Clea T. Waite


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Most Recent Affiliation / Department / Job Title:


  • Artist, Scholar, Engineer, and Filmmaker

Past Affiliation / Department / Job Title:


  • Media Arts and Practice, Asscociate Professor

ISEA Bio(s) Available:


  • ISEA2020

    Clea T. Waite is an intermedia artist, scholar, engineer, and experimental filmmaker whose artworks investigate the material poetics that emerge at the intersection of art, science, and technology. She creates immersive, cinematic works engaging embodied perception, dynamic composition, and sensual interfaces – as well as one inter-species collaboration with several hundred tropical spiders. Her artworks examine climate change, astronomy, particle physics, history, feminism, and popular culture. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Southern California, USA, in Media Arts + Practice, unifying her artistic practice and her background in physics and computer graphics from the MIT Media Lab with research in cinema and media art theory. Waite has been a Humboldt Fellow, a Radcliffe Fellow, CERN artist-in-residence, and fellow at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne, Germany. Her awards include the National Academies Keck Futures Initiative, the IBM Innovation Prize for Artistic Creation in Art and Technology, and the Medienboard Berlin/Brandenburg.

    ISEA 2014

    Clea T. Waite, US, is a research artist scholar and experimental filmmaker whose motion pictures balance unconventional aesthetic exploration with innovative realisation. Her somatic, cinematic works explore immersion, stereoscopic imaging, spatial montage and unique interfaces, as well as one inter‑species collaboration with several hundred spiders. Waite graduated from the MIT Media Lab as a physicist and computer graphics developer. She was founding Associate Professor of Digital Montage at the Academy of Film and Television Babelsberg, Germany and has held positions at the Pratt Institute, New York and the University of Arts, Berlin. She is now pursuing her PhD at the USC School of Cinematic Arts in Media Arts and Practice.

    ISEA 2008

    Clea T. Waite & Lauren Fenton, Media Arts and Practice, School of Cinematic Arts, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA.

    ISEA 2008

    Clea T. Waite (USA/Germany) is a research-artist whose computer animation, stereoscopic, multi-channel video-installation, hemispherical digital-film, and a collaboration with several hundred tropical spiders examine the meta-meanings found in unlikely correspondences between science and myth.

    ISEA1995

    Clea T. Waite was born in New York City. Currently co­director of Digital 1995 in Cologne, Germany. Fellow at the Academy of Media Art of Cologne since 1993. Assistant Professor of Computer.


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  • United States of America

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  • DE

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