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Rachel Ward is a Ph.D. candidate conducting anthropological research in artists’ studios and archives in New York City. She has an M.Sc. in Social Anthropology and a G.Dip. in Visual Anthropology, focusing on documentary filmmaking, archaeology, digital art and culture.

 

Now pursuing her doctorate in Interactive Arts & Technology, Rachel’s work converges on Digital Anthropology and the creation of imaginative, artistic and 

experiential technologies for cultural preservation.

 

She has designed and built anthropological art installations, such as liliuokalani. archival experimentations, generating embodied access to the Archive via haptic-interactivity. She describes these projects in her book chapter in Digital Echoes (2018).

 

She has produced several documentaries, including a short about the overlap of Appalachian and punk music and Sneakerhead (2016), a portrait of an overzealous Air Jordan collector, which was featured in a 6-month exhibition in the Museum of Vancouver (MoV).

 

As of 2020, Rachel is collaborating with digital art(ists) in New York City and their complex archives to envision embodied multisensory access to their work in museum archives. Some of her preliminary research was recently published in the Electronic Media Review (2020).

A pseudoscience book I wrote

last week ISBN 979-8671716337 

Two websites I built this year for

dianneblell.com  and  evafaye.com

Some commissioned work from the summer

grenning gallery IGTV and the parrish museum

A small article about

my 35mm photography

curriculum vitae

 

education

Ph.D.                   

Candidate in Interactive Arts + Technology

in the Making Culture Lab (MCL)

at Simon Fraser University

M.Sc.                

Social Anthropology

at London School of Economics and Political Science

G.Dip.                  

Visual Anthropology

at Australian National University

B.Sc.                 

Biological Sciences in the Honors College

at Virginia Tech + University of Pittsburgh

training

National Digital Stewardship Residency [NDSR Art] in NYC 2018-19

Smithsonian Summer Institute in Museum Anthropology [SIMA] in Washington DC 2013

VoCA Voices in Contemporary Art: Conservation Artist Interview  by invitation in NYC 2019

Legacy Planning and Archiving for Artist at  VLA  2019

 

publications

Conservators in The Wild: Collaboration with Art Studios, Galleries, And Collectors

The Electronic Media Review Volume 6, 2020

DNA Polymerase Ancestors: a misguided, illustrated attempt at a unified theory of genetics, astrophysics, colorful portals, premonitions and coincidence

Illustrated novella 2020

NDSR Art at Small Data Industries: Born-digital Artists’ Materials in the Archive and Studio

Museum Archivist, Summer/Fall 2019 Issue

Something Old, Something New: Born-digital Artists’ Materials in the Archive and Studio

For the Institute of Museum and Library Services [IMLS] & The Library of Congress, 2019

Review of Hans Ulrich Obrist: Ways of Curating

in ARLIS-NA M&T Reviews 2019

Strings of Knowledge: Multi-Sensory, Tactile & Digital Interactivity with Archives & Ethnography (Chapter 7)

Digital Echoes: Intangible & Performance-based Cultural Heritage, Published 2018

The Hamptons Oceans: A Poem for Children & Adults 

ISBN 9781546459811,Published  2018

Producing New Media Ethnographies (Co-Author)

ISEA 2015 Proceedings

Multiple protein kinase pathways mediate amplified IL-6 release by human lung fibroblast (Co-Author)

Toxicol Appl Pharmacol 247[2]:146-57, 2010

HIF1-a and COX-2 mediated synergistic release of angiogenic factors from human lung fibroblasts (Co-Author)

Toxicologist 102[2]:2087, 2007

 

presentations

2019 Media Art History [MAH] Annual Conference in Denmark

2019 The Art of Digital Stewardship at The Maryland Institute College of Art [MiCA] in Baltimore

2019 American Institute of Conservation [AIC] in Connecticut

2019 New York University [NYU] Culture Mapping Conference in NYC

2019 Art Libraries Society of North America [ARLIS-NA] in Salt Lake City

2016 American Anthropological Association [AAA] Annual Conference in Minneapolis

2016 Visual Research Conference [VRC] in Minneapolis

2016 Society for Applied Anthropology [SfAA] Annual Conference [also Organizer] in Vancouver

2015 American Anthropological Association [AAA] Annual Conference in Denver

2015 International Symposium on Electronic Art [ISEA] in Vancouver

2015 Society for Applied Anthropology [SfAA] Annual Conference [Received a Poster Award] in Pittsburgh

2013 Rotary International / 10 international presentations throughout USA and Australia

2013 Smithsonian Institute Anthropology Department Annual Symposium in Washington DC  

 

experience   

Research Associate at Small Data Industries in NYC 2018-2019    

      

Artist Archives: Digital Archive and Web Developer in NY 2016-current

Digital Content Creator & Editor at Made by Sea in NY 2017-2018       

Lead Event Curator at Vice News Virtual Reality Exhibition in Vancouver 2015-2016

Lab Instructor 2014-2016  

  Moving Images

  Post-Photography

  Graphic Design

  New Media

  Interactive Arts

       

Research Assistant at The Making Culture Lab (MCL) in Vancouver 2014-2016

Webmaster for the Society for Visual Anthropology 2015-2016

Chair of Documentation & Archival at the Internal Symposium on Electronic Art [ISEA] 2014-2015

    

Videographer at Bill Reid Centre for Northwest Coast Studies in Vancouver 2014-2016    

Research Specialist II [DNA, RNA, PCR, Western Blots, ELISAs] at University of Pittsburgh 2007-2008       

American Museum of Natural History [AMNH] in NYC 

  Coordinator Margaret Mead Film Festival 12 months

  Anthropology Dept. Research Assistant 8 months

  Public Programs 11 months

  TA for Archaeoastronomy & The Anthropology of Food

 

funding and awards

2021        Dissertation Writing Fellowship

2020        Laura Bassi Publishing Scholarship

2019         American Inst. of Conservation Award

2018         NDSR Art Fellowship Award

2017         Social Innovation Seed Grant

2014         Multi-Year International Doctoral Award

2014         Provost’s Prize of Distinction

2016         SVA Travel & Research Award

2016         Professional Development Grant

2016         Graduate Fellowship [SFU]

2016         Travel & Research [SFU]

2015         Poster Award [SfAA]

2015         Travel & Research [SFU]

2014         CD Nelson Entrance Scholarship

2013         NSF Smithsonian Stipend

2012         High Distinction Award Overall [ANU]

2011         Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship ($25,000)

2010         Distinction Award on Dissertation [LSE]

2007         Dean’s List [2003-2007] [All Semesters]

 

filmography

2020         Darius Yektai & the Grenning Gallery [8 min]

2020         Dianne Blell & the Parrish Museum [2 min]

2016         Sneakerhead [6 min]

2016         Anthropologists Try VR [3 min]

2016         Pieces of Syria [4 min]

2016         Moving Stories / 3 videos [40 min]

2016         Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas [46 min]

2016         The Centennial Post [14 min]

2016         Black Eagle Canoe [61 min]

2016         First Nations Literature [36 min]

2015         digitalsqewlets.ca / 8 videos [80 min]

2015         Ukulele: interactive biography [6 min]

2014         Appalachian Punks [Director] [15 min]

2014         Conemaugh Trio [4 min]

2014         Doctor Valentinus [5 min]

2012         Achuar & iPads [Director] [5 min]

2011         The Sensory Cottage [26 min]

2011         The Devil’s Instrument [9 min]

 

exhibitions

2018  Cold Winter Beaches Series

Annual [51st] Springs Invitational Art Show in The Springs, NY

2018 Book Signing for The Hamptons Oceans 

East Hampton Author’s Night in NY  

2018 Senegal Portrait Series

Member's Show at Guild Hall Museum in East Hampton, NY

2017 35mm Photography 

Cold Winter Beaches [Press]

2016 Documentary in Museum Exhibition 

Sneakerhead [6 min] / exhibited 6 mos. at the Museum of Vancouver [MoV]

2016 Interactive Art Installation

Liliuokalani: Archival Experimentations in Vancouver

2015 Interactive Art Installation

Ukulele: A Biography in Vancouver

2014 Guatemala Street Photography

Society for Visual Anthropology in Washington DC

 

philanthropy

2019 The Family Center

Leadership Council in Brooklyn

2018 NGO Photographer

Sustainable Community Projects in Senegal

2017 Social Innovation Seed Project: ‘VR Field Trips’

PS129 in Harlem

2014 Volunteer Videographer

First Nations Artist in Canada

2013 Adventures in Science [K-5] Volunteer

American Museum of Natural History in NYC

2011 Rotary Canberra Chapter

Community Service Projects in Australia

2010 Mapuche Indigenous Community

Grants & Development in Patagonia, Chile

2010 Mapuche K-8 School

Volunteer English Teacher in Patagonia, Chile

2009 London School of Economics [LSE]

Sustainability Leader in London

2007 Institute for Child Health

University College London

2008 Carilion Clinic Hospice

Camp Treehouse West in Roanoke, Virginia

2006 Blacksburg Middle School

Volunteer Tutor [2 years] in Virginia

 

professional memberships

2018-19        American Institute for Conservation [AIC]

2018-19        American Association of University Women [AAUW]

2018-19        Art Libraries Society of North America [ARLIS/NA]

2018-19        Archivists Round Table of New York [ART]

2014-18        American Anthropological Association [AAA]

2014-18        Society for Visual Anthropology [SVA]

2010-12        Rotary International [RI]

2016-17        Gamma Beta Phi Honor & Service Organization

2003-07        American Medical Student Association [AMSA]

2003-07        National Society of Collegiate Scholars [NSCS]

certifications

TCPS2 Certifications in Human Ethical Conduct

NIH Protecting Human Participants

TESL Teaching English as a Second Language

HIPAA Confidentiality Training