Ellen Pearlman, a New York based artist and writer co-founded the first Summer Institute in Telematic Art, an internationally linked global interactive telematic performance between Canada and Hong Kong Polytechnic University while FUSE Digital Artist in Residence at Videotage. She is Director and Curator of the New York Volumetric Society, President of Art-A-Hack (TM), and Co-Director of the ThoughtWorks Arts Residency. Ellen and has collaborative on digital works using the RGBD Toolkit with the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Media Lab, lectured at the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia as part of Cyberfest, the largest festival of new media in Eastern Europe, was on the Art Panel Review Board for SIGGRAPH ASIA in Yokohama, Japan, a panel judge for ISEA New Mexico, Vancouver, Hong Kong and Columbia and presented her work at ISEA Istanbul,New Mexico, Dubai and Hong Kong.
Ellen has lectured on New Media at the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA), and the Communications and Animation University in Beijing, the Songzhuang Art Center, and universities in Wuhan and Tianjin, China. She participated in the first Beijing International Conference on Art Theory and Criticism at CAFA. the first Conference on Interactive Design, and the first conference on New Media Research, both at Tsinghua University. She went to Ulan Bator, Mongolia to work on presentation and curatorial practices with the Blue Sun arts group and lectured at the Mongolian Fine Arts Academy at the request of the Open Academy project supported by the Prince Claus Fund of the Netherlands. An Asian Cultural Council Grantee she was also awarded a Canadian Banff Mountain Culture Grant to film sacred monastic dance in nomadic Tibet. Ellen has been both a Canadian Banff Non Fiction and a Banff Digital Media Research Residency Fellow.
Her book, “Nothing and Everything, the Influence of Buddhism on the American Avant Garde, 1942-1962″ was highlighted as a notable book by Publishers Weekly. Ellen is one of the founders of The Brooklyn Rail and one of the originators of Tricycle Magazine. She was a four-time Vermont Studio Center Special President’s Fellow, a resident at the Great River Arts Colony in Patzcuaro, Mexico, the Repino Arts Colony in St. Petersburg, Russia, and the Red Gate Artist Colony in Beijing, China adn a Signal Culture Residen in Owego, NY, and at TimeWave VR BootCamp, NYU Tandon School of Engineering. She has also presented papers at the Taiwanese Photographer’s International Symposium, and Hong Kong City University’s “Extraordinary Dress Code” Conference, Transmediale, International Conference on Live Interfaces, Univeristy of Sussex, Sounds, Images, Data NYU Steinhardt/Goldsmiths/Leonardo, HOPE XI, and CODES and MODES CUNY NY. She is an arts contributor to Time Out Beijing in English, Yishu Magazine of Contemporary Asian Art, Art Asia Pacific, Sculpture Magazine, Hyperallergic, Leonardo Magazine, Performance Arts Journal (PAJ), International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media, and Furtherfield.org.
A two-time finalist for the Andy Warhol/Creative Capital Arts Writers Grant including one for her blog “Planet 3D” on art and technology, she is a member of The International Association of Art Critics and listed in the current edition of Who’s Who in America.
A Professor of Information Science at Columbia University’s CTA Program for 13 years Ellen also taught in the M.A. Program in Digital Design at Parsons School of Design, the New School University, and CUNY, New York. She was Director of Research for Basex., Inc., a boutique technology analyst firm and has authored two books on programming, one on XML for McGraw Hill, and one on SVG for Prentice Hall. She also wrote the first book on Tibetan Sacred Dance in the English language.
Ellen’s current research interests at the SCM focus on the brain, surveillance and performative modes of interpretative discourse, and she presented "Noor: A Brain Opera", a fully immersive interactive brain opera in a 360 degree theater during ISEA HK and the Microwave Festival. Ellen is currenlty faculty at Parson/New School University teaching the world's first co-lab on Cyborg Arts in collaboration with the Cyborg Foundation.