Media Study introduced me to the world of interdisciplinary thinking. While I was at DMS, there were really few places in US academia that had the resources and the intellectual infrastructure to support this pedagogy within arts. I was able to work with anything from virtual reality to robotics and discuss the implications of my work in light of critical theory, tactical media, architecture, and design.
From my own experience, I think it’s a very “open” kind of environment with many possibilities, and it’s very supporting to artists, probably because most of the teachers are also very active practicing artists.
The experimental nature of the department instilled in me the willingness to take risks, to not be afraid of technology and to use whatever is available to create. While a student I taught myself HTML and designed/developed the departments first website with Mary Flanagan.
I am a Content Specialist at Leisure Living Inc.; a large e-commerce company that sells and distributes a multitude of products on online marketplaces such as Amazon, eBay, Walmart and more. My position requires me to provide sleek looking imagery and video content for the company's products on their website as well as on the other aforementioned websites.
As an artist, Alan works with film, video, 3-D virtual work, performance essay and multi-media books. His work inspects the line between the cinematic and the actual, the photo and the moving image, the narrative and the durational, the performative and the structural.
I currently work managing the camera and audio equipment for Impractical Jokers in NYC. I sometimes work freelance as a camera operator or audio tech. I've worked on reality and network TV, major motion pictures, online ads, live events, etc. I also work on my own creative projects.