Roderick Coover

United States
United States
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Roderick Coover is Director of the MFA program in Film and Media Arts at Temple University. His works include museum installations, print publications, films and multimedia collaborations of fiction and non-fictional story. Examples of works include the interactive series, Unknown Territories (, which is a collection of interactive environments about how perceptions of the deserts of the American West are shaped through language and image, and the book, Switching Codes: Thinking Through Digital Technologies In The Humanities And Arts (Chicago), which brings together leading scholars, artists, authors, and computer scientists to discuss their changing practices. Some other recent works include From Verite To Virtual (Documentary Educational Resources), Outside/Inside (Museum of the American Philosophical Society), The Theory of Time Here (Video Data Bank), and Cultures In Webs (Eastgate). He is the recipient of Fulbright, LEF and PIFVA awards among others.

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Roderick Coover's works employ digital media arts and experimental documentary methods to explore point of contacts between technologies, the social sciences and the humanities. Some themes include visual geographies, interactive panoramic, cultural narratives and their collective representations, and word-image relationships.

His new media art works and non-traditional documentary films been shown at venues such as Documenta Madrid, SIGGRAPH, DAC, the Krannert Museum, The Art Gallery, and the Esther Klein Gallery. His works include films such as The Language of Wine: An Ethnography of Work, Wine and the Senses and From Vérité to Virtual: Conversations on the Frontier of Visual Anthropology, interactive media such as the interactive CD-Rom Cultures in Webs: Working in Hypermedia With The Documentary Image, and museum installations such as Inside/Outside, currently on exhibition at the Museum of the Philosophical Society of America. A keynote speaker at the conference Text-Image-Narrative in Switzerland in 2006, a keynote mediamaker at the International Visual Sociology Association Conference - Buenos Aires, and a plenary speaker at the Whitney Biennial/University of Colorado sponsored conference, Rethinking the Visual, Coover is also the author of papers published in Visual Anthropology, Visual Studies, Film Quarterly, Film International, Cineaste and elsewhere. His awards include a USIA Hays-Fulbright Fellowship, a Whiting Fellowship, a Chicago Group on Modern France Fellowship, and an LEF foundation grant. An associate professor of Film and Media Arts at Temple University, he lives in Philadelphia.

Professional Affiliations: American Anthropological Assoc., Soc. for Visual Anthropology, College Arts Assoc., International Society for Visual Sociology, Society for Cinema Studies, University Film & Video Assoc.

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Titlesort descending Publication Type Publisher Year
Addressing Significant Societal Challenges Through Critical Digital Media Article in an online journal Electronic Book Review (ebr) 2020
Collaborative Creativity in New Media (roundtable) Conference panel or roundtable 2014
Connections and Coincidences in The End: Death in Seven Colors: A Conversation with David Clark Article or chapter in a book, Interview 2020
Constructs of the Interactive Documentary Image in Inside/Outside, The Unknown Territories Project, and Estuary Article or chapter in a book ELMCIP: Electronic Literature as a Model of Creativity and Innovation in Practice 2012
Curating and Creating Electronic Works in Arts Contexts Conference panel or roundtable 2015
Digital Panoramas and Cinemascapes Conference paper or presentation 2008
Emotional Proximity through Inside the Distance: A Conversation with Sharon Daniel Article or chapter in a book, Interview 2020
Narrative choice-making, literary trajectories and interactive environments: on the structure and writing of the Unknown Territories Conference paper or presentation 2010
Platform Collaboration, Creativity and Determinism in Virtual Reality (VR): An artist paper the making of The Key To Time, a work for VR, domes and CAVEs. Conference paper or presentation 2021
Presenting plans for ELO2015 Conference paper or presentation 2012
Roderick Coover, Larry McCaffery, Lance Newman and Hikmet Loe: A Dialogue about the Desert. Article in an online journal Electronic Book Review (ebr) 2010
Spatial Remediations Article or chapter in a book, Conference paper or presentation 2012
Taking A Scroll: Text, Image and the Construction of Meaning in a Digital Panorama Article in an online journal 2008
Visualizing Cultures in the Age of Digital Media Conference paper or presentation 1999
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