Published: Oct. 1, 2019

Associate Professor Reece Auguiste presented a paper on African archives and multimedia arts, and conducted a seminar on the essay film and African documentary practice at the University of Witwatersrand's RE-Framing Africa: Restructuring the Self conference in South Africa. He presented work in the On Film series at the University of Rochester and a paper on co-creation in documentary film practices at the University of Southern California's Visible Evidence XXVI conference.

Assistant Professor Betsey Biggs returned from Greenland where she recorded climate change images and sounds for her music film, MELT: The Memory of Ice, funded by a de Castro Award, the Graduate Center for the Arts and Humanities and crowd-sourced donations. She also earned a faculty fellowship through the Center for Humanities and the Arts and performed laptop improv at Musical Ecologies in New York City.

Instructor Pat Clark is collaborating with mental health researchers at CU Anschutz to produce mindfulness exercises using virtual reality. This fall, he's presenting at conferences for Colorado Learning and Teaching with Technology, the Broadcast Education Association, and the Oral History Association. His series of microscopy images, Micro / Graph, was featured in the Over and Understories exhibition at the Boulder Public Library.

Instructor Eric Coombs Esmail, director of the Center for Documentary and Ethnographic Media, along with the center's associate director, Instructor Christian Hammons, premiered the short documentary Messengers at the IFS Los Angeles Film Festival and began production on a new feature documentary funded in part by the Center for Humanities and the Arts and the de Castro Award. Their short film Lemonade was screened at the Lone Star Film Festival and other venues. They also contributed to a successful Research and Innovation Office Seed Grant for the Center for Documentary and Ethnographic Media.

Associate Professor Tara Knight, co-faculty director of NEST, screened her new short animation Unsettled at festivals in Ottawa; London; Montreal; Zagreb, Croatia; and Annecy, France. The film received a Director's Choice Award as part of the touring program for the 2019 Black Maria Film Festival exhibiting across the U.S.

Scholar-in-Residence Hugh Lobel released MSDP, a free, open-source platform for multimedia synthesis, design and performance. He presented workshops on the software at two conferences: SEAMUS Berklee and MOXSonic at the University of Central Missouri. He also composed and performed a collaboration with Artist-in-Residence Chrissy Nelson at The Current faculty showcase concert, and performed with the Boulder Laptop Orchestra.

Scholar-in-Residence Jorge Perez-Gallego presented work at the Colorado Creative Summit and in The Hopper magazine, and curated NEST-sponsored exhibitions for Steamboat Creates, SEEC and the Boulder Public Library. His science education collaboration earned funding from the NSF Advancing Informal STEM Learning Program.

Professor and Department Chair Teri Rueb presented a workshop and research talk at the University of Brighton, and is developing a mobile app to elaborate on the scaled solar system with Fiske Planetarium. She also contributed to a successful Research and Innovation Office Seed Grant for the Center for Documentary and Ethnographic Media.

Instructor Jason Sanford performed live music with the ensemble, E, at The Mercury Lounge in Manhattan, New York, and at The Midway Cafe in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts. He also performed a solo performance at Rhinoceropolis in Denver. He used several self-made sculptural musical instruments, including the spoke-protector metallophone and amplified road saw, as well as self-made electronic devices, including an electronic instrument called the monosequencer.

Instructor Andrew Young presented, “Dark Tourism and Rwandan Media Industries: Promoting Nation and the Mythology of Memory,” at the national 2019 APCA/ACA Conference. He is working on a book project exploring discourse in contemporary Rwandan media.