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Kathleen Ruíz

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abd Ph.D., European Graduate School / European University for Interdisciplinary Studies, EGS/EUFIS
M.A., New York University

Kathleen Ruiz is an internationally exhibiting media artist who creates simulations, games, installations, sculpture and photography. Her work explores issues about perception, behavior, interaction and the confluence of the imaginary and the real. Her work invites inquiry into how conceptual constructs are built and how they serve to shape ethics and power. Ruiz poses questions about the oxymoron of virtual violence, catharsis, and desensitization in simulated space. Her work portrays the promise of technology as well as its frightening, fascinating and humorous contradictions.

She presents simulations which open up interactive, multi dimensional game space as a place for resonating ideas physically, intellectually, spiritually and emotionally. Her work provides us with simulated places where multiple viewpoints can be explored and expanded, not only through choice, but also through space itself as she challenges us to simultaneously see the perspectives of observer, observed and process of observation.

Kathleen is the recipient of the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation Visual Arts Residency Award, a Connecticut Council on the Arts Award, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs Percent for Art Commission, the New York State Council on the Arts exhibition grant, the Experimental Television Center Grant and the New York State Council on the Arts Individual Artist award. Her work was recently sponsored by Sony Computer Entertainment.

Kathleen's art has been exhibited at numerous galleries and museums in the United States, Mexico, Europe, South America, and Asia and has been reviewed/published in the New York Times, Aperture, Art News, ARTI, Jornal do Brasil, The College Art Journal, The MIT Press, Reuters Video News International, Computer Graphics, Yale University Art Gallery, Wired, USA Today, arteTV, Kultur:Deutsche Welle, TeknoKultura, and others.

She has developed graduate and undergraduate courses in Digital Imaging and Interactivity, Virtual Environments/3D Web, Cyber Arts, Media Arts Studios, Advanced Digital 3D Projects, Creativity and Design in Information Technology, and Experimental Game Design. She has developed MFA digital arts pedagogy for New York University, The School of Visual Arts, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and others

Kathleen Ruiz is an Associate Professor of Electronic Arts at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where she develops and teaches courses in simulation, experimental game design, digital imaging, photography, and emerging genres. She is a founding member of the ErGoGenics Research Group designing simulations for fitness, fun and education. She is also a founding member of the CapAbility Research Project, an interdisciplinary group of programmers, artists, engineers, and composers  who are working together to create interactive simulations for individuals with disabilities to develop life skills and obtain increased independence. Her current research is centered on simulation and perspective.

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