Edward A. Shanken writes and teaches about the entwinement of art, science, and technology with a focus on interdisciplinary practices involving new media. He is Director of the Digital Arts and New Media (DANM) MFA program at UC Santa Cruz and Associate Professor in the Arts Division. Prior academic posts include the Digital + Media MFA program at RISD, the DXARTS Ph.D. program at University of Washington, and the New Media International MA at University of Amsterdam. Fellowships include the National Endowment for the Arts, American Council of Learned Societies, UCLA, University of Bremen, University of Memphis, and Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. Shanken earned a Ph.D. and MA in Art History at Duke University, an MBA at Yale University, and a BA at Haverford College.
Recent publications include essays on art and software, art historiography, land art, investigatory art, sound art and ecology, and bridging the gap between new media and contemporary art. His book, Inventing the Future: Art, Electricity, New Media was published in Spanish in 2013 as Inventar el Futuro, with Portuguese and Chinese translations forthcoming in paper and E-text. He edited and wrote the introduction to a collection of essays by Roy Ascott, Telematic Embrace: Visionary Theories of Art, Technology and Consciousness (University of California Press, 2003). His critically praised survey, Art and Electronic Media (Phaidon Press, 2009) has been expanded with an extensive, multimedia Online Companion: www.artelectronicmedia.com. He is editor of Systems (Whitechapel/MIT Press, 2015). Website: http://artexetra.com.