Daniel Dean teaches courses in new media, theory and design, as well as video production and motion graphics. His own work combines aspects of new media, sculpture, performance and design with a critical interrogation of contemporary technology, and has been shown nationally and internationally at venues such as the Soap Factory, Weisman Art Museum, the Beijing Film Academy, and ZKM in Germany. He engages regularly in collaborative work and is one of the core members of Futures North, a collaborative design, fabricate, and build team, whose work has been commissioned by such notable organizations as Northern Spark and is regularly supported by significant public art grants.
Tijah Bumgarner (West Virginia, USA) is a filmmaker and professor. She teaches film production and journalism at Marshall University. Bumgarner holds a BFA in film/video from the California Institute of the Arts and an MA in Media Studies from West Virginia State University. As a doctoral candidate at Ohio University, her dissertation "Working Against the Past: De-stabilizing the Appalachian Image" explores how extraction is narrativized. Bumgarner’s experience growing up in West Virginia has inspired much of her work. In 2017, Bumgarner completed her first feature film, Meadow Bridge, a coming-of-age narrative set in rural West Virginia. Currently, she is collaborating with Jena Seiler on a documentary about the opioid epidemic in Appalachia. In both scholarship and practice, Bumgarner seeks to disrupt stereotypes that conform to a single defining narrative of the region.