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Cindy Poremba
Assistant Professor, Co-Director, game:play lab
Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Graduate Studies
cporemba@faculty.ocadu.ca

Area(s) of Expertise

art games, interactive documentary, digital capture

Overview

Cindy Poremba is a digital media researcher, gamemaker and curator. She is an Assistant Professor (Digital Entertainment) at OCAD University (Toronto, CA) and Co-Director of OCAD’s game:play Lab.

Dr. Poremba has presented internationally at conferences, festivals and invited lectures, on topics relating to game art and curation, capture in postmedia practices, and interactive documentary. Her research and critical writing has been published in journals such as Eludamos, Loading and Games & Culture, as well as edited collections, art catalogs and magazines. Cindy has held positions on award juries including the Ontario Arts Council and the Independent Game Festival (Design and Nuovo), served as Co-Chair for the IndieCade: International Festival of Independent Games, and is a past Board member of the Hand Eye Society, North America’s oldest videogame arts non-profit.

Cindy also organizes non-traditional exhibitions as an independent curator, including Joue le jeu/Play Along (FR), and XYZ: Alternative Voices in Game Design (US). Her award-winning game and “New Arcade” work as a member of the kokoromi experimental videogame collective has been featured in both international game and digital art exhibitions.

Education

Bachelor of Arts English Rhetoric & Professional Writing (New Media Specialization) University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, CA 1998

Master of Applied Science Interactive Arts Simon Fraser University, Surrey, British Columbia, CA 2003

Doctor of Philosophy Humanities (Interdisciplinary) Concordia University, Montréal, Quebec, CA 2011