CHRISTA ERICKSON, Associate Professor. M.F.A. University of California, San Diego; Digital Arts Minor Co-Program Director, Medical Leave 2014-2015.
Christa Erickson is an interdisciplinary artist who investigates the politics, pleasures, and pains of spaces mediated by electronic technologies. She weaves together combinations of video, tactile materials, programming, physical cinematic devices, and live data in interactive installations. Her individual and collaborative works have been exhibited widely both within the United States and abroad. Sites within the United States where her work has been shown include the PPOW (NY), Jamaica Center for the Arts (NY), SVA Visual Arts Museum (NY); the Walker Art Center (MN); the Institute for Studies in the Arts at ASU (AZ); the California Museum of Photography; Maryland Art Place; and Firehouse Gallery (VT) as well as numerous university galleries and museums. Internationally, she has had exhibits at the Banff Center for the Arts, the Hong Kong Arts Centre, several art museums in Argentina, and at international media arts festivals like FILE (Brazil), SIGGRAPH Asia (Japan), CYNETart (Germany), HTMLLES (Canada), Medi@terra (Greece and Eastern Europe), Pixilerations (RI, US), and Ciber@rt (Spain). Her work has been cited in the New York Times, Leonardo, Village Voice, Wired, Parachute, Newsday, Baltimore Sun, San Diego Union Tribune, Arizona Republic, and “Coolsite of the Day.” She was Artist-in-Residence at the Hong Kong Arts Centre for Digital Now 2003 and an Artist-in-Residence at Sculpture Space in 2007. She also writes, curates, and regularly speaks about new media. Her essay “Networked Interventions: Debugging the Electronic Frontier” appears in the anthology Embodied Utopias: Gender, Social Change, and the Urban Metropolis (Routledge, 2002). She teaches digital arts courses and has received a Presidential Mini-Grant for Innovative Teaching. Her background includes commercial print and web design, media and animation production, and software engineering. Ms. Erickson has an MFA from the University of California, San Diego and degrees in sculpture and computer science from the University of Texas, Austin. Prior to joining the faculty at Stony Brook, she taught at UC, San Diego and at Indiana University, where she founded the University’s Digital Media program.