Diane Gro­mala

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    Diane Gro­mala is an artist, de­signer, cu­ra­tor, and cul­tural critic. Her work has been at the fore­front of emerg­ing forms of tech­nol­ogy, from the ear­li­est form of mul­ti­me­dia (Hy­per­Card, at Apple Com­puter) to one of the very first in­stances of Vir­tual Re­al­ity art  at the Banff Cen­tre in 1991. Gro­mala’s cur­rent focus  is on phys­i­o­log­i­cal com­put­ing and bio­me­dia.  Gro­mala’s art­work has been per­formed and ex­hib­ited in  North Amer­ica, Eu­rope, the Mid­dle East, Asia and New Zealand.  It has also been fea­tured on the Dis­cov­ery Chan­nel, CNN,  the BBC, the New York Times, the Los An­ge­les Times, to name a few.  Along with col­lab­o­ra­tor Lily Shir­va­nee, Gro­mala was a semi-fi­nal­ist  for Dis­cover mag­a­zine’s Award for Tech­no­log­i­cal In­no­va­tion in 2001. Gro­mala’s de­sign work has re­ceived nu­mer­ous awards from or­ga­ni­za­tions rang­ing from the AIGA to the Amer­i­can In­sti­tute of Ar­chi­tects.  With Jay David Bolter, Gro­mala is au­thor of  Win­dows and Mir­rors: Elec­tronic Art, De­sign, and the Myth of Trans­parency.  Pub­lished by the MIT Press, this book re­ex­am­ines the is­sues of  human com­puter in­ter­ac­tion and in­ter­face de­sign from the  per­spec­tive of media and cul­tural the­ory. Gro­mala’s jour­nal ar­ti­cles have been pub­lished in nu­mer­ous , peer-re­viewed con­fer­ences in in­ter­ac­tive art, de­sign, and com­puter sci­ence, and have been trans­lated into over 10 lan­guages.  Gro­mala has been teach­ing full time since 1990. She has held po­si­tions and de­vel­oped new cur­ric­ula in the Col­lege of Fine Arts at the Uni­ver­sity of Texas,  the School of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions at the Uni­ver­sity of Wash­ing­ton,  and the School of Lit­er­a­ture, Com­mu­ni­ca­tion, and Cul­ture  at Geor­gia Tech. Gro­mala has also taught classes at Wan­ganui Poly­tech­nic in New Zealand and Ox­ford Uni­ver­sity in Eng­land, and has been a mem­ber of Com­puter Sci­ence and En­gi­neer­ing re­search labs, in­clud­ing the HIT­Lab and GVU and is cur­rently the Canada Re­search Chair and an as­so­ci­ate pro­fes­sor at Simon Fraser Uni­ver­sity, School of In­ter­ac­tive Arts & Tech­nol­ogy.  Gro­mala has served on the Ed­i­to­r­ial Board of Post­mod­ern Cul­ture  and is cur­rently on the ed­i­to­r­ial boards of Vi­sual Com­mu­ni­ca­tion and  Leonardo Re­views. In the year 2000, Gro­mala was elected  Chair of SIG­GRAPH’s Art Gallery and named Chair of the United Na­tions’  (UN­ESCO) Art, Sci­ence & Tech­nol­ogy ini­tia­tive in 2002. As a Senior Ful­bright Fel­low, Gro­mala helped cre­ate a new joint pro­gram  in Human Com­puter In­ter­ac­tion De­sign at Wan­ganui Poly­tech­nic and Waikato Uni­ver­sity in New Zealand.  Through­out the 1980s, Diane Gro­mala worked as a de­signer and art di­rec­tor in the cor­po­rate realm, in­clud­ing Apple Com­puter, Inc.  Her post­grad stud­ies were in the Plan­e­tary Col­legium (for­merly CAIIA STAR) at the Uni­ver­sity of Ply­mouth in Eng­land. Her un­der­grad­u­ate and grad­u­ate de­grees are from the Uni­ver­sity of Michi­gan and Yale Uni­ver­sity, re­spec­tively.

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