School of Cinematic Arts Directory Profile

Directory Profile

Steve F. Anderson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of the Practice of Cinematic Arts
Media Arts + Practice Division
Email: sanderson@cinema.usc.edu
Website: http://www.technohistory.net
Work Phone: 213.821.5700
Office: SCI 101C

Steve Anderson is a scholar-practitioner working at the intersections of media, history, technology and culture. He is the author of Technologies of History: Visual Media and the Eccentricity of the Past (Dartmouth 2011)  and founder of the MacArthur funded public media archive and fair use advocacy network Critical Commons . Along with Tara McPherson, he is Co-Editor of the interdisciplinary electronic journal Vectors and co-Principal Investigator of the Alliance for Networking Visual Culture, developers of the electronic publishing platform Scalar . He was the founding director of the Media Arts + Practice PhD program and currently directs the Transient Media Lab, home to an eclectic and deliberately unstable array of media, technology and design work. His current research project, Technologies of Cinema, comprises a long-form video essay, a critical digital archive and a print book supplement investigating images of technology as seen on TV and film since 1950. He teaches classes in the divisions of Media Arts + Practice, Interactive Media and Games and Critical Studies.