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Lisa Mann, M.F.A.

Associate Professor of Practice of Cinematic Arts
Exhibitions Director of Hench-DADA

Affiliated Divisions:

John C. Hench Division of Animation & Digital Arts

Email: emann@usc.edu
Office: SCB 210L

Lisa Mann teaches Introduction to the Art of Animation, a hands-on class exploring the fundamental principals of animation using under-the-camera and stop motion techniques. She recently developed the Cinematic and Media-based Installations class to introduce SCA students to media projects created for gallery and public spaces, as well as for large-scale applications such as projection mapping on building facades.

As Exhibitions Director of Hench-DADA, Lisa manages and produces student screenings, gallery exhibitions, and special events. Over the last several years, she has project managed many USC Visions & Voices events for the division, including PiKA PiKA! Light Animation, Colombian Avant-Garde Animation, Animated Spaces | Animated Bodies, and the outdoor Hench-DADA retrospective Bike-in Movies. Recently, Lisa has overseen several SCA gallery exhibitions including DreamWorlds--Behind The Scenes: Production Art From DreamWorks Animation, CINEMATIC-INTER-ACTIONS: CTAN 592 Cinematic And Media-Based Installations, and Flipped Out Animation! aflipbook show. She produced and curated a year of DADA media projection and installation programming at the historic Chapman Building in downtown L.A., the site of the DADA temporary art space, USC Windows. Additionally, she produces the annual student Hench-DADA showcase Adobe First Frame @ First Look Festival at the DGA Theater.

Lisa's art practice consists of site-specific installations, performances, large-scale sculptures, and experimental films exploring topical social issues. She has created and exhibited works with themes ranging from the NRA and it's exploitation of children Prototype for a Play Structure, homelessness George Wilson: Home (more-or-less), the societal effects of the Rodney King police beating Inauguration of Far Bazzar, and domestic violence Seven Lucky Charms. Her multi-projection installations, Tentnology and Tentnology 2.0 investigated the commonplace intrusion of technology into the outdoor camping experience. Her works have ranged from giant inflatable barbershop poles to welded grocery carts to gun-shaped children's climbing structures.

Lisa has received a Media Arts Fellowship from the Rockefeller Foundation and an Annenberg Foundation Independent Media Fellowship. She is the Vice President of NewTown Foundation, an artist-run organization presenting visual, media, and sonic art exhibitions in a variety of untraditional venues.