Abinadi Meza, Assistant Professor
BA, Art/ Creative Writing, University of Minnesota
MFA, Southern California
Abinadi Meza is a sound artist, writer and architect whose work engages technological, environmental and political systems. He joins the faculty of the School of Art in New Media. His specific research focuses on geolocative media, scenario design and ambient technologies in contemporary critical contexts. Meza holds degrees from the University of Northern Iowa (BA Art, Creative Writing), University of Minnesota (MFA, Art) and Southern California Institute of Architecture (M.Arch).
Meza's work is featured in public and private collections, and has been presented internationally at venues including the Institute of Contemporary Arts, Dunaújváros, Hungary; FILE Festival, São Paulo; Biennale of Electronic Arts, Perth; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Cleveland Performance Art Festival; Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin and La Casa Encendida, Madrid. He was recently awarded an NFA Fund for the Arts award from the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture, Ford Foundation and JP Morgan Chase.
John Reed, Professor
BFA, Tyler School of Art, Temple University
MFA, University of California, San Diego
John Reed works at the intersection of the Arts, Education, Technology, and Science, with a focus on environmentalism. With the understanding that any action that transcends “self-interest” is inherently community oriented, he has created classes and programs that explore creativity as a catalyst for positive social change within the community, often working with community organizations. As part of a Fulbright Research Fellowship in 2011–12, he began developing international programs in sustainability that integrate the Arts, Humanities, and Technology.
His artistic output is diverse, ranging from large-sculptures and public works to experimental music and musical instruments. Utilizing the tools and language of one discipline to problem-solve in another, his work creates a “logical parallax” that helps reveals the structure of the dominant discourse. Current projects include an herbivorous intifada, explorations into “musical construction tools,” and a device for substituting metaphors for physics.