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Maureen Nappi

Associate Professor

B.F.A., New York UniversityMA., New York UniversityPh.D., New York University

Description

Maureen Nappi is an artist, scholar and activist who specializes in the integration of the theory and practice of arts + technology, and media + feminism. In 2011, she spoke at the United Nations’ 55th Commission on the Status of Women and presented her paper “Women + Media: From Objects to Subjective Agents + Collective Activists” on the panel Engendering Technologies. As a member of VFA (Veteran Feminists of America), she was awarded a “Keeper of the Flame Award” by the National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, NY. Dr. Nappi’s artwork is particularly concerned with activism and humanistic issues including the relationship between technology and humanity, the introspective role of spiritualism as an activist motivator, feminism and racial equality. Her work has been widely exhibited in such venues as: MoMA, NY; The New York Digital Salons; The Franklin Institute of Science Museum, Philadelphia, PA; Art Futura-Virtual Reality, Barcelona, Spain; The Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima, Japan; IMAGINA, Monte-Carlo, Monaco; The IBM Gallery of Science and Art, NY; The Bronx Museum of the Arts; the London Film Festival; as well as numerous ACM SIGGRAPH Exhibitions. As an AAUW Doctoral Fellow, Nappi received her Ph.D. on the aesthetics of computer arts. Her dissertation entitled Language, Memory and Volition: Toward an Aesthetics of Computer Arts constructs an aesthetic framework for computer artwork based on the most fundamental operational components of the computer, which reveal the primacy of process and the integration of cognitive processes aligned with various artistic skill sets.p>

Specialties

Theory: Arts + Technology, Media Theory + History, Women’s Studies, Myth + Fairy Tales Production: Computer Arts Studio: the Still and Moving Image

Publications

Nappi, Maureen. “Shulamith Firestone: Cybernetics and Back to the Feminist Future.”  Situations: Project of the Radical Imagination. (online November 2014; in press: Vol. VI, Nos. 1 & 2. Fall 2014/Winter 2015).

Nappi, Maureen. “Lillian F. Schwartz Redux: In Movement, Color and 3D Stereoscopy.”  Leonardo: The Journal of the International Society of the Arts, Sciences and Technology. (Published online July 7, 2014) doi: 10.1162/LEON_a_00894; (in press Vol. 48, No. 1).

Nappi, Maureen. “The Dialectics of Kinesis + Stasis In my Visual Art.” Leonardo: The Journal of the International Society of the Arts, Sciences and Technology. (Published online July 29, 2014). doi: 10.1162/LEON_a_00911; in print Vol. 48, No. 2).

Nappi, Maureen. “Drawing w/Digits_Painting w/Pixels: Selected Artworks of the Gesture over 50 Years.” Leonardo: The Journal of the International Society of the Arts, Sciences and Technology. Vol. 46, No. 2. (April 2013). plate: 144, 163-169. 

Nappi, Maureen. Review of Digital Apollo: Human and Machine in Spaceflight.  By David A. Mindell. L|R|Q: Leonardo Reviews Quarterly. Vol. 1, No. 2. (December 2010). 4-5. Published online for subscribers in LEA: Leonardo Electronic Almanac. Vol. 18, No. 10. (October 2010).

Nappi, Maureen. Review of Bits of Life: Feminism at the Intersection of Media, Bioscience, and Technology. Edited by Anneke Smelik and Nina Lykke. L|R|Q: Leonardo Reviews Quarterly. Vol. 1: No. 1. (June 2010). 21-23. Published online for subscribers in LEA: Leonardo Electronic Almanac. Vol. 17, No. 10. (October 2010).

Nappi, Maureen. “Cultures and Paradigms: The Computer as the Convergence of ‘The Two Cultures.’” Forum on Public Policy: The Two Cultures: Exploring the Divide. (Summer 2008) Vol. 4, No. 4. 73-79.

Nappi, Maureen. “Twilight in the Twin Cities.” A Tale of Two Cities: Minneapolis and St. Paul: Identity and Assimilation. Lincoln: The NCHC (National Collegiate Honors Council) Semesters Committee, 2008. 44-48.