Media Corps

Media Corps students support Experimental Humanities initiatives across the college through assistance with faculty and staff projects, digital documentation of EH events, and dissemination of EH work by Bard students, faculty, and staff.

Yizhen Dai

Yizhen Dai (Shanghai, China) is a Junior who double majors in film production and art history.  She is currently working on the Media Corps team for administrative tasks and social media. Her interest is rooted in classical studies, such as bringing ancient art to life. In this recent year, she has interviewed V (former Eve Ensler) in person. Besides work, she likes playing piano, cooking, and doing standup comedy. Working at EH is an amazing opportunity for Yizhen as a creative and as a person.

Josh Guerrero

Josh Guerrero (Queens, NY) is a third year at Bard College studying Electronic Music. He is interested in the sound and visual origins of nature and how they have been perceived by people to shape culture, music, shared experiences, and future understandings of a rapidly changing industrial world. His creative work involves both musical and cinematic expressions of nature and a search for further understanding at a both social and personal level what it means to live and connect with the world. With his experience in sound, film and music software, he hopes to develop and contribute creative work and analysis on a variety of projects and areas in EH.

Mishi Mandoki

Mishi Mandoki (Mexico City) is a fourth-year student studying Environmental & Urban Studies and Photography. She is interested in the interrelation of art and science and explores this theme by studying the relationships that human beings hold with the natural world. Some of her areas of interest include: film and digital photography, painting, drawing and digital programs such as Lightroom and Photoshop. Mishi enjoys collaborating with other artists and creators to come up with collective projects!

Eden Rorabaugh

Eden Rorabaugh (Atlanta, GA) is a Junior Posse Scholar majoring in Computer Science with a concentration in Experimental Humanities. She is currently working on the Media Corps team to organize a Spring Unconference titled COVID Exceptionalism where participants will look into shared experiences from the past year and try to understand the significance of the events that took place. Eden is passionate about technological ethicality, particularly the social and environmental effects technology inevitably yields. She is interested in user experience design, back-end web development, artistic data visualization, and computer vision. Apart from her passion for coding, Eden is a lover of design and aesthetics which she hopes to incorporate into her future career.

Ariel West

Ariel West (Los Angeles, CA) is a Senior at Bard College. She majors in Film and Electronic Arts with a concentration in Experimental Humanities. Currently, she is interested in how the history and present use of media and technology influences and distorts the construction of self and society as a whole. These questions lead to experiments in two realms, the first utilizing the demonstrative capacity of film to explore these concepts, the second is analysis of both the film and theories to further elaborate upon them. These projects probe further questions that center around the relationship of the viewer to the art, and how this relationship can identify new constructions of self . This leads Ariel to concern herself with the new ways media can be reconstructed to immerse an audience, whether this immersion is spatial, physical, or emotional. How can VR, AR, and other forms of interactive media be utilized to change a viewer into a user, and a user into a creator? Currently, she is attempting to find ways that the human body of the viewer can be used as a tool by the artist to mesh the experience of creating and viewing. Can the personal mechanics of the viewer’s eye be utilized in media to create an individual experience that is unique to the viewer in the moment of the viewer’s perception of said media?

Emma Deutsch

Emma Deutsch (Narberth, PA) is a junior Art History and Visual Culture student at Bard. She is interested in global modernisms, domestic, craft and abject art, as well as how food and media affect and represent culture. She has worked on organizing the COVID unconference for Experimental Humanities in the past and is currently working on the To Be Named exhibition. Emma is excited to help bring this project and other EH happenings to life!

Isabella Haid

Isabella Haid (Dallas, Texas) is a third year at Bard College studying Computer Science and American Studies with a concentration in Experimental Humanities. Focused on the intersection of technology and personhood, she is curious about emerging forms of media, from livestreams to virtual reality, and how they embody cybernetic celebrity worship or community building. She is generally curious about how the algorithms and owners of communications technologies inform online interactivity, performance, and belonging. At the heart of this is an interest in how subcultures develop across online platforms and the ways in which these collectivities reify or resist consumerism, capitalist subjectivity, or the attention economy. Alongside this, she hopes to encourage conversation about personal identities being commodified, complicated, or rejected as a result of online interactivity.

Genesis Medina

Genesis Medina, an SEO Scholar (Dominican Republic and the Bronx), is a senior majoring in Historical Studies, concentrating in Experimental Humanities, and an MAT student. She works in Media Corp making 3D models and Students Activities as the Communication Intern. Her interests are photoshop, blender, InDesign, and web design. In her free time, you will find her talking about social problems such as race and immigration. She loves writing poetry about identity and loves singing songs with her friends and dancing bachata, merengue, and salsa.

Arnav Shirodkar

Arnav Shirodkar (Singapore) is a Junior at Bard College doing a double degree in Computer Science and Music Performance . He is interested in the cross-sections between computer science and various art forms, exploring how technology can create new audio-visual experiences, facilitate interaction between artists and audiences as well as serve as tools to help artists fully express themselves. He is a member of the Bard Conservatory Percussion Studio, frequently performing in a variety of chamber music concerts and with the Bard College Orchestra. While working with EH, Arnav is keen to contribute his ability both as a developer and as an artist to their digital projects.

Nikki Goldberg

Nikki Goldberg (Los Angeles, CA) is a third year student studying both Photography and Film and Electronic Arts with a concentration in Experimental Humanities. Within these two disciplines, she is interested in world building techniques, and constructing immersive spaces through both digital and analog modes of creativity. She is also interested in exploring the concept of reality and the reliability of images in proximity to photography and emerging technologies, such as Virtual/Augmented reality, as well as 3D creative software. Eventually, she would like to figure out a means of incorporating game/play or an interactive experience into these digital landscapes! Nikki is excited to assist in some of the upcoming Experimental Humanities AR/VR projects that plan to explore the untold histories and ecologies of the Hudson Valley.

Megumi Kivuva

Megumi Kivuva (Nairobi, Kenya & Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is a senior Computer Science and Spanish major with a concentration in Experimental Humanities. Since she started studying Computer Science she has always been interested in the confluence between technology and humanity. As a Media Corps member, Megumi works on digital history projects and develops a new app for the center. In the future Megumi hopes to pursue a career in media studies and learning sciences. In her free time you can find her in cooking for her friends or belting show tunes. 

Antonios Petras

Antonios Petras is an exchange student from Thessaloniki, Greece. He has majored in History and is currently doing his second major in Anthropology. He is interested in the ways a medium can affect and/or redefine people’s stories. He has a particular affection for podcasts as such an experimental medium, especially in the context of “Public Anthropology” and similar attempts of pushing academic knowledge out of its academic comfort zone. He is currently working on such projects, both at Bard and at his home institution- University Of Thessaly. EH is an amazing opportunity for him to experiment with all these various interconnections and discussions as well as offer and receive technical insights.

Blake Sylvester

Blake Sylvester (Catskill, NY) is a senior at Bard College studying Architecture and Photography. He is interested in the relation between mental health and architectural/communal spaces, and how these relationships physically manifest in our everyday lives. In his recent work, Blake has been investigating how we adapt to and reframe our existence in these spaces through subtle interventions. His work in Media Corps includes photographing events and projects, and other miscellaneous editing/design work. While working with EH, Blake is excited to further his photography and editing skills, and also explore the different aspects of art and architecture that EH has to offer.