Diane Derr

Associate Professor

Contact

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Specialization

Time Based and Interactive Media

Education

  • Ph.D. candidate, Centre for Advanced Inquiry in Interactive Arts (CAiiA-HUB), The Planetary Collegium, University of Plymouth
  • M.F.A. Interdisciplinary Arts and Media, Columbia College, 2007
  • B.F.A. Dual-degree, Photography and Film and Sculpture and Extended Media, Virginia Commoonwealth University, 2004

Biography

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.

http://www.dianederr.org/

Research Interests

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.

Presentations

Conference Presentations

  • Derr, D. and Alsobrook, L. (2015). 'Variable There: Reconfiguring narrative through urban data'. Art Present: Mapping Space that Could Return to Earth Again, Havana, Cuba. June 2-6, 2015.
  • Derr, D. (2014). ‘Field and flow: netting the nature of Nature’, roundtable discussion,  CAC4, 4th Computer Art Congress,  Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.
  • Derr, D. (2014). ‘Embedded Function: Creative Computing within Interdisciplinary Practice’,Design Education Symposium,  VCUarts Qatar, Doha, Qatar.
  • Derr, D. (2014). ‘Art and Artifacts:  Immersive and interactive technology in the preservation and engagement of built cultural heritage’, Alliance for Arts in Research Universities, Iowa State University. Ames, Iowa. 
  • Derr, D. (2014). ‘Urban Space and Qatar’s Built Cultural Heritage’.  ISEA, International Symposium on Electronic Art.  Dubai, UAE. 
  • Derr, D. (2014). ‘Capturing Gaddafi: Narrative as System Currency’, Fak’ugesi Digital African Arts Conference. Johannesburg, South Africa. 
  • Derr. D. (2013). ‘Syncretic narrative:  Data in flux’, XARTS: From the Virtual to the Real, University of Aegean. Syros, Greece.
  • Derr, D. (2013). 'International collaborative arts: Conversations on practice, research and education'. Session chair at College Art Association, New York.
  • Derr, D. (2013). ‘A Contrapuntal Reading of Data Journalism’, Behind the Image and Beyond, German University of Cairo. Cairo, Egypt
  • Derr, D. (2012). 'Morphological mapping of the Arab spring through an ecological lens'. Mutamorphosis II: Tribute to Uncertainty, CIANT International Center for Art and New Technology, Prague, Czech Republic.
  • Derr, D. (2012). 'Fictionalizing the figuration: In consideration of the Arab spring's narrative matrix'. Technoetic Telos: Art, Myth and Media, Ionian Center for Arts and Culture, Kefelonia, Greece.
  • Derr, D. (2011). 'Media literacy and design pedagogy'. International Conference on Design Principles and Practices, Sapienza University of Rome, Rome, Italy.
  • Derr, D. (2010). 'Operational dialogues'. International Conference on the Image, University of California-Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA.
  • Derr, D. (2010). 'Media literacy in the art and design curriculum'.  International Perspectives in Art and Design Pedagogies, Leeds College of Art, Leeds, United Kingdom.
  • Derr, D. (2008). 'Interpolating the white tower: Are place and material valid in a contemporary art education?'  Mid-America College Art Association Conference, Indianapolis, IN. 
  • Derr, D. (2008). 'The art of a practice'. Southeastern Regional College Art Association Conference, New Orleans, LA.

Workshops

  • Derr, D. (2015). ‘Variable Place: Reconfiguring narrative through urban data’, Workshop, Art Present: Mapping Space that Could Return to Earth Again. Havana, Cuba. 
  • Derr, D. (2014). ‘Variable Place: Reconfiguring narrative through urban data’, Workshop, University of the Witwatersrand. Johannesburg, South Africa. 
  • Derr, D. (2014). ‘Physical Computing to Augment Experience’. HBKU Workshop, VCUarts Qatar, Doha, Qatar.  
  • Derr, D. (2013). ‘Physical Computing to Augment Experience’. HBKU Workshop, VCUarts Qatar, Doha, Qatar.  
  • Derr, D. (2013). ‘Teaching with New Media’, VCUarts Qatar, Doha, Qatar.
  • Derr, D. (2013). 'Vjing the Narrative'. Tasmeem Doha Biennial Design Conference, VCUarts Qatar, Doha, Qatar.

Publications

  • Derr, D. (2015). ‘Capturing Gaddafi: Narrative as System Currency’, Technoetic Arts: Journal of Speculative Research. (forthcoming)
  • Derr, D. (2013).  ‘Syncretic narrative:  Data in flux.’  Technoetic Arts: Journal of Speculative Research. Vol. 11, Issue 2.  
  • Derr, D. (2012). ‘Fictionalizing the Figuration: (In) Consideration of the Arab Spring’s Narrative Matrix’.  Technoetic Arts: Journal of Speculative Research. Vol. 10, Issue 1. May 2012.
  • Derr, D. (2011). ‘Economy of the Moving Image’, Presence in the Mindfield: Art, Identity and the Technology of Transformation. Conference proceedings published in collaboration with Direcção Geral das Artes - Portuguese Ministry of Culture. Fall 2011.
  • Derr, D. (2006). Art Disk, Editor/Publisher.  A DVD publication comprised of curated video works and interviews with six practicing artists including Stephen Vitiello, Barbara DeGenevieve, Gary Schneider, Michelle Citron, Patrick Nagatani and William Pope. L. Released at MOMA, Miami, Florida.

Exhibitions

2019    
Window to the Past, (curatorial) Madinat Shamal Police Station, Al Ruwayda, Qatar.

2018    
Made by Qatar: Casting for Sustinability, 4th Annual Istanbul Design Biennale, ‘Transitional School’, Istanbul, Turkey

2016    
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.

2015     
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.

2014
Lines in the Sand, the Gallery at VCUarts Qatar, Doha, Qatar.
Strange Wonders, Msheireb Enrichment Center, Doha, Qatar.

2013
DI-EGY FEST 0.1, Gezira Art Center. Cairo, Egypt.

2012
F is for Faculty, the Gallery at VCUarts Qatar, Doha, Qatar.

2011
Kaleidoscope, the Gallery at VCUarts Qatar, Doha, Qatar.

2008
Decoy, LoBot Gallery. Oakland, California.

2007
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.

2006
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.
 
2005
First Year, Graduate Exhibition, Plant Zero. Richmond, Virginia.
I Mean C’mon Fluff My Pillow, 2, Inns of Virginia. Richmond, Virginia.

2004
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.

2003
Recent Works, Ipanema. Richmond, Virginia.
Consumption Carnival, The Polkadot Gallery. Richmond, Virginia.
(PFO), Photography and Film Organization, James Center. Richmond, Virginia.

2002
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.
 
2001
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.

Funded Research Projects and Grants

2019
Presidential Research Quest Fund (PeRQ), Configuring Kommos: Narrative in event, place, and memory, VCU, ($49,898.80), collaboration with Law Alsobrook and Sadia Mir.  

2015
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).

2014
Faculty Research Grant, ‘From There to Then’, VCUarts Qatar, Doha, Qatar ($10,176.00).

2013
Faculty Research Grant, ‘Interacting with Qatar’s Past’, VCUarts Qatar, Doha, Qatar ($19,444.00).

2012
Faculty Research Grant, ‘For the People’, VCUarts Qatar, Doha, Qatar ($10,500.00).

2011
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).

Honors

2016
Distinguished Faculty in Teaching Award

2013
VCUarts Qatar Distinguished Achievement for Research Award 

2006
Publication Funding, Art Disk, Virginia Museum of Fine Art. Richmond, Virginia ($5,000.00).

2001
VMFA Fellowship, Virginia Museum of Fine Art. Richmond, Virginia ($4,000.00).

Professional Service

Committee Work

  • Member, Research Development Committee, 2014 - 2016.
  • Member, International Commitee for Professional Interests, Practices and Standards (PIPS), College Art Association. New York, New York. 2011 - 2014.
  • Member, MFA WEAVE, APR, AQR Review Committee, 2011 - 2013.
  • Memeber, Teaching with Technology Committee, 2013 - 2014.
  • Member, Faculty Advisory Committee, 2012 - 2015.
  • Chair, Hybrid making Film Festival, Tasmeem, 2013.
  • Member, MFA Thesis Review Committee, 2011- current.
  • Member, Technology Advisor Committee, 2011 - 2013.
  • Chair, Career Development Committee, 2011 - 2012.
  • Member, Career Development Committee, 2010 - 2011.

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