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College of Arts, Humanities & Social SciencesEmergent Digital Practices




jeremy billauer

Jeremy Billauer
Visiting Teaching Assistant Professor

Jeremy Billauer is a graduate from DU with his MFA in Emergent Digital Practices who focuses specifically on multi-person interactive installation and speculative technologies. Inspired by the effortless and innate influence of natural systems, his research includes creating work with an intention to foster empathetic connection for participants in interpersonal and intrapersonal capacities.


chris coleman

Christopher Coleman/Graduate Director

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

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/Undergraduate Director
Associate Professor

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


kate hollenbach

Kate Hollenbach
Assistant Professor

Kate Hollenbach is an artist, programmer, and educator based in Denver, Colorado, US. She creates video and interactive works examining critical issues in user interface and user experience design, with a focus on user habits, data collection, and surveillance. Her work has been shown in venues across the United States, including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Her art practice is informed by years of professional experience and as an interface designer and product developer. Formerly Director of Design and Computation at Oblong Industries, she led an interdisciplinary team of designers and programmers to develop cutting edge user experiences for collaborative environments and new interaction models for gestural devices. She oversaw the design of Mezzanine, the company's flagship product. Kate holds an MFA from UCLA Design Media Arts and a B.S. in Computer Science and Engineering from MIT. Kate is currently an Assistant Professor of Emergent Digital Practices at University of Denver.


laleh mehran

Laleh Mehran/Program Director

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 (



Noah Phillips
Visiting Teaching Assistant Professor

Noah Travis Phillips is an artist and educator; he received a BA from Naropa University in Fine Art and Environmental Studies and his MFA from the University of Denver in Emergent Digital Practices. His methodologies involve appropriation and digital/analog collage and montage strategies with the assistance of algorithmic systems. Phillips creates adaptable and multicentered artworks with a practice that includes 2D and 3D digital fabrication, videos, books, performance, and the internet. Phillips' research interests integrate personal mythology, the Anthropocene and the Posthuman.

Phillips' most recent exhibitions include a performance lecture at the Museum of Human Achievement in Austin, TX ("Where Secrets Are Still Kept") and a group show at JuiceBox Gallery ("A Harder Soft"); as well as the Welcome to My Homepage Digital Artist Residency and SketchUp Artist Residency. His work was featured in the 2018 The Wrong Biennale for new digital art. He performed in the 2015 Biennial of the Americas. He has exhibited and performed nationally and internationally. Phillips is Visiting Teaching Assistant Professor in Emergent Digital Practices at University of Denver. He lives and works in Boulder, Colorado. He can be found online at


trace reddell

Trace Reddell
Associate Professor

Trace Reddell is a writer, artist and theorist exploring the interactions of sound and the cosmological imagination. Trace's book, The Sound of Things to Come: An Audible History of the Science Fiction Film (U of Minnesota Press, 2018), is a groundbreaking approach to sound in sci-fi films that offers new ways of construing both sonic innovation and science fiction cinema. Other publications include the feature essay, "Ethnoforgery and Outsider Afrofuturism," in Dancecult: The Journal of Electronic Dance Music Culture, Vol. 5, No. 2 (2013);  the chapter, "Cyborg Ritual and Sentic Technology in the Vortex Concerts," in The Poetics of Space; Spatial Explorations in Art, Science, Music & Technology (Sonic Arts Press, Paradiso, 2010); and a chapter on web-based audio and networked sound projects 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's newest book, Forever Changes: The Sonic Substance in Psychedelic Music, is under contract with MIT press.

Trace's audiovisual performances and video works have screened at over thirty international venues including galleries and new media festivals in New York, London, Glasgow, Amsterdam, Berlin, Zurich, Sao Paolo, Seoul, Hong Kong, and Tehran. His and audio projects have appeared regularly on the Web since 1999.

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 studies, critical theory, science fiction studies, and philosophy of technology and media. More at Trace's website (


tim weaver

Timothy Weaver

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

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

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.




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Assistant Professor & Director of Internships