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Hi, I'm JD. I'm an artist.
I'm an educator at Catherine Cook School.
I co-founded and host Processing Chicago.
Here's some of my work.
More info (cv, bio, etc) can be found here.

ART && RESEARCH






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About me.

I feel that artists should lead humanity through the creation and utilization of the most current and yet-to-be-invented technologies and processes. In my formal fine arts education, I sought out persons and programs that encouraged exploration into newly forming fields and who supported non-traditional and anti-disciplinary fine arts research.

Bridging the void between convention
and technological horizon.

In my current practice, I am interested in generative and algorithmic art making, realized through interactive pieces and creative frameworks. I prefer using Open Source Software.

I work as an educator at Catherine Cook School in Chicago, teaching children to use programming, electronics and emerging technology for creative expression and investigation. I also direct the evolving Innovation Lab at Catherine Cook, which is a hybrid laboratory+classroom intended to facilitate the aforementioned expression and investigation. Rather than "teaching the software," which has been the predominant model for teaching computation to students at all educational levels for several decades, the mission of the Innovation Lab is to put the focus squarely in the domains of curiosity, investigation, design, making and fixing.

I received my BFA with Distinction in Digital Arts in 2008 from the Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media (DXARTS) at the University of Washington. While at DXARTS, I studied with Shawn Brixey, Richard Karpen, Juan Pampin, Josh Parmenter and Stephanie Andrews.

I received an MFA in Electronic Visualization/New Media Arts from the School of Art and Design at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where I studied with Daniel Sauter, Sabrina Raaf and Drew Browning.