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Ebon Fisher
Galapagos Art Space, 70 N. 6th Street, Brooklyn, New York, NY 11211, USA



Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA: Master of Science, Visual Studies, June 1986


Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA: BFA, Visual Art, May 1982






Transmedia Artist, Writer and Lecturer, 2002-06:


 Developing a transmedia world, The Nervepool. Working with producer, Sylvie Myerson, New York, and Stephen McGuire of Treemedia, Los Angeles. Produced new website, two introductory videos, a music video and wrote 18 screenplays for television.

 University of Northern Iowa¹s Kamerick Arts Center, 2005-06: Organized retrospective of 20 years of media works. The 5,300 sq. ft. exhibition was accompanied by a 60-page catalogue produced by curator, Darrell Taylor, with a foreward by Douglas Rushkoff.

 Other exhibits: Solo show, Simpson College, Iowa, 2004; Solo show, Drexel University, 2005; Group show of New York artists at the Lille Arts Festival in France, 2004.

 Lectures: New York University, NY, 2002; Hampshire College, MA, 2002; University of the Arts, Philadelphia, 2003; University of Washington, Seattle, 2003; Sarah Lawrence College, NY, 2003; Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute, NY, 2004;  Simpson College, IA, 2004; Bennington College, VT, 2004; The Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, Univ. of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, 2005.






Drexel University, College of Media Arts & Design, Philadelphia, PA, 2005           

As the 2005 Marjorie Rankin Scholar-in-Residence, gave a series of lectures and workshops and exhibited new digital works at Drexel University's Leonard Pearlstein Gallery.


Hunter College, Dept. of Film & Media, New York, NY, 2001-02          

Assoc. Professor. Invited to teach and help set up MFA Program in Integrated Media Arts.

Program suspended due to New York City budget cuts following World Trade Center disaster.


University of Iowa, School of Art & Art History, Iowa City, IA, 1998–01        
Assistant Professor. Founded and directed Digital Worlds program. Taught courses in digitals arts, including 2D, 3D and web arts. Organized two public screenings per year of students' digital works. Consultant for University and Steven Holl Architects on integrating digital media into a new arts building planned for the University. Contract renewed, but accepted a position in New York at Hunter College.


New School University, Dept. of Sociology & Computer Instruction Center, New York, NY, 1989–98       

Adjunct Professor. Courses in digital media theory and practice. Also taught via experimental online teaching program (DIAL).


Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), The Media Lab, Cambridge, MA, 1985-87 

Taught the Media Lab's first undergraduate course at the Lab's inception. The course, ³Creative Seeing,² introduced students to an experimental approach to media and culture






Design and Scientific Illustration, Boston & New York, 1990-2006

Freelance work for: McGraw-Hill; Berlitz; Wall Street Journal; Austin-Knight; Barnum Communications; Coopers& Lybrand; The Boston Consulting Group; Citicorp; The Depository Trust Company; Young & Rubicam; Adweek/MediaWeek; Ford Motor Company; Neurologoy Department, University of Iowa.

Test-Site Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, 1991-92

Media Director. Helped to develop the gallery into an innovative, community-oriented arts center. Designed logo, advertising and other media. Promoted video and film screenings, a salon for 600 artists and a media store featuring Brooklyn publishers and digital media works.

Downtown Community Television (DCTV), New York, NY, 1989-90

Artist-in-Residence. Directed a series of media and information-sharing events called "Media Compressions."

Eye Research Instititute, Boston, MA, 1987-89

Computer Imaging Specialist. Worked with scientists to develop photographs, charts and scientific illustrations.

WMBR Radio, Cambridge, MA, 1987-88

Radio co-host with David Sturm on "Art Bridge." Interviewed people in the arts.                                    



Published Articles


Artspace, New Haven, CT, 2006: Catalogue essay, ³Between Plumage and Plunder,² for the exhibit, Confinement & the Art of Decoration, with installations by Caterina Verde, Elise Martens & Gloria Zein.

Inliquid, 2004: Essay, ³Lovesong to a Hyper-Runt,² for digital arts exhibit, Hyper-Runt, co-curated with Emily Zimmerman. Sponsored by web-based arts organization,

A History of East Village Film & Video, 2003: Interviews with Steve Jones and Big Twin.

Williamsburg Observer, 2001: Article on Corporate Farms & Culture, p. 5.

Artbyte Magazine, NYC, 1999: ³Pioneers of Digital Art Education.² pp. 44, 130, 131

Digital Creativity, London, 1998: Cover article, ³The Future of Wiggling Things.² pp 25-32

Java Magazine, Phoenix, 1997: Essay contribution to ³Visionaries of the New Millenium.²

The Utne Reader, Jan,1995: ³Rediscovering the Value of Social Ritual.² p. 52

The Wall Street Journal, 1994: Diagrams of biotechnology and computer networks.

Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois, Champaign, IL, 1993: Catalogue essay, ³Quivering Amidst the Cultural Organisms of our own Construction,² for the exhibit, ³Out of Town: The Williamsburg Paradigm,² curated by Jonathan Fineberg. pp. 17-20.



Performances, Exhibits & Screenings


University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art, Cedar Falls, IA, 2006: Retrospective curated by Darrell Taylor, director of the UNI Gallery of Art. Premiere of music video, ³Neuro Mysterium.²

Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, Univ. of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, 2005: Lecture/Screening.

Untitled Gallery, Oklahoma City, 2005: Multimedia Installation.

Leonard Pearlstein Gallery, Drexel University, 2005: Solo exhibit.

Farnham Galleries, Simpson College, Indianola, Iowa, 2004:  Solo exhibit.

Lille Arts Festival, Lille, France, 2004: Group installation of media works, ³Parallel World, New York,² by a delegation of New York artists. Curated by Robert Elmes.

Madagascar Institute, New York, 2003: Projection for multimedia event curated by Jeff Stark.

Museum of Art, University of Iowa, 2001:  Group exhibit.

Iowa State Capital, Des Moines, 2000: Projected animation at a reception for state representatives and Governor Vilsack.

PS1/Museum of Modern Art, 2000: Multimedia event curated by Robert Elmes.

South by Southwest Festival (SXSW), Austin, Texas, 2000: Group exhibit curated by Nick West.

University of Iowa Ballroom, University of Iowa, Iowa City, 2000: Projections at multimedia rave featuring DJ Ritchie Hawtin (Plastikman).       

Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, Scotland, 1998-1999: ³Transatlantic Connections,² an exhibition of new American visual artists. Travelled to Gray¹s School of Art in Aberdeen, East Kilbride (near Glasgow), Dumfries and other Scottish locations.

Féile 97, St. Eugene's Hall, Derry, Northern Ireland, 1997: Projections of work at a féile with Kris Needs (of the Orb and Primal Scream). Included Zoacode, ³Link Enemies.²

Soros Center for Contemporary Arts, Skopje, Macedonia, 1997: Website and Wigglism Manifesto selected for exhibition, ³Altering Visions on the Net.²

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, List Visual Arts Center at the Media Lab, 1997:  Co-organized a 2-month internet and onsite multimedia event and installation, ³Port,² involving over 100 participants. Mediated online dialogues.

Centre International D¹Art Contemporain de Montréal, 1996: Work included in exhibit, ³One Hundred Years of Contemporary Art.²

MIT Media Lab, 1996: Group exhibit on the web, ³Portraits in Cyberspace,² curated by Judith Donath.

Postmasters Gallery, New York, 1996: Group exhibit of digital media works, ³Can You Digit?²

Greene/Naftali Gallery, New York, 1996: Group show featuring artists from Williamsburg, Brooklyn, curated by Daniel Carello and Pedro Gomez.

The Kitchen, New York, 1995 & 96: Multimedia performances.

Kölnischer Kunstverein, Köln, Germany, 1995, and Sandra Gering Gallery, New York, 1994: Group exhibit, Bioinformatica, organized by X-Art Foundation.

Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois, Champaign, IL, 1993: ³Out of Town: The Williamsburg Paradigm,² a group show curated by Jonathan Fineberg.

Williamsburg, Brooklyn, 1993: Initiated and coordinated 15-hour multimedia ³Web Jam² in collaboration with 120 artists, musicians and architects. Audience of over 2,000.  

Exit Art, New York, 1992-3: Work presented in the ³Apartment Store,² curated by Papo Colo and in ³The Opium Den,² a screening of media curated by Bradley Eros and Jeanne Liotta.

Test-Site Gallery, 1992, Brooklyn: ³Heat-Seeking Psycho-Suctions.² Solo show of interactive media installations, involving heat sensors and computer-generated projections.

Downtown Community Television and Minor Injury Gallery, Manhattan & Brooklyn, 1990-91: Conducted ³The Media Compressions,² media-sharing rituals.

Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA, 1988: Created, directed, and sang in ³Evolution of the Grid,² a multimedia performance.       

Harvard University, Carpenter Center for the Arts, Cambridge, MA, 1988: Directed and performed in multimedia performance.

Federal Reserve Bank, Boston, MA, 1987: ³Fort Point Artists at the Federal Reserve,² Visual art exhibit juried by Kathy Halbreich, John McNamara, and Marjory Jacobson.

MIT, Dupont Gym, Cambridge, MA, 1987: Directed ³Existence,² a multimedia event.

Boston Children¹s Museum, Boston, MA, 1987-95: Co-created ³Keep Moving!² with Karen Ellzey, a children¹s video on exercise for an exhibit on health, sponsored by the Harvard Community Health Plan.





Professional Activities, Philadelphia, PA, 2004: Co-curated new media exhibit, Hyper-Runt, with Emily Zimmerman. Wrote website essays and designed website architecture.

Hunter College, New York, 2002: Organized and moderated an evening of public lectures, ³Creative Networks in the Media Storm² with Wayne Ashley, Manager of New Media for the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Elise Bernhardt, Director of The Kitchen, and Robert Elmes, Founder/Director of Galapagos Art Space, Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Hunter College, New York, 2002: Co-organized new public lecture series, ³The Untamed Signal.²

Alpert Awards in the Arts, California Institute for the Arts, 2002: Nominator for media award.

The Kitchen, NYC, Fall 2001: Invitational Luncheon & Dialogue on ³The Arts after 9/11.²

Brooklyn Academy of Music and Lucent Technologies, New York, NY, 1999 & 2001: Invited to present work to a colloquium of new media artists from New York and scientists from Lucent Technologies and Bell Labs. Other invited artists included David Byrne (formerly of the music group, The Talking Heads), Julia Scher, Bill Irwin, Laurie Anderson and Jaron Lanier.

Venice Guggenheim Museum's Web Broadcast, 2000: Live web broadcast sponsored by the Venice Guggenheim Museum of discussion with Ebon Fisher, Ralph Abraham (mathematician), Carol Gigliotti (technology ethicist), and Elisabet Sahtouris (evolutionary biologist).

Planetwork, San Francisco, CA, 2000: Screening/lecture at a conference on digital networks and global ecology, organized by Elizabeth Thompson, Jim Fournier and Erik Davis.

South by Southwest Festival (SXSW), Austin, TX, 2000: Presentation/lecture at Film/Music/Digital festival. Also exhibited digital work at the festival's first interactive media exhibit.

E. Connecticut State University, Akus Gallery, 1996: Curated exhibit, ³Meme Breeders,²including works by experimental pop artists Public Enemy, Negativland, Lloydd Dunn and the Riot Grrrl movement. Wrote catalogue essay.

University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, 1996:  Member of the jury for media festival, Thaw 96.

School of Visual Arts, New York, 1996: Screening/Lecture in the department of digital arts.

Columbia University, New York, 1996: Screening/Lecture at the graduate school of painting.





Selected Media Appearances


KWWL Television, Iowa & Minnesota, 2006: Review of Retrospective at the University of N. Iowa.

³Practical Visionaries,² Documentary by Jeff Hutner (in production, 2006). Video interviews with innovators in a variety of disciplines.

³Techno Organica,² 2002, Video documentary by Karthik Swaminathan on 1990's electronic culture in New York City. Interviewed at Galapagos Art Space, Brooklyn.

KCRG Television, Channel 9 News, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, 2000: Interview on the Green Party.

Fuji Television Network, 1997: Live news broadcast to Tokyo of works and interview with Tetsuo Suda. Covered installations at Galapagos Artspace, Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Audience of approx. 10 Million.

Pseudo Online Radio, ³Art Dirt,² 1997, hosted by GH Hovagimyan. Discussed media arts with guests from London¹s MUTE Magazine, New York¹s Artnetweb, and Matthew Drutt, director of New York¹s SoHo Guggenheim Museum.

³State of the Union,² CD anthology, 1996: Music composition, ³Circulate All Sensation,² included in anthology of new experimental music. Produced by Elliott Sharp.

WMBR, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1986-7: Co-hosted ³Art Bridge,² a talk show dedicated to bridging gaps between artists and the public.





Selected Press 


Web Press, 1995-06:


Rhizome, Nettime, Ars Electronica, Guggenheim Museum, Pixel, MIT Media Lab, Papermag, Pseudo, Technosphere, Word, Business Wire, Telepolis, Art Seen, Intelligent Agent, TalkBack, Artnetweb,, Planetwork, Current, HottieNET's Groovy Surfing Guide, Usell! Italia, Brooklyn Cacophany Society, Netlingo, BoingBoing.


The Courier, Waterloo & Cedar Falls, Iowa, January 15, 2006: Feature story in Arts & Life section by Melody Parker, ³Ebon Fisher creates primordial soup of art, biology and new media.²

The Oklahoma Daily, April 27, 2005: Article by Joshua Torres, ³Cyber artist brings his culture to Oklahoma University.²

Philadelphia Metro, March 31, 2005: ³Interview with Multimedia Artist, Ebon Fisher.²

Philadelphia Weekly, 2004: Hyper-Runt exhibit chosen for ³Arts & Entertainment A-List.²

Philadelphia City Paper, 2004: Hyper-Runt exhibit chosen for A.D. Amorosi's ³Artpick.²

RES Magazine, vol. 4 no. 4, Summer 2001: Article in special section, Who to Watch/What to Watch: ³Soft Machines: Ebon Fisher Coils into Gentle Linkage² by David Alm.

Guggenheim Museum Magazine, 1997: ³Bionic Codes² project referred to in article by Laura Trippi, ³Intelligent Life.² The article refers to the Museum's online CyberAtlas which has presented Ebon Fisher's Bionic Codes project from 1996-2006.
Associated Press, 1999: Article on online exhibit at's Pixel Gallery, curated by Yael Kanarek. Picked up by The Des Moines Register and other national newspapers.

New York Arts Magazine, 1998: Discussion of work in article on technology and artists.

Performing Arts Journal, 1998: ³Ebon Fisher's AlulA Dimension,² by Jennifer Dalton.

Domus Magazine, 1998: ³Go With the Flow: Eight New York Artists and Architects in the Digital Era,² by Suzan Wines.

Die Zeit, German newspaper, 1997: ³Vis-a-vis Manhattan,² Claudia Steinberg on Williamsburg, Brooklyn's emerging arts scene.

Mute Magazine, London-based arts magazine, 1997: ³Absorb into Memory: Ebon Fisher's Media Organisms,² by Peter Boerboom.

Sandbox Magazine, 1996 & 97: Images and interview by Sylvie Myerson and Vidyut Jain.

Wired Magazine, 1995: ³Mr. Meme² by Matt Haber.

New York Magazine, 1995:  Included with ³The New York Cyber 60,² featuring 60 pioneers of New York's emerging new media industry and culture.

The Drama Review, Fall 1993: Article about Brooklyn warehouse events.

Wired Magazine, August, 1993: ³Web Jam² discussed in Jargon Watch column.

Newsweek, July 26, 1993: Article about ³post-rave² art movements, including a review of ³Organism.²

Flash Art, February, 1993: Work discussed in an interview with art dealer, Annie Herron.

New York Press, March 6-12, 1991: Feature story on emerging art scene in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.




Academic and Professional Honors


2005 Marjorie Rankin Scholar-in-Residence, Drexel University: $20,000 award
for an exhibition of new digital prints and a series of lectures.

Nominated for Rockefeller Grant, 2003.

Encyclopaedia Britannica Website, 2000: Work cited ³Best of the Web.²

Arts and Humanities Initiative, 2000: $5,000 grant from the University of Iowa.

Old Gold Summer Fellowship, 1999: $5,000 grant from the University of Iowa.

Java Magazine, Phoenix, 1997: Cited as a ³Visionary of the New Millenium.²

Thaw Film/Video Festival, University of Iowa, 1996: Member of the jury.

New York Magazine, 1995:  Cited as one of the ³New York Cyber 60.²




Works in Art History Books


From Technological to Virtual Art by Prof. Frank Popper, U. of Paris, (MIT Press, scheduled for 2006).

Contemporary Artists, edited by Tom and Sarah Pendergast, St. James Press, 2002: Article by Prof. Frank Popper, University of Paris.

Art Since 1940: Strategies of Being by Prof. Jonathan Fineberg, U. of Illinois, Prentice Hall, 1995/2000.

The Best of Graphic Art on the Web by The Internet Design Project, Universe Publishing, Rizzoli, 1998.