Vibeke Sorensen is an artist, composer, and professor working in digital multimedia and animation, stereography, interactive architectural installation, and networked visual music performance. Her work in experimental new media spans more than four decades and has been published and exhibited worldwide, including in books, galleries, museums, conferences, performances, film festivals, on cable and broadcast television, and the internet.
Since 1980, she taught and developed programs in digital and media art at Virginia Commonwealth University, Art Center College of Design, California Institute of the Arts, and Princeton University. From 1984-94, she was Founding Director of the Computer Animation Laboratory in the School of Film/Video at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), and from 1994-2005 she was Professor and Founding Chair of the Division of Animation and Digital Arts (DADA) in the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California (USC). From 2005 – 2007, she was Professor of Film and Media Studies and Research Fellow in the Center for Film, Media, and Popular Culture in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University in Tempe and from 2007 – 2009, she was Professor and Chair of the Department of Media Study at the University at Buffalo, New York. Since 2009, she has been Professor and Chair of the School of Art, Design, and Media at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore, where she is also Founding Director of the Centre for Asian Art and Design (CAAD). In addition, since 2016 she is Adjunct Professor of Design, Games and Interaction in the School of Media and Communication at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, RMIT University, in Melbourne, Australia.
Vibeke Sorensen has a long history of interdisciplinary collaborations, art-science and art-engineering interactions, including the development of new media technologies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Princeton University, the University of Southern California, the University of California San Diego / San Diego Supercomputer Center, the Neurosciences Institute of La Jolla, and the California Institute of Technology. She has been a consultant for Disney and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory/NASA, and her research and creative work has been supported by USC, NTU, the New York State Council on the Arts, the US National Science Foundation, and Intel Corporation, among others. She is a 2001 Rockefeller Foundation Fellow in Film/Video/Multimedia and the 2005 Knight Distinguished Visiting Lecturer (the highest award the University bestows) at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada. She received the Catedra from the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), Brazil in 2007. In 2007 she was the Chair of the ACM SIGGRAPH Art Gallery: Global Eyes.
In 2005, her performance work in collaboration with composer Rand Steiger, Dreamscape, was premiered at the Skirball Center in New York City, her interactive installation Sanctuary premiered at Gallery One-One-One at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada, and Green Memories, a real-time performance work based on the poetry of Persian author Forugh Farrokhzad, premiered at the Japan-America Theater in Los Angeles. She collaborated with Brazilian artist Francisco Marinho on the interactive installation Palavrador (maker of words) as part of the Open Books project in 2006-7. Her stereoscopic work Green Space (2010) was exhibited at Parallax 2012 in Prague, Czech Republic. Sorensen’s work Illuminations (2013), a large scale illuminated folding screen, an interactive visual-music installation incorporating plant biofeedback, ubiquitous computing, and electro-acoustic music that she composed, was premiered at the ADM Gallery at NTU in September of 2013. A stereoscopic version was presented at the ZKM Karlsruhe, Germany at 3D and Beyond the same year. Inspired by Asian cosmologies, symbols, and textiles, she then produced the 4K generative dome animation Vishwaroop (2014) which was premiered at the NWEAMO Festival at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in San Diego, California on March 23, 2014 with live music by sitar virtuoso Kartik Seshadri. This was followed by the 4K animation Mayur (2015) which was premiered at the Cinegrid 2015 conference at CalIT2/University of California, San Diego. Her recent work Mood of the Planet (2015), a kinetic light-sound sculpture incorporating global, real-time big data, Twitter, and music composed by Sorensen was premiered at the ADM Gallery as part of the exhibition Everything is Data curated by the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. A related new work, Mood of the New York (2016), was exhibited during Creative Tech Week New York City at the Experiments in Art and Digital Technologies (EADT) Exhibition from April 28 – May 8, 2016, and Mood of Singapore (2016) has been installed since June 2016 in the Experimental Medicine Building at Nanyang Technological University Singapore.