Prof. David R. Burns
Specialization: Digital Media Art
Home institution in US: Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois
Host Institution in India: Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology, Bengaluru, Karnataka     
Start date/Month in India: July 2012
Duration of grant: 6 months

Brief Bio:
Prof. David R. Burns takes an interdisciplinary approach to creating digital media art by combining 3D computer modeling and animation, digital video, sound design and physical computing to push the boundaries of artistic expression. His creative work explores visual music, memory, and the relationships between technology, culture and society. David holds a M.F.A. in design and technology from Parsons School of Design in New York City. As an Associate Professor, David developed Southern Illinois University’s first Digital Media Arts and Animation (DMAA) specialization. He teaches 3D computer modeling, animation, and digital media arts theory and practice.

Prof. Burns’ creative work is internationally exhibited at galleries, museums, film festivals and conferences. Most notably, his digital media arts and animation work has been screened at the National Film Theater in London, the National Media Museum in England, the Red Stick International Animation Festival in Louisiana, the Chelsea Art Museum in New York, the Athens Video Art Festival in Greece, Currents in New Mexico, the National Center for Contemporary Art (NCCA) in Russia and La Normandie et le Monde at the Musée des impressionnismes in France. Prof. Burns’ research has been published and disseminated widely at numerous international venues including the International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA) in Singapore, Ireland and Turkey, and the Electronic Visualisation and the Arts (EVA) international conference in England. He also co-authored a chapter in Fraggle Rock to Farscape:  Essays on the Worlds of Jim Henson (McFarland 2012).

For his Fulbright project, “Animating India’s Cultural Life in 3D: An Exploration of Nature and Technology,” Prof. Burns will create a computer animation on Indian cultural life and its relationship with technology and nature. His project will advance his research-creative work by providing a rare opportunity to observe, experience, and audio-visually document Indian cultural life; to interact with Indian artists and scholars while he is creating his animation; and to enter into a dialogue with Indian illustration and animation traditions. Prof. Burns’ arts-based research approach will inform his computer animation with a rich and nuanced vision of Indian cultural life, its relationship with technology and nature, and the unique contributions and influences of Indian illustration and animation traditions.