Toma Peiu is a filmmaker, visual artist, media scholar and educator, presently pursuing a PhD in Emergent Technologies and Media Arts Practices at the University of Colorado Boulder, where he also teaches foundational coursework in media and anthropology.
Toma's work as an artist confounds with his scholarly interests in identifying new modes of expression by engaging technology of various generations and theory inhabiting various disciplinary spaces across the arts and (social) sciences. A fellow of the Center for Media, Religion and Culture and a researcher at CU Boulder, he explores identity formation in diasporic communities and the shaping of the environment and public urban space as an archive for culture, memory and social affirmation. For his dissertation, working across anthropology, georgraphy, media studies and critical media practices, Toma looks at how migration, mobility and borders transform adopted spaces and communities of origin, spending time between field sites in Brooklyn, NY and Central Asia.
He holds an MA in Media Studies from The New School University in New York, and a bachelor's in Screenwriting and Film Studies from The National University of Dramatic Arts and Film in Bucharest, Romania.
His media art work, in cinema, video, sound installation, resulted from a long-term collaboration with filmmaker and educator Luiza Parvu, has been exhibited in over 100 venues on four continents: from film festivals to academic conferences, museums, parks, community centers, art galleries, hotels and multiplex theaters.