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CURRICULUM VITAE

KURTIS LESICK

POSITIONS

2013 Chair, School of Craft and Emerging Media, Alberta College of Art + Design, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

2013 Permanent Faculty in Media Arts + Digital Technology, Alberta College of Art + Design, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

2012 Sessional Faculty, Digital Futures Initiative, Faculty of Graduate Studies, OCAD University, Toronto,Canada

2009-Present Director/Curator, Creative Environment for Emerging Electronic Culture (CE3C), Calgary, Canada

2005-Present President/Creative Director – Kulturlab: creative content development

2008-2012 Sessional Faculty in Media Arts + Digital Technology, Alberta College of Art + Design, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

2009-2012 Digital Alberta, Board of Directors

2009-2010 AACTI Chair of Development for IT and Digital Media

2006 Acting Director of Marketing and Communications, Alberta College of Art + Design, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

1997-2005 President/Creative Director – The HUMANUS Collective: cultural research and media arts collective and think tank.

EDUCATION

1998 Master of Philosophy Research Degree Programme in Archaeology, Department of Archaeology and Prehistory, The University of Sheffield, England. Thesis: Materiality and the Limits of Archaeological Knowledge.

1993 Double Degree, Bachelor of Arts Programmes in Archaeology and Anthropology, Departments of Archaeology and Anthropology, The University of Calgary, Canada. Convocation: June 1993. Arts undergraduate thesis: “Towards an Associational Theory for Archaeology.” Sciences undergraduate thesis: “An Analysis of Temper Properties in Ceramics from Laguna Bustillios, Chihuahua, Mexico.”

SELECT LIST OF DIGITAL MEDIA/INTERACTIVE PROJECTS

2012 (February) Inner Waters Flowing Faster, Video Projected on Glass Sculpture in collaboration with Kai Scholefield (Glass Artist) and Greg Debicki (Audio Engineer and Original Music). At the Ruberto Ostberg Gallery for the 2012 Exposure Photography Festival.

2011 (August) (re)production: a reading for Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian. Digital Performance Commissioned by Dandelion Magazine for “Performance/MACHINE” edited by Kathleen Brown and Michael Nardone.

2011 (June-Present) Watching Paint Dry: Iran do Espirito Santo, Documentary video co-directed with Noam Gonnick.

2011 (Sept-April) The Vulcan Explorer, (Director) Interactive edu-tainment experience at the Vulcan Trek Station, Vulcan, Alberta, Canada.

2011 (February) Possibilities Exceed 9, Poetry and computer generated performance piece in collaboration with Travis Kirton, Poetic Performance Laboratory, John Dutton Theatre, Calgary Public Library, Calgary

2011 (January) (mis)read, Interactive, Multi-Media Installation, Commissioned for “Popsex!” curated by Annette Timms and Michael Thomas Taylor, Illingworth Kerr Gallery, Calgary, Canada.

2009 (April) Good Medicine – Producer/Director of an Experimental Documentary on Aboriginal Perspectives on health and wellness in Alberta. Funded by Health Canada, AACTI, ACAD, Keyano College.

2008 (January) Problems with History (Elements 13, 14, 15) – 3 video-based installations exploring issues in historical representation installed at the Ruberto Ostberg Gallery, Calgary, Canada.

2007 (November) Problems with History (Element 14) – Interviews, performances, and audio video installation conducted/installed at the Banff Centre, Banff, Canada, that explores the creation, exchange and destruction of history.

2007 In the Shadow of Progress (multi-platform digital documentary) – personal and subjective explorations of life in the industrial north using web, email, terrestrial phone and locative/time accessed mobile media. Developed for the National Film Board of Canada.

2006 Ghosts of Industry (Locative Media) – location driven outdoor audio and video installation over PDA/ I-Pac and GPS.

2005 Technosaurs/C.I.E. – branded multi-platform educational participatory narrative for ‘tweens’. Co-produced with RocketFuel Inc. and the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology. Funders: Canada New Media Fund; Virtual Museum of Canada.

2003-04 Warhospital (web documentary) – intimate observations on life at the largest Red Cross war casualty facility in Lokichokio, Kenya. Project Developed for the National Film Board of Canada with the assistance of the Interactive Project Lab.

2001-04 Ghosts of Industry (ghostsofindustry.com) – experiential documentary of the industrial ghost town of Bitumount in northern Alberta. Collaborators: Jeff Dawson, Wayne Dunkley, Leonard Paul.

GRANTS AND AWARDS

2012 ACAD Scholarly Research and Creativity Initiative. Project: Tex(t)ech (Letters to my Father)

2012 AACTI AR&I Fund. Project: SEGENS | Social Engagement through Geographically Embedded News Systems.

2012 Digital Alberta Awards, People’s Choice Award, Most Inspirational Digital Leader.

2012 AACTI CAP Talks Grant

2012 AACTI Regional Innovation Network (RIN) Capacity Building Grant. Project: PAX | Programming for Aesthetic Experience.

2011 ACAD Scholarly Research and Creativity Initiative

2010 FMSIC Grant, AACTI. Project: The Enterprise Challenge

2009 FMSR and FSRD Grants, AACTI. Project: Complex Input | Rational Output (CIRO) Cirolab.org

2009 Marion Research Fund, Alberta College of Art + Design. Project: Complex Input | Rational Output

2007 First Place – “Pitch-it”, Kidscreen Summit, New York. Project: Technosaurs/C.I.E.

2006 Telus Innovation Fund. Project: Technosaurs.

2005 Canada New Media Fund, Telefilm Canada, Project:Technosaurs.

2005 Virtual Museum of Canada Investment Program. Project:Technosaurs

2003 Interactive Project Lab, Prototyping Grant. Project: War Hospital

2001 Canadian Independent Film and Video Fund. Project: Ghosts of Industry.

2001 Telus Television Fund. Project: Ghosts of Industry.

2001 Alberta Historical Resources Foundation, Media Grant. Project: Ghosts of Industry.

EXHIBITIONS

2012 All Faculty Show, Illingworth Kerr Gallery, Calgary, Canada. Inner Waters Flowing Faster.

2012 Co-curator: Inter(media)tions | Mediated Text Performances and Installations at “Free Exchange”, the University of Calgary, Calgary Canada. With Kathleen Brown.

2012 Co-curator: Inter(media)tions | Mediated Text Performances and Installations at “In(ter)ventions”, the Banff Centre, Banff, Canada. With Kathleen Brown.

2012 Exposure Photography Festival, Ruberto Ostberg Gallery, Calgary Canada. Inner Waters Flowing Faster.

2011 Poetic Performance Lab: an interactive hour of poetic performances, textual theatre and sound action. John Dutton Theatre, Calgary Public Library, Calgary, Canada.

2011 Popsex! Thematic Group Show curated by Annette Timms and Michael Thomas Taylor, Illingworth Kerr Gallery, Calgary, Canada

2010 DigitalCultures001, Digital Alberta Digital Showcase, Alberta College of Art+Design, Calgary, Canada

2008 Problems with History, Solo show of 12 paintings and 3 installations at the Ruberto Ostberg Gallery, Calgary, Canada.

2007 Problems with History (Element 14), Performances and Audio/Video Installation at ‘Open Spaces’, the Banff Centre, Banff, Canada.

2007 Art Walk, Group Show, The Ruberto Ostberg Gallery, Calgary, Canada

2006 Ghosts of Industry, Locative Media Installation, Banff New Media Institute, The Banff Centre, Banff, Canada.

2006 Art Walk, Group Show. The Ruberto Ostberg Gallery, Calgary, Canada.

2006 1st Anniversary Group Show. The Ruberto Ostberg Gallery, Calgary, Canada.

2005 Adieu, Public Art Project/Installation. The Ruberto Ostberg Gallery, Calgary, Canada.

2005 Say Goodbye, Curator. Ruberto Ostberg Gallery, Calgary, Canada.

2003 Warhospital: Paper Interactions, Interactive Project Lab, Banff Summer Arts Festival, The Banff Centre, Banff, Canada.

CURATORIAL

2012 Inter(media)tions | Mediated Text Performances and Installations at “Free Exchange”, the University of Calgary, Calgary Canada. Curated with Kathleen Brown.

2012 Inter(media)tions | Mediated Text Performances and Installations at “In(ter)ventions”, the Banff Centre, Banff, Canada. Curated with Kathleen Brown.

2010 DigitalCultures001 | A Night of Digital Art and Culture. Performances and Installations by 14 artists including artificiel, from Montreal. Alberta College of Art+Design, Calgary, Canada

2009 LIVE(D)CINEMA, 12 Live Cinema Performances including Mia Makela, Illingworth Kerr Gallery, Alberta College of Art+Design, Calgary, Canada

RESIDENCIES

2012 Inter(media)tions, Co-director of month residency on mediated text with Kathleen Brown and mentor J.R. Carpenter. CE3C, Calgary, Canada.

2011 Tex(t)ech, Co-director of a three week interactive laboratory for artists, technologists, media practitioners and writers. With Oana Avasilichioaei. CE3C, Calgary, Canada.

2009 Live Cinema – Director of one week Live Cinema residency with Mia Makela (solu.org) and 11 artists at CE3C, Alberta College of Art + Design. Part of the Reel Artist Film Festival.

2008 Good Medicine – Director of the Good Medicine Residency with 6 Aboriginal Artists at the Banff New Media Institute, the Banff Centre, Banff, Alberta, Canada. October 2008.

2007 Thematic Residency/Co-production Lab: Almost Perfect. Projects: Problems with History (Elements 12 and 13). The Banff New Media Institute, The Banff Centre, Banff, Canada.

2006 Thematic Residency/Co-production Lab: Almost Perfect. Projects: Ghosts of Industry (locative media); In the Shadow of Progress. The Banff New Media Institute, The Banff Centre, Banff, Canada.

2005 Self Directed Residency. Project: Technosaurs. The Banff New Media Institute, The Banff Centre, Banff, Canada.

2003 Interactive Project Lab. Project: Warhospital. The Canadian Film Centre (Toronto), The Banff New Media Institute (Banff), and Institut National de l’Image et du Son (Montreal).

PANELS, JURIES, PRESENTATIONS AND DELEGATIONS (SELECT LIST)

2012 – Panel Discussion: Interactivity and Gaming, with Steve Gilmore (Bioware) and Roddy Piper (NFB). Presented at the GIRAF Animation Festival, Calgary, Canada.
- blank | art, design, and the ineffable why, Presented at OCAD University at TalkXTalk, the Digital Futures Lecture Series, Toronto, Canada. October 11, 2012.
-Faculty/Mentor, Values in Design Workshop, School of Information and Computer Science, University of California at Irvine, Irvine, California, USA (August 19-26, 2012).
-CE3C: Past, Present, and Future, Kurtis Lesick, Travis Kirton, and Adam Tindale.
Presented at: Technology in Society: An Exploration,
 DeVry University, 
Calgary, AB, Canada.
-Jury for the Horse Show, Performance, Installation and video competition. Stanford Perrot Theatre, ACAD.
-I.D.E.A. (Interaction, Design, Experience, and Audience) Think Tank, Banff Centre, Banff, Canada.
2011 -Jury for ‘Connections’ group show at the Ruberto Ostberg Gallery, Calgary, Canada
-Jury for the Horse Show, Performance, Installation and video competition. Stanford Perrot Theatre, ACAD.
-Emerging Configurations of the Virtual and the Real, National Science Foundation Symposium, Chicago, USA.
2010 -Interactive Screen, The Banff New Media Institute, Senior Faculty and Scholarship Facilitator
-Jury for the Horse Show, Performance, Installation and video competition. Stanford Perrot Theatre, ACAD.
-How New Technology Drives Advances in Art and Culture. Digital Alberta Panel
-South by South West, Austin, Texas. AACTI / Digital Alberta Contingent
2009 -South by South West, Austin, Texas. AACTI Contingent
-Interactive Screen, The Banff New Media Institute, Senior Faculty and Scholarship Facilitator
2006 -Digital Media 101: The Value of Digital Media. Banff New Media Institute, Accelerator Program, Banff, Alberta.
-The casualty of War Hospital: Observations for a conflicted documentary genre. Presented at Interactive Screen, The Banff New Media Institute, Banff, Canada.
-Electronic Entertainment Expo. Western Canada Delegation. Los Angeles, United States.
2003 -WAR HOSPITAL: a Study in Being Human. Presented at “IPL day” at the “Festival international nouveau cinema et nouveaux medias”, Montreal, Canada.
-WAR HOSPITAL. Presented at Cyberpitch, the Banff Television festival, Banff, Canada.
2002 -Web Visualisation and the First Philosophy of History. Presented at Interactive Screen, the Banff New Media Institute, Banff, Canada.
2001 -Recontextualising Digital Media: Lessons from Material History. Presented at Unforgiving Memory, the Banff New Media Institute, Banff, Canada.

PUBLICATIONS

2012 Lesick, Kurtis, ‘Building Electronic Culture | Computing at ACAD’ in the Journal of Computational Media Design. pp.16-29 (http://cmdjournal.com/CURRENT_ISSUE.html).
2011 Lesick, Kurtis, ‘The Closing of the Text’ in DANDELION performance/machine [Issue 37.2] edited by Kathleen Brown and Michael Nardone.
2002 Lesick, Kurtis, Barbara Kulle, Christine Cluny, Meaghan Peuramaki-Brown (Editors) The Archaeology of Contact: Processes and Consequences. The Archaeological Association of the University of Calgary.
2001 Lesick, Kurtis, “The First Graphic Design“ in Entropie Art/Design/Communication/Culture Vol. 2, No. 3.
1997 Magne, Martin, Kurtis Lesick, Peter D. Francis, Gwyn Langemann and Rod Heitzmann, “Archaeology – A Crucial Role in Ecosystem Management,“ CRM, Vol.20, No.4.
1997 Lesick, Kurtis “Re-engendering gender: some theoretical and methodological concerns on a burgeoning archaeological pursuit.“ In J. Moore and E. Scott (eds) Invisible People and Processes: Writing Gender and Childhood into European Archaeology. Leicester University Press.

REPORTS

2003 The Beauty of Collaboration: Methods, Manners, and Aesthetics, Report for the Banff New Media Institute, Banff, Alberta.
2001 The Media and Material Culture Summit: Communicating Canada‘s Heritage. Report for the Department of Canadian Heritage.