Christopher Coleman

Professor

  • Faculty
  • College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Emergent Digital Practices
  • Media, Film & Journalism Studies

What I do

Artist and Professor of Emergent Digital Practices, and Director of the Clinic for Open Source Arts

Professional Biography

Chris Coleman was born in West Virginia, USA and he received his MFA from SUNY Buffalo in New York. His work includes sculptures, videos, creative coding and interactive installations. Coleman has had his work in exhibitions and festivals in more than 20 countries including Brazil, Argentina, Singapore, Finland, the U.A.E., Italy, Germany, France, China, the UK, Latvia, and across North America. His open source software project developed with Ali Momeni, called Maxuino has been downloaded more than 75,000 times by users in over 120 countries and is used globally in physical computing classrooms.

Degree(s)

  • MFA, Digital Arts, State University of New York at Buffalo, 2003
  • BFA, Sculpture, West Virginia University, 2001

Professional Affiliations

  • New Media Caucus

Research

My research looks at the intersection of technology and creativity via animation, VR, digital fabrication, creative coding, and electro-mechanics. I explore our collective future and how people relate to one another across borders and identities.

Key Projects

  • The Clinic for Open-Source Arts

Performances

METRO: Re/De-construction
  • Gwangju Korea
W3FI: Taiwan

The W3FI is a social movement, a philosophy, a path to responsible connectivity between our online/offline lives and to each other.

Every day we find more and more of our lives integrated in the digital world, no longer able to lead separate lives, one virtual and one real. This means that we have to take control of and responsibility for how others see and relate to us in the digital world. We are proposing a new philosophy, a new strategy for our online interactions. The W3FI project is much more than an awareness campaign, it is a movement in social activism to ask a new set of questions for each of us every time we click, text, or share a photo.

At the end of the W3FI interactive installation experience people are asked to become part of the W3FI, the collective of people who lift up each other by interacting positively, with encouragement, help, sharing, and understanding. In this way the project addresses issues ranging from cyber-bullying to open-source knowledge.

  • Taichung, Taiwan
Interstitial Zones/Spectra

A new Installation artwork created just for this show.

  • Willimantic CT USA
Unclaimed / Biennial of the Americas

We were invited by the Curator and Director of the Biennial of the Americas to submit artwork proposal and it was accepted into the international exhibition.

  • Denver, CO, USA
Off The Air

My METRO animation was integrated into the television show Off The Air, Season 4 Episode 4: Transportation.
It is available online and in 10 countries on Cable TV

Presentations

  • Becoming Tangible
  • Emerging Terrains
  • The Work of Chis Coleman
  • Installation Arts - a Conversation
  • Artists of the 2012 404 Festival

Awards

  • Culture Lab / ISIS Arts Residency, Newcastle University, ISIS Arts Foundation
  • Visiting Scholar Residency, Art and Technology Department, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  • 2014 Top of the Town - Best Artist, 5280 Magazine
  • Appointed as Visiting Professor, Central China Normal University
  • Humanities Institute Endowment, Humanities Institute