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Rachel M. Ward

Small Data Industries
Research Associate and PhD Candidate
Brooklyn, New York
Rachel M. Ward is a researcher, artist, filmmaker and Ph.D. candidate focusing on digital ethnography, time-based media art (TBMA), artist archives, gender and technology. She is currently working as a Research Associate at Small Data Industries, a time-based media art conservation practice in Brooklyn. While there, she is conducting research on digital-born art “life cycles” and archives as a recipient of the National Digital Stewardship Residency (NDSR) Art award. She earned her Master's degree (M.Sc.) in Social Anthropology from the London School of Economics & Political Science. The following year, she was awarded the Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship to complete a postgraduate degree in Visual Anthropology (G.Dip.) at Australian National University. As a doctoral candidate in the Making Culture Lab in the School of Interactive Arts + Technology (SFU), Rachel is now focusing on Digital Anthropology and the creation of interactive anthropological art installations (which she describes in a book chapter she published recently in Digital Echoes, 2018). She served as the Documentation-Archival Chair for the International Symposium of Electronic Art (ISEA 2015), and as Lead Event Curator for a Vice News Virtual Reality (VR) Exhibition in 2016. She has produced several film projects, including a documentary she directed about the overlap of Appalachian music and punk (“DIY”) culture, and Sneakerhead (2016) — a portrait of an overzealous Air Jordan collector — which was featured in a 6-month exhibition at the Museum of Vancouver (MoV).