Scott Townsend

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Scott Townsend is an Associate Professor in the Department of Graphic Design, North Carolina State University. His research focuses on the intersection between the individual and the community; of issues of personal identity and history, and the use of narrative and imagery. In the last eight years this has taken the form of specific projects, concentrating on issues of globalization. These projects often deal with language translation and site-specificity, working with another audience at a distance/online. His work is divided between academically based research and electronically based installation art, and other hybrid projects between different media and disciplines. In the last twelve years, he has exhibited in over 80 national and international group and solo exhibitions in the Czech Republic, Havana, Mexico City/Tijuana (as part of Borderhack, an event that grew out of Documenta X in Europe), Edmonton, Berlin, Hamburg, New York, Chicago, Tokyo, Iran, the United States, etc. He has created visual projects and authored writings for such journals and publications as Zed, Contact Sheet (Light Work), Statements, Brujula, Art Papers, Rethinking Marxism, Visual Communication, Design and Culture, and Design Issues. He has also been a featured presenter at Politics and Languages of Contemporary Marxism in the United States, Visions Plus 2 and 3 sponsored by UNESCO in Austria, the University of Art and Design, Helsinki, Finland, the Center for 21st Century Studies, – ‘Beyond the Margins,”Cambridge University (UK) and Memefest (Nijmegen, the Netherlands, 2011). Residencies include the Foundation for Contemporary Art, Prague (2002), Lightwork (summer 2004), Visual Studies Workshop (as part of an installation project) May 2005, and Tokyo (Youkobo) in 2007. Recent projects include an exhibition/project on post-Soviet identity in the Baltic at the Lithuanian National Museum (09), “Your Imaginary Country” in a Texas border region (2010), “Human Capital” at the McColl Art Center in Charlotte in January 2011, and a project/exhibition at the Fototeca Juan C. Mendez Center in Puebla MX 2011.