IAN ALAN PAUL, Assistant Professor
Digital/New Media, Social & Interventionist Practice, Interdisciplinary Studio, Installation, Experimental Documentary, Critical Theory, Network Cultures, Politics of Aesthetics.
Ph.D. University of California, Santa Cruz
M.F.A. San Francisco Art Institute
Ian Alan Paul (b. 1984) is a transdisciplinary artist and theorist whose work examines instantiations of power and practices of resistance in a wide variety of global contexts. His work is formally diverse, often making use of writing, photography, video, and code, and is conceptually informed by critical theory and continental philosophy. Presently, Ian is exploring destituent power and the politics of refusal in a series of experimental documentaries and is coediting an anthology of essays and artworks that explores the role that media texts, technologies, and practices have played in consolidating the so-called European Migrant “Crisis” as an object of political contention, affective investment, and legal and legislative maneuver.
Over the course of his life, Ian has lived, taught, and worked for extended periods in the United States, Mexico, Spain, Egypt, and Palestine. He has taught, lectured, and exhibited internationally, and has had his work featured in The Atlantic, Al Jazeera, Art Threat, Mada Masr, Jadaliyya, Art Info, and C Magazine, among others. He received his PhD in Film and Digital Media Studies from UC Santa Cruz in 2016 and his MFA and MA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2011.