Open Studios: Experimental Media

Video Art
Instructor: Kellie Bornhoft

Video holds the ability to bear witness and reconstruct realities of space and time. In this class we study the development of the medium in the 1970s and how artists have since used it as an experimental apparatus. Projects involve creating short video works through narrative, performative, and abstracted approaches. This class explores conceptual possibilities of recording and editing video by utilizing camera technique, lighting, sound design, found footage, and nonlinear digital editing.

Kevin Penner, “a vanity project by kevin penner”

Tyra Blackwater (she/they), Do You Hear Me?

Suah Cho (she/her), ReGeneration

Cameron Duran (she/her), toast

Dahlia Suiter (she/her), reality/fantasy

Leonardo Lujan Orsini (he/him), side-by-side

Kao Hmong Lee (she/her), We are Hmong

Timothy Jones (he, him), Karen (2020)

Embodied Interfaces
Instructor: Anja Ulfeldt
Teaching Assistant: Tina Kashiwagi

Our computers, phones, and devices “see” us predominantly as fingers and eyes staring at their screens. What would happen if our technologies acknowledged more of our rich physical presence and capabilities? How have artists and designers used technologies to account for our embodied selves? In this studio course we will explore various sensing technologies and create interactive interfaces and installations that engage our whole selves. Following the themes of INSIDE, OUTSIDE, and OTHER, interfaces explored range from the practical to the poetic. Tools explored include but are not limited to Arduino, Circuit Playground Express, Processing, and openFrameworks.

Ekin Tui

fractalARt: A Fragmented Reality Experience

Ryan Ressmeyer

A Webcam Self Portrait

Krain Chen

Parallel Me

Nicole Woo


Angela He


Manuka Stratta

Breathing Bubbles

Karen Li

Masked Insecurities



Eva Batelaan

Questioning Visibility

Alice Wang

Spinning Windmill

Isaiah Smith


Entire class

Analog Prosthesis

Using available prototyping materials, this fun and whimsical weekend exercise challenges students to augment their bodies along the themes of inside, outside, and other.

Data as Material
Instructor: Anja Ulfeldt

How can data be used as 'material' in art and design projects. Beyond straightforward ideas of data-visualization, this studio course seeks to investigate how we construct meaning from sets of information, and how the construction of those sets determines the meaning itself. This course also investigates how different display aesthetics relate to strategy for generating meaning. Artists studied include those who use various forms of personal, public, and social data as part of their practice. Historical examples from conceptual artists and other genres are considered along with contemporary artists working with data in digital or hybrid digital/physical formats.



Cynthia Jia

A Different Fruit Bowl

Tselha Moenbook

The Other Side of the Table

Victoria DiMelis


Jenny Han

Space to Feel

Chelsea Thai


Chloe Barreau


Entire Class


Interactive Storytelling
Instructor: Veronica Graham

This studio course took students from storyteller to game designer to book maker. Through a series of narrative exercises, readings, lectures, and technical demos; students created a story-based game and a companion printed risograph zine. The game was authored using Twine, a tool that lets anyone new to programming create their own interactive stories. Students used Illustrator and Photoshop to translate their virtual story worlds into a physical book.

Serena Zhang
You are an up-and-coming actress with hopes of making it big. On your journey to fame, is there any sacrifice too great?

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Breaking B.R.A.D

Lloyd May

Is human life getting you down? Not sure what to spend your time or money on? Let Bank of Americanada help you by simplifying your choices - to 1 ☺
 (Paid for and endorsed by B.R.A.D Corporate Ltd.)

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Sometimes Werewolf

Hana/Connor Yankowitz

You are an aspiring bard who finds themself suffering from a faulty werewolf enchantment.

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7 Minutes till Heaven

Kaylee Moua Nok

You have died. How do you spend your last seven minutes on Earth?

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Dante Zhu
Can cyborg Lady MengJiang use her tears to tear down the digital Great Wall?

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Khuyen Le
You've been hired as the Writer-in-Residence for the Empire! Work hard, write poems and propagandas, and you will be rewarded :) Or don't

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