Natalie Bookchin’s (Artistic Director) artwork explores some of the far-reaching consequences of digital technologies on a range of spheres, including aesthetics, labor, leisure, and politics. It addresses the ramifications of mass connectivity and global flows of media on the truths we tell about ourselves and the world.
Her work is exhibited widely, including exhibitions at MoMa, LACMA, PS1, Mass MOCA, the Walker Art Center, the Pompidou Centre, MOCA Los Angeles, the Whitney Museum, the Tate, and Creative Time. She has received numerous grants and awards, including from Creative Capital, California Arts Council, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Durfee Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, California Community Foundation, the Daniel Langlois Foundation, a COLA Artist Fellowship, the Center for Cultural Innovation, and most recently, the MacArthur Foundation.
Bookchin was on the faculty in the Photography & Media Program in the Art School at the California Institute of the Arts from 1998 to 2015, chair and co-chair of the program for seven years, and is currently a professor of Media and Associate Chair in the Visual Arts Department at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.
Brian Edgerton (Instructor) is an artist and animator working between Brooklyn, NY and Piscataway, NJ while he completes his MFA at Mason Gross School of the Arts. His drawings, prints, videos and animations humanize the chilly world of the digital image with wry humor and buoyant color. He received a BFA in film and video from the Pratt Institute in 2006. His work has been exhibited in and around NYC.
Additionally, he has done animation and other post-production work appearing on PBS, The American Museum of Natural History, The Smithsonian Channel, The World Science Festival, and NPR. He designed and taught a course at BHQFU, a free community art school in NYC, and has been a teaching assistant in Media at Mason Gross School of the Arts since 2014.