Anita Say Chan is an Associate Research Professor of Communications in the Department of Media and Cinema Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Her research and teaching interests include globalization and digital cultures, innovation networks and the “periphery”, science and technology studies in Latin America, and hybrid pedagogies in building digital literacies. She received her PhD in 2008 from the MIT Doctoral Program in History; Anthropology; and Science, Technology, and Society. Her first book the competing imaginaries of global connection and information technologies in network-age Peru, Networking Peripheries: Technological Futures and the Myth of Digital Universalism was released by MIT Press in 2014. Her research has been awarded support from the Center for the Study of Law & Culture at Columbia University’s School of Law and the National Science Foundation, and she has held postdoctoral fellowships at The CUNY Graduate Center’s Committee on Globalization & Social Change, and at Stanford University’s Introduction to Humanities Program. She is faculty affiliate at the Institute for Computing in Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (I-CHASS), the Illinois Informatics Institute, the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory, and the Collaborative for Cultural Heritage Management and Policy (CHAMP). She was a 2015-16 Faculty Fellow with the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities. She will be 2017-18 Faculty Fellow with the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, and a 2017-19 Faculty Fellow with the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory.
2018-19 Fiddler Faculty Fellow, is Associate Professor, Music Director, and Co-Director of Undergraduate Education at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) Department of Dance, and past President of the International Guild of Musicians in Dance. John regularly accompanies contemporary and ballet technique classes at UIUC, and teaches courses in Music Theory for Dance and Dance Technology. An academic researcher as well as artist and educator, his has published “Composing for Interactive Dance: Paradigms for Perception” (Perspectives of New Music Winter 2007), a chapter in Musical Improvisation: Art, Education and Society (Univ of Illinois Press 2009), and “Dancing with Mobile Devices: the LAIT Application System in Performance and Educational Settings” (Journal of Dance Education 2016).
He has written more than 30 commissioned dance scores for choreographers including Lucas Hoving, Joe Goode, Luc Vanier, and Todd Williams. Since 2004, he has focused on producing computer-assisted interactive dances such as Inventions Suite (2008 Cleveland Ingenuity Festival), telematic dances such Timings: An Internet Dance that included dancers in Tokyo connected to live avatars, and smartphone-enhanced works such as Kama Begata Nihilum which featured dancers carrying networked iPads and an audience AR app. In 2015 he established the Laboratory for Audience Interactive Technologies (LAIT), which has designed a unique app system for live performance. His dances that integrate LAIT (now called “Mosho”) include Public Figure (2015), Critical Mass (2017), and Alternate Reality (2018), all with choreographer Chad Michael Hall and programmer Tony Reimer. For more information on LAIT, visit http://lait.ncsa.illinois.edu.