over thirty international venues including galleries and new media festivals in New York, London, Glasgow, Amsterdam, Berlin, Paris, Zurich, Sao Paolo, Seoul, Hong Kong, and Tehran. His and audio projects have appeared regularly on the Web since 1999. He founded Denver 's first digital media festival, A:D:A:P:T, in Spring 2003 at Denver 's Museum of Contemporary Art.

Trace's first book, The Sound of Things to Come: An Audible History of the Science Fiction Film is forthcoming from the University of Minnesota Press. Other publications include the feature essay, "Ethnoforgery and Outsider Afrofuturism," in Dancecult: The Journal of Electronic Dance Music Culture, Vol. 5, No. 2 (2013); "Cyborg Ritual and Sentic Technology in the Vortex Concerts" in The Poetics of Space: Spatial Explorations in Art, Science, Music & Technology (Sonic Acts Press, Paradiso, 2010); and a chapter in Cybersounds: Essays on Virtual Music Culture (Peter Lang Publishing, 2006). Other articles have appeared in Leonardo Music Journal, Leonardo Electronic Almanac, the Contemporary Music Review, and the Electronic Book Review.

Trace received a Ph.D. in English from University of Colorado at Boulder in 1997, an M.A. in Creative Writing from University of Colorado at Boulder in 1989, and a B.A. in English Literature from Texas Tech University in 1986. Trace is Associate Professor of Emergent Digital Practices at the University of Denver. His courses cover sonic arts, expanded cinema and audiovisual performance, sound cultures, critical theory, science fiction studies, and philosophy of technology and media. More at Trace's website (

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Timothy Weaver

Professor/Undergraduate Director

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Timothy Weaver is a new media artist, life scientist and bioenvironmental engineer whose concerted objective is to contribute to the restoration of ecological memory through a process of speculative inquiry along the art | science interface. His recent interactive installation, live cinema, video and sonic projects have been featured at FILE Hipersonica (Brazil), Transmediale (Berlin), New Forms Festival (Vancouver), Subtle Technologies (Toronto), Korean Experimental Art Festival, Museum of Modern Art (Cuenca, Ecuador), the Seattle Center, the Denver Art Museum, Boston CyberArts, SIGGRAPH, the New York Digital Salon & the National Institutes of Health (Washington, DC).

Timothy's art-science practice has been recognized for inclusion in the United Nations COP 20 Culture Program in Lima, Peru. Weaver has conducted visiting artist projects at Espacio Fundación Telefónica (Lima), Santa Fe Institute, the University of Gavle Creative Media Lab (Sweden), KTH/Swedish Royal Institute of Technology (Stockholm), & University of New Mexico's Art & Ecology Program. Timothy is currently Principal Investigator of two National Academy of Sciences Keck Futures Initiative (NAKFI) supported art-science research projects - projectECAT- investigating the advancement of scientific and creative literacy of ecoacoustics and the soniDOME Project- investigating sonification of deep ocean microbial ecologies.

Timothy received his MFA in Sculpture from University of Colorado at Boulder, a MS in Environmental Engineering and a BS in Microbiology from Purdue University. Weaver is Professor of Emergent Digital Practices with research and teaching specialization in biomedia, sustainable design and emerging forms of interactive expression. More details on his Project and research activities are available at:


Affiliated Faculty

lynn clark

Lynn Schofield Clark

Professor, Media Film and Journalism Studies

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Lynn Schofield Clark co-directs DU's Institute for the Digital Humanities with Adrienne Russell. Her research interests are in cultural sociology, with an emphasis on the role digital and mobile media play in social change. She is author of Parenting in the Digital Age (forthcoming) and is also co-writing a book on young people and the future of news. Her first book, From Angels to Aliens: Teenagers, the Media, and the Supernatural (Oxford University Press, 2003), received a Best Ethnography award from the National Communication Association. Clark is also co-author of Media, Home, and Family (Routledge, 2004), editor of Religion, Media, and the Marketplace (Rutgers, 2007), and co-editor of Practicing Religion in the Age of the Media (Columbia University Press, 2002). Clark directs the University's Edward W. and Charlotte A. Estlow International Center for Journalism and New Media, which recognizes an outstanding journalist every year at the Estlow Event, a public and interdisciplinary university-wide conference held in Winter quarter. More on her research and teaching can be found on her website:


scott howard

W. Scott Howard

Associate Professor, English

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W. Scott Howard received his Ph.D. in English and Critical Theory from the University of Washington, Seattle, where he was a member of the Subtext Collective. His teaching, research, and publications engage the fields of Renaissance/early modern literature & culture; modern and postmodern American poetry; poetics and historiography; literary & cultural theory; and digital humanities. Scott worked at Powell's Books (1990-93) where he managed the Critical Theory section and the prism interdisciplinary discussion series, and co-managed (with Vanessa Renwick) the Small Press & Journals section and the dewclaw reading series. His interviews in PLAZM magazine (1993-97) are noted in the documentary film, Helvetica (2007). Scott is the founding editor of Appositions: Studies in Renaissance/Early Modern Literature & Culture; and of Reconfigurations: A Journal for Poetics & Poetry/Literature & Culture. His multigraphs for Reconstruction include Water: Resources and Discourses (2006) co-edited with Justin Scott Coe; and Archives on Fire: Artifacts & Works, Communities & Fields (2016). The Divorce Tracts of John Milton: Texts & Contexts, co-edited with Sara van den Berg, is available from Duquesne University Press (2010). His edited volume, An Collins and the Historical Imagination, is available from Ashgate (2014). His collections of poetry include the e-book, ROPES (with images by Ginger Knowlton) from Delete Press, 2014; and SPINNAKERS (The Lune, 2016). Scott's forthcoming books include a volume of poetry, Transfigurations, and a collection of essays, Archive and Artifact: Susan Howe's Poetics. His work has received support from the Modern Language Association, the Pew Charitable Trusts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Beinecke Library, Yale University. Scott lives in Englewood, CO and commutes year-round by bicycle.



Dorian Weissman
EDP Program Assistant
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Director of Internships

Erika Polson

Assistant Professor & Director of Internships

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