Digital Arts Faculty
The faculty who will guide you through the curriculum at Goucher are not just professors, and they’re not just at Goucher. They are distinguished leaders in the field of digital arts from all over the country. They bring a depth of practical experience that is invaluable to students.
Andrew Bernstein is a composer, performer, and artist based in Baltimore, MD. His work has taken form in solo and ensemble performances, generative audio/visual software, interactive multimedia and robotic installations, and music for theatre, film and dance. He has presented his work internationally at venues such as Issue Project Room (NY), Cafe Oto (London), Unsound Festival (Krakow, Poland), Current Gallery (Baltimore), Donau Festival (Krems, Austria), Pioneer Works (NY), Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art (OH), High Zero Festival (Baltimore), and Light City Festival (Baltimore), among others. He is a member of the experimental rock band Horse Lords and is on the board of the High Zero Foundation. Learn more about Andrew at: www.andrewbernste.in.
M.F.A. in Digital Arts, Goucher College
Damian Catera is an interdisciplinary sound and media artist, electroacoustic composer and improviser. Catera's work reflects interests in critical analysis, experimental composition/ improvisation and transmission. He has toured and exhibited his work the US, Europe, and Asia. His primary mission as an artist is to blur disciplinary boundaries often utilizing appropriated material and algorithmic processing.
In recent years, Catera has performed solo improvised "decompositions" using computer manipulated live radios as instrumentation in such venues as the New Museum of Contemporary Art and The Kitchen in New York City , the ZKM institute in Germany and the Institute for Contemporary Art in Prague. As a collaborator, Damian has performed at the National Gallery in Prague, The Walker Center and The Adler Planetarium.
Catera has exhibited sound installations and video pieces in a variety of forums including The Chelsea Museum, Art in General, ICMC '96 in Hong Kong and MediaForum 2003 in Moscow.
Damian holds an M.F.A. in Electronic Arts from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a B.A. in Political Science from Siena College. He also studied Electroacoustic Composition at Les Atelier UPIC, the Paris-based institute founded by composer Iannis Xenakis. He is represented by the Hogar Collection Gallery in Brooklyn, NY and is the recipient of a 2008 Fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.
M.F.A. in Electronic Arts, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
B.A. in Political Science, Siena College
Mary Helena Clark
Helena Clark is an artist working in film, video, and installation. Her work uses the language of collage, often bringing together disparate subjects and styles that suggest an exterior logic or code, to explore dissociative states. Her films have been screened at the 2017 Whitney Biennial (NY), the International Film Festival Rotterdam (Rotterdam), the New York Film Festival (NY), the Toronto International Film Festival (Toronto), Grazer Kunstverein (Graz, Austria), Laura Bartlett Gallery (London), Anthology Film Archives (NY), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SF), and the Museum of Contemporary Photography (Chicago) among others.
The paintings needed motion. After independent studies in Experimental Animation, Paul Lempke returned to Indiana University -- this time as a Computer Science major to learn whatever it took to turn algorithms in his head into animation. This led to getting his M.F.A. in Electronic Visualization from UIC in 1984. He also taught there and then full time at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where he was also the Assistant Director of the Center for Advanced Studies in Art & Technology. Paul has never been out of the classroom for more than two years, having also taught 2D/3D animation at the University of Michigan, American Academy of Art, University of Illinois at Chicago, Northeastern Illinois University, College of Lake County, and now Goucher College. Computer graphics and non-linear video system integration, training and consulting was the business of the company he co-founded and managed from 1986-1998. Through this time he has a freelance career in educational software and video game graphics and animation, culminating in being Technical Art Director for the first EAKids edutainment title. Always interested in possibilities for 3D displays, Paul had a long working relationship with the Lasersmith holography studio. His "business card" was possibly the first animated, true-color, white-light transmission holographic stereogram ever produced. His 3D models, animations and motion graphics have been used in television and internet commercials, and corporate trade show videos. He currently produces artwork using three aliases.
Javier Molina is an engineer, actor and media artist working with virtual reality, motion capture, interactive installations, performance art, and experimental film. He holds a degree in Telecommunications Engineering from the Army Polytechnic School, a Masters of Science NYU School of Engineering, along with a minor in acting at Uta Hagen’s HB Studio. He has worked at NYU MAGNET, researching VR and AR technologies and teaching motion capture workflow for virtual reality.
Javier's interest in performance has evolved from conventional performing arts to more eclectic and interactive performances. His work offers a creative way to join passion and involvement with contemporary art and combine it with cutting-edge technology.
Brenna Murphy is an American artist working with digital sculpture and electronic systems. Her work is an ongoing meditation on the shape of embodied experience across physical and virtual realms. She also works collaboratively with Birch Cooper under the collective name MSHR, producing performances and interactive sound installations. Murphy and MSHR have exhibited and performed frequently over the past decade at institutional spaces such as the Museum of Arts and Design, MoMA PS1, the Rubin Museum, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Kunsthaus Langenthal, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Kunstverein Dusseldorf, as well as artist run spaces such as Open Space, The Floristry, The Red Room, Macao, The Glove, Coaxial, Xhurch, Sonoscopia. Murphy has been based in Portland, OR and NYC and is now nomadic, following projects and residencies. Her work is represented by the Portland based gallery Upfor.
Michael E. Scott-Nelson
Michael is an acclaimed multimedia performer, composer, and software developer. He
is a multi-instrumentalist who performs on everything from 17th-century dulcians to
contemporary bespoke digital devices. His artistic software deals with the artistic
application of machine learning systems and with extending human expressive potential
through design in equal measure. He currently develops software for SAS Institute.
Samples can be found at: http://www.michaelscottnelson.com/ and https://github.com/mscottnelson.
D.M.A. in Composition, The University of Kansas
M.M. in Music Technology, Johns Hopkins Peabody Institute
Christopher Willits is a multimedia artist, an electronic music and guitar pioneer. Named "the Picasso of sound" (Tokafi), Christopher uses his self-designed software tools to "paint with his guitar" (Pitchfork), creating "mesmerizing, intricate electronic soundscapes" (Nowness) and lush audiovisual performances of weaving patterns, texture, and harmony. A guitarist, composer, producer, photographer, visual artist, and system designer, Willits creates relaxing experiences of overlapping sound and light. Working solo and in collaboration with the likes of Ryuichi Sakamoto, Matmos and Taylor Deupree, Christopher has released over 20 albums within the last decade. Willits is based in San Francisco and has a master's degree in electronic music from Mills College. Learn more at: www.christopherwillits.com.
M.F.A in Electronic Music, Mills College