Tara McPherson is Professor of Critical Studies at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts. She is a core faculty member of the IMAP program, USC’s innovative practice based-Ph.D., and also an affiliated faculty member in the American Studies and Ethnicity Department. Her research engages the cultural dimensions of media, including the intersection of gender, race, affect and place. She has a particular interest in digital media. Here, her research focuses on the digital humanities, early software histories, gender, and race, as well as upon the development of new tools and paradigms for digital publishing, learning, and authorship.
Lisa Mann is Associate professor of Practice at Hench-DADA. Lisa’s art practice consists of site-specific installations, performances, large-scale sculptures, and experimental films exploring topical social issues.
She has created and exhibited works with themes ranging from the NRA and it’s exploitation of children Prototype for a Play Structure, homelessness George Wilson: Home (more-or-less), the societal effects of the Rodney King police beating Inauguration of Far Bazzar, and domestic violence Seven Lucky Charms. Her multi-projection installations, Tentnology and Tentnology 2.0 investigated the commonplace intrusion of technology into the outdoor camping experience. Her works have ranged from giant inflatable barbershop poles to welded grocery carts to gun-shaped children’s climbing structures.
Lisa has received a Media Arts Fellowship from the Rockefeller Foundation and an Annenberg Foundation Independent Media Fellowship. She is the Vice President of NewTown Foundation, an artist-run organization presenting visual, media, and sonic art exhibitions in a variety of untraditional venues.