Program Director, Digital Technology and Culture
Associate Professor, Fine Arts
Douglas Gast (2005) received his M.A. in Communication Studies from Baylor University and his M.F.A. in Electronic Art from the University of Cincinnati. Gast is an exhibiting artist whose work has been shown worldwide. His research and creative interests include Video/Film/Animation, New Media/Electronic Art, Photography/Imaging, Installation, Performance, Web/Net Art, Sound, Interactive Art, Conceptual Art/Fluxus/Dada, Semiotics, and Curatorial Studies. While typically digital or electronic in nature, his work involves the identification and activation of the inherent elements of the media which stands to best serve his chosen message. Gast is the advisor of the Digital Technology and Culture Student Organization.
www.noprogram.org — a collection of work in film, video, photography, and interactive media
www.30daysofnewlife.org — a project website
www.pinapoint.org — a project website
Assistant Professor, Fine Arts
Peter Christenson (2012) earned a M.S.W. from the University of Michigan and his M.F.A. in Intermedia from Arizona State University. Christenson is a multidisciplinary artist, writer, and filmmaker. He is Cofounder and Artistic Director of Left of Centre, a guerrilla-marketing/consulting firm and artist collective in Detroit, MI. His current practice and research are rooted in interventionist, social art, and institutional critique theories and formidably influenced by his past experiences working as a licensed psychotherapist. Christenson’s research focuses on New Media and Digital Culture, Installation and Immersive Environments, Institutional Critique and Interventionist Theory, Relational Aesthetics, and Psychosocial Art.
Sena Clara Creston
Clinical Assistant Professor, Fine Arts
Sena Clara Creston is an exhibiting interactive installation artist from New York City. Creston earned her MFA in electronic art from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2012 and her BFA from NYU for photography and imaging in 2005. Creston uses a combination of old and new technology to construct immersive electronic, kinetic and interactive sculptural installations as well as photographic environments. Her research and creative practice focus on the impact materials, process and mythology can have on interactive art and reflect on alternative associations with what is considered natural.