CURRENTS NEW MEDIA 2023

June 16-25, 2023

Staff and Board

Staff

Mariannah Amster
Creative Director
Born in 1948, Mariannah attended the High School of Music and Art in New York City, and graduated, in 1983, with honors from Smith College with a triple major in Art, Writing and Biology.

Her background as a painter, printmaker and book artist evolved into a focus on digital media - video, video installation and digital printing in 1996.

Her commitment to Parallel Studios brings her many diverse skills together in service to a medium that she loves, allowing her to participate in cultivating and supporting the next generation of New Media artists.

Frank Ragano
Executive Director
Born and raised in Tampa, Florida, Frank began his creative life studying dance - ballet and modern. A move to New York City in 1980 shifted his focus to experimental theater and installation environments. Santa Fe became home base in 1996, where he continued his installation work, eventually incorporating video. In 2002, he and Mariannah Amster produced the first CURRENTS exhibition which became an annual, international media arts festival in 2010. They remain the Co-Executive/Artistic Directors of Parallel Studios, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, which produces CURRENTS.

Emma Zigman
Assitant to the Director, Artist Liason
Emma Laura Zigman is a multi-disciplinary performance artist, working with the materials of embodiment as a landscape to mine questions of (dis)possesion, collective dept and undercommons lifeways. She has written about post-modern dance and its sensual ecology and co-edited a journal, HOT ROT, of a similar subject. Zigman studied performance studies and literary criticism at Sarah Lawrence College. She currently resides in New Mexico and has perpetual ties to a rural land project in Downeast Maine.

Sarah Finn
Digital Media Manager, Exhibition Manager
Sarah Finn is a theater & video artist based in Brooklyn, NY and works remotely for CURRENTS outside of the festival. In her artistic work, she creates queer and rewilded worlds that emerge from modern ruin, using surreal storytelling, immersive media, and highly physical performance. She has performed and presented internationally at the 2019 Prague Fringe Festival, and 2019 Ponderosa Tanzland Festival in Stolzenhagen, Germany; and nationally at the Philadelphia Fringe and venues across New York. Prior to CURRENTS, she worked in arts programming and marketing for several art non profits and festivals, including ArtYard and Zoo Venues during the Edinburgh Fringe. She trained at Ecole Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq in Paris, France and got her BA from Sarah Lawrence College.

Rachel Albright
Exhibition Manager
administrator • consultant • designer • event manager

I currently work full-time for Quindigo Management. We are a full service association management company based in Fort Worth, Texas designed to help groups grow, prosper & thrive.

Our clients include the EO Fort Worth, NTRCA, the North Texas Chapter of NUCA and the Cowtown Executives Association, but most of my time is spend with the Real Estate Council of Greater Fort Worth.

I'm also active with the Currents New Media Arts Festival in Santa Fe, NM.

I'm culturally curious and creatively inclined. Organized, patient, and ready to work!

Anagram
Website Development
ANAGR.AM is an evolving entrepreneurial enterprise located in Santa Fe, New Mexico. We are dedicated to effective design, disruptive thinking, creative iteration and unorthodox solutions.

We design and implement responsive web + mobile platforms and tools. We enjoy crafting intuitive websites with the most current technologies.

Head Preparator
My artwork can be characterized as geometric pattern meets lush painterly color. I have always been drawn to hard-edge painting and vivid, symbolic color use. Pure abstraction is also an on-going commitment in my painting and drawing practices. Many of the series I have been working on the last ten years are arrived at by way of a reductive abstract process, distilling external feeling and emotion into pictorial statements. I have an abundant inventory or artwork available including: multiple works on canvas, wood panel, and works on paper. I also do commission and custom works for clients, independent or thru my gallery affiliations. Please feel free to email me with your thoughts or interest in my work.

Board

Anne Farrell
Board President
Trained as a painter, studying w the late Jorge Fick in Santa Fe, NM. Started working with computers early on. Became founding department chair of the flourishing Media Arts department at Santa Fe Community College. Currently involved in multiple, interactive, video and other media projects, both individually and collaboratively.

Ken Prokuski
Board Treasurer
Ken is a results driven operations executive that has delivered impactful results across a spectrum of industries including life sciences, semiconductor equipment, and land mobile communications in start ups, turn arounds, and large global organizations. He has built high achieving organizations in manufacturing, supply chain, and operational areas. He has multisite and international experience and is accomplished in organizational and staff development. He has achieved high performance in day to day operations in multiple sites while the architect and implementer of operational strategy.

Hannah Kramm
Board Secretary
Hannah Kramm is an artist/designer, educator, and realtor from Santa Fe New Mexico. Hannah holds a degree from Parsons School of Design in integrated design and printmaking. She strives to use her design thinking skills to aid collaborations between organizations and individuals working toward creating resilient, creative, social, and sustainable cities. Hannah worked for CURRENTS as their education coordinator and assistant to the directors for four festivals and is delighted to continue being engaged with the festival through serving on the board.

Tony Abeyta
Board Member
Tony Abeyta is a Navajo contemporary artist working in mixed media paintings. He is a graduate from New York University with an honorary doctorate from the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe. He was the 2012 recipient of the New Mexico Governor’s Excellence in the Arts award, and recognized as a Native treasure by the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture. Tony currently works in both Santa Fe, NM and Berkeley, CA. His work can be seen at the Blue Rain Gallery in Santa Fe, NM, and is included in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, Boston Fine Arts Museum, the Heard Museum in Phoenix, AZ, New Mexico Fine Arts Museum, the Autry Museum in Los Angeles, CA, and the Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis, as well as in many other public & private collections.

Tom Greenbaum
Board Member
In 1981, Tom moved to New Mexico to work with AEC industry where he sharpened his skills in computer aided design and 3D photorealistic rendering, followed by becoming an employee of Intel Corporation. There he found himself fully immersed in the high-tech world.

As Director of the Intel Innovation Center his role empowered him to reach out and benefit the community. With the help of Intel’s generous support, he was able to donate computers to Dr. Jonathan Wolfe at the Fractal Foundation, projectors to Steina and Woody Vasulka, and to The PASEO Project in Taos, and was able to sponsor the ISEA 2012 Symposium in Albuquerque, provide workshops at the Taos Toolbox Makerspace, donate a supercomputer to the UNM ARTS Lab, sponsor the Duke City Shootout Digital Filmmaking Festival, host the Women In Technology awards.

Tom served as a Board Member on the New Mexico Technology Council for six years. His deep love of new media arts began when he joined the Digital Fine Arts Society of New Mexico and began printing high-resolution computer-generated artwork using AutoCAD and POV-Ray software.

Katherine Ballard-Ryan
Board Member
Kitty comes to the CURRENTS’ Board of Directors with experience with nonprofit organization, as a teacher, board member, manager, and program coordinator.

She has a deep commitment to keeping the arts accessible as evident in her years serving on various non-profit arts related boards, as well as teaching art to rural children living in economically disadvantaged communities on the Leech Lake and Red Lake Chippewa Reservations.

"Having a background in art education, I find myself drawn to innovative modes of expression: manipulating photons to create an immersive experience in light, or sculpture in 3-D printing - there is no end to the creative ways that new media artists show us the world. This is why I am committed to being a part of CURRENTS."

Board Member
Jenny Day is a painter and ceramic sculptor who lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. As a member of the board, she is excited to help find sources of funding that sustain the Parallel Studio’s mission and build a gallery related residency program.

Board Member
Born in San Francisco, Christine Remy completed her BA in Studio Art at UC Berkeley in 1976. She spent years abroad in both France and Italy where she engaged in art study and practice. Returning to Northern California, Christine completed a Masters Degree at CSUS in Studio Art. During this time she took an interest in the study of light and architectural spaces and experimented with photography, fiber optics, neon and LED lights. She received her Masters of Fine Arts at Mills College in 1999. Upon completing her degree, she has maintained a studio in San Francisco where she has continued to explore the intersection of art and technology.

In 2014, Remy moved her home to Santa Fe, NM where she also maintains her primary studio.

Isabel Winson-Sagan
Board Member
Isabel Winson-Sagan is an interdisciplinary artist, often collaborating with her mother Miriam Sagan. Santa Fe based artists, they combine text & the graphic arts in all of their work. On her own, Isabel works in a variety of mediums, including installation, printmaking/book arts, photography, and woodcarving.

Barak Chamo
Board Member
Barak Chamo is a New York based media artist. His work explores presence, emotion and memory in the digital age, representation of nature and tradition, and the collaboration of humans and machines. His work was shown in the Ravenna Museum of Art, Wavelength Shanghai, InLight and shows in NY. He’s a alum resident at Lightbox, IDEALab and Time Inc. XR Lab and a graduate at NYU’s ITP.

Jose Andres Rosero
Board Member
Jose is a XR Design Researcher & Creative Technologist

Max Walukas
Board Member
Max Walukas is the Membership & Marketing Director at New Mexico Angels. Intellectually ambidextrous project manager translating vision to execution with both sides of the brain. With mercurial enthusiasm as my secret weapon, I bring 10+ years successfully leading the business operations behind VC funds, software products, media projects, political campaigns and artist initiatives.

Advisory Board

Sandy Zane is the owner, with her husband, Ned Bennett, of form & concept and Zane Bennett Contemporary Art. Ms. Zane is also an accomplished artist and has exhibited her prints and paintings in many solo shows as well as in more than 25 solo, juried, group, and invitational exhibitions primarily in New York and New Mexico.

Ms. Zane has served on the board of the NMSU Foundation and currently serves on the boards of Creative Santa Fe and Creative Startups. Ms. Zane and Mr. Bennett are philanthropists, contributing major gifts to Alzheimer’s research, the Safety Foundation of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and to Santa Fe area educational and arts organizations including the New Mexico Museum Foundation and New Mexico School for the Arts.

In 2012 Ms. Zane was the Remarkable Woman Honoree of the New Mexico Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Ms. Zane earned a B.A. in Arts Administration from Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. She is a private pilot and owns aircraft for recreation.

Robert Campbell’s practice includes video art, digital film, digital imaging/collage, installation, and documentary filmmaking. Since 1984 his single-channel video art work has been exhibited at festivals and exhibitions nationally and internationally in Europe and Japan. For the past 15 years, his installation work has been featured in museums and galleries around the country and included in recent ISEA and Santa Fe International New Media Festivals. His video/dance collaborations have been featured at On the Boards and Bumbershoot in Seattle, Port Angeles Fine Art Center, and Lincoln Center in New York. He has produced documentaries in the U.S., Italy, Ukraine, Zambia and South Africa, with excerpts of his work in Africa selected for the Journey to Planet Earth series on the PBS network. He currently teaches New Media in the Art Department at Cornish College of the Arts, where he is co-director of the Institute of Emergent Technology and Intermedia (iET+I).

Steina Vasulka
Steina Vasulka is an early pioneer of video art, and has been producing work since the early 1960s. She moved to New York City in 1965, where they began showing video art at the Whitney Museum and founded The Kitchen in 1971. Steina became a Guggenheim fellow in 1976.

She has lived in Santa Fe, New Mexico since 1980 and has continued to produce her innovative work.

David Stout
David Stout is a visual artist, composer, writer, curator and performer exploring cross-media synthesis and interdisciplinary approaches across the arts. He is a recipient of the New Mexico New Visions Award (2007), the Harvestworks Interactive Technology Award and the Sun Micro Systems Award for Academic Excellence (2004) and a nominee for the USA Artist Fellowship (2008), International Media Art Prize (2004) and the WTN World Technology Award (2003). Stout previously founded the MOV-iN Gallery and the Installation, Performance & Interactivity project (IPI) at the College of Santa Fe. He is at present directing the Initiative for Advance Research in Technology and the Arts (iARTA) at the University of North Texas located in the Dallas metropolitan area, where he holds a joint appointment in the College of Music and College of Visual Art and Design.