CURRENTS NEW MEDIA 2019

June 7-23, 2019

Staff and Board

Staff

Mariannah Amster
Co-Executive and Artistic 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
Co-Executive and Artistic 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.

Hannah Kramm
Outreach/Education Coordinator and Assistant to the Directors
Hannah Kramm is a Santa Fe based designer, event coordinator, educator, and artist. 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 has been working with CURRENTS New Media since 2015 as the outreach and education coordinator. She has coordinated programs for youth in Santa Fe, and throughout New Mexico bringing visiting artists to classrooms, teaching workshops and recruiting youth interns to participate in the June festival. Hannah has also served as the volunteer coordinator, assistant to the directors, graphic designer, travel coordinator, social media manager, and scheduling manager during the festival.

Hannah graduated with honors from Parsons School of Design in 2012 with a BFA in Integrated Design.

Rachel Albright
Exhibitions Coordinator
Rachel Albright is the Exhibitions Coordinator for Currents, a position she has held since 2013. She first started with Currents in 2011 an intern.

Rachel lives in Fort Worth, Texas where she works as a freelance event manager and is a partner at Quindigo Mangement, an association management company. Before working with Quindigo, Rachel worked as a stage manager for the University of North Texas and has over ten years experience in the management of live events and performances.

Rachel graduated from UNT in 2011 with a BA in both Anthropology and Interdisciplinary Arts.

C Alex Clark
Assistant to the Directors
C Alex Clark came into this existence in Wichita, Ks (1988), and currently resides in Santa Fe, NM. They graduated with a BFA in Photography from Santa Fe university of Art and Design (2014) and completed their MFA in the Low-Residency program at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2018). They presently work as an assistant and collaborator with August Muth —a world-renowned hologram artist— and as the Assistant to the Directors for Parallel Studios —which produces CURRENTS, an annual new media art festival, now in its tenth year.

Digital Media Manager
L.E. Brown is the Digital Media Manager for Parallel Studios and the Communications Specialist for the Carl & Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation. Previously, L.E. founded and directed contemporary art gallery East of West in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She additionally freelances as an independent arts writer and curator. L.E. completed her Bachelors of Arts in the History of Art and Visual Culture at the University of California, Santa Cruz and Boğaziçi University in Istanbul. Her primary focus is contemporary new media art from the Middle East, South Asia, Africa, and their diasporic communities.

Isabella Vento
Technical Director
Isabella Vento is an artist and researcher based in New York. She is currently in her last year of NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program and her thesis is focusing on the encounters between the urban ecosystem of Manhattan, data collection and archive. Her work has manifested itself in performance, installation, video and writing. She holds a BA in Media & Communications from Goldsmiths University in London, where she was previously stationed and working in various creative environments ranging from film and photography sets, to arts festivals.

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Website Development
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Tim Jag
Head Preparator

Board

Board Member
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.

Anne Farrell
Board Secretary
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.

Richard Lowenberg
Board Member
Richard Lowenberg is an artist, ecosystems-designer and tele-community planner. His media, installation and performance works have been presented internationally since 1968. He is the Director of the 1st-Mile Institute and its New Mexico ‘Broadband for All’ Initiative, and the SARC (Scientists/Artists Research Collaborations) “ECOS” Program.

Élise Ming Chu Roy
Board Member
Élise Ming Chu Roy is an active flutist, improviser, and composer who strives to find a unique and modern voice for the flute, which is ultimately the source of her musical expression in all of her various roles. As a performer-composer, Élise is fascinated with expanding the expressive possibilities of the flute -- often through the novel convergence of extended techniques and electroacoustics.

Élise teaches chamber music in the Music Department at the New Mexico School for the Arts, an Art Institute and Charter School in Santa Fe.

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.

Advisory Board

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 was born in Reykjavik, Iceland, in 1940. She studied violin and music theory, and in 1959 received a scholarship from the Czechoslovak Ministry of Culture to attend the State Music Conservatory in Prague.

Woody and Steina married in Prague in 1964, and shortly thereafter she joined the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra. After moving to the United States in 1965 she worked in New York City as a freelance musician. She began working with video in 1969, and since then her various tapes and installations have been exhibited in USA, Europe and Asia.

Woody Vasulka
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.