About the Team



davidrueter.com and marissaleebenedict.com

David Rueter is a visual artist, programmer, and professor in Art and Technology at the University of Oregon. His creative practice makes use of a range of new technologies – including custom software, custom electronics, data dumps and feeds, GIS software, and computer-assisted manufacturing – and a variety of traditional media, including sculpture, photography, film, and performance. At the core of his work is a focus on the social practices embedded in both new and old technologies, the ways these practices can reinforce or challenge established categories and hierarchies, and the politics of visibility these practices engender and operate within. A graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s MFA program in Art and Technology Studies, Rueter was awarded a 2013 Prix Ars Electronica Honorary Mention in the category of Interactive Art, and received a John W Kurtich scholarship for travel to Scandinavia. His work has been exhibited internationally, at galleries and festivals including Contemporary Art Brussels, the International Symposium on Electronic Art, and Northern Spark. Born in Ann Arbor, MI, he graduated from Oberlin College with a BA in Politics and a focus in Political Theory and was previously a Visiting Assistant Professor in New Media Arts at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Marissa Lee Benedict is a sculptor, writer, lecturer and avid amateur of many fields and disciplines. Motivated by a deep curiosity about the function and dysfunction of social, ecologic and industrial systems, her practice is one of active observation; of engagement; of instigation; of experimentation. Currently an Instructor in Sculpture and Fiber at the University of Oregon, Benedict previously was  Lecturer  at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) in Sculpture and Fiber & Material Studies and worked as the Program Coordinator for the Arts, Science & Culture Initiative at the University of Chicago. She has shown most recently in Chicago at the Museum of Contemporary Photography (MoCP), threewalls (threewallSOLO), the DePaul Art Museum, Chicago Artists’ Coalition, Harold Washington College, Columbia College, Mana Contemporary, the Sullivan Galleries; in NYC at the Cue Art Foundation; and in Brussels at Contemporary Art Brussels. She received her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and an MFA in Sculpture from the Sculpture from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC).

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