Andrea Ackerman



Lives and works in New York, New York

Yale College B.S., cum laude, 1974, Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry
Harvard Medical School, MD, 1978, Concentration Neuroscience
Trained and practiced as child psychiatrist/psychoanalyst 1980 to 1992 (Advanced Candidate at the Boston Psychoanalytic Institute)
New York University, School for Continuing and Professional Studies, Center for Advanced Digital Applications, Maya (3D Computer Animation) - February/March 2001, Pixar’s Renderman (3D Computer Animation) - May 2001.


Academic Experience

Visiting Instructor, 3D Computer Modeling, School of Art and Design, Computer Graphics and Interactive Media, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York, Fall, 2004.



1. Leonardo Electronic Almanac, Editor, 2010 to present, .

2. ISEA2011 Istanbul, Co-director and Associate Editor



Lecture: Pratt Institute, School of Art and Design, Department of Digital Arts, Spring 2013 Lecture Series
Title: Aesthetics, Complexity, the Brain, New Media and Network Dynamics
Pratt, Brooklyn campus, April 3, 2013


Selected Group Exhibitions

1. Extended Senses & Embodying Technology 2022 Symposium and Exhibition, Stephen Lawrence Gallery, University of Greenwich, London, UK, curated by Ghislaine Boddington and Camille Baker, September 8, 2022 - September 10, 2022

2. Almost Human: Digital Art from the Permanent Collection, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA, curated by Kathryn Wade, September 22, 2019 - September 27, 2020

3. Your Mind this Moment: Art and the Practice of Attention, curated by Susan Krane, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA, February 17, 2017 - August 27, 2017

4. Momentum: An Experiment in the Unexpected, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA, October 2, 2014 - February 22, 2015

5. Vital Signs:New Media Art from the Permanent Collection, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA, curated by Jodi Throckmorton, June 12, 2010 -February 6. 2011

6. Polymer 2009, Hunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga, TN, March 26, 2009, curated by Jessica Westbrook and Phillip Andrew Lewis

7. Art and Pop Culture in a Modern Mix for the Electronic Superhighway  a tribute to Nam June Paik, edited/curated by Nina Colosi  with Good Morning Mr. Orwell by Nam June Paik, launch exhibition for the Streaming Museum, Nina Colosi Founder/Director, venues- 1/29-2/29/08, Second Life Ars Virtua New Media Center,1/29-2/29/08, Federation Square, Melbourne Australia,1/29/08, Chelsea Art Museum, 1/29/08 to 2/02/08.

8. NABLAB Volume 1, Nov 17 thru Dec 8, 2007, NAB Gallery, Chicago, IL, curated by MM Robinson, NABLAB Volume 1 DVD, exhibition catalog with artist interviews.

9. Instant Gratification, Like the Spice Gallery, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY,  January 12th- February 17th 2007, curated by Marisa Sage .

10. Rose Breathing  featured at the Live Box Gallery, Nova Art Fair, April 23-27, 2006 Chicago, Illinois.

11. Poesia in Forma di Rosa, Tribute to Pasolini (videoscreening) curated by Andrea Bruciati, Novembre 4, 2005,   La Galleria Comunale d'Arte Contemporanea di Monfalcone, Italy.

12. Brides of Frankenstein, July 30 - October 30, 2005, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, California curated by Marcia Tanner, brochure, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose CA, July 30 - October 30, 2005 

13. Second Nature, Fish Tank Gallery, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY, June 18 to July 19, 2004, curated by Linda Dennis

14. Allure Electronica, Wood Street Galleries, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Pittsburgh, PA,  January 23 to March 6, 2004, curated by Murray Horne, catalog,  essays by Claudia Herbst, Michele Thursz, and Kathy Brew

15. Cartoombria 2003, Animation Festival at the Center for Contemporary Art Trebisonda, Perugia, Italy, Dec. 3-Dec 7, 2003 

16. New Lawn: Contemporary Nature in a Subdivision World, Jack the Pelican Presents, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY, July 2 - August 3, 2003 

17. Calculus of Transfiguration, Williamsburg Art and Historical Center,Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY, October 10 - November 15, 1998 curated by Yuko Nii.
18. B61 Show: Artists of Willamsburg and Greenpoint, One Main Street, Dumbo, Brooklyn, NY, May 8 - June 30,1996 curated by Daniel Georges.
19. Group Show, Name Brand Damages, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY, 1993.

Selected Screenings

1.cinemaScope, -scopeNewYork, curated by Lee Wells, New York, March 9-12, 2006,

2.Restoration Celebration, the Rededication of Canal Park, an evening of live music, performance and projections, NYC Dept. of Parks and Recreation and the Canal Park Conservancy, Canal Park, New York, NY, October 21, 2005.

3.cinemaScope, -scope Hamptons Art Fair, curated by Lee Wells, Southampton, NY July 15-17, 2005 and March 9-12, 2006

4. Inter [sec/ac] tion, New Forms Festival, curated by Camille Baker, Vancouver, Canada, July 30- August 2, 2003

5. Open Zone, Ocularis at Galapagos Art and Performance Space, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY, June 29, 2003
6. X|ReDux: Best of X|FEST 2003, presented by ICON@REMOTE and The Digital Salon, REMOTE LOUNGE, Bowery, New York, NY, May 16, 2003.
7. X|Iterate, part of X|FEST (experimental video, animation and VJ performance festival), curated by Sandra McLean, REMOTE LOUNGE, Bowery, New York, NY, March 8, 2003.

Selected Performances

1. Woman Waking/Paper Dissolve ,  DVD, a 3D computer animation with computer generated music by contemporary composer, Matthew Greenbaum . Premiered in concert "Approximate Man: Music of Matthew Greenbaum" curated by Nina Colosi, Chelsea Art Museum, New York, NY May 23, 2006.

2. Video Set Design for Verge, a dance in Encounters, choreographed by Cherylyn Lavagnino, Danspace Project at St.Mark's, New York NY, February 12 - 16, 2004.


Selected Writings / Publications

1. "Bits, Bytes and the Rhetoric of Practice: New Media Artist Statements 2007",  media-N, CAA New Media Caucus, Fall 2007.

2. Monika Bakke (editor), Going Aerial: Air, Art, Architecture, Chapter ‘Breath-taking”, “Andrea Ackerman: Rose breathing” , monograph published by Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, The Netherlands, 2007.

3. "Can We Fall in Love with a Machine ? " lead catalog essay in Can We Fall in Love with a Machine?, edited by Claudia Hart, monograph/catalog  for the show Can We Fall in Love with a Machine? , Wood Street Galleries, Pittsburgh, PA/Cambridge, MA,  April 2006.

4. Uncontainable, catalog of the 17th International Exhibition of Electronic Art, ISEA2011, Istanbul, Associate Editor. ISBN: 978-1-906897-19-2, ISSN: 1071-439, Senior Editor and Artistic Director, Lanfranco Aceti, Editor and Curator: Özden Şahin.


Aesthetic Theory

"Some Thoughts Connecting Deterministic Chaos, Neuronal Dynamics and Aesthetic Experience", Leonardo Electronic Almanac Vol. 17 Issue 1: Mish Mash, August 2011, Editor-in-Chief, Lanfranco Aceti, ISSN No: 1071-4391, ISBN-10: 1906897115, ISBN-13: 978-1906897116.


Selected Interviews, Presentations and Published Presentations

1. “Synthetic is More Sensuous: Advances in Neurology and the Aesthetics of New Media ”, conference paper, International Symposium of Electronic Arts (ISEA) 2008, Gunalan Nadarajan, artistic director, Singapore, July 25 to August 3, 2008.

2. "New Media Art Takes as its Subject the Processes of the Brain/Mind ", speaker on the panel, The Synthetic Aesthetic of New Media Art, College Art Association (CAA 2008), New Media Caucus Panel, chaired by Carolyn L. Kane, presented at the Dallas Contemporary Museum, February 23, 2008, Dallas, TX, archived in Media-N, CAA 2008: vol.04 n. 03, ISSN: 1942-017X, Highlights from the New Media Caucus Events at the CAA Conference 2008.

3. Panelist on Can Geeks be Humanists?, College Art Association (CAA) 95th Annual Conference, New Media Caucus Panel, moderated by Marcia Tanner, February 14-17 2007, New York, New York. 

4. Synthetic Experience and the Continuum of the Authentic: A Contribution , featured speaker and digital artist at the conference Synthetic Sensations - The Five Senses and New Technologies ,  June 30, 2006, Kingston University, London, UK,  organised by Niran Bahjat-Abbas and Stephen Barber.

5.Flesh & Chips: Conversations with the Brides of Frankenstein, San Jose Museum of Art Speaker Series, author Ellen Ullman interviewed with Andrea Ackerman by curator Marcia Tanner exploring how digital technology makes us question our notions of what is natural and what is artificial, September 23, 2005.

6. Daniel Durning, PS1 Radio, Art and Technology, Edition #11, Digigirls, First broadcast May 31, 2005


 Selected Bibliography ( to read selected Reviews click here)

1. Gaap! - De ontdekking van de geeuw, (On Yawning), Wolter Seutjens, Uitgeverij De Deboekenmakers, Eindhoven, Netherlands.

2. Monika Bakke (editor), Going Aerial: Air, Art, Architecture, Introduction, monograph published by Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, The Netherlands, 2007.

3. Beverly Reiser and Sonya Rapoport,"Brides of Frankenstein", Leonardo Reviews, December 2005. READ

4. Marcia Tanner, Interview with Lee Montgomery, Women in the Arts "Brides of Frankenstein", noon PST on Tuesday, September 13th, 2005.

5. Marcia Tanner,KQED|Forum with Michqael Krasny "Brides of Frankenstein" Exhibit.

6. Marcia Tanner, Brides of Frankenstein:The Marriage of Art and Technology, Lecture, PARC Forum: George E. Pake Auditorium, Palo Alto,CA USA, August 18, 2005.

7. Richard von Busack, We Can Build You:Frankenstein's Monster lives on in the works of 15 women artists at the San Jose Museum of Art's new show about creation and horror, Metroactive, San Jose, CA, August 10-16, 2005. READ

or Almost:Female artists ponder the meaning of life in the age of genetic engineering, San Jose Mercury News , August 7, 2005. READ

9. Susan Yung, Lavagnino Balances, The Dance Insider Flash Review Journal, 2-27, March 1, 2004

10. Alice Winn, The Female Form, PULP (Pittsburgh), February 19, 2004. (Pittsburgh Pulp was an online magazine). READ

11. Mary Thomas, Complex Attractions Artists Appeal to the Senses through Digital Works, Pittsburgh Post- Gazette, Section B p.6. February 7, 2004 READ

12. Kurt Shaw, New Perspectives Blossom, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Section B p.6, Feb 8, 2004 READ

13. Robert Isenberg, Women in the Electronic Age, Pittsburgh AOL Cityguide, Top Pick, Feb/March 2004

14. Elisabeth Bernstein, State of Seige, Village Voice, p.106, March 12, 1998.

15.Carla Breeze, Chapter 5, Mavericks, New Modern: Creative Living Spaces , PBC International, 1995.


Public Collections

San Jose Museum of Art



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