As we begin a new semester, we'd like to welcome and introduce our three newest PhD candidates in Media Arts + Practice.
Sarah Ciston is an experimental writer and media artist working in prose, poetry, and Python. Her work investigates digital intimacies and entanglements through projects like an interactive poem of the quantified self and a chatbot that explains feminism to internet trolls. Published in ZYZZYVA, Hobart, Arroyo Review, and other publications, and a graduate of the MFA in Hybrid Writing at UC San Diego, she has been named one of SF Weekly's “Best Writers Without a Book.”
Fidelia Lam is an experimental media designer, artist and researcher exploring themes of persona, performativity, opacity and embodiment. In particular, she is interested in the intersection of space, movement and everyday performance, and the influence of transient spaces on the daily performance and perception of identity. Her practice utilizes interactive live performance and installation works to engage and invite participants to reflect on their role and experience within an environment. Fidelia holds an MA in Media Arts from the University of Michigan and a BMus from the University of British Columbia with a double Major in Piano and English Literature, and a Minor in Applied Music Technology.
Lisa Müller-Trede is a filmmaker and performance artist interested in the performative dimension of virtuality and the virtual in the live event. Her work focuses on the body in its live, recorded and augmented state. Often combining various media in live film shoots or performative exhibitions, she explores the body's physical limits. This is a core catalyst for her engagement with the body, the camera, editing and devices and software that produce augmented reality. In a recent long-term research project, she juxtaposed physical and cinematographic techniques of cutting to develop a cross-media performative practice.