This is information concerning my choices of interview candidates.
Jenny Vogel received her MFA for Hunter College. Professor Vogel emphasized computer technology in her work with a focus on new media technology. Her work is grounded on the use of blogs and online forums for source material. She teaches Introduction to Media Arts that handles code-based media in contrast to traditional forms of expression.
Professor Vogel teaches a course in participatory art that has some related value to my exploration of crowdsourcing. This knowledge is helpful in examining the contribution of the creative individual in a developmental process.
Here is a portion of the course description:
“Participatory Art is considered as a multi-faceted art form in which the audience plays an integral part and sometimes even becomes the creator of the work. The class focuses on performance and site-specific aspect of Participatory Art, but NetArt and alternative categories are explored. Students familiarize themselves with a variety of tools to facilitate participatory and interactive processes, such as live-streaming video editing software and HTML coding. The course introduces the history and theory of Participatory Art, as well as various approaches from related fields such as theater, gaming and activism.”
Zenas Seiji Ikedo received his MFA from Kansas State University in Visual Communications. He bases his research in new technologies. In his University of North Texas biography it is noted, “he continues to research new technologies and the digital age as related to the web, digital ethnography, gaming and world cultures.” Professor Ikedo is an individual that provide great insight on this web phenomenon of crowdsourcing as well as give commentary on the value of the design professional in this process.
I believe that both of these individuals will have some valuable knowledge to share about the value of the creative professional that is trained and educated in the field of design/visual communications. I am confident that Professor Ikedo will be able to provide great insight in the phenomenon of crowdsourcing and how it is impacting the realm of visual communication.