NMC Advisory Board Activities

The New Media Caucus (NMC) is honored and excited to announce the formation and activities of the inaugural Advisory Board. Voted in by the Board of Directors last February, the members of the Advisory Board are Hasan Elahi, internationally recognized media artist and Associate Professor of the University of Maryland; Sue Gollifer, pioneer of early computer art, Director of ISEA International and academic staff at the University of Brighton in the UK; and Guna Nadarajan, theorist, curator, and Dean and Professor at the Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design at the University of Michigan.

Together, they have already shared their expertise to strengthen the NMC by helping with the mission revision and strategic planning, management and finances, networking and outreach, as well as future archives. Their efforts support the existing structure and leadership of the NMC Executive Committee, which includes the Officers and Chairs of committees of Events and Exhibitions, Communications, and Media-N Journal. New discussions are on the horizon for a national NMC conference outside the CAA and a NMC exhibition to better serve the dynamic and increasing members of NMC.

Please welcome Hasan, Sue, and Guna as our NMC Advisory and get involved!

Profiling NMC Advisory Board

Hasan Elahi is an artist whose work examines issues of surveillance, citizenship, migration, transport, and the challenges of borders and frontiers. His work has been presented in numerous exhibitions at venues such as SITE Santa Fe, Centre Georges Pompidou, Sundance Film Festival, and at the Venice Biennale. His work is frequently in the media and has been covered by The New York Times, Forbes, Wired, and has appeared on Al Jazeera, Fox News, and The Colbert Report. Elahi has spoken about his work to a broad range of audiences such as Tate Modern, Einstein Forum, the American Association of Artificial Intelligence, the International Association of Privacy Professionals, TED, and the World Economic Forum. His recent awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Alpert/MacDowell Fellowship, grants from Creative Capital , Art Matters Foundation, the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, and he is a recipient of a Hugh M. Hefner First Amendment Award. In 2009, he was Resident Faculty at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and is currently Associate Professor of Art at University of Maryland, where from 2011 to 2014 was Director of Design | Cultures + Creativity in the Honors College. In 2017, he joined the Board of Directors at Creative Capital.

Sue Gollifer is the Executive Director of ISEA International. She provides an administrative, academic and creative base for ISEA at the University of Brighton, UK. She works at the intersection of art and technology, as someone who works as an artist, curator, organizer, professor, researcher, and board member she embodies this intersection across many venues. A pioneer of early computer art, she has continuously explored the relationship between technology and the arts and has written extensively on this subject. She is also the course leader for the MA in Digital Media Arts (DMA) and Chair of the ACM SIGGRAPH Lifetime Achievement in Digital Art. Her personal art works are held in both national and international public and private collections. She is on a number of National and International Committees, including (CAS) the Computer Arts Society, (DAM), Digital Art Museum, (DACs) the ACM SIGRAPH Digital Arts Community. She is also been a member of a number of SIGGRAPH Art Gallery subcommittees (from 1998 – 2015). In 2004 she was appointed Art Gallery Chair, for that year. More recently she has been a member of the onsite Art Gallery committee for SIGGRAPH Asia. This included Shenzhen, China 2014, Kobe, Japan 2015, Macao 2016, and Tokyo 2018. She has been the instigator and the curator of a number of other International Digital Art Exhibitions including, ArCade, the UK Open International Biennale Exhibition, of Digital Fine Art Prints 1995 – 2007 and the SIGGRAPH Art Gallery Exhibition’04: Synaesthesia and the “Intuition and Ingenuity” art exhibition to celebrate the Alan Turing Centenary 2012 and the William Latham Exhibition Mutator 1 & 2 as part of Brighton Digital Festival 2013. The Creativity and Cognition 2015 Exhibition Glasgow June 2015 and the Curator of the British Human Computer Interface Conference 2016 at Bournemouth University, UK, Fusions- ‘Performing Interaction: Space, Place and Time’. She is a regular reviewer for a number of Digital Art Exhibitions and Conferences/Symposiums: including reviewing art research papers, panels and art works and digital performances, including organisations such as; ISEA Symposiums, SIGGRAPH Art Papers, SIGGRAPH Asia, and online exhibitions for DACs plus various EU ICT projects. She is also on the Review Panel for the Leonardo Journal and on the Editorial Board of Digital Creativity, a referred journal published by Routledge, and is the art editor and curator of the visual section ‘Artist Space’, which examines the work of artists using digital technology. She recently exhibited her work in the UK, 2016 in an Exhibition of ‘Pioneering Women Artists’ working in the Field of Digital Art – Technology Is Not Neutral. Most recently as at LCB Depot, Leicester as part of the Computer Art Society –  CAS50 Exhibition 50 years and more of computer-generated art. In 2006 she was awarded an iDMAa Award, The International Digital Media Arts Award for her ‘Exceptional Services to the International New Media Community’.

Gunalan Nadarajan, an art theorist and curator working at the intersections of art, science and technology, is Dean and Professor at the Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design at the University of Michigan. His publications include Ambulations (2000), Construction Site (edited; 2004) andContemporary Art in Singapore (co-authored; 2007), Place Studies in Art, Media, Science and Technology: Historical Investigations on the Sites and Migration of Knowledge (co-edited; 2009), The Handbook of Visual Culture (co-edited; 2012) and over 100 book chapters, catalogue essays, academic articles and reviews. His writings have also been translated into 16 languages. He has curated many international exhibitions including Ambulations(Singapore, 1999), 180KG (Jogjakarta, 2002), media_city (Seoul, 2002), Negotiating Spaces(Auckland, 2004), DenseLocal (Mexico City, 2009) and Displacements (Beijing, 2014). He was contributing curator for Documenta XI (Kassel, Germany, 2002) and the Singapore Biennale(2006) and served on the jury of a number of international exhibitions, including ISEA2004(Helsinki / Talinn), transmediale 05 (Berlin), ISEA2006 (San Jose) and FutureEverything Festival (Manchester, 2009). He was Artistic Co-Director of the Ogaki Biennale 2006, Japan and Artistic Director of ISEA2008 (International Symposium on Electronic Art) in Singapore.

He is active in the development of media arts internationally and has previously served on the Board of Directors of the Inter Society for Electronic Art and is on the Advisory Boards of the Database of Virtual Art (Austria), Cellsbutton Festival (Indonesia) and Arts Future Book series (UK). He currently serves on the International Advisory Board of the ArtScience Museum in Singapore. In 2013, he was elected to serve on the Board of Directors of the College Art Association. He has also served as an advisor on creative aspects of digital culture to the UNESCO and the Smithsonian Institution. He continues to work on a National Science Foundation funded initiative to develop a national network for collaborative research, education and creative practice between sciences, engineering, arts and design. He is a member of several professional associations including Special Interest Group in Graphics and Interactive Techniques (SIGGRAPH), Association for Computing Machinery (ACM),College Art Association, National Council of University Research Administrators, International Association of Aesthetics, International Association of Philosophy and Literature and theAmerican Association for the Advancement of Science. In 2004, he was elected a Fellow of theRoyal Society of Art.

He has served in a variety of academic roles in teaching, academic administration and research for over two decades. Prior to joining University of Michigan, he was Vice Provost for Research and Dean of Graduate Studies at the Maryland Institute College of Arts. He also had previous appointments as Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies at the College of Arts and Architecture, Pennsylvania State University and Dean of Visual Arts at the Lasalle College of the Arts, Singapore.