Gunalan Nadarajan

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Gunalan Nadarajan

Dean, School of Art and Design

  • About

    Gunalan Nadarajan is an art theorist and curator working at the intersections of art, science and technology. His publications include Ambulations (2000), Construction Site(edited; 2004) and Contemporary Art in Singapore (co-authored; 2007), Place Studies in Art, Media, Science and Technology: Historical Investigations on the Sites and Migration of Knowledge (co-edited; 2009), The Handbook of Visual Culture (co-edited; 2012) and over 100 book chapters, catalogue essays, academic articles and reviews. His writings have also been translated into Mandarin, Indonesian, Korean, Japanese, French, German, Italian, Romanian, Serbian, Russian, Polish, Portuguese, Valencian and Spanish. He has curated twenty international exhibitions including Ambulations(Singapore, 1999), 180KG (Jogjakarta, 2002), media_city (Seoul, 2002), Negotiating Spaces (Auckland, 2004) and DenseLocal (Mexico City, 2009). He was contributing curator for Documenta XI (Kassel, Germany, 2002) and the Singapore Biennale (2006) and served on the jury of a number of international exhibitions, like ISEA2004 (Helsinki / Talinn), transmediale 05 (Berlin), ISEA2006 (San Jose) and FutureEverything Festival(Manchester, 2009). He was Artistic Co-Director of the Ogaki Biennale 2006, Japan and Artistic Director of ISEA2008 (International Symposium on Electronic Art) in Singapore.

    He is active in the development of media arts internationally and has previously served on the Board of Directors of the Inter Society for Electronic Art and is on the Advisory Board of the Database of Virtual Art. Presently, he is also working on a National Science Foundation funded initiative to develop a national network for collaborative research, education and creative practice between sciences, engineering, arts and design. He is a member of several professional associations including Special Interest Group in Graphics and Interactive Techniques (SIGGRAPH), Association for Computing Machinery(ACM), College Art Association, National Council of University Research Administrators,International Association of Aesthetics and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In 2004, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Art.

    He has served in a variety of academic roles in teaching, academic administration and research for over two decades. Prior to joining U-M, he was Vice Provost for Research and Graduate Studies at the Maryland Institute College of Arts. He also had previous appointments as Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies at the College of Arts and Architecture, Pennsylvania State University and Dean of Visual Arts at the Lasalle College of the Arts, Singapore.

  • Research Areas of Interest
    • Education and creative practice between sciences, engineering, arts and design