Dr. Barbara Rauch is an artist practitioner and research academic. She is a Digital Futures Initiative hire, in a tenure- position at OCAD University, Toronto in the School of Interdisciplinary Studies and Graduate Studies. Rauch is the Graduate Program Director for the Interdisciplinary Master’s Program in Art, Media & Design (IAMD). She is the Director for the Data Materialization Lab and PI for the e_Motion Research Project. As a researcher within the Digital Media Research and Innovation Institute, she investigates the development of emotion with the facilitation of data analysis, using advanced technology in 3D printing, sculpting and analysis.
Lynne Heller is a post-disciplinary artist, an educator and academic. Her interests encompass material culture, new media performative interaction, graphic novels and sculptural installation. Heller completed her MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2004 and is currently undertaking a doctoral program at University College Dublin, Ireland. She is a cross-appointed Assistant Professor at OCAD University in the Faculties of Design, Liberal Arts & Sciences and School of Interdisciplinary Studies, as well as being co-director of the Data Materialization Lab. At University College Dublin, she works in the department of Gender, Culture and Identity, with a research focus on feminist practice in online culture.
Heller has an extensive exhibition record both nationally and internationally and is the recipient of grants from the Ontario Arts Council, the Canada Council for the Arts and the Department of Foreign Affairs, Canada. Recent exhibitions include Slippage at the Robert Langen Art Gallery, University at Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, Chelsea Girls, Gallery 44, Toronto, ON, Homeostasis Lab, The Wrong – New Digital Art Biennale, made and exhibited worldwide, Another Season: An International Exchange Project, Gallery 44, Toronto, ON (the exhibition travelled to the Three Shadows Photography Art Centre, Beijing, the Detroit Centre for Contemporary Photography, and the Hippolyte Photographic Gallery, Helsinki) and Hysteria: Past, Present, Future curated by Anonda Bell, Paul Robeson Galleries, Rutgers University, Newark, New Jersey, USA. She exhibited this past year at WARC Gallery, Toronto, ON, ISEA2014, Dubai, UAE, touring - Salisbury, Leicester, Bristol, London and online, 2014-15. Recent publications include the chapter “Found Objects, Bought Selves” in New Opportunities for Artistic Practice in Virtual Worlds, ed. Dr. Denise Doyle.
Ashley Scarlett is a doctoral candidate in the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto. Her dissertation, On the Matter of the Digital Contemporary Media Art, explores contemporary new media artworks and making practices as a grounded means of engaging with the phenomenological parameters of digital objects and materials. Ashley has presented and written widely on her research, with an edited version of one of her dissertation chatpers recently appearing in Digital Culture & Society. In addition to her research, Ashley is also a regular lecturer at OCAD U and the University of Toronto, where she teaches courses on the history of new media art and critical theory.
Dr. Kathleen Morris received her doctoral degree from the University of Oxford where her research was jointly funded by SSHRC and the Clarendon Fund. She has published articles in L’esprit créateur, Revue d’art canadienne/Review of Canadian Art (RACAR), and Octopus: A Visual Studies Journal.
Dr. Martin Zeilinger’s research interests include the appropriation of art in analog and digital media; theories of authorship, creativity and cultural ownership; copyright, intellectual property and the public domain, cultural policy and the emerging cultural rights movement, and alternative IP models emerging in creative practices. His work on appropriation art and cultural practices of copying and reusing has appeared in several peer-reviewed journals and edited collections, and has been presented at many international conferences and lectures, including at Stanford University, the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis, and Sabanci University (Istanbul/Turkey). He also has a background as a creative practitioner in film and music, and has a strong interest in contemporary visual art, electronic music, documentary film and experimental cinema.
Antônio Mozelli is a award scholarship recipient from the Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program (ELAP). Since 2009 the Government of Canada announced the Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program (ELAP) to support the development of human capital and the next generation of leaders in the Americas while strengthening the linkages between post-secondary institutions in Canada and Latin America and the Caribbean. Antônio is currently a full-time visiting research student at the Data Materialization Studio - OCAD University/Canada under supervision of Prof. Dr. Lynne Heller for a period of six months, starting from 20th August 2018, till 20th February 2019. He is currently a master student at the Postgraduate program in Arts at the University of the State of Minas Gerais/Brazil. Graduated in Computer Science from the University FUMEC/Brazil and in Fine Arts from the Guignard School, UEMG/Brazil. He currently develops research and work in the digital arts field and explores the use of immersive virtual reality environments. He is also a member of the Brazilian research group (CNPq) Laboratory of Poetics Border [LabFRONT].
Denise Doyle has a background in Fine Art Painting and Digital Media. She is an Artist-Researcher, Senior Lecturer in Digital Media at the University of Wolverhampton, and Adjunct Professor in Virtual Worlds and Digital Practice, Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCAD U), Toronto, Canada. Denise has published widely on the subject of the virtual and the imaginary, the experience of the avatar body in virtual worlds and game spaces, and the use of virtual worlds for creative practice. She sits on two international editorial boards: International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media (Routledge) and Journal of Gaming and Virtual Worlds (Intellect). She recently edited New Opportunities for Artistic Practice in Virtual Worlds (IGI Global, 2015) bringing together artists, practitioners, and theorists, to consider the significance of virtual worlds and avatar-based interaction for artistic practice. Her research interests include: virtual worlds, art-sci dialogues, interactive film, philosophies of the imagination, practice-based research methods and digital narratives. She is currently developing a series of projects exploring digital embodiment in art and technology.
New Opportunities for Artistic Practice in Virtual Worlds provides a coherent account of artistic practices in virtual worlds and considers the contribution the Second Life platform has made in a historical, theoretical, and critical context within the fields of art and technology. This volume is intended for both artists and scholars in the areas of digital art, art and technology, media arts history, virtual worlds, and games studies, as well as a broader academic audience who are interested in the philosophical implications of virtual spaces.