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Clea T. Waite is an intermedia artist-scholar, and experimental filmmaker whose proprioceptive, cinematic works explore somatic montage through immersion, installation, and sensual interfaces -- as well as one inter-species collaboration with several hundred spiders. Her research bridges art and science, exploring the artifacts, materiality, and poetics that emerge from scientific practices. Her projects focus on particle physics, astronomy, climate change, water ecology, and the history of science, themes she juxtaposes with mythology, poetry, literature, and pop culture.

She has been an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Fellow, a Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies Fellow, and a fellow at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne, with numerous artist residencies internationally, including the CERN European Laboratory for Particle Physics. She has lectured and exhibited world-wide. Her art awards include, notably, the IBM Innovation Prize for Artistic Creation in Art and Technology and the grand prize at the Computer Graphics Grand Prix in Tokyo.

Waite has been Associate Professor at the Academy of Film and Television Babelsberg, Germany, and has also held positions at Pratt Institute, New York, and the University of the Arts Berlin. She graduated from the MIT Media Laboratory and is currently an Annenberg Fellow at the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts pursuing her PhD in Media Arts and Practice.

Academic Appointments

Guest Professor for Audiovisual Communication: Human Computer Interfaces / Technology of Nonlinear Dramaturgy, Institute for Time-based Media, University of the Arts Berlin, Germany: 2011

Associate Professor (C3) for Artistic Montage and Digital Editing Practice. Academy of Film and Television, HFF "Konrad Wolf", Montage Dept., Potsdam-Babelsberg, Germany: 2001-2006

Assistant Professor. Pratt Institute, Dept. of Computer Graphics, Brooklyn, NY: 1989-1994

Teaching / Research Assistant. University of Southern California, Los Angeles: 2012-2014

Research Assistant / Research Affiliate. MIT Media Laboratory, Cambridge, MA: 1986 – 1989


Doctor of Philosophy. Media Arts and Practice.
University of Southern California. iMAP, School of Cinematic Arts. Annenberg Fellow. Anticipated December, 2016.

Master of Science, Visual Studies.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT Media Laboratory 3D Computer Graphics and Animation Group. February, 1989.

Bachelor of Science.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Architecture. June, 1984

Harvard University, Department of Visual and Environmental Studies 1982 – 1984

Arts Fellowships and Residencies

Research Fellow. Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University, Cambridge, USA: 2006-07

Film Fellow. Harvard Film Study Center, Harvard University, Cambridge, USA: 2006-07

Bundeskanzlers Scholar. (German Chancellor’s Scholar) Research Fellowship, Alexander Von Humboldt Foundation, Bonn, Germany: 1993-1994

Fellow. Artist-in-Residence, Academy of Media Arts Cologne (KHM), Cologne, Germany: 1993–94, 1996

Singapore-Delft-Water-Alliance, Artist in Residence. National University of Singapore, Singapore: 2008
AIR, Science and Art collaboration. International Symposium on Electronic Art, ISEA2008

Artists-in-Labs, Artist Research Residency. Hochschule für Kunst & Gestaltung Zürich, Switzerland: 2004
AIL, Science and Art collaboration. Swiss Museum of Transport and Communication Planetarium, Lucerne

CERN European Laboratory for Particle Physics, Artist Research Residency. Geneva, Switzerland: 1998

CICV Centre International de Création Vidéo, Artist Research Residency. Montbelliard, France: 1997

Professional Experience

Motion Graphics Artist. VOX Television, Cologne, Germany: 1997-2000

Symposium Co-Director. DIGITALE 1995 The first international symposium on digital film arts in Cologne/Düsseldorf, Germany: 1995

Video Editor. WDR Television. Various editorials including Science, Travel, Culture, Finance, and Nature Magazines, News, and Sports Cologne, Germany: 1995-2000

Media Designer. Deutsche Welle TV, Cologne, Germany: 1995-2000

Technology Patent Research Consultant. Avid Technology. Prior art research during intial interface development of the Avid Media Composer. Burlington, MA: 1989 - 1991

Associate Producer. MTV Television. On-Air-Promotion, Trailer Producer. New York City: Summer 1989

Computer Graphics Developer. Communications Arts & Technology, Boston, MA: 1984 -1985

Art Prizes

GC3 Geo-Cosmos, Miraikan National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, 2014

IBM Innovation Award for Artistic Creation in Art and Technology, Grand Award, 2007

Dream Science ‘97 Tokyo Computer Graphics Grand Prix: Grand Prize, 1997

1st Marler Video Installation Prize: Honorable Mention, 1998, 2008

Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen Festival der Jugend: Best Video Production, 1995

Prix Pixel INA: Art Category, 1995

Deutscher Videokunstpreis, ZKM, 1994

Festival Mondial de l'Image Sous-Marine: Prix Insolite, Grand Format, 1993

Mill Valley Film Festival: Best of New Short Works, 1989

9th Annual Video Arts Festival Amherst: 1st prizes, Experimental Category and Music Video Category, 1988

MIT Writing Competition Prize, Poetry, 1984

Academic and Production Grants

MINT Förderung von Mathematik, Informatik, Naturwissenschaft und Technik (in support of mathematics, computer science, science, and technology in education), Germany, Spring 2011

Medienboard Berlin / Brandenburg, Artistic LowBudget Film for Moonwalk, 2008

Cagney and Lacey Felllowship, Center for Feminist Research, University of Southern California, 2014

Mary Pickford Scholarship, University of Southern California, 2013-14

iDiploma – Diploma in Innovation Grant for MetaBook with Lauren Fenton, University of Southern California, 2012-13

Annenberg Fellowship, University of Southern California, 2011-15

Rock Hudson Scholarship, University of Southern California, 2012-13

Sony Electronics Grant Award, 2011-12

MIT Council for the Arts for under the moon ii,1988

National Endowment for the Arts, New England Regional Fellowship, Film & Video for under the moon ii, 1988

MIT Council for the Arts. Presentation grant for Moscow ‚87: New Video Work from the Soviet Union with Vera Bódy 1987

MIT Council for the Arts. Production grant for Women at MIT trailer with Kim Foley, 1986

National Endowment for the Arts, New England Regional Fellowship, Film & Video for Stella Maris, 1986


English (native speaker), German (fluent), French (good comprehension).