Diane Gromala
Director, Feral Computing
Associate Professor, School of Literature, Communication, & Culture

Georgia Tech - 686 Cherry Street; Atlanta, GA 30332-0165
E-mail: diane.gromala@lcc.gatech.edu
More details: www.lcc.gatech.edu/~gromala

I am an Associate Professor in the School of Literature, Communication, and Culture, and adjunct faculty in Industrial Design. My graduate and undergraduate degrees are from Yale University and the University of Michigan, respectively. Between degrees, I worked as a designer and art director in the corporate realm, including Apple Computer, Inc.

My work as an artist, designer, theorist, and curator in the field of Electronic Art focuses on how artistic configurations of technologies -- from VR to biomedical devices -- can provoke a new awareness and understandings of our senses. Then I put that experimental research to pragmatic use in new approaches to interface design.

My artwork has been shown around the world, and my design work has received numerous awards from the American Institute of Graphic Arts and the American Institute of Architects, to name a few. Along with collaborator Lily Shirvanee, I was a semi-finalist for Discover magazine's Award for Technological Innovation in 2001 and nominated for the Frank Annunzio Award for work which combines biomedical technologies with mixed reality. In 2000, I was Chair of SIGG RAPH's Art Gallery, and was named chair of the Research arm of UNESCO's (United Nations' Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) global Electronic Arts Initiative.

My theoretical work grows out of a desire to make the meaning of art and design practice relevant to those outside of my discipline. In addition to my articles, I co-authored, with Jay David Bolter, the forthcoming book Windows and Mirrors: Electronic Art, Design, and the Myth of Transparency, which reexamines the issues of human computer interaction and interface design. I am an elected member of the Editorial Board of Postmodern Culture and Visual Communication.

As a teacher, I have co-developed several interdisciplinary curricula and university-wide classes at my prior institutions, the University of Texas and the University of Washington, Seattle. This led to New Zealand, where I helped create a new joint program in Human Computer Interaction Design at Wanganui Polytechnic and Waikato University as a Senior Fulbright Fellow. I am happy to be a member of GVU and the Georgia Tech community, because, as an enlightened and progressive place, it is a lot easier to do this sort of interdisciplinary work.

Prof. Gromala's work has been generously supported by:

Apple Computer, Inc.
Intel Corporation
Progressive Networks
Real Media
Silicon Graphics Inc.

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
Banff Centre for the Arts
Fulbright Commission
International Academy of Media Arts and Sciences
International Interactive Communications Society (IICS)
King County Art Commission
National Endowment for the Arts
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Seattle Arts Commission

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