Special Event: Meet our 2 Scholars in Residence

February 11, 2011
3:30 pmto5:30 pm

 Meet our 2 Scholars in Residence at ITP this semester!

Amanda Parkes

Dr. Amanda Parkes is a media designer whose work focuses on how digital technologies and smart materials can expand our relationship with natural phenomena to facilitate a more intuitive connection between technology and the natural world. She recently completed her PhD in the Tangible Media Group at the MIT Media Lab with a concentration on computational materiality in kinetic interfaces as an area of innovation in future products– combining principles of abstracted motion in robotics with hybrid materials to empower designers in the process of kinetic improvisation and motion prototyping. While at MIT she developed a new design curriculum entitled Future Craft, examining how digital media is affecting the product design process in terms of information transparency, materiality and fabrication. She is currently the CTO of Bodega Algae, a company developing a modular, scalable, microalgae photobioreactor for the production of high-energy algal biomass for use in the production of biofuel. She also curates and produces the annual Seamless: Computational Couture runway show series. Before joining the MIT Media Lab, Amanda developed exhibits and educational media at the Exploratorium in San Francisco, the Science Museum in London and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice. She holds an M.S. in Media Arts and Sciences from MIT, and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering (Product Design) and a B.A. in Art History from Stanford University. Her work has been featured in various internationally recognized design and art awards including the ID Magazine Annual Design Review and the Prix Ars Electronica and she was named one of Mass High Tech’s ‘Women to Watch’ in technology for 2008. Outside the lab she likes to sew, surf, and amass exquisite shoes.

Jer Thorp

Jer Thorp is an artist and educator from Vancouver, Canada, currently living in New York. A former geneticist, his digital art practice explores the many-folded boundaries between science and art. Recently, his work has been featured by The New York Times, The Guardian, BusinessWeek and the CBC. Thorp’s award-winning software-based work has been exhibited in Europe, Asia, North America, South America, and Australia and all over the web. Jer has over a decade of teaching experience, in Langara College’s Electronic Media Design Program <http://www.langara.bc.ca/creative-arts/electronic-media/index.html>, at the Vancouver Film school, and as an artist-in-residence at the Emily Carr University of Art and Design. Most recently, he has presented at Carnegie Mellon’s School of Art, at Eyebeam <http://eyebeam.org/> in New York City, and at IBM’s Center for Social Software in Cambridge. In his previous life as a Flash developer and designer, Jer produced work for a broad base of clients including Honda, The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, FOX, and the LA Kings. blprnt.com <http://www.blprnt.com/>, Jer’s unique collection of organic Flash experiments and generative artworks, has won numerous awards and has been featured in many art and design publications, both online and in print. Jer is a contributing editor for Wired UK <http://www.wired.co.uk/>. He is currently Data Artist in Residence at the New York Times.

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