Faculty and graduate students in the Emergent Digital Practices program at the University of Denver are engaged directly with communities, merging art, design, culture, and technology to bring about change for the public good — online and offline.

Examining how habits are shaped by technology, Assistant Professor Kate Hollenbach focuses on how cellphone cameras, data collection, and surveillance have become core to the ways we work and play together. Her research also includes development of open source software, specifically working on p5.js, an inclusive creative coding library used by millions of professional artists, designers, and educators. Hollenbach recently joined the Board of Directors for the Processing Foundation to support the stewardship of the p5.js Editor.

Professor Timothy Weaver’s research spans from the Andes to the Arctic, engaging with endangered ecologies and the human communities around them. His global-scale “collaboratories” are community-opening research projects, fusing art and science into emergent fields of scholarship and creative expression. As a founding member of the art-science research network the Ocean Memory Project, he explores the convergence of oceans and memory using stories to envision and chart the ocean’s future to protect the planet’s health and ours.

The Clinic for Open Source Arts (COSA), created by Professor Chris Coleman, supports free and open source tools for creating art in an increasingly global digital world. By focusing on the communities around the tools, COSA helps to improve accessibility, sustainability, and diversity in tool contributors as well as users. With funding from the Knight Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, COSA is supporting contributor training, hosting developer events, advising projects, and giving grants to assist with healthy growth.

Learn more about EDP Faculty’s research and working with them as an Emergent Digital Practices MFA or MA graduate student at DU.

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