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Time Based and Interactive Media
Diane Derr is a practice-based researcher in interactive media, principally concerned with structures of mediated communication and interaction. She routinely employs tools of the virtual to investigate the realm of the physical. Derr’s work addresses the evolving landscape of design and computational media technologies.
She has exhibited and lectured internationally at venues including Design Days Dubai (United Arab Emirates), the Center for Art and New Technology (Czech Republic),the International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA), the Ionion Centre for arts and Culture (Greece), the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), the University of the Aegean (Greece), the German University of Cairo (Egypt), the University of Aveiro (Portugal), Gezira Art Center (Egypt), and Leeds College of Art (United Kingdom).
She has received numerous grants and awards, including the Presidential Research Qusest Fund (PeRQ) from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), the National Priorities Research Program Fund (NPRP) from Qatar Foundation, the Distinguished Faculty in Teaching Award (2016) and the Distinguished Faculty in Research Award (2013), both from Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Qatar (VCUarts Qatar).
Derr is currently an Associate Professor in the MFA Design Studies program at VCUarts Qatar where she teaches critical design, visual narrative, time-based media, and physical computing. She is currently completing her Ph.D. with the Centre for Advanced Inquiry in Interactive Arts at the University of Plymouth (UK) under the supervision of Roy Ascott and Jane Grant.
As an artist and a researcher in digital media production Derr's practice examines the construct of narrative enabled by interactive and time-based digital technologies specifically addressing the increasingly malleable roles of the author, the subject and the spectator. The central thread of her practice is focused on how digital media production technologies challenge our perception of information and our experience of cultural constructs.
Framed within the areas of narrotology, communication structures and interaction aesthetics Derr's practice examines social and cultural constructs embedded in, and accessed through, the spectrum of digital technology. Within this framework she has two primary research trajectories; the construction of inter-textual narrative within the networked model of communication; and the phenomenology of interaction enabled and challenged by digital media production technologies. Using open-source hardware and software, computer vision, and time-based media she has addressed these topics through mediated system narratives in interactive installations; the deconstruction of mass media narratives through experimental documentary production; and the use of emergent technology to access archeological data and built cultural heritage in the Middle East.
Window to the Past, (curatorial) Madinat Shamal Police Station, Al Ruwayda, Qatar.
Made by Qatar: Casting for Sustinability, 4th Annual Istanbul Design Biennale, ‘Transitional School’, Istanbul, Turkey
Diffrazioni Media Art Festival, The Conservatory of Florence. Florence, Italy.
Location, Czong Institute for Contemporary Art Museum (CICA). Gyeonggi-do, South Korea.
Faculty Exhibition, the Gallery at VCUarts Qatar, Doha, Qatar.
VENTRILOQUIST: Photo Issue. Produced by Whitney Lynn. San Francisco, California.
Next Nature, Ionion Art Center. Kefelonia, Greece.
Next Nature, ART-ATHINA (Athens International Art Fair). Athens, Greece.
Lines in the Sand, the Gallery at VCUarts Qatar, Doha, Qatar.
Strange Wonders, Msheireb Enrichment Center, Doha, Qatar.
DI-EGY FEST 0.1, Gezira Art Center. Cairo, Egypt.
F is for Faculty, the Gallery at VCUarts Qatar, Doha, Qatar.
Kaleidoscope, the Gallery at VCUarts Qatar, Doha, Qatar.
Decoy, LoBot Gallery. Oakland, California.
Nab Lab: Video 1, Nab Gallery, Chicago, Illinois.
All Over the Place #3, Screening. Brooklyn, New York.
The Marriage, MFA Thesis Exhibition, Center for Book and Paper Arts. Chicago, Illinois.
Video Night, ADA Gallery, Richmond, Virginia.
The Mind/Body Problem, Artists Space, curated by Christian Rattemeyer. New York, New York.
The Projection Gallery. Liverpool, United Kingdom.
Cinema-scope: PAM, Scope Hamptons. New York, New York.
Cinema-scope: PAM, Scope London. London, United Kingdom.
Working Frameworks, C33 Gallery. Chicago, Illinois.
Working Frameworks, Skylab Gallery. Columbus, Ohio.
IMAGe Unit, Screening, Hot House. Chicago, Illinois.
Back Room Screening, ADA Gallery, Richmond, Virginia.
Dramatic Images, Prop Theatre. Chicago, Illinois.
I Mean C’mon Fluff My Pillow, 3, Inns of Virginia. Richmond, Virginia.
Touching Shoulders/Rubbing Elbows, Locker 50B Gallery. Richmond, Virginia.
First Year, Graduate Exhibition, Plant Zero. Richmond, Virginia.
I Mean C’mon Fluff My Pillow, 2, Inns of Virginia. Richmond, Virginia.
Project Resolution, ADA Gallery. Richmond, Virginia.
I Mean C’mon Fluff My Pillow, Inns of Virginia. Richmond, Virginia.
Urban Works, Urban Light Works Gallery. Richmond, Virginia.
RANDOM, Virginia Modeling Center. Richmond, Virginia.
Senior Exhibition, Sculpture Department, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia.
Annual Juried Exhibition, Anderson Gallery, Juror, Ashley Kissler, curator of the Hand Workshop. Richmond Virginia.
Recent Works, Ipanema. Richmond, Virginia.
Consumption Carnival, The Polkadot Gallery. Richmond, Virginia.
(PFO), Photography and Film Organization, James Center. Richmond, Virginia.
Nonahme, Harrison St. Cafe. Richmond, Virginia.
Annual Juried Exhibition, Anderson Gallery, Juror, Sarah Finlay, curator of Fusebox Gallery. Richmond, Virginia.
Area Arts Exhibition, The Polkadot Gallery. Richmond, Virginia.
214, Shockoe Bottom Arts Center. Richmond, Virginia.
120602, FAB Gallery. Richmond, Virginia.
...tion, The Polkadot Gallery. Richmond, Virginia.
Fear, The Polkadot Gallery. Richmond, Virginia.
Southeast Regional Conference Exhibition, Society for Photographic Education,The Polkadot Gallery. Richmond, Virginia.
Sophomoric Sculpture, FAB Gallery. Richmond, Virginia.
Hungry, Puddin’ Heads. Richmond, Virginia.
Not Accepted, Shaeffer Court. Richmond, Virginia.
Photo Works, 325 N. Harrison St. Cafe. Richmond, Virginia.
Like a Virgin, 818 Space. Richmond, Virginia.
Presidential Research Quest Fund (PeRQ), Configuring Kommos: Narrative in event, place, and memory, VCU, ($49,898.80), collaboration with Law Alsobrook and Sadia Mir.
Faculty Research Grant, ‘Varable Place, II’, VCUarts Qatar, Doha, Qatar ($9,400.00).
Faculty Research Grant, ‘Syncretic Narrative’, VCUarts Qatar, Doha, Qatar ($6,000.00).
Faculty Research Grant, ‘From There to Then’, VCUarts Qatar, Doha, Qatar ($10,176.00).
Faculty Research Grant, ‘Interacting with Qatar’s Past’, VCUarts Qatar, Doha, Qatar ($19,444.00).
Faculty Research Grant, ‘For the People’, VCUarts Qatar, Doha, Qatar ($10,500.00).
Faculty Research Grant, ‘For the People’, VCUarts Qatar, Doha, Qatar ($20,000.00).
Qatar National Priorities Research Grant, ‘Visualizing Qatar’s Past’. Co-Lead Principle Investigator. Collaborative project between VCUarts Qatar, the Department of Islamic Archeology at the University of Wales and Qatar Museums, Doha, Qatar ($408,000.00).
Distinguished Faculty in Teaching Award
VCUarts Qatar Distinguished Achievement for Research Award
Publication Funding, Art Disk, Virginia Museum of Fine Art. Richmond, Virginia ($5,000.00).
VMFA Fellowship, Virginia Museum of Fine Art. Richmond, Virginia ($4,000.00).