Ellen Pearlman is a new media artist, critic, curator and writer who created Noor: A Brain Opera, the world’s first immersive interactive brain opera in a 360 degree theater. Ellen has a PhD from the School of Creative Media, Hong Kong City University, and is on the faculty of Parsons/New School. Ellen is also Director and Curator of the New York Volumetric Society, President of Art-A-Hack™. She co-founded the first Summer Institute in Telematic Art with Hong Kong Polytechnic University and Videotage to create an internationally linked global interactive telematic performance while FUSE Digital Artist in Residence at Videotage. Ellen has lectured at the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia as part of Cyberfest, the New York Electronic Arts Festival and collaborated on digital projects with the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Media Lab. She was on the Art Panel Review Board for SIGGRAPH ASIA in Yokohama, Japan, a panel judge for ISEA New Mexico Hong Kong and Columbia, and presented her work at ISEA Istanbul, New Mexico, Dubai, Vancouver, Transmediale Berlin and the Sounds, Image and Data Conference at NYU Steinhardt/Goldsmiths/Leonardo.
Ellen has lectured on New Media at the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA), and the Communications and Animation University in Beijing, the Songzhuang Art Center, and universities in Wuhan and Tianjin, China. She participated in the first Beijing International Conference on Art Theory and Criticism at CAFA. the first Conference on Interactive Design, and the first conference on New Media Research, both at Tsinghua University and went to Ulan Bator, Mongolia to work on presentation and curatorial practices with the Blue Sun arts group and lectured at the Mongolian Fine Arts Academy at the request of the Open Academy project, supported by the Prince Claus Fund of the Netherlands. An Asian Cultural Council Grantee she was also awarded a Canadian Banff Mountain Culture Grant to film sacred monastic dance in nomadic Tibet. Ellen has been both a Banff Non Fiction and a Banff Digital Media Research Residency Fellow. She was a four-time Vermont Studio Center Special President’s Fellow, a resident at the Great River Arts Colony in Patzcuaro, Mexico, the Repino Arts Colony in St. Petersburg, Russia, the Red Gate Artist Colony in Beijing, China, was awarded two ACO Artist Residencies in Hong Kong. She is an arts contributor to Time Out Beijing in English, Yishu Magazine of Contemporary Asian Art, Art Asia Pacific, Sculpture Magazine, Hyperallergic (winner of International Art Critics Association Best Blog Award), Leonardo Magazine, Performance Art Journal, Signal Culture, and Furtherfield.org.
A two-time finalist for the Andy Warhol/Creative Capital Arts Writers Grant, she is an editor-at-large for The Brooklyn Rail, a magazine of politics, art and culture which won the Andy Warhol/Creative Capital Publishing Grant. A Breadloaf Writer’s Conference Scholar recommended by the late poet Allen Ginsberg, she attended The Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center and The Iowa Writer’s Workshop. Ellen studied at The School of The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, The International Center of Photography (ICP), Telematic Art at the University of Calgary, Canada, and anthropological film at Harvard University. She was the photographer for Harvard Medical School as part of an American Institute of Indian Studies grant researching Tibetan Tumo or heat yogis.
Ellen has a black belt in Taijitsu (Ninja) under the auspices of Black Belt Hall of Fame Ninja Master Shidoshi Steven Hayes. She is listed in the current edition of Who’s Who in America. A Professor of Information Science at Columbia University’s CTA Program for 13 years Ellen was Director of Research for Basex., Inc., a boutique technology analyst firm and has authored two books on programming, one on XML for McGraw Hill, and one on SVG for Prentice Hall. She also wrote the first book on Tibetan Sacred Dance in the English language, as well as “Nothing and Everything, the Influence of Buddhism on the New York Avant Garde 1942-1962” which was a Publisher’s Weekly notable book.