Roderick Coover makes digital and interactive cinema, panoramic digital arts, installations, and webworks, and he publishes in fields of the arts, humanities and social sciences.
A pioneer in interactive documentary media and their poetics as well as experimental digital narrative arts, his works are distributed through Video Data Bank, Documentary Educational Resources, Eastgate Systems and elsewhere. Some of his latest projects include the multimedia series Estuary (Web) and Toxi•City (film) about climate change, the interactive cinema series Unknown Territories about exploration in the American West and the edited book Switching Codes: Thinking Through Digital Technology In The Humanities And Arts (University of Chicago Press).
Roderick Coover is the Director of Temple University's Graduate M.F.A. program in Film and Media Arts and he is the Founder and Co-Director of Temple University's Graduate Certificate Program in Documentary Arts and Ethnographic Practice.
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UPCOMING AND RECENTLY PAST EVENTS
Special Course and Artist Performance Night
August 5-15. University of Bergen course collaboratory with faculty and students from the universities of Bergen, Minnesota, West Virgina and Temple. Artist performance night, Friday, August 9. http://collabcreativity.wordpress.com/
Commissioned Installations at CHF Museum, Philadelphia.
June 27, 2013-June 2014. Museum of the Chemical Heritage Foundation, Philadelphia. PA. Installations of Estuary and Toxi•City. http://www.chemheritage.org/visit/museum/exhibits/sensing-change.aspx
Installations Rowan University Museum of Art
March 30-May 5, 2013. Installations of 3RL and Estuary Photographic Series for the exhibition: Cosmobilities. Glassboro, NJ.
Installations at MIT8 Exhibition, M.I.T.
May 3-5. 2013. M.I.T. Cambridge, MA. Installations of Unknown Territories and 3RL.
Artist and Plenary Talks at MIT8
May 4 at 2pm, Artist Talk. Unknown Territories and May 5 at 1pm, 2013. MIT. Cambridge, MA. Plenary Session. Media In Transition 8 Conference. http://web.mit.edu/comm-forum/mit8/
Presentation at HASTAC, Toronto
April 27, 2013. York University, Toronto. Presentation. Estuary. Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory (HASTAC) Conference. http://hastac2013.org/
DIGITAL ARTS AND FILMS
Toxi•City. July 2013.
Generated collaborative installation movie by Roderick Coover, with Scott Rettberg (writer). Commissioned by the Museum of the Chemical Heritage Foundation with additional support from Temple University. Premiere, Museum of the Chemical Heritage Foundation in the exhibition, Sensing Change, 7/2013-6/2014. Video Sample.
Estuary. Artist Book and Webwork, by Roderick Coover.
Commissioned by the Museum of the Chemical Heritage Foundation with additional support from Temple University. Premiere, Museum of the Chemical Heritage Foundation in the exhibition, Sensing Change, 7/2013-6/2014.
Chemical Map Web Project, Print and Book Publication. Interactive Website Link.
Estuaries Photographic Series (UK and USA)
Installations and Presentations: Cosmobilities, Rowan University, 3/2013.
Three Rails Live. 2012. Video Sample.
Generated collaborative installation movie by Roderick Coover (videographic and photographic imagery and artistic production), Nick Montfort (perverb writing, coding), Scott Rettberg (narrative writing, voice and coding).
Installations and Presentations: Rowan University Museum of Art, 2013; Rom 8 Gallery, Bergen Academy of Art and Design, 2012; ELO Juried Media Art Show-Morgantown, 2012; &Now Festival, Paris, 2012; Brown University, 2011; University of Pennsylvania, 2011.
Vacation: Photographic/Graphic Narrative Series (USA, Chile, Argentina), 2011, and Unknown Territories: Photographic Series (USA and Chile), 2011.
Includes collaboration with Deb Olin Unferth on the image Vacation In Brooklyn. Premieres of select works: Painted Bride Gallery, Ethnograhic Terminalia
Canyonlands: Edward Abbey And The Great American Desert (Movie).
Preview screenings: Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment Conference, Indianapolis, IN; University of Idaho President's Symposium on Sustainability, Moscow, ID; Central School Project Art Center, Bisbee, AZ; Hidden Cinema of the Southwest and Mexico Symposium, University of Arizona;University of Utah Environmental Humanities Center, Salt Lake, UT; Westminster College, Environmental Center, Salt Lake City, UT; Western Literature Association Conference, AZ.. Video Sample
Det siste utbruddet (The Last Volcano). May 2010.
Installation loop video, in Norwegian with English subtitles. Directed by Roderick Coover. Text by Scott Rettberg. 6:10 Mins Loop, HD). Video Sample
Screenings : Cinematek, Bergen, Norway.
Canyonlands (Interactive). 2010. Interactive DVD.
Installations, screenings and reviews: Films of Roderick Coover, Cinematek, Bergen, Norway. 2010. Screening and panel discussion. • Ethnographic Terminalia. Icebox, Philadelphia. 2009 (preview) • Painted Bride Gallery, 2009 (related installation, Edward Abbey in the Canyons).
Fathoms. A series of encounters. 2009. Directed by Roderick Coover and written by Nick Montfort.
Installations and screenings: Landmark Cafe and Gallery, Bergen Norway, November 2009 (Premiere) • Roger Williams University Gallery, Bristol, Rhode Island, March 2010.
Gerald's Party. January 2009.
A feature narrative performed with a cast of 11 plus foley and technical teams at Nexus Gallery and broadcast on live radio based on the novel by Robert Coover.
Performance: Nexus Radio, Nexus Gallery, Philadelphia.
Voyage Into the Unknown. May 2008. Interactive DVD. Interactive Web Link.
Installations and screenings: Subito, University of Colorado Press Online Gallery. December 2009 • Kipp Gallery, Indianna University of Pennsylvania, November 2009 • FILE 2009 - Electronic Language International Festival in Sao Paulo, August 2009 • Painted Bride Gallery, Philadelphia PA. April 2009 • The Art Gallery. Virtual Arts Exhibition. University of Maryland, College Park. April 2009 • Visionary Landscapes. Vancouver, WA, May 2008.
Outside/Inside. 2007-2008. Video installation. Commissioned installation, funded in part by the Pew Foundation for the Arts. Interactive Web Link.
Installation: UNDAUNTED: Five American Explorers 1760-2007,American Philosophical Society and Independence Hall National Park.
Vérité to Virtual: Conversations on the Frontier of Visual Anthropology and Documentary Mediamaking. 2007. Documentary Film. DVD. 60 Minutes. Distributed by Documentary Educational Resources (D.E.R.), Cambridge.
Installations and screenings: International Society of Visual Sociology Conference, Featured Selection, Buenos Aires, August 2008. • Göttingen International Ethnographic Film Festival, 2008 • XVI International Festival of Ethnological Film Ethnographic Museum of Belgrade, Nov. 2007. .
Something that happened only once. 2007. Animated Panorama. DVD. 23 minutes.
Installations and screenings: Films of Roderick Coover, Cinematek, Bergen, Norway. 2010. Screening and panel discussion • Krannert Museum, Champaign, IL. January - March 2008. • Interruptheque. Brown University, Providence, RI, October 2008. • Electronic Literature Organization Media Arts Juried Exhibition, North Park Gallery, in conjunction with the conferenceVisionary Landscapes. Vancouver, WA, May 2008 • Split Film Festival, Split Croatia, September 2007 • ACM SIGGRAPH International Conference on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques. San Diego, August 2007 • Reel Travel. University of Pennsylvania Humanities Forum Symposium. April 2007 • Panoramas and other circular stories. Solo Show. Klein Gallery. Philadelphia PA. January 2007.
The Theory of Time Here. Digital Video. DVD. 7 Minutes. Distributed by The Video Data Bank, Chicago. Date of Publication: 2008.
Installations and screenings: Digital Arts Conference Gallery, Irvine, CA, December 2009 • Flint Institute of Arts, Flint, MI, May 2009 • Deluge Contemporary Art Gallery, Victoria, Canada, April 2009 • Interrupt Fringe Performance. Providence, RI, October 2008 • 11th annual Antimatter Underground Film Festival, Victoria, Canada, September 19 to 27, 2008 • University of Western Michigan Curated Gallery: "17 Days", Kalamazoo, January 2008 and SUNY Buffalo May 2008 • Esther Klein Gallery: Panoramas and other Circular Stories. Philadelphia PA. January 2007 • Featured work in Wholphin Magazine, October, 2008
Currency: Four Experiments in the Video Poem. Distributed on YouTube. Co-created with writer Nick Monfort.
Video Samples: JS, Filip A Guinea: The Elephant & Castle, Marianne, 3 Lions
Video Performance Night: http://vimeo.com/8059167 (Recorded in Bergen)
Installations and screenings: Disposable Films Festival, San Francisco, 2010 • Roger Williams University Gallery, Bristol, RI, Febuary-March 2010. • Digital Arts Conference Gallery, Irvine, CA, December 2009.• Landmark Cafe and Gallery, Bergen Norway, November 2009 • Pocket Films Festival, Paris, France. June, 2009 • 7th International Film Festival Yerevan, 17-24 May 2009 • COLOGNE OFF – Cologne Online Film Festival in conjunction with VideoChannel. May 2009 • Act Artifact, Exhibition and Salon. Temple Art Gallery Event Space. Philadelphia, 2009 • Centre De Cultura Contemporanea, Barcelona. Exhibition of E-Poetry • Featured in /seconds online journal (www.slashseconds.org, Manchester, UK), 2009 • University of Pennsylvania Humanities Symposium: Reel Travel. April 2007.• Philadelphia Film Festival, April 2007 • Esther Klein Gallery: Panoramas and other Circular Stories. Philadelphia PA. January 2007 • Blind Refereed Award: MIT Comparative Media Studies Media Spectacle: Honorary Mention For An Experimental Film.
The Language of Wine: An Anthropology of wine, work and the senses. 50 Minute DVD. In French with English subtitles. Distributed on Amazon.com by RLC Productions. Date of First Screening for Live Music: 2003. Festival DVD: 2005. DVD Editions: 2006, 2007.
Installations and screenings: • University of Bergen and Alliance Française special presentation, May 2010 • Documenta Madrid Film Festival, Madrid, Spain, May 2007. • Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival, March 2007. www.ithaca.edu/fleff/• Institute of Ethnology, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland, Nov. 2006. / Invitation.• Mediating Practices Conference Ethnographic Film Program. Philadelphia, PA 2005. Conference committee selection • International Congress of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences, Florence, Italy, July 2003. Blind refereed selection • Sonoma Wine Country Film Festival, July 2003. • Culinary Institute of America, Hudson River Valley, May 2003. Sponsored invitation • Doc Films Special Event with live music accompaniment, University of Chicago, May, 2002. Sponsored Invitation • Information Technology & Society Colloquium Special Event, University of California, San Diego, February, 2002. Sponsored Invitation.
Cultures In Webs: Working in hypermedia with the documentary image. Interactive CD-ROM. Cambridge: Eastgate, 2003.
Presentations and Screenings: CSU-San Marcos, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dartmouth University, Vassar College, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Brown University, Bennington College, New York University, Wesleyan University.
Reviews: "Multimedia Reviews: Cultures In Webs and The Language of Wine." Anna Grimshaw, American Anthropologist, Vol. 110, No. 4, December 2008 • "Cultures In Webs." Sarah Pink, Anthropological Theory Volume 6 Number 1, March 2006. • "Wide-Angled: A review of Cultures in Webs: Working in Hypermedia with the Documentary Image by Roderick Coover," Davis Schneiderman, American Book Review, Volume 26 Number 4, April/May 2005. • "Ethnography is Old and New Media: A Review of Cultures in Webs: Working in Hypermedia with the Documentary Image by Roderick Coover," Pat Badinin. Rhizome, Fall 2004.