Yesterday, Mary Flanagan visited Stockton.
Mary Flanagan holds an MFA from the University of Iowa and studied film studies and experimental filmmaking. In the 1990s, Flanagan was a producer/designer at Human Code, an Austin based software developer, garnering over 20 international awards for titles produced for The Discovery Channel, Creative Wonders/ABC, and Knowledge Adventure.
Currently Flanagan's projects are primarily networked and computer-based works which investigate everyday life and the influence of technology, including net.culture, computer gaming, and mundane technological tools. The works are created for the net or installation. Flanagan's artwork has been shown internationally at venues including the the Whitney Museum of American Art 2002 Biennial, SIGGRAPH, Ars Electronica, Whitney Museum of American Art's Artport, the Moving Image Centre in Auckland, Central Fine Arts Gallery, New York, the Guggenheim, and others. Her projects have been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Pacific Cultural Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. As an activist media maker, she is the creator of “The Adventures of Josie True,” the first web-based adventure game for girls, and is collaborating on a new project to teach middle school girls computer programming, “RAPUNSEL.” Flanagan's essays on digital art, cyberculture, and gaming have appeared in periodicals such as Art Journal, Wide Angle, Convergence, and Culture Machine, as well as several books. Her co-edited collection _Reload: Rethinking Women + Cyberculture_ was published by MIT Press in 2002.