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

2019                 

National Digital Stewardship Residency [NDSR Art]

in NYC

2013                 

Smithsonian Summer Institute in Museum Anthropology [SIMA]

in DC

2019                

VoCA Voices in Contemporary Art: Artist Interviews [by invitation]

in NYC

2019                 

Legacy Planning and Archiving for Artists

at the VLA NYC

publications

2020 Proceedings                  

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

The Electronic Media Review Volume 6

2020 Book

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

2019 Article

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

Museum Archivist, Summer/Fall 2019 Issue

2019 Report

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

Review of Hans Ulrich Obrist: Ways of Curating

in ARLIS-NA M&T Reviews

2018 Chapter

Strings of Knowledge: Multi-Sensory, Tactile & Digital Interactivity with Archives & Ethnography

Digital Echoes: Intangible & Performance-based Cultural Heritage (Chapter 7)

2018 Book

The Hamptons Oceans: A Poem for Children & Adults

ISBN 9781546459811

2015 Co-Author

Producing New Media Ethnographies

ISEA 2015 Proceedings

2010 Co-Author

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

Toxicol Appl Pharmacol 247[2]:146-57

2007 Co-Author

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

Toxicologist 102[2]:2087

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

2018-2019       

Research Associate

at Small Data Industries in NYC

2016-2018       

Collaborator & Archivist

at Dianne Blell Studios in NYC

2017-2018       

Digital Content Creator & Editor

at Made by Sea in The Hamptons  

2015-2016       

Lead Event Curator

at Vice News Virtual Reality Exhibition in Vancouver

2014-2016       

Lab Instructor

for Moving Images, Post-Photography, Graphic Design, New Media, Interactive Arts

2014-2016       

Research Assistant

at The Making Culture Lab (MCL) in Vancouver

2015-2016       

Webmaster

for societyforvisualanthropology.org

2014-2015       

Chair of Documentation & Archival

at the Internal Symposium on Electronic Art [ISEA]

2014-2016       

Videographer at Bill Reid Centre

for Northwest Coast Studies in Vancouver

2007-2008       

Research Specialist II

DNA, RNA, PCR, Western Blots, ELISAs

at University of Pittsburgh

2012-2013       

American Museum of Natural History [AMNH] in NYC

as Coordinator: Margaret Mead Annual Film Festival for two festivals [12 months]

as Anthropology Research Assistantship [8 months]

as Public Programs Intern [11 months]

as TA for Archaeoastronomy & The Anthropology of Food (K-5)

funding and awards

2019         American Inst. of Conservation Fund

2018         NDSR Art Award

2017         Social Innovation Seed Grant

2014         Multi-Year Doctoral Fellowship

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

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

Photography

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

2018

Book Signing

East Hampton Author’s Night in East Hampton, NY  

2018        

Photography

Guild Hall Museum in East Hampton, NY

2017        

Photography

Cold Winter Beaches [Press]

2016        

Documentary Short

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        

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