About Us

ThinkMakeDigital (TMD) is interested in exploring how digital media influence and are influenced by methods of research and production specific to pre-21st century media like print, film, television, etc. To see examples of what we treat as prototypes for the kind of work we hope to engage, check out the website for the Amsterdam-based group, the Digital Methods Initiative (DMI).

2011-2012 members of TMD include:

Marc Tasman (Coordinator of Digital Arts and Culture; Journalism and Mass Communication): Marc Tasman is an intermedia artist who works in photography, video, performance, and networked media. He may be most well known for his photographic endurance project which he concluded in 2009, making a Polaroid self portrait every day for ten years and one day–3,654 consecutive days. In 2010 he exhibited the nearly 5000 photographs at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art for the Wisconsin Triennial. In 2006 Tasman was awarded a Greater Milwaukee Foundation Mary L. Nohl Fellowship for Individual Artists. Tasman received his MFA in Photography from The Ohio State University in 2000. He is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Journalism, Advertising, and Media Studies and coordinates the Digital Arts and Culture Program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Katie Morrissey (English): Katie Morrissey is a PhD Student in Media, Cinema and Digital Studies at UWM and has a Master’s in Communication, Culture and Technology from Georgetown University. Her research interests include digital and participatory culture, genre, and depictions of romance, gender and sexuality within popular media. Katie also has professional experience in communications and marketing, as well as web and graphic design.

Matt Trease (Digital Arts and Culture; English): Matt Trease is a digital artist, poet, and Phd candidate (ABD) in Modern Studies at UW-Milwaukee. He has an MA in English from Washington State and a BA in English from Ohio State. His research interests include digital methods, the history of the computer, and Avant Garde literature. He teaches courses in composition, avant-garde literature, digital humanities, and creative writing. He currently serves as the Project Assistant for the Digital Arts and Culture certificate program at UW-Milwaukee and resides in Chicago, IL.

Joe Grennier (Art and Technology): Joe Grennier is a visual artist working in new and traditional media to examine our increasingly intimate relationships with technologies, and the ways in which they alter our perceptions of one another, our environment and ourselves. As an Art and Technology graduate student at UW-Milwaukee, he is continuing to grow a practice in video, installation and printmaking.  Grennier was awarded his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Studio Practice from UW-Milwaukee in 2011. His work has been exhibited throughout Milwaukee including Blue Ant Gallery, Present Music’s world premiere Water concert and Milwaukee Artist’s Resource Network’s 2010 Beyond The Canvas exhibition, where he was awarded a first prize in the time-based media category.

Nicholas Proferes (School of Information Studies): Nicholas Proferes is a PhD student in the School of Information Studies. He received an MA in Communication, Culture and Technology from Georgetown University and a BS in Information Technology from George Mason University. His research interests include information policy, Internet research ethics, big data, and information ecology. Prior to pursuing his PhD, Nicholas worked at the National Science Foundation, and as a Google Policy Fellow.

Matthew Russell (Comparative Literature; Learning Technology Center).  Matthew Russell is a lecturer in the Program of French, Italian and Comparative Literature at UW-Milwaukee and is an academic technologist in the Learning Technology Center at UW-Milwaukee.  He received his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Texas at Austin, where he was also an Assistant Director of the Digital Writing and Research Lab, editor of Currents in Electronic Literacy and founding member of “Blogging Pedagogy.”  He has received numerous grants for work in the digital humanities, including grants from the National Endowment of the Humanities for work on electronic commentary software.  Currently, he is interested in visualization software.

Alyssa Huhndorf (DAC Social Media Intern; Journalism and Mass Communication): Alyssa Huhndorf is an undergraduate at UW-Milwaukee. She is working towards her bachelor’s degree in Journalism, Advertising, and Media Studies, along with a minor in Communication, and a certificate in Digital Arts and Culture. Currently, she interns as the Social Media Coordinator for the Digital Arts and Culture program at UW-Milwaukee.

Eric Herhuth (English): Eric Herhuth is a PhD candidate in English at UW-Milwaukee, where he works as a research assistant at the Center for International Education. His research interests include theories of modernization, globalization and neoliberalism, media studies, and animation.

Will Tchakirides (History) Will Tchakirides is a PhD student in Urban History at UW-Milwaukee and has a Master’s in US History, Public History Concentration from American University.  His research interests include race, civil rights, and mass incarceration.  As a web designer, Will has worked on projects for the National Museum of American History, Anacostia Community Museum, and National Council on Public History.

Rachael Sullivan (English)

Members of the UWM community (and beyond) who wish to participate/collaborate with with TMD or to learn about its future projects are welcome to email the group at dac-reading@uwm.edu.

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