MAAD Lecturers

2020 - 2021 Lecturers for Media Arts and Design

Nick Briz
//Teaching "Internet Art I" and "Culture Jamming in the Digital Age" in Winter 2021 and "Internet Art II" in Spring 2021
Nick Briz is an internationally recognized new-media artist, educator and organizer. His work focuses on digital culture by investigating the promises and perils of living in an increasingly digital and networked world. He is an active participant in various online communities and conversations including glitch art, net art, remix culture, digital rights, Internet ecology and digital literacy. He's an Adjunct Associate Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Creative Director of the digital agency Branger_Briz, a collective of artists, strategists, educators and programmers specializing in conceiving and developing custom innovative digital projects for a wide range of clients. Check out his website here.

Ilana Emmett
//Teaching "Television in an Age of Change" in Winter 2021. 
Ilana Emmett is currently working on her dissertation on the aesthetics of American daytime soap operas on radio and television from 1930 to today, with a focus on sound aesthetics. Additional research addresses the history of television programming for deaf audiences. Research interests include: sound studies, disability studies, women’s popular media, teen media, and religion and media. She has presented her work at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies and Console-ing Passions. She has a B.A. in Cinema and Media Studies from the University of Chicago and an M.A. in Film and Television Studies from the University of Warwick in the U.K. She has also worked in film and television production.

Ian Bryce Jones
//Teaching "Videogames and Genre Storytelling" in Winter 2021. 

Ian writes and teaches in the areas of new media, cinema, and the arts, across a breadth of levels and specialities. He has taught film and videogame analysis to college students and video production to high school students, worked as a video editor, curated screenings, organized conferences, secured grant funding for educational games, and published criticism. In addition to his current teaching at DePaul University and the University of Chicago, he also serves as the grants administer for Chicago's Storycatchers Theatre.

Li Yao
//Teaching "Designing Virtual Space While Staying Alive" in Spring 2021.
Li Yao, currently based in Chicago, is a VR/XR artist, a designer and an organizer for new media art events. His work focuses on the way our sense of realities is shaped through architecture and corporations' media campaigns. Li's recent on-going project, Perfect Melon, in collaboration with Jas Brooks and Gabby Luu, is a VR installation and performance that incarnates a fictional beverage company cultivating a consumer community entirely mediated by the corporation itself, beyond the purchases of their products. Li has exhibited in various venues including Altered Festival, The Wrong Biennale, Ars Electronica 2018, and Mykono Multimedia Festival. He received his MFA in Art and Technology Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2018, and his BFA in Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts in 2016.

Whitney Johnson
//Teaching "Sounding Bodies" in Spring 2021. 

Whitney Johnson is a musician, composer, and scholar living in Chicago. She engages with the relation between language and sensory perception, as well as social skepticism and belief in the effects of sound on the body. As Matchess she performs, improvises, and collaborates with the viola, as well as the Ace Tone combo organ, electronics, and vocalization. She reproduces sound and meaning through a range of historical material processes, including reel-to-reel tape looping, cassette tape sampling, and field recording. In tandem with her sound practice, she received her doctorate in Sociology from the University of Chicago in 2018, writing a dissertation on the cultural value of embodied sensory perception, particularly in the discipline of sound art. She is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Liberal Arts and Sound at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.