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Zach Duer

Associate Professor
  • Chair, Creative Technologies MFA program

Duer's artistic research lies at a series of intersections: sound and visualization; careful composition and improvised performance; intuitive musical spontaneity and structured digital systems. The resulting creative work includes fixed-media sound and video collage, improvised multimedia performance, immersive environments, and projection mapped and 3D-printed sculpture. He grew up in Minnesota, has two children, and likes to spend his free time writing complaints about the wasted potential of so many videogames that could have been better and how exactly they should have done that.

Visual Music, Creative Coding, Generative Art, Videogame Design, Live Visualization with Movement Performance

ART 2434 Introduction to Creative Code
ART 2604 Introduction to Creative Technologies
ART 3594 Visual Programming
ART 4504 Advanced Creative Code
ART 4514 Electronic Performance and Installation
ART 4514 Visual Music
ART 4894 Senior Studio
ART 5534 Graduate Art Critique

Oaxaca FilmFest, Oaxaca, Mexico. Screening of Time Garden: Skull Bridge. (December 8, 2022).

Contact, 17th Biennial Symposium on Arts and Technology, Ammerman Center, Connecticut College. Performance of Daedalus Dreams. (November 10-12).

TANZAHOi International Dance Film Festival 2022, Hamburg, Germany. Screening of Time Garden: Skull Bridge. (September 9, 2022).

Split Film Festival, Split, Croatia. Screening of Time Garden: Skull Bridge. (September 1, 2022).

San Francisco Dance Film Festival, San Francisco, CA. Screening of Time Garden: dawn replica. (October 15-24, 2021).

#social, Czong Institute for Contemporary Art, Gimpo, South Korea. Installation of Mass. (October 13-31, 2021).

Screen Dance International, online. Screening of Mass. (September 12, 2021).

International Computer Music Conference 2021, online. Screening of Time Garden: dawn replica. (July 25-31, 2021).

SIGGRAPH 2020, Washington D.C. Installation of If this place could talk … First World War tunnel warfare through haptic VR. (July 19-23, 2020).

6th International Conference on Movement and Computing, Tempe, AZ. Performance of Body, Full of Time. (October 12, 2019).

New Interfaces for Musical Expression, Blacksburg, VA. Installation of Forgetfulness. (June 3, 2018).

Madatac 09_2018, Madrid, Spain. Screening of nothings_nomeanings. (January 1, 2018).

3rd Electroacoustic Music Festival Ecos Urbanos, Mexico City, Mexico. Screening of nothings_nomeanings. (November 10, 2017).

Hosted the 2022 New Media Caucus Symposium, Future Bodies, at Virginia Tech

New Media Caucus Board Member (2020-present)

a2ru Ground Works Editorial Board member (2020-present)


B.M. Music Composition, Minnesota State University Moorhead

M.A. Music Composition, Mills College

M.F.A. Kinetic Imaging, Virginia Commonwealth University