Congratulations to our 2019 MAL Residents!

We’re thrilled to officially announce our 2019 cohort of researchers- and artists-in-residence, some of whom have already gotten started! We can’t wait to see what these tremendous scholars and practitioners produce in and as a result of their time in the lab. Thanks to all who applied, we were humbled by the number and caliber of proposals submitted.

More information on MAL residencies and a link to our 2020 residency application form is available here

Here are our 2019 MAL residents:

Liat Berdugo headshotLiat Berdugo
Liat Berdugo is an artist, writer, and curator whose work focuses on embodiment and digitality, archive theory, and new economies. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and festivals internationally, and she collaborates widely with individuals and archives. She is an assistant professor of Art + Architecture at the University of San Francisco, and is currently writing a book about the weaponization of cameras in Israel/Palestine (forthcoming from Bloomsbury/I.B.Tauris).


Grant Bollmer headshotGrant Bollmer
Grant Bollmer is the author of three books, Inhuman Networks: Social Media and the Archaeology of Connection (Bloomsbury, 2016), Theorizing Digital Cultures (SAGE, 2018), and Materialist Media Theory: An Introduction (Bloomsbury, forthcoming). He is an Assistant Professor of Media Studies at North Carolina State University, where he teaches in the Dept. of Communication and the Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media Ph.D. program, and is an Honorary Associate of the Digital Cultures Program and the Department of Media and Communications at the University of Sydney. His current research examines the history of empathy and the technological inscription of embodied motion.

Ingrid Burrington headshotIngrid Burrington
Ingrid Burrington writes, makes maps, and tells jokes about places, politics, and the weird feelings people have about both. She’s the author of Networks of New York: An Illustrated Field Guide to Internet Infrastructure.



Patrick Ellis headshotPatrick Ellis
Patrick Ellis (PhD, Berkeley) is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication at the Georgia Institute of Technology. His book project, Aeroscopics: A Media Archaeology of the Bird’s-Eye View, provides a history of aerial vision in the era prior to commonplace flight. His interests beyond the history of film include the histories of cartography, medicine, and technology. He has work published or forthcoming in The British Journal for the History of Science, Cinema Journal, Early Popular Visual Culture, and Imago Mundi. He has curated exhibits and silent film programs for the Pacific Film Archive, the Wolfsonian Museum, and retroTECH, among others.

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E.R. Emison
E.R. Emison is a poet and Ph.D. candidate in English (Rhetoric) at the University of Texas at Austin. She holds an M.A. in English (Rhetoric) from the University of Texas at Austin and a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies: Classics (magna cum laude) from the University of Minnesota, Duluth. She is a staff member of the Digital Writing and Research Lab, where her research has primarily concerned entomorphic rhetoric, bugly affects, and debugging practices from Plato to PLATO. Lately, though, she’s turned over a somewhat different leaf—her dissertation offers a material feminist account of kairos via episodes of sexual violence in rhetorical theory and pedagogy (i.e., emergences of rhetorical force, trickery, harassment, coercion, pederasty, abduction, rape, and love in specific media, moments, conditions).

Chelsea Gunn headshotChelsea Gunn
Chelsea Gunn is a PhD candidate in Library and Information Science at the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Computing and Information. She is currently writing her dissertation, which explores how archivists have dealt with personal records throughout the history of the profession, and how treatments of personal archives are impacted by the creation of records in remote commercial platforms. As both an archivist and a writer she is interested in the relationship between form and content.


Lav Kalman and Whitney Horn headshotLev Kalman and Whitney Horn
Lev Kalman and Whitney Horn have been making films together since 2003. Their distinctive style blends lo-fi 16mm photography, dreamy electronic music, philosophic musings, and steady bursts of absurdist humor. Their films Blondes in the Jungle, L for Leisure and Two Plains & a Fancy have played at festivals including Rotterdam, BFI London and BAMCinemaFest. L for Leisure was praised as the “movie of the century so far” by The L Magazine and appeared on multiple top-10s, and The New Yorker’s Richard Brody called Two Plains & a Fancy, “The most imaginative and visionary recent addition to the [Western] genre.” Kalman is based in San Diego, and Horn in San Francisco.

Andrew Lison headshotAndrew Lison
Andrew Lison is Assistant Professor of Media Study at the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York. His writing has appeared in New Formations, ​Science Fiction Studies, and a number of edited collections, including one of which he is co-editor (with Timothy Scott Brown, The Global Sixties in Sound and Vision: Media, Counterculture, Revolt, Palgrave, 2014). As a Media Archaeology Lab resident, he will conduct research in support of his first monograph, New Media at the End of History, examining the rise of the personal computer as a multimedia device in the late 1980s and early 1990s alongside the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of state socialism.

Julia MadsenJulia Madsen headshot
Julia Madsen is a multimedia poet and educator. She received an MFA in Literary Arts from Brown University and is a PhD candidate in English/Creative Writing at the University of Denver. Her first book, The Boneyard, The Birth Manual, A Burial: Investigations into the Heartland, was recently published by Trembling Pillow Press.



Kate Parsons headshotKate Parsons
Kate Parsons is a video artist and educator living in Los Angeles. She obtained her M.F.A. in Media Arts from UCLA, her M.A. in Digital Art and Video from CSU-Northridge, and her BFA at Montana State University. She is the co-founder of FLOAT, VR/AR art studio, and the co-founder and Director of Femmebit, a video art festival celebrating female artists working in video and new media in Los Angeles. She is currently Visiting Assistant Professor in Fine Art and Communication Studies at Pepperdine University.


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Daniel Pillis
Artist and technologist Daniel Gene Pillis is currently Research Assistant Professor in Immersive Environments at Virginia Tech, where they lead a team in an Immersive Reality Media Lab developing projects at the intersection of queer computing, media archeaology, and object based narrative. Pillis was previously researcher and artist-in-residence at the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University with Dr. Christopher Atkeson, where they focused on soft machines and inflatable robotics. They hold a Masters degree focusing on Virtual Reality and Immersive Environments from Carnegie Mellon University, where they worked with the father of computer graphics, Ivan E. Sutherland. Pillis has exhibited work at the Warhol Museum (Pittsburgh, PA), the Mint Museum (Charlotte, NC), the Leslie Lohman Museum of Queer Art (NYC), Newark Penn Station (Newark, NJ) and has performed at the Museum of Contemporary Art (Cleveland, OH), Open Engagement International Conference (Pittsburgh PA) and the Theatre for the New City in the East Village (NYC), as well as numerous other galleries and internet venues.

Everest Pipkin headshot

Everest Pipkin 
Everest Pipkin is a drawing and software artist from Bee Caves, Texas, who produces intimate work with large data sets. They produce printed material as books and zines, as well as digital work in software, bots, and games. They also make drawings on paper. Pipkin holds a BFA from University of Texas at Austin, a MFA from Carnegie Mellon University, and has shown nationally and internationally at The Design Museum of London, The Texas Biennial, XXI Triennale of Milan, The Victoria & Albert Museum, and others.


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Asha Tamirisa
Asha Tamirisa works with sound and image and researches media histories. Particular interests include tool-building with both software and hardware, experimental music and film, and intermedia composition and installation. Asha’s research integrates media archeological methods with feminist science and technology studies perspectives, looking closely and critically at often forgotten elements and conditions of media. Currently, Asha is a doctoral student at Brown University in the Computer Music and Multimedia department, and is concurrently pursuing an M.A. in Modern Culture and Media. Asha is a founding member of OPENSIGNAL, a group of artists concerned with the state of gender and race in electronic music and art practices.

Jessica Westbrook and Adam Trowbridge
Jessica Westbrook uses art and design to negotiate and organize the joys and struggles of information and understanding. Her research and practice is interdisciplinary, blending features and attributes of divergent thinking and inquiry with emerging technology, experimental media, design, and social landscapes. Westbrook is currently working on a doctorate in education. Adam Trowbridge is a designer, programmer, and code media researcher. His current work focuses on user experience design for privacy and security, programming pedagogy for designers, and geo-located augmented reality. His previous projects employed augmented reality to highlight police omnipresence and security theater. Westbrook and Trowbridge collaborate as Channel TWo [CH2], a Chicago-based art/design research studio that produces information experiences and critical playware. Westbrook and Trowbridge also Co-Direct Divergent Design Lab at DePaul University where they are both faculty in the College of Computing and Digital Media, School of Design.

Stacy Wood headshotStacy Wood
Stacy Wood MLIS, PhD is currently an Assistant Professor at the School of Computing and Information at the University of Pittsburgh. She conducts socio-cultural and historical research on race, gender, archives and technology particularly within the criminal legal system.

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