Published: Aug. 22, 2013

As part of our annual luncheon media arts lecture series at the BC, we are happy to confirm Joel Swanson for February 4th, 2014. Swanson is an artist, designer and writer who currently serves as the Director of the Technology, Arts & Media Program at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He teaches classes on digital art, media theory, and the history of design. He received his Masters of Fine Art at the University of California, San Diego with a specialty in Computing and the Arts.

Literary and linguistic theory inform and motivate his work, which ranges from sculpture to interactive installation. Thematically his work explores the nature of language, its materiality, and its modes of signification within physical and virtual forms. Specifically, he revisits the questions posed by many of the Conceptual language artists of the 1960’s and 1970’s, but in light of contemporary digital technologies.

His artwork has been exhibited nationally and internationally including at the Denver Museum of Contemporary Art, The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery of Toronto, the North Miami Museum of Contemporary Art and the Orange Country Museum of Contemporary Art.

Joel will be discussing his new body of work, currently on view at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver ( This work explores the relationship between language and representation, specifically in light of digital media.

Joel Swanson will speak from 11:30am to 12:30pm, in the ATLAS building, room 311.