Graduate Students

Arts Graduate Student Profiles

Maureen Anderson (PhD student): My artwork remixes textual and audiovisual media materials from the year I was born, 1977, exploring the relation between the fantastical and the historical in visiting a time when one was technically in a world of which one has no direct memories, therefore forcing one to rely on artifacts to construct new recollections of that past in the present. anderm12@rpi.edu

Angela Beallor (PhD student): My cross-historical and cross-cultural video-based research is a queer re-imagining of Sergei Tret’iakov’s unrealized 1926 Soviet play I Want a Baby! This project is simultaneously a historical and contemporary exploration looking at questions of the everyday (motherhood, (queer) reproduction, pregnancy, parenting) as they relate to political and cultural utopianism and the re-envisioning of society. bealla@rpi.edu; http://www.angelabeallor.com/

Omer Cem Cakmak (PhD student): My practice is time-based works employing unconventional use of technology; my research is an investigation of nonlinear operations in art, acoustics, communication and perception with a systems-theoretical approach. cakmao@rpi.edu 

Arielle Cerini (PhD student): Arielle Cerini is a critical designer whose work aims to expand the definition of design through the implementation and development of non-systematic design methods. Much of her work involves ‘hacking,’ technological developments, and installations that explore the sensorial boundaries of communication technologies. cerina@rpi.edu; www.acerinidesigns.com

Leo Chang (PhD student): I am a musician and composer who focuses on structured improvisational processes, the aesthetic of processes, the performance of listening, and composer-performer-audience dynamics. changh8@rpi.edu; www.listentoleo.com

Kelly Fox (PhD student): My research and practice explores musical composition and distributed (inter-)action between people and semi-autonomous agents in virtual environments. foxk@rpi.edu, http://kmichaelfox.com/

Ellie Irons (PhD student): Working at the intersection of urban ecology fieldwork and socially engaged art, Irons investigates how engagement with weedy plant species can inform and contest human-centered notions of environmentalism and shared resources in the context of the Sixth Mass Extinction. ironse@rpi.edu; https://ellieirons.com/; http://nextepochseedlibrary.com/; http://www.environmentalperformanceagency.com/

Kathleen McDermott (PhD student): Kathleen McDermott combines craft and sculpture techniques with open-source electronic experiments to build video-based narratives of a strange future, a practice she refers to as "absurdist electronics." mcderk3@rpi.edu, http://kthartic.com/

Maria Michails-Posidis (PhD student): My practice-led research aims to develop methods for co-creative engagement with communities about their local environmental problems related to crude oil extraction, combustion and infrastructure. micham6@rpi.edu; http://www.treiastudios.net/

Eric Miller (PhD student): My work explores the combined use of visual, auditory, and tactile stimulation techniques for the induction of non-ordinary conscious experiences. millee15@rpi.edu, http://www.grayscalesound.com/ 

Igraine Perkinson (PhD student): Performative writing, digital sprawl av/media, and the conceptual body...these neo-post-apocalyptic subjectivities unfold in a future-past of turmoil, which includes migration crisis and exile, the noir of climate change, and nuclear threat in mega-urbanity. perkii@rpi.edu; http://igrey.net/

Senem Pirler (PhD student): I examine the use of audiovisual strategies in artistic production as a means to explore feminist queer utopian ideas and their possible realization through immersive environments. pirles@rpi.edu, http://senempirler.com/

Patrick Quinn (PhD student): I like to hack on language and explore cities. Research Interests: psychogeography, aleatory poetry, and remix studies. quinnp@rpi.edu, https://github.com/SURVANT-Cryp

Jeremy Stewart (PhD student): Jeremy Stewart is a multimedia artist and performer whose work addresses agency, autonomy and perception in technologically mediated systems through the development of interactive software systems, wearable hardware, and improvisational performance. Stewart is currently pursuing his PhD at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY, where he previously completed his MFA in Electronic Arts in 2016. stewaj5@rpi.edu, http://blindelephants.co/

Ezra Teboul (PhD student): Ezra Teboul is a musician and researcher focusing on the electric potentials of material decay in sonic works. teboue@rpi.edu; http://redthunderaudio.com/

Michelle Temple (PhD student): Michelle Temple is an artist and educator whose research investigates the intersection of Deaf Studies and Electronic Music composition. templm@rpi.edu

Carolyn Tennant (PhD student): My research examines the archive as a space for cultural production and activism, and my work spans a trajectory that includes older and newer media. I am currently using found footage and home movies to create a speculative archive, one that inspires a dialog between fact and fiction. tennac@rpi.edu

Ricardo Tovar Mateus (PhD student): My research as a composer and performer questions audiovisual relationships and their influence on human emotion. tovarr@rpi.edu; https://www.ricardotovarmateus.com/

Van Tran Nguyen (PhD student): My research is focused on the intersection of diaspora, memory and archives. I am interested in the duality of national identities within immigrant communities and my art practice explores methods of survival for marginalized populations using humor and storytelling. trannv@rpi.edu, http://vantrannguyen.com/ 

Matej Vakula (PhD student): My studies are focusing on the relationship between instructional art, biology, and artificial intelligence. In particular, I am exploring the role that games may play in the translational relationships between knowledge workers, laboratories, nature, and artificial intelligence. vakulm@rpi.edu, http://vakula.eu/

Hana van der Kolk (PhD student): I am interested in the body/mind as a site of radical imagination and healing, and in healing as justice. I focus on movement/dance, altered/meditative states, renunciation, collaboration/collectivity, parties, dreams and waking dreaming, sex, and queerness, and am curious about the effects of these things on a culture of consumption, addiction, anxiety, fear, whiteness/white supremacy, sex-negativity/rape culture, and death phobia. vandeh2@rpi.edu

"Crime + Punishment" with filmmaker Stephen Maing
November 14, 2018 7:00 PM
The Sanctuary for Independent Media, 3361 6th Ave., Troy, NY

Join us for a screening and discussion of the riveting documentary chronicling the struggles of a group of black and Latino whistleblower cops and the young minorities they are pressured to arrest and summons in New York City.

A workshop “Storytelling at the Margins,” with the film’s director/producer/cinematographer/editor Stephen Maing, will precede the screening from 4-6pm.