Hana Iverson is a media artist with a focus on networked communities and wireless technologies. Her public projects, Cross/Walks, Weaving Fabric Row and View from the Balcony, along with her education initiative Neighborhood Narratives, engages the neighborhood as social practice to explore questions about subjectivity, embodiment, social networks and place inside of alternative forms of distribution
Iverson is the Visiting Scholar with the Institute for Woman and Art at Rutgers University in New Jersey, and the former Director of the New Media Interdisciplinary Concentration at Temple University. Currently teaching at Rutgers, she is the founder and Director of the Neighborhood Narratives Project, an internationally networked, community-based learning environment where students investigate the complex means by which cell phones, GPS, mobile recording devices, interactive public installation and social network games affect their knowledge of and relation to lived space.
Iverson’s early work in photography and video, with its performative reference, has affinities with other women artists who have used their bodies as a locus of meaning in time-based media. With View From The Balcony, and Cross/Walks, Iverson has moved into a physical arena where media art builds its meaning upon and with a community or public space. Cross/Walks: Weaving Fabric Row takes place in the fast-growing field of locative media, which engages technologies that create site-specific and mixed reality interaction and expression.
Iverson’s art practice has connected her to an international network of accomplished artists and theorists whom she has had the opportunity to incorporate into her education programs via public programming and funded collaborations. These associations and alliances are inspired by the philosophy that artists, theorists and students in dialogue can provide a unique prism through which intersecting and parallel lines of intellectual inquiry can be initiated and examined. The centerpiece of this approach is the collaboration between the Neighborhood Narratives Project and the Center for Creative Research (CCR) Within this collaboration, she is creating a framework for exploring the role of embodied practice in interdisciplinary research and investigation. With plans to broaden the national and international network beyond its initial locations (Tokyo, London, Rome, New York, Philadelphia and New Brunswick), the primary goal of Neighborhood Narratives is the creation of an evolving, embodied global portrait comprised of small projects linked through practice that integrate technology with other arts, accumulated over time and distance.
These initiatives support her research into how contemporary media intersects with urban environments; the social and cultural influences that define public place and public art. The underlying discourse about place, space and location are vital to a critical discussion around ubiquitous computing, urban design and mobile media. Iverson is a contributor to the special issue on Locative Media published by Leonardo Electronic Almanac (MIT), as well the locative issue of Second Nature, The International Journal of Creative Media published by RMIT (Australia).
Iverson has been a key-note speaker, guest artist and/or lecturer at the MediaCity conference at the Bauhaus-Weimar University (Germany), the Intersociety for Electronic Arts conference (Singapore 2008), (Belfast 2009), the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, the Digital Storytelling Conference in San Francisco, Penn State, the University of Colorado, Boulder, the School of Visual Arts in New York City, Parsons School of Design, The Jewish Museum and other institutions.
Iverson has taught and/or directed the Neighborhood Narratives program at Rutgers, New York University, Temple Rome, Temple London and Temple Tokyo. She has worked as faculty at the International Center of Photography/Bard College Graduate Program in Advanced Photographic Studies and the New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, Department of Photo and Imaging. As an educator and administrator at Temple University, she was able to engage in many cross-disciplinary collaborations that included Film and Media Arts, Computer Science, Tyler School of Art, Geography and Urban Planning, Philosophy, Political Science and now at Rutgers University, the Institute for Women and Art and the Department of Women's and Gender Studies. She has a Masters Degree from the Interactive Telecommunications Department at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University.
i CCR is a multi-year pilot project, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and now a center in the Graduate School of Arts and Science at New York University, designed to create and implement, innovative long-term strategies for artist-university interaction that complement existing models. The Center is currently made up of eleven Founding Fellows Ann Carlson, Bebe Miller, Dana Reitz, David Gordon, Eiko Otake, Elizabeth Streb, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Liz Lerman, Margaret Jenkins, Pat Graney, and Ralph Lemon); Artist-in-Residence, Ain Gordon; Project Director, Dana Whitco; and Senior Advisor, Sam Miller, President of Leveraging Investments in Creativity (LINC).