Bruce Wands is the Director of the New York Digital Salon. He is also an artist, writer, and musician. He has lectured, performed, and exhibited his creative work internationally, including Europe, Hong Kong and Beijing, China, Japan, and Korea. Time Out New York named Bruce as one of the “99 People to Watch in 1999”. His digital art, music, photography, and writing explore the invention of new forms of narrative and the relationship between visual art, mathematics, and music. He is the Chair of the MFA Computer Art Department and the Director of Computer Education at the School of Visual Arts in New York. U.S. News and World Report recently ranked his department 5th in the United States in Multimedia/Visual Communications.
His department’s web site, www.mfaca.sva.edu, was named by Yahoo Internet Life as one of the "100 Best Sites of 2002" for Best Original Web Art. Recent lectures and exhibitions include Creativity & Cognition 2005, International Digital Media and Arts Association Exhibition, Electronics Alive III, “Thoughts on Hesse, Digital Art and Visual Music” at SIGGRAPH 2004, First Beijing International New Media Arts Exhibition, and the SIGGRAPH 2003 Art Gallery and Traveling Art Show. Bruce was the first musician to give a live performance over ISDN lines on the Internet in 1992, and performs regularly in the New York area. He is the author of Digital Creativity, published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. in 2001 and is currently completing Art of the Digital Age, which will be published in early 2006 by Thames & Hudson Ltd. UK. He has a BA with honors from Lafayette College and an MS from Syracuse University. His website is www.brucewands.com.
Cindy Keefer is the Director of the Center for Visual Music a non-profit film archive dedicated to visual music, experimental animation and avant-garde media where she directs programs encompassing access, preservation, production and exhibition. At the Center for Visual Music, her recent projects include the provision of film programming for exhibitions including MOCA’s Visual Music, Tate (UK)’s Summer of Love, Centre Pompidou’s Sons et Lumieres, and events at The Louvre, Guggenheim Museum (NY), Walker Art Center, LACMA, Redcat Theatre, Pacific Film Archive, LA Filmforum, Lux Cinema London, and others. She served as a consultant and provided research for the MOCA/Hirshhorn Visual Music exhibition, and curated three accompanying screenings. Keefer was the producer of Jordan Belson’s new film Epilogue, commissioned by the Hirshhorn for the exhibition. Keefer has preserved numerous short films by visual music artists including Jordan Belson (Allures, Light, World), Oskar Fischinger, Harry Smith, John and James Whitney (Lapis, Yantra, High Voltage, Permutations, Arabesque, Catalog), Pat O’Neill, Hy Hirsh, Jules Engel (12 films), John Stehura, Charles Dockum and the Single Wing Turquoise Bird Light Show.
She has worked with the Fischinger Archive and The William Moritz Collection since 1997. She has served as a Guest Lecturer and Adjunct Faculty at the California Institute of the Arts, teaching The History of Experimental Animation. She produced seven video compilations of the films of Oskar Fischinger and Jordan Belson, and is currently developing and producing DVD releases at CVM. She has authored and served as Project Director on numerous grants from the NEA, NEH, NFPF, Getty Grant Program, and California Arts Council. In 1993 she received a Peabody Award and a National Education Association Award for her work as a director of children’s music videos. Her own films have screened at museums, galleries and festivals internationally. Keefer received a BFA in Film and Television from New York University.
Jack Ox has studied beyond her MFA in visual arts at UCSD and has done considerable research in both music theory [Manhattan School of Music, NYC] and phonetics [University of Cologne] in order to produce a large body of work which is a visual mapping and structured understanding of music. Her work includes visualizations of Igor Stravinsky’s Symphony in Three Movements, Gregorian Chant, and Debussy’s Nuages. During her six year stay in Germany she made an 800 sq.’ visualization of Kurt Schwitters’ Ursonate, the 41 minute long sound poem. Ox participated in Vom Klang der Bilder at the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart in 1985, made an Ursonate presentation at the Centre Georges Pompidou during the Kurt Schwitters retrospective in Paris in 1994, and exhibited the complete cycle of 12 paintings based on Anton Bruckner’s 8th Symphony in 1996 at the Neue Galerie der Stadt Linz, Austria.
In 2004 she showed the complete Ursonate at the Muzeum Sztuki in Lodz, Poland, and the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans. Ox has been on the editorial board of Leonardo for over 10 years and was guest co-editor “Synesthesia and Intersense” with Jacques Mandelbroijt. Since receiving initial start up funds from Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria in 1998 she has been collaborating with David Britton on The 21st. Century VirtualColor Organ (tm), a virtual reality performance in an immersive environment. The project received further support from NCSA at the University of Illinois, U-C, Boston University, SGI, EAI. Ox was a Visiting Fellow in the Dept. of Computer Science, LUTCHI Research Centre, University of Loughborough, UK, and a visiting artist at the Art and Technology Center and High Performance Computing Center at the University of New Mexico as she began work on the current Color Organ project; Gridjam.
Diane Field is the Assistant Director of the New York Digital Salon, and is active in all aspects of programming and coordinating projects. She also works in digital media, and exhibited work in the Eighth Annual New York Digital Salon. Diane was previously a Junior Designer at Guggenheim.com creating online exhibitions for their Webby Award winning site. She received a Master of Fine Art in Computer Art from the School of Visual Arts and a Bachelor of Fine Art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Diane Ludin is in charge of Web Development for the New York Digital Salon. Prior to this, Diane has exhibited both her solo and collaborative works in the US and Abroad. Commissioned works include projects for The Walker Art Center, Franklin Furnace, Turbulence.org and the Whitney Museum's Artport. Residencies include; Harvestworks, The Alternative Museum, LMCC's World Views, and The Experimental Television Center.
Susan Agliata is the Administrative Assistant for New York Digital Salon. She graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in May 2004 with concentrations in film/media, curatorial studies, and critical writing. She is an active organizer of contemporary art and film events including La Superette 2005 at Exit Art and Hell On Reels [Astoria Moving Picture Festval].