Ed Shanken

Title: Visiting Associate Professor
Email: e...@uw.edu
Work Phone: (206) 221-6085
Web Site: Extended Profile

Edward A. Shanken writes and teaches about the entwinement of art, science, and technology with a focus on interdisciplinary practices involving new media. He comes to DXARTS after serving as Dorothy Kayser Hohenberg Chair of Excellence in Art History at University of Memphis. Prior academic posts include Universitair Docent of New Media at University of Amsterdam, Executive Director of the Information Science + Information Studies program at Duke University, and Professor of Art History and Media Theory at Savannah College of Art and Design. He is a member of the Media Art History faculty at the Donau University in Krems, Austria and is active in professional organizations including CAA, Leonardo/ISAST, and the International Conference on the Histories of Media, Art, and Science. Fellowships include National Endowment for the Arts, American Council of Learned Societies, UCLA, University of Bremen, and Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. Shanken earned a Ph.D. and MA in Art History at Duke University, an MBA at Yale University, and a BA at Haverford College. Recent and forthcoming publications include essays on art and software, art historiography, land art, investigatory art, sound art and ecology, and bridging the gap between new media and contemporary art. His forthcoming book, Inventing the Future: Art, Electricity, New Media, will be published in Spanish, Portuguese, and Chinese in paper and e-text. He edited and wrote the introduction to a collection of essays by Roy Ascott, Telematic Embrace: Visionary Theories of Art, Technology and Consciousness (University of California Press, 2003). His critically praised survey, Art and Electronic Media (Phaidon Press, 2009), has been expanded with an extensive, multimedia Online Companion www.artelectronicmedia.com.