Renate Ferro

Renate Ferro has worked in the areas of emerging technology and culture for the past 15 years. By aligning artistic practice with critical approaches to cyber-configurations, her work takes on varying forms from web-based and time-based media, to sculpture and installation, performance, drawing, and text-based work. Most recently her work has been exhibited at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, Hunter College Gallery in New York City, and the Freud Museum in London.

Ferro runs a lab for research and emerging technology, The Tinker Factory, and is managing moderator of the new media listserv titled -empyre-soft_skinned_space that was featured in the documenta 12 magazines project. She has lectured recently in Shanghai, Hong Kong, Seoul, Busan, Lima, and London. Her recent publications include those in Media N, Uncertain Practices/ Unsightly Aesthetics, and Erasure, the Spectre of Cultural Memory.

Ferro received a B.A. from Mercyhurst University, an M.S. from Elmira College, and an M.F.A. from Cornell University. She has been on the art department faculty since 2004.

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Classes (Selected)

  • ART 2701 Introduction to Digital Media
  • ART 3502 Drawing the Body
  • ART 3703 Projects in Time Based Art
  • ART 3708 Hybird Media and Global Arts Practices
  • ART 4001 Thesis l
  • ART 4002 Thesis ll

Awards, Grants, and Fellowships (Selected)

  • 2012 New York State Council for the Arts Finishing Funds for Electronic Media and Film, award
  • 2013 Cornell University Vice-Provost Humanities Research Grant coauthored with Maria Fernandez, The Incubator Project: Robotics Interaction Theory
  • 2011 Mellon DeBary Material Culture Writing Group, Cornell University, coauthored, research grant

Exhibitions and Presentations (Selected)

  • Saying It, with Mieke Bala and Michelle Williams Gamaeker, Freud Museum, London (2012)
  • Suspicious Packages, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (2012)
  • The Experimental Television Center: A History, Etc., Hunter College Gallery, New York City (2015)

Publications (Selected)

  • "Archival Accumulations as the Erasure of Memory," in Erasure: The Spectre of Cultural Memory, coauthored (Libri Publishing UK)
  • "On Collaboration: a conversation between Renate Ferro and Brooke Singer," in Uncertain Practices / Unsightly Aesthetics (Errant Bodies Press)
  • Saying It, exhibition catalog (Occasional Paper)
  • Uncertain Aesthetics: Networks in the Age of Emerging Technology (Uncertain Aesthetics, ed.)
  • Tinkering with the Archive: Pathways to Conceptual Thought and Digital Practice, coauthored with Tim Murray, "Proceedings of the Digital Arts and Culture Conference," UC–Irvine (2009)