CTM FELLOWS

Elliott Sharp 2014-15  Artist/Fellow

A central figure in the avant-garde music scene in New York City for over thirty years, Elliott Sharp leads the projects Orchestra Carbon, SysOrk, Tectonics and Terraplane, and has pioneered ways of applying fractal geometry, chaos theory, and genetic metaphors to musical composition and interaction. Winner of the 2015 Berlin Prize in Music Composition and a 2014 Guggenheim Fellowship, Sharp has composed for Hilary Hahn, Ensemble Modern, RadioSinfonie Frankfurt, and JACK Quartet. His work has been featured in the Darmstadt (2002) and Donaueschingen (2007) festivals, at the Hessischer Rundfunk Klangbiennale (2007), and the Venice Biennale (2003, 2007, 2012). His wide range of collaborators have included Qawwali singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan; Kronos Quartet; Debbie Harry; blues legends Hubert Sumlin and Pops Staples; jazz greats Jack Dejohnette, and Sonny Sharrock; turntable innovator Christian Marclay; and Bachir Attar of the Master Musicians Of Jahjouka, Morocco. His work is the subject of the documentary “Doing The Don’t” and he has been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered.

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Perry Hall  2014-15  Artist/Fellow

Perry Hall’s unique painting films have been exhibited internationally in venues including the Smithsonian National Design Museum in New York, Artists Space in New York, The New World Symphony in Miami, The Tokyo Art Fair in Tokyo, Japan and are part of the permanent collection of the Centre FRAC in Orleans, France. His artwork can be seen in the Academy Award winning Robin Williams film What Dreams May Come and more recently in Scarlett Johansson’s eyes in Luc Besson’s motion picture Lucy. He is also a wildly imaginative electric bassist who has performed with drummer Matt Chamberlain (of Tori Amos / David Bowie fame), composer Paul Dresher, and written music for choreographer Margaret Jenkins. His sound and music has been heard at the United Kingdom’s Blinc Festival, the Smithsonian’s National Design Museum in New York, The American Museum of the Moving Image in New York, Theatre Artaud in San Francisco, The San Francisco Art Institute and in Sonified, a video camera which translates visual information into sound; Perry creates all the music for these projects entirely on electric bass. In his paintings he uses a set of experimental techniques that draw upon the organizing principles found in nature; his Livepaintings (time-based paintings) are created by stimulating paint with temperature changes, vibration, turbulence and various substances, transforming paint flows into compositions he captures onto film. In his Sound Drawings, sound waves from electric bass are channeled into a vessel containing paints, and by changing the qualities of the sound he “plays” the paint like a musical instrument and creates visual compositions. His innovative work is a collaboration with “material intelligence” and a meditation on the dynamics found in nature.

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Joe Ravo       2014-15   Faculty Fellow in Technology and the Arts

A native New Yorker, Joe has performed with jazz greats Dave Brubeck and Stanley Turrentine and worked in the orchestras of various hit Broadway shows including, A Chorus Line, 42nd Street, Secret Garden, City of Angels, and Dancin’. As the guitarist of Johnny Rodgers Band (JRB), Joe has toured around the globe as a cultural ambassador for the United States. When MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) was introduced, Joe exploited his engineering background to develop software for Korg USA as a contract programmer. As well as serving as director of technology for Mannes College the New School for Music since 2000, Joe is currently on the faculties of the music conservatory’s preparatory and extension divisions.
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Keith Tilford  2013-15  Graduate Student Fellow, CTM Assistant
Keith is a visual artist and writer living in NY. He received his MFA in Fine Arts at Parsons School of Design, and he received a BFA in visual arts from Cornish College of the Arts. He has contributed artwork to volumes I and IV of Urbanomic’s philosophy journal Collapse, and his writing has appeared in Design Ecologies. His research interests include theories of alienation in relation to artistic practice, philosophy of technology, philosophy of mathematics and more broadly the intersections between art, politics, science, and philosophy. His recent projects have explored themes from Science Fiction, architecture, geology, and the histories of abstraction.

Brendan Byrne  2014-15 Graduate Student Fellow
Brendan Byrne is an electronic artist, curator, and instrument designer from Brooklyn, NY. His work has been exhibited in museums such as SF MoMA and the Museum of the Moving Image and featured on blogs including Matrixsynth, The Daily Dot, and NOTCOT.org. Currently enrolled as a graduate student at Parsons the New School for Design, Brendan’s studies focus upon instrument design, feedback systems, and sequencing techniques.

Gabor Tankovics  2014-15 Graduate Student Fellow
Gabor is a NYC based creative technologist, interaction designer, and entrepreneur.
Currently a Parsons MFA candidate in Design and Technology, his recent work explores the future of eclectic domains such as instrument design, toothbrushes, and personal finance. His ongoing project focuses on algorithmic music. Prior to joining Parsons, he managed the development of an environmental golf and real estate operation in Central France and worked as an independent web designer. He holds a Master in Management from HEC Paris and a Master in Law from Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne.

Daniel Perlin  2014-15   Visiting Artist/Fellow
Daniel Perlin likes designing experiences, and he believes that the best way to practice good design is by listening closely to users. Daniel got his start in design making things with sound such as music, film, objects and sometimes spaces. After some years spent in Rio de Janeiro, he managed to make his way back to New York, where he attended NYU’s ITP program and the Whitney Independent Study program.  After some time between art and interactivity, he found himself back in the open arms of experiential design and sound.  Daniel has had the privilege of designing with a diverse bunch of people, places and things. Recent work has been with folks such as MoMA, the Venice Biennial of Architecture, The New Museum, Google, Vito Acconci, Maya Lin, Errol Morris, Todd Solondz, IBM, Toyota, and the Cooper Hewitt Museum. Currently, Daniel is the Director of UX at Droga5, an agency in New York. In addition, sometimes Daniel teaches a class or sits on panels where he likes to talk about people, sound and cities. He has a recording and media studio in Brooklyn and he occasionally makes mix-tapes and DJs for the Storefront for Art and Architecture, Domus magazine and and Pin-Up. He currently lives in downtown Brooklyn and likes to ride his new red bicycle.

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Evan Calder Williams      2013-14  Scholar/Fellow

Writer, theorist, and artist.  He is currently completing his dissertation, The fog of class war: cinema, circulation, and communism in the Italian long ’70s, at the Literature Department at University of California Santa Cruz.  He was a 2011-2012 Fulbright Doctoral Fellow in Film Studies in Italy.  He is the author of two books, Combined and Uneven Apocalypse and Roman Letters, and he writes for Film Quarterly, Mute, and The New Inquiry (where his blog Socialism and/or Barbarism resides).  He has recently presented performance work at the Whitney Biennial, the Serpentine Gallery, and Artists Space.  He recently completed an experimental historical novel, Escape From Venice, and is currently at work on a constrained writing Gothic novel (set in the pages of the Restoration Hardware interior decorating catalog). Across these different media, his work focuses on capitalism, cinema, horror, ornament, the metropolis, and obsolescence.  His next research project aims to develop a new theory of the relation between sabotage, hostility, and time.

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Joe Saavedra       2013-14   Faculty Fellow in Technology and the Arts

Joe is a teacher, creative technologist, and hardware and software developer living and working in New York City. His work has been featured in publications such as the New York Times, Wired Magazine and online blogs including Engadget, Gizmodo and MAKE. He has exhibited and lectured in the US, Europe, Asia, and Africa, at venues and conferences such as SXSW Interactive, Venice Biennale, Medialab-Prado Madrid, PICNIC Festival, Open Hardware Summit, Eye On Earth Abu Dhabi, World Maker Faire, Design Indaba, and more. He’s currently an Assistant Professor of Media Design in the MFA Design and Technology program Parsons the New School for Design, where his work with DIY environmental monitoring toolsets began with his Master’s thesis project Citizen Sensor.  He is a cofounder of Air Quality Egg, and is also a partner at Incredible Machines.

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Leif Percifield       2013-14  Faculty Fellow in Technology and the Arts

Leif is the creator of DontFlush.Me, a project that provides realtime sensing and alert systems for water pollution and Visualight a wifi enabled lightbulb capable of displaying information as colored light. Before completing a MFA at Parsons, in Design and Technology, he worked as a media developer at Los Alamos National Laboratory. He is currently a collaborator at Incredible Machines in Brooklyn.

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Burak Arikan   2013-14 Visiting Fellow in Technology and the Arts

Burak is an Istanbul and New York based artist working with complex networks. He takes the obvious social, economical, and political issues as input and runs through an abstract machinery, which generates network maps and algorithmic interfaces, results in performances, and creates predictions to render inherent power relationships visible and discussable. Arıkan’s software, prints, installations, and performances have been featured in numerous institutions internationally; most recent appearances include: 13th Istanbul Biennial (2013), Home Works 6, Beirut (2013), 11th Sharjah Biennial (2013), 7th Berlin Biennale (2012), Nam June Paik Award Exhibition, Kunstmuseum Bochum (2012), Truth is Concrete, Graz (2012).  Arikan is the founder of Graph Commons (http://graphcommons.com) platform, dedicated to provide “network intelligence” for everyone. Arıkan completed his master’s degree at the MIT Media Laboratory in the Physical Language Workshop (PLW) led by John Maeda. Prior to MIT, he received an MA degree in Visual Communication Design from Istanbul Bilgi University in 2004, and a BS degree in Civil Engineering from Yildiz Technical University in 2001.

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Ezio Blasetti   2013-14 Visiting Fellow in Technology and Design

Registered architect TEE-TCG; holds a masters of science in advanced architectural design from Columbia University;  previously studied in Athens and Paris. In 2009 he co-founded ahylo, an architectural design, research and construction practice, as well as apomechanes, an annual intensive summer studio on algorithmic processes and fabrication; he is founder of algorithmicdesign.net .  Ezio is 1/3 of Serge Studio, and his recent collaborations include biothing, Acconci studio and AUM studio. His  work as a project architect at Acconci Studio has received awards in international competitions – 2008 Annual Design Review I.D. / Perm Museum XXI / Kravi Hora Sculpture Park. He has taught generative design studios and seminars by means of computational geometry at UPenn, Pratt Institute, the Architectural Association, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Columbia University. In 2004 he co-founded otn studio, a design-build practice and completing several projects in Greece. His work has been exhibited and published internationally and is part of the permanent collection of the Centre Pompidou (with biothing).

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Léopold Lambert  2013-14 Visiting Fellow in Theory and Design

Léopold  is an architect who has been successively a Parisian, a Hong Konger, a Mumbaikar and a New Yorker. In addition of his enthusiasm for design, he is the writer/editor of The Funambulist, an online platform approaching the politics of the build environment through philosophy, legal theory, literature and cinema. He is the author of Weaponized Architecture: The Impossibility of Innocence (dpr-barcelona 2012) that examines (and acts on) the inherent characteristics of architecture that systematically makes it a political weapon. He is currently publishing the twelve first volumes of The Funambulist Pamphlets and the first volume of The Funambulist Papers with Punctum Books through the CTM Documents Initiative. He is also the coordinator/editor of Archipelago, an online archive of transdisciplinary podcasts that will start in January 2014.

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Martin E. Rosenberg   2013-14 Visiting Fellow in Cognition and the Arts

Martin wrote his dissertation on the cultural work across the arts of the scientific concept of “emergence,” beginning with Henri Poincaré, Henri Bergson, and Marcel Duchamp, and ending with Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, Ilya Prigogine, Francisco Varela and Thomas Pynchon.  He has written on Deleuze and Freud, Ezra Pound, Duchamp and Thomas Pynchon, Samuel Beckett, John Cage, Kiki Smith, and the avant-garde architects Arakawa and Gins.  He recently published on emergent behaviors, visible in music notation, in jazz improvisation and composition, and currently researches the cognitive neuro-science of improvisers.  Martin has programmed instructional software, theorized about hypermedia and interaction-design, and contributed articles on the role of metaphor in trans-disciplinary inquiry.  He co-directed the first completely digital global academic conference–AG3-Online: The Third International Arakawa and Gins: Architecture and Philosophy Conference.  Originally trained in jazz composition at the Berklee College of Music, he has returned (after thirty years) to performing in the Pittsburgh area.

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Paul Ryan      2013  Artist in Residence

Associate Professor of Media Studies at the New School.  Mr. Ryan’s video studies of water have shown in over a dozen countries, including Korea,Turkey, and Ecuador. He exhibited his experimental Triadic Tapes in ‘Primitivism’ in 20th Century Art, at MoMA in New York City (1984). A McLuhan Fellow, he authored seminal texts on video, published in Radical Software (1970-74). Mr. Ryan also authored Cybernetics of the Sacred (1974), Video Mind, Earth Mind (1992) and The Three Person Solution (2009). The Smithsonian Institution is archiving his writings, including material on his proposed Television Ecochannel Design, his Earthscore Notation and his Hall of Risk Program exhibited in the 2002 Venice Biennale. At dOCUMENTA (13), Mr. Ryan exhibited Threeing, a formal way for three or more people to collaborate (2012). As a boy, Paul Ryan lived by a lake and sometimes fought with his three brothers.

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Nandita Biswas Mellamphy (Ph.D): 2012-13  Scholar/Fellow

Associate Professor of Political Science and former Associate Director of the Centre for the Study of Theory & Criticism at Western. She is currently at work on a follow-up to her The Three Stigmata of Friedrich Nietzsche: Political Physiology in the Age of Nihilism (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2011; reviewed by Joseph Nechvatal in the The Brooklyn Rail ) tentatively entitled Neuro Nietzsche: Nietzsche, Neural Networks and Noncoding DNA (Coding the Post-Human). Her research interests include Nietzschean political thought, Zoontotechnics and Post-humanism (especially in the work of Gilbert Simondon, Bernard Stiegler, and Réné Schwaller). She is the co-founder with Dan Mellamphy of the annual international Nietzsche Workshop @ Western, and a part-time alchemist.

Dan Mellamphy (Ph.D) 2012-13  Scholar/Fellow

Adjunct Professor of Interdisciplinary Theory & Criticism in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities, Information and Media Studies at Western. He studied comparative culture and ethnographic techniques with Santa Cruz’s Roger Keesing at McGill, comparative literature and oulipology with Ann Arbor’s Ross Chambers at UToronto, comparative literature and interdisciplinary theory at Western, in addition to modernist theory and practice (poetry, prose, plays and philosophical ruminations from W.B Yeats to Eliot and Beckett) at York. He is a member of Ars Industrialis, Transmediale, the Samuel Beckett Society, and other such organizations/bodies-without-organs, including the Logoclasts’ League. With his wife Nandita Biswas Mellamphy, he has been busy transmuting himself into a living philosophical stone.

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FORMER STAFF and STUDENT FELLOWS 2012-2013

Ted Byfield
Associate Director [2012-13] of the CTM and Assistant Professor in the School of Art, Media, and Technology at Parsons the New School for Design. His research centers on transparency in higher education at various levels, from the “street” level (e.g., developing technical systems through which students can negotiate their own registration processes) to large-scale resources (e.g., co-founding the Open Syllabus Project). He currently serves as co-chair of the New School University’s Faculty Senate and, in that capacity, is developing more horizontal approaches to policy development. Ted worked for over a decade as a nonfiction editor for a wide range of outstanding progressive, public-interest, and academic publishers, and his own collaborative artwork was exhibited at American Fine Arts and the Pat Hearn Gallery, among many others venues in the US and Europe. His writings have appeared in Frieze, Le Monde Diplomatique, and Mute, inter alia. Honors include a Design Trust for Public Space journalism fellowship, research funding from the Open Society Institute, membership in the SSRC’s Information Technology and International Cooperation working group process, and a Visiting Fellowship at Yale Law School’s Information Society Project. With Felix Stalder, he has co-moderated nettime since 1998.

John Drew     2012-13  Graduate Student Fellow
Masters of Fine Arts candidate in Design and Technology at Parsons the New School for Design. Producer of various things, including award-winning Border Stories. In search of a gentler world.

Fei Liu      2012-13  Graduate Student Fellow
Received her BA from Design | Media Arts at UCLA in 2008. She co-curated a video performance art show titled Videos Collide in Real 3D Space in 2010 which featured emerging artists in new media. Lived and worked in Beijing for two years. Participated as a designer and artist in the Tulou Open House in Fujian province. She is currently a Parsons MFADT candidate for 2014. She is extremely fascinated by communication between people and the construction and breaking of social norms which steer human interaction.

Xiaoye Lin     2012-13  Graduate Student Fellow
NYC based artist and multidisciplinary designer, she received her B.F.A at Central Academy of Fine Arts China (CAFA) and is pursuing her master’s degree at Parsons the New School for Design. Her expertise lives in the worlds of conceptual art, UX design, urban&technology, and high-aesthetic games and illustration. In 2009, Xiaoye launched an online community that was dedicated to spread of the New Media Arts in China. Her works are presented in both America and China, including PIXELATOR, a realtime tweet visualization that was presented at CAFA; Find A Clue made for OCW, a critical installation was shown in Aronson Gallery; and Bitmat, an urban concept was shown at Parsons Spring Festival.

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