Artist & Educator
I've worked in the arts, design, and education for over 20 years. Always focused on the affordances of emerging technology in the areas of Illusionary mediums, non-fiction narratives and experience design, my integrated media and documentary work has been demonstrated in art galleries, film festivals, the USPTO, supercomputer data visualization research and multimedia installation facilities around the country. This work captures the histories of time and place in multiple 2D and 3D mediums, blending emergent technological artifacts in autonomy, robotics, mixed realities, and other forms of digital fabrication for the applied sciences and modern multi-modal documentary arts.
What I Do
Students Mentoredover 160
Years in Industry22
A note from Daniel...
As an undergraduate at California State University Sacramento, I was fortunate enough to learn the art of television and film production from Dr. Paul Cahill, a grizzled producer and director of television shows of yesteryear. He had a knack for connecting with students while bullying them into giving their best performances behind the studio’s cyclorama. This may have been because he was a Vietnam War veteran who lived on his sailboat in Alameda or his trip off the tongue critiques of narrative, light, and sound. I, however, knew that his natural talent for direct and often intimidating communication skills was because he wore an eyepatch and would often boast about having an advantage over the rest of the crew due to his lack of depth perception, seeing the world as the audience did in 2D. Maybe he was right.
Experiencing the world in 2D. Flat and pragmatic. It’s not a skill that most of us have. Our world has depth in the literal and the figurative sense, yet the popular mediums of consumption in modern culture are indeed that—flat obelisks of data. The screen as a medium, when off, is 2D, dull, and cold, yet we, as storytellers, summon empathy, sympathy, bliss, and all other forms of human emotion from it. Its motion is an illusion, yet we see, hear, and feel the storyteller’s conveyance of sentiment. It’s in the affordances of this 2D medium that my work exists. Whether as an input method through programming, writing, and design or its use as an extension of the document of our existence. I see the screen as the ultimate medium whose form remediates all that have come before it by exploiting its illusion to indemnify texture and sensation. My experience with Dr. Cahill’s sensory deprivation has stayed with me all these years, influencing my perception of the screen while pushing me to explore the medium’s potential as a malleable form.
Academia in the form of a career can be a challenging one. Having spent most of my academic journey at a minority-serving institution in Jamaica, Queens, provides me with a unique perspective on the challenges of a predominately immigrant urban community. Having also lived in Queens, I experience this community in stark contrast to the one I grew up in during my formative years. My friends, colleagues, and mentors were a diverse group of artists and academics. They exposed me to life more attuned to the modern challenges of a first and second-generation population adapting to a western capitalist society. This experience changed me in ways I could not imagine and upended my approach to practice and teaching. Environmental influences leaned on my creative work. Students challenged me to see life from their perspective and the unseen challenges they face every day. Topics such as gentrification, economic instability, violence, urban hustle, pregnancy, faith, conformity, family, and success were not only revealed in their creative work; It changed my worldview and my commitment to telling these stories. Their experience exposed me to my privilege by allowing a glimpse into the lives affected by public policy and the institutional racism burdening the BIPOC community. Their stories will forever humble me as I am grateful for their ability to overcome immense personal hardship and thrive.
My work has a clear line of delineation concerning intent and focus. While pursuing my MFA at The City University of New York, I worked with talented integrated media artists in nonfiction. The faculty and those in my Cohort were champions in their respective communities of responsible urban planning, workers’ rights, displacement, gender equality, and racial justice. The style and approach to this type of media were foreign to me as a product of the television production world in Los Angles. “Making with Meaning” held little capital in the entertainment community unless it could be sold as a product. The idea of exposing narratives of the underserved was emerging in the form of online self-distribution. Narrowcasting was a pivotal component in changing my understanding of what grassroots media could be. It gave me the license and agency to tell a story in which revenue generation wasn’t the goal; changing public policy was. So, incorporating compassionate and empathetic storytelling into my work was the spark of creative freedom that led me to The Domino Effect (TDE). This feature-length Documentary would be my first foray into applying my voice to tell a story that deserved to be told. At its core, TDE is an interweaving tale of land use politics and its effects on the displacement of minority populations. I am proud that that film has influenced public policy by exposing this country’s financial system that manipulates affordable housing and development.
The Domino Effect became a springboard for my academic career. It allowed me to pursue grant funding and gain access to hyper-local stories in the five boroughs. By leveraging emerging technology and novel forms of storytelling, The Future American Retrospective (FARvr) gathered advocates and champions in the LGBTQ+ community to expose its oral histories, challenges, and victories. FARvr was recorded in stereoscopic 360 videos, allowing for an unedited point of view of the group interviews. By incorporating traditional interviews and archives held over 30 years, the project was a collaboration with the Wagner Archives, The Queens Library, and the New York City Council. Upon its multi-year completion, the material was fashioned into a multi-modal installation in queens and served as an interactive multi-channel experience at Queens Pride.
Since 2010 I have helped produce dozens of personal stories in the Queens community through mentored student work, used my technical knowledge to receive multi-year NASA MSI grant funding to mentor students in Swarm Robotics and Lunabotics research, filed a patent for low-cost VR systems, advocated for the creation of blue-collar and high wage jobs training for low-income communities, designed installations for The National Memorial of Peace and Justice by using novel storytelling techniques incorporating AR and textiles, showcased multi-modal installations covering homelessness and brutalist public housing policies in Italy, proposed stories of the devastating colonialism of indigenous Georgians, co-published ways to fight African malaria in the IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Journal, contributed to books about unknown Italian public housing photographers, all while building a professional career in the academy.
Being a reflective practitioner has allowed me to return to my work over the past 20 years. It has helped contextualize my work, influence as a professor, and future artistic goals. Acknowledging the communities that shaped me as an Academic and a father gives me hope that I can give back what I can through compassionate practice and pedagogy that incorporates the causes of racial equality, LGBTQA+ rights, disenfranchisement, equity, workers’ rights, and the dignity that all deserve.
I hope the reflection above gives you a glimpse into my work and worldview. It’s one that I will always share with my students, no matter their background. Our experiences as storytellers should transcend our professional artifacts. Like many of you, I am a firm believer that the way to make our world a better one is to inspire and affect every generation that walks the hallowed halls of academia.
2023Georgia Institute of Technology
Ph.D Digital Media (ABD)
In progress. Dissertation will focus on Augmented Intermediate Layers, a new taxonomy of Augmented Reality embodiment and design.
2021Georgia Institute of Technology
MS Digital Media
Thesis proposed a novel form of Augmented Reality for a textile installition on the grounds of The National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Mobile Alabama.
2011Hunter College, CUNY
MFA Integrated Media Art
Practiced multimodal media and non-fiction narrative. Thesis explored land use politics and gentrification surrounding the closing of the Brooklyn Domino Sugar factory.
2001California State University, Sacramento
BS Media Communications
Concentration in non-studio, Documentary, television production.
2019-CurrentThe Georgia Institute of Technology
Professor of Record
GTA Position teaching Constructing the Moving Image and Principles of the Moving Image
2015-2019The City University of New York, York College Campus
Tenure Track position in the Department of Performing and Fine Arts. Communications Technology Major Program Coordinator.
2011-2015The City University of New York, York College Campus
Adjunct Associate Professor
Associate Professor in the Communications Technology Program. Department of Performing and Fine Arts
2007-2011The City University of New York, York College Campus
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Assistant Professor in the Communications Technology Program. Department of Performing and Fine Arts
2006-2015York College CUNY
Multimedia Production Specialist
Lead Developer for all multimedia content creation and program management for the college. Managed Television Studio and PFA Media Labs.
Head of Production
Lead Editor/Producer/System Administrator for a variety of broadcast and non-broadcast productions.
Directed and produced all live broadcast events.
2005Adore Shop Magazine
Freelance Photographer for a (formerly) nationwide fashion magazine. Specialized in prints for sellers and in-magazine catalogue advertisements.
2001-2003Peppers & Associates
Chief of Production
Lead Editor / Lead Videographer on two award-winning television shows airing on Sacramento’s local ABC affiliate, News10. Designed and maintained the IT infrastructure for Peppers & Associates. Also headed the creation of all motion graphics, print media, DVD authoring, and DVD offset art production.
Lighting for 3D/Physical media
3D Model Design
ART OF EDITING
3D Digital Fabrication
TV Studio Production
- 3D Printing
- CNC Manufacturing
- Grant Writing
- Academic Program Design
- Middlestates / Higher Education accreditation processes
- Admin and Academic cohesion
- Social Networking
- Sourdough Bread Making
- Video production processes
- Virtual Production
- Print processes
- Interdisciplinary Cooperation
- Student Social Engagement
- Video DJ
- Multi Channel expieriences
2022-2023Public Work in Anamorphosis
Georgia Tech Media Bridge
The opportunity and demonstration of new work has opened the door for public art in Atlanta. LINK
2021-2023Medium Creation through Technology
CTO, "The Big Screen" @ the Beltline
As the lead designer for the Beltline project for Cousins Properties, I was commissioned to design and install a flexible medium for artists to showcase their work in a public forum above Atlanta's Beltline. This will be the largest public canvas in North America when complete. Opens Summer of 2023
2019-CurrentPh.D Canidate in Digital Media
Ph.D Work @ The Georgia Institute of Technology
Working in the Augmented Environments Lab, my work has grown into developing novel applications of Augmented Reality for art and design.
This "Idea to Prototype" fellowship funded my work in the exploration of developing a commercial product out of my dissertation research into Augmented Intermediate Layers.
Novel AR in Digital Fabrication
The seed grant that I received in conjunction with Oak Ridge National Laboratory allowed me to develop a new medium and explore how it could be further implemented in art, design, and data visualization. LINK
The Future American Retrospective
This (multiple) grant funded project no only built new technology for the 360 video capture process, but allowed access to hyper-local stories of the LGBTQ+ communities that influence NYC politics. LINK
2016NASA Swarmathon Grant
Simulation and programming
This grant provided me with a team of Computer Science students at CUNY to collaborate on simulating swarm robotics for future NASA missions off-planet.
2015NASA Robotics Grant
My forary into robotics and autonomous programming. Grant funding provided by NASA to develop robotic mining concepts and applied science artifacts for the NASA Robotic Mining Competition (Lunabotics).
2012The Domino Effect
Grant Funded & Crowd funded Documentary about urban rezoning and gentrification. What is lost as communities change? LINK
2006New York, NY
Live television production and direction for various sporting events and informational series.
2004Los Angles, CA
2002Pepeprs & Associates
Videographer / Editor
Non-fiction television production work in a variety of broadcast shows.