Teri Rueb

Professor, Department of Media Study
Visiting Professor, Department of Architecture

Doctor of Design, Harvard University
MPS, New York University (ITP)
BFA (honors), Carnegie Mellon University

My practice unfolds in the extended fields of mobile media art and landscape studies, where I create installations and scholarly writings that variously traverse the terrains of digital media, fine and performing arts, environmental art and design, architecture, landscape and urbanism.  Originally trained as a sculptor, I am drawn to the inherently social-spatial properties of mobile networks and their ability to complicate boundaries and scales, as well as perceptions of public and private, individual and collective.  As we increasingly interact with and through mobile network media in variously local and global, as well as private and public realms, design problems of an ecological scale and nature arise. Our relationship to culture(s) and the environment – indeed, our very sense of “place in the world”- is at stake in the design of interfaces to this “network landscape”.  In an effort to foster conversation and collaboration around this topic, I founded and direct an informal research network called Open Air Institute which focuses on media, environment and public culture.

In my practice I seek an ecological approach to interface art and design that emphasizes the deeply intertwined nature of bodies, subjectivities and materialities.  My writings on these topics have been published by MIT Press, Routledge, and University of Minnesota Press among others.  Writings about my work have appeared widely and most notably in anthologies and survey texts such as “Digital Art” (Thames and Hudson World of Art Series), “Information Arts” (MIT Press), “Ubiquitous Computing: Complexity and Culture” (Routledge) and “Mobile Audience” (Springer).

I completed my doctorate at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design in 2011 where my research focused on constructions of landscape and subjectivity produced at the liminal thresholds of potential network connectivity.  Since then I have launched a new lab at the University at Buffalo called Open Air Institute which serves as a platform for connecting field-based learning and collaborative partnerships at the intersection of landscape, ecology, media, art and design.  Collaborators include the Arnold Arboretum and metaLab at Harvard University, and the PhoneLab in Computer Science and Engineering at the University at Buffalo.  I am also currently working with the Tuscarora Nation on projects related to culture and language revitalization.

Emerging from a practice based in site-specific public art, I have created GPS-based interactive sound installations since 1996. I have received awards for my work including a Prix Ars Electronica Award (Digital Musics) and nominations for the CalArts Alpert Award, the Rockefeller New Media Award and the Boston ICA Foster Prize.  Some of the more notable organizations who have supported my work with commissions, grants and residencies include the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the Santa Fe Art Institute, La Panacee, Edith Russ Site for New Media, The Banff Center for the Arts, the Boston Institute of Contemporary Art / Vita Brevis Temporary Outdoor Art Program, Artslink, Turbulence.org, and various State Arts Councils. I lecture and present my work widely at venues including Ars Electronica, ISEA, SIGGRAPH, Transmediale, The New Museum of Contemporary Art, the Boston ICA, Kiasma Museum, La Panacee Centre Pour L’Art Contemporaine and IRCAM, as well as universities and research labs across the globe.

I have been a key figure in establishing new curricula and departments at the undergraduate and graduate level, including most recently a new PhD in Media Study at the University at Buffalo.  Prior to joining the faculty in Media Study I served as Associate Professor (with tenure) and Department Head of the graduate Department of Digital + Media at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) where I was one of two founding faculty members of the department from 2004-2009. Prior to my tenure at RISD I was Associate Professor of Visual Arts (with tenure) at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) where I was Area Head of Interactive Art.  I have also worked as a designer and art director for various publishers including Newsweek, Time, and Conde Nast and have served in a curatorial capacity for museums and public art programs in the San Francisco Bay area.

In addition to a doctorate from Harvard University, I earned my master’s degree at New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, Interactive Telecommunications Program and my bachelor’s degree in Painting, Sculpture and Literary and Cultural Studies (honors) at Carnegie Mellon University.

My work is documented online at: www.terirueb.net

Current Research
Teri Rueb’s recent research projects involve public sound walks investigating landscape, environment and mobile networks. Recent works include “Other Order” at the Arnold Arboretum/Harvard University and “A Field Guide for the New Millennium” in Buffalo. She is currently working on a commission from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum to create a sound walk for the Fens in Boston (collaboration with Ernst Karel).  Past works include collaborative projects Grimpant in Montpellier, France (2013) and No Places With Names (2012) in Santa Fe. Recent publications include “Restless: Locative Media as Generative Displacement“ published in Leonardo Electronic Almanac (MIT Press, January 2016).