Tiffany Funk


Ph.D. (ABD) : University of Illinois at Chicago, Art History, in progress. Dissertation: Zen and the Art of Software Performance: John Cage and Lejaren Hiller's HPSCHD (1967-9) and its legacy in art and technology. Committee: Hannah Higgins (chair).
M.F.A. : University of Illinois at Chicago, New Media Art, 2012.
M.A. : University of Chicago, Humanities, 2005. Thesis: The Phantasmagoric Metaverse: Tony Oursler’s The Influence Machine.
Advisor: Prof. Barbara Stafford B.A. : University of Wisconsin, Film Studies and Spanish Linguistics, 2003.

Tiffany Funk is an Art History doctoral candidate investigating the use of technological prosthesis in historic and contemporary art practices and popular media.  She is researching and writing her dissertation focusing on John Cage and Lejaren Hiller’s multimedia performance HPSCHD (1967-1969) and its legacy in contemporary software art practices.  She is also a practicing artist, having shown in galleries and media festivals in the U.S. and abroad.  Funk’s current work involves using Youtube clips from film, television, and vlogs and applying creative twists with the use of digital technologies that highlight our relationship with software, make visible our ways of interacting with each other, and explore our preconceived notions of autonomy.  She currently teaches graduate courses in the Interdisciplinary Arts Department at Columbia College Chicago.

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