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Alumni-Faculty Forum: New Technologies in the Arts (Virtual)

May 12, 2022 @ 4:30 pm - 5:45 pm

New Technologies in the Arts


Lex Brown ’12
Interdisciplinary Artist, Fellow in Theater, Dance & Media, Harvard University


Christopher Janney ’72
President/Artistic Director, PhenomenArts, Inc.

Ted Gagliano ’82
Entertainment Executive and Producer, Twentieth Century Studios

Christina Lazaridi ’92
Writer/Producer,  Head of Concentration, Screen & TV Writing, Graduate Film Division, Columbia University

Ilana Lucas ’07
Professor of English, Centennial College



Lex Brown ’12
Interdisciplinary Artist, Fellow in Theater, Dance & Media, Harvard University

Lex Brown is an artist who uses poetry and science fiction to create an index for our psychological experiences as organic beings in a rapidly technologized world. Through humorous characters and expansive fictional worlds, her work opens up a place for spiritual examination. In performance, music, video, sculpture, drawing, poetry and narrative, Brown explores existential themes such as environment, technology, commerce and connection. Throughout her work is the reassertion that an organic intelligence is far more powerful than an artificial one. Brown has performed and exhibited work at the New Museum, the High Line, the International Center of Photography, Recess, The Kitchen, REDCAT Theater, the Hammer Museum, the Baltimore Museum of Art and the Munch Museum in Oslo, Norway. She was a 2021 recipient of the prestigious USA Fellowship. Brown holds degrees from Yale University (MFA) and Princeton University (BA). She is the author of “My Wet Hot Drone Summer,” a sci-fi erotic novella that takes on surveillance and social justice. “Consciousness,” a survey of Brown’s work, is available from GenderFail. Containing documentation from 46 different videos and performances, as well as 33 original song lyrics performed in artist-run spaces, museums, music venues and galleries, it has been acquired by collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Brown teaches as a media fellow in Art, Film and Visual Studies and Theater, Dance and Media at Harvard University and is a lecturer in visual arts at the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University. She is the host of the 1-800-POWERS podcast, which is available on Spotify and Apple Podcasts.


CJChristopher Janney ’72
President/Artistic Director, PhenomenArts, Inc.

Christopher Janney was trained as an architect and a jazz musician. Winner of both the Thomas Edison Award from General Electric and the Kepes Prize from MIT, he has directed his own multi-media studio, PhenomenArts, Inc., since 1980. He has created numerous permanent interactive sound/light installations, attempting, on the one hand, to make architecture more “spontaneous” (“Harmonic Convergence,” Miami Airport; REACH:NY, 34th Street subway, New York) and, on the other hand, to make music more physical (“HeartBeat:mb” with Twyla Tharp, principal dancer Sara Rudner and performer Mikhail Baryshnikov). Other projects include “Rainbow Cove” at Logan Airport, Boston, Massachusetts, and “A House as a Musical Instrument: Kona,” a private residence in Kona, Hawaii based on Hawaiian cosmological principles. In addition, he has made four US/UK tours of “Sonic Forest” to major music festivals, including Bonnaroo, Coachella, Ultra and Glastonbury. Most recently, in 2019-20, Janney completed Harmonic Grove, the 4,000 square-foot colored glass/interactive sound entrance to the Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. In 2019-20, Janney also had a solo exhibition titled “Sound Is An Invisible Color” with a series of performances, “Exploring the Hidden Music,” at the Louisiana Arts and Science Museum in Baton Rouge. Believing that architecture is about a manifestation of the “public spirit,” Janney has been a visiting professor at Cooper Union’s Irwin Chanin School of Architecture and Pratt Institute, where he taught his seminar “Sound Is a Visual Medium.” An award-winning book on his work, “Architecture of the Air,” is available on PhenomenArts, Inc. has studios in both Lexington, Massachusetts and London, England.

TGTed Gagliano ’82
Entertainment Executive and Producer, Twentieth Century Studios

Ted Gagliano is an entertainment executive, producer, technology investor and philanthropist. Serving as president of post-production at Twentieth Century Studios since 1991, Gagliano had his hand in over 700 films, including the “Star Wars” Special Edition, “Titanic,” “Avatar,” the X-Men films, “Bohemian Rhapsody,” and most recently, “Ford versus Ferrari.” He is currently a consultant on the “Avatar” sequels and is developing numerous other projects for film and television. At Twentieth Century, he spearheaded the Fox Innovation Lab in its foray into virtual reality as the executive producer of “The Martian” and “Wild VR” experiences. He also produced “All is True,” Kenneth Branagh’s film about the last years of Shakespeare’s life. He is currently proud to be a part of the “Paradise Square” family as it makes its Broadway debut. While at Twentieth Century, Gagliano became an avid technology investor, especially in the medical arena. He is the founding investor and managing partner of Implicitcare LLC, a company that created “MyEllevate,” a groundbreaking light-guided suture suspension system that offers an alternative to traditional face and neck lifts. As the managing director, Gagliano continues to develop the company’s Ovio360 dynamic imaging technology for medical, security and entertainment applications. In 2012, Gagliano and his husband, Loic Bailly, made a significant donation to UCLA, underwriting Dr. Linda Liau’s clinical trial that uses customized immunotherapies for the treatment of glioblastoma brain tumors. They continue to serve on the board of advisors for UCLA’s Neurosurgery Department and created the Golden Portal Awards to honor achievements in movies and medicine.

CLChristina Lazaridi ’92
Writer/Producer and Head of Concentration, Screen and Television Writing, Graduate Film Division, Columbia University

Christina Lazaridi is an award-winning screenwriter and script development expert. She authored, or actively developed, projects that won awards at Cannes (Camera D’ Or) and Berlin Film Festivals (Golden Bear), Sundance, SXSW and the Ariels (Mexican Oscars), among others. Her work as a development expert for award-winning properties was recognized in 2019 and 2020 by an Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences grant to the organization she co-founded, Cine Qua Non Lab. Lazaridi currently serves as head of concentration for screen and television writing at Columbia University’s Graduate Film Division. Previously, she designed and ran Princeton University’s screenwriting track for its Program in Creative Writing and conducted pioneering research on storytelling and the brain at Princeton’s Neuroscience Institute. Lazaridi’s personal written work focuses on high emotional-impact narratives of dislocation and survival and her performance-centered screenplays have consistently attracted major collaborators both domestically and abroad. Current projects include a TV series, “Escape Attempt,” based on the Strugatsky brothers’ Soviet sci-fi novels, and “Femen,” a dramatic biopic of the Ukrainian activist movement. Lazaridi is the 2018 recipient of a prestigious Silver Condor Award for best screenplay (“Nobody’s Watching”) and was nominated for an Academy Award for her work on the 2001 Hungarian Holocaust short film, “One Day Crossing.”

ILIlana Lucas ’07
Professor of English, Centennial College

Ilana Lucas is an English professor at Centennial College in Toronto. She earned an MFA in dramaturgy and script development from Columbia University, where she worked as lead archivist for the estate of Tony-winners, Phyllis Newman and Adolph Green. She has been vice president of the Canadian Theatre Critics Association since 2021. She is currently a staff writer for BroadwayWorld Toronto, with previous positions as a senior writer for Mooney on Theatre and as Brit+Co’s weekly books columnist. She performs with and serves on the board of the Amadeus Choir of Greater Toronto, which was awarded the Association of Canadian Choral Communities award for Most Innovative Performance in 2014 for “Music of the Spheres,” a multi-media collaboration with the Elmer Iseler Singers, the Ontario Science Centre and the Roberta Bondar Foundation. A freelance dramaturg and playwright, she recently won the 2019 Toronto Fringe Festival’s 24-Hour Playwriting Contest for her play, “Let’s Talk.”


May 12, 2022
4:30 pm - 5:45 pm
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