Prof. Nell Tenhaaf
York University, Toronto, Canada
Nell Tenhaaf is an electronic media artist and theoretician with extensive publication, lecture and exhibition credits across Canada, in the U.S. and in Europe. She is a Full Professor in the Faculty of Fine Arts at York University in Toronto, Canada. Prior to her appointment at York in 1997, Tenhaaf taught at Concordia University, the University of Ottawa, and Carnegie Mellon University. Between 2005 and 2010 she was awarded two major grants for a collaborative project with Professor Melanie Baljko in York’s Department of Computer Science. Their collaboration focuses on interactive installations in which humans interact with “low-fidelity” artificial agents. The interactive sculpture Push/Pull (2009) is the first of these installations.
Tenhaaf has published numerous reviews and articles that address the cultural implications of biotechnologies and of artificial life. She has been jury chair for the annual VIDA art and artificial life competition since its inception in 1997. She is represented in Toronto by Paul Petro Contemporary Art.