Co-directors of Zones of Emergency
Ute Meta Bauer is Associate Professor and Director of the Visual Arts Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She was born in Germany, and educated as an artist at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste Hamburg (Academy of Fine Arts Hamburg), where she received her Diploma with Honors in Visual Communication/Stage Design in 1987. She has been working ever since as a curator for exhibitions and presentations on contemporary art, film, video with a focus on transdisciplinary formats. She has served as director for various art institutions and as well as advisor for a number of high-profile cultural boards, such as the chairwoman of the Art Advisory Board of the Goethe Institutes, as a member of the International Scientific Board of the Bauhaus Foundation in Dessau, and most recently she was nominated as a member of the International Committee of the 3rd Yokohama Triennale 2008.

Amber Frid-Jimenez is a Visiting Lecturer in the MIT Visual Arts Program and new media artist, technologist, and designer whose work confronts issues ranging from politics and surveillance to representations of women in media. Her recent work includes interactive video installations, performance-based participation from large-scale online audiences, and painting. Frid-Jimenez is a 2008 Rockefeller Foundation New Media Fellow Nominee, 2008 Fellow for Extending Creativity in Digital Media for the Anderson Ranch Arts Center, and the 2006–7 Steven R. Holtzman Fellow for Digital Expression. Frid-Jimenez is a graduate of the MIT Media Laboratory where she studied with John Maeda in the Physical Language Workshop. Prior to beginning her degree, she researched the aesthetic, social, and economic implications of collecting and mining large databases of text and video in the Cognitive Machines Group at MIT.

Jae Rhim Lee (SMVIsS ‘06) is currently a lecturer in the Visual Arts Program at MIT and a consultant for the City of New Orleans Office of Recovery Management. Her work draws on interests in psychology, environmental sustainability, eastern religion, and disaster management. Previous work includes customized beds, sleeping tools, and bodily waste recycling units which address the need for self and ecological sustainability. She is currently working with mycologists to develop a new hybrid mushroom which will remediate bodily toxins, facilitate decomposition, and support new plant growth.

Kate Hollenbach, Teaching Assistant for Networks, Tactics, Breakdown / Blog Design + Development
Lauren McCarthy, UROP for Networks, Tactics, Breakdown / Blog Design + Development

James Pollack, Program Assistant

James acts as the Assistant to the Director of the Visual Arts Program. James graduated from New England School of Law (J.D. in May 2007) and Boston College (BA - English in May 2003).

John Pugh, Teaching Assistant for Networks, Tactics, Breakdown / Video documentation
Priyanka Shah, Teaching Assistant for FEMA Trailer Project
Jegan Vincent de Paul, Teaching Assistant for FEMA Trailer Project / Public Relations

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