Mitchell Visiting Professor

May 23, 2017
The William Bronson and Grayce Slovet Mitchell Visiting Professor in the Department of Architecture, Interior Architecture and Designed Objects is appointed to contribute experimental practices to an interdisciplinary community of artists and designers.

The Mitchell Visiting Professor holds a full-time, one year appointment to teach two, three-credit courses or one six-credit courses a semester. In addition, the Mitchell Professor delivers a public lecture or organizes a public program as part of the Department's Mitchell Lecture Series.

Fall Mitchell Professor - Ben Hooker

Ben Hooker’s practice-led research investigates novel ways to understand and inhabit technologically dense spaces and landscapes. As daily life contains ever more windows into electronic environments, and virtual realities increasingly occupy our minds, he creates media objects and structures which engage the play between many realms to enable new kinds of technology-dependent lifestyles. "The city," in all its dimensions and inscrutable complexity – as an incubator of culture, a megastructure of networks and algorithmically-driven events, a theme park of constructed realities, a place where people live – remains for him a perpetual source of inspiration. His most recent research offers new interpretations of a technological domestic landscape by considering the home embedded in the surrounding electronic geography of the city.

Ben Hooker, Dreamings F.I.D.S., 2009, a public artwork incorporating a surveillance video system and a tank of live fish, installed in the departure lounge at San Jose Intl Airport, in collaboration with Shona Kitchen

Hooker is an award-winning multimedia designer, artist, and educator who exhibits and teaches internationally. He is a core faculty at ArtCenter’s Media Design Practices graduate program, where he co-directs the newly formed Post-Geographic City research group. Additionally, as Core Faculty he curates the department's Lab Projects, a series of practice-led interdisciplinary design studios where students use critical making in a studio context to explore the impact of emerging ideas from science, technology, and culture.

He collaborates extensively with other designers as well as scientists to participate in a range of creative communities; from practice-led research (defining new design arenas within the academy and the design community), to public art (recently for the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs), to consultancy (clients include Intel, BBC, Sony, Philips). Since 2001 much of his work has been with Shona Kitchen as part of their design partnership Hooker & Kitchen. Before relocating to Los Angeles he was Visiting Faculty at Intel Research, where he worked as a 'Designer in residence' on projects about both urban and domestic computing. Prior to that, he was Research Fellow in the school of Architecture and Design at the Royal College of Art and final-year tutor in the Graphic Design program at Central Saint Martins College, London.

Spring Mitchell Professor - Ekene Ijeoma

Ekene Ijeoma is an interdisciplinary artist and designer exploring the intersections of social issues, data studies and life experiences through websites, apps, installations and performances. He’s been featured on the cover of GDUSA's People to Watch "who embody the spirit of the creative community", named Adweek's Creative 100 "visual artist whose imagination and intellect will inspire you" and also GOOD's GOOD 100 "tackling pressing global issues." He’s a Kennedy Center Citizen Artists Fellow, NYFA Architecture/Environmental Structures/Design Fellow and New Lab/Simons Foundation Fellow. He’s also been awarded residencies from California College of the Arts, New Museum and Fabrica. His work has been exhibited at galleries and museums including Annenberg Space for Photography, Neuberger Museum of Art, Storefront for Art and Architecture, Istanbul Design Biennial and Design Museum. He’s presented at events and spaces including Design Indaba, Neuberger Museum of Art, Raleigh Contemporary Art Museum, New Museum Ideas City, Chicago Architecture Biennial and International Center for Photography. Ekene has a BS in Information Technology from Rochester Institute of Technology and an MA in Interaction Design from Domus Academy. A first generation Nigerian-American, he was born in Fort Worth, Texas and lives and works in NYC.

Previous Mitchell Visiting Professors
Eric Ellingsen         2015-16
Stuart Candy         2016-17