RICHARD JOCHUM, FACULTY COORDINATOR
Richard Jochum is a conceptual artist working in a broad variety of media with a strong focus on video, interactive installation, performance, and photography. He is a studio member at the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts and an associate professor of art and art education at Teachers College, Columbia University. He has worked in various media since the late 1990s and has had 200 international exhibitions and screenings. Richard Jochum received his PhD from the University of Vienna (1997) and an MFA in sculpture and media art from the University of Applied Arts in Vienna (2001). His art practice is accompanied by publications and research in the field of cultural theory, new media, and contemporary art and he has been awarded several grants and prizes. One of his latest large scale art installations has been a 30,000 square feet collaborative video mapping project onto the Manhattan Bridge.
JAYMES DEC, INSTRUCTOR
Jaymes is the Tech Integrator and Fab Lab Administrator at the Marymount School of New York. Previously, Jaymes was the Program Manager at GreenFab, a program for students from the South Bronx that taught STEM skills through classes on sustainable design and green technologies. A piece of Dec history trivia, he also co-started a successful scavenger hunt company, cityHUNT. A graduate of the Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) at NYU, Jaymes has taught makers of all grade levels between kindergarten and graduate school.
MARISA JAHN, INSTRUCTOR
Marisa Moran Jahn is an artist, educator, and the founder of Studio REV-, a public art + creative media non-profit organization whose key projects include El Bibliobandido(a masked, story-eating bandit), Video Slink Uganda (experimental films slipped or “slinked” onto pirated dvds that circulate in Uganda’s bootleg cinemas), several books about art and politics, and the CareForce, a public art project, film, + mobile studios (the NannyVan and CareForce One) amplifying the voices of America’s fastest growing workforce — caregivers. A graduate of MIT, she has taught in k-12 classrooms and environments with a focus on literacy, art, and working with historically under-resourced communities. She currently teaches at MIT, Teachers College at Columbia University, and The New School.
CATHERINE LAN, ZANKEL FELLOW, DOCTORAL Student
Catherine Lan is an interdisciplinary artist with a focus on painting, mixed media art, installation, performance, and video. Currently a doctoral student at Teachers College, Columbia University in the Art and Art Education program, she obtained MFA from Yale University, Artist Diploma from National Higher School of Fine Arts of Paris, and Bachelors of Fine Arts from Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing.She is the recipient of Queens Council on the Arts Grant for Individual Artists (2015) and Yale University Andrea Frank Foundation Sanyu Scholarship Fund (2008-2009). Recently, she has been exploring cross-disciplinary art collaborations that hybridize installation, technology, performance, film, and music. In 2017, she showed at the Central Park 50th Anniversary Performance Art happening event and Vancouver Art Gallery. She has recently exhibited at the Queens Museum and El Museo de Los Sures in New York, and Guanshanyue Museum and He Xiangning Art Museum in Shenzhen, China.
Kristina Davis, THINGSPACE MANAGER, DOCTORAL STUDENT
ERIN RILEY, INSTRUCTOR
Erin Riley is the Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Jackson Director of the Engineering and Design Lab at Greenwich Academy, a preK-12 independent school for girls. Working in a hands-on studio/lab environment for 18 years and teaching in a variety of schools, has allowed Erin to mentor other educators from a diversity of experiences and perspectives. Erin has developed a language for working with teachers in both STEM and the humanities to craft personal and uniquely integrated projects that meet both classroom learning objectives and school-wide curricular threads for engineering and design. Erin is among the first cohort of Senior FabLearn Fellows at Stanford University where she writes on the topic of maker education, curriculum design, and the intersection of art, design and engineering. She holds an MFA from Maryland Institute College of Art.
Zhenzhen qi, CTC FELLOW, doctoral student
Zhenzhen Qi is an art educator and computational artist. She is a doctorate candidate at Teachers College, Columbia University, studying and practicing new media art education. Zhenzhen is an adjunct professor at Baruch College, teaching Digital Interactivity since 2015 and Game Art since 2018. She is interested in exploring new modes of play, expression, and relating to one another and the environment that surrounds us. Zhenzhen’s personal computational artwork has been featured by leading Art and Technology institutions worldwide. Most recently, her immersive audio-visual installation PRISM II was exhibited at 3LD(Three Legged Dog) Art and Technology Center in downtown Manhattan. She is currently working on a collaborative Computational Art project ThingThingThing, which will be exhibited at Power Station of Art, Shanghai, China. For more information, please go to zhenzhenqi.com.
MONICA CHAN, ZANKEL FELLOW, DOCTORAL STUDENT
Monica is a doctoral student at Teachers College, Columbia University in the Instructional Technology & Media program, under the Mathematics, Science & Technology department. She is a member of the Snow Day Learning Lab that Professor Nathan Holbert leads. Her research interests include makerspaces, emerging learning technologies, and interdisciplinary K–12 STEAM and Computer Science education. She is also involved in initiatives with Columbia Entrepreneurship and Columbia Design Studio on campus. This past year, she was a fellow under NYC Media Lab's Augmented Reality Connected Futures program, and is currently a volunteer Computer Science teacher under Microsoft's TEALS program. Previously, she graduated from Stanford University with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and an M.A. in Learning, Design & Technology (Education).
Kristina Davis is a conceptual artist and educator at the Macy ThingSpace. Digital fabrication has informed and liberated her traditional training as a printmaker and she enjoys challenging her luddite sensibilities through new technology. She is the co-founder of the collective Bruxas Bruxas, which formed like Voltron in 2016 from the growing political alliances of artists, poets, drag queens, theorists, scientists, and historians across the United States. Throughout her career, she has used activism to guide her professional compass with art and education as forms of agency for the complexity of an art-making, freight hopping, mother, scholar, revolutionary-squatter-sexworkers/drug users rights advocate-goddess. She is currently marking a critical mess at Columbia’s Teachers College and can be found in the obscure discount aisle at any local art supply store.
AUTUMN LIN RISER, MYERS STUDIO ASSISTANT, DOCTORAL STUDENT
Autumnlin is best known for her one-of-a-kind couture zipper pieces. Her designs have been worn by celebrities including Cher, Kylie Minogue, and Steve Aoki. Her work has been published in Harper’s Bazaar Vietnam, Vogue UK, and ZINK; and she has been featured in national ad campaigns for YKK USA and MAC Cosmetics. She was one of the top 3 finalists on Bravo’s “Styled to Rock”; hand-picked by Rihanna to be mentored by Mel Ottenberg and Pharrell Williams. She was the winner of the 2012 RAW ARTIST “Fashion Designer of the Year” award, was a Designer-in-Residence in the 2012 Philadelphia Fashion Incubator, and has had the honor of showing her work at New York Fashion Week, Philadelphia Fashion Week, Boston Fashion Week, RAW Hollywood and the San Francisco MOMA. She has a passion for creative technology and is currently developing her digital fabrication skills in lasercutting, Shima Seiki computerized knitting, digital embroidery, soft circuit electronics, and 3D modeling. Autumnlin is a faculty at Drexel University’s college of Media Arts and Design.
EMMA ADAIR, THINGSPACE MANAGER, DOCTORAL STUDENT
EmmaI uses her MFA and MEd within both her studio and teaching practice. She has worked in Maker Spaces and STEAM art environments for 8 years and thrive in collaborative art/learning environments. She has taught art in k-12 public school programs that were addressing under represented immigrant and refugee communities within higher education. These schools used STEM and art curriculum to address social issues through art therapy, social justice and student centered learning while still practicing holistic community forums. STEAM and Maker Spaces are places for community to come together, learn and create with one another and that is what draws her to them educationally.