Dr. MarkDavid Hosale (b. 1971) is a media artist and composer. MarkDavid holds a Ph.D. in Media Arts and Technology from the University of California, an MM in Music-Composition and Theory from UIUC, and a BA in Music Composition from the College of Creative Studies, UC Santa Barbara. Currently he holds a position as an Assistant Professor in Digital Media in the Fine Arts Faculty of York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. MarkDavid has had works exhibited and performed internationally works in media arts and music at conferences, universities, and festivals and has given lectures and taught internationally at institutions in Denmark, The Netherlands, Norway, and the United States.
MarkDavid's interests are interdisciplinary, but the connecting tissue comes from thinking of art and music as a narrative. In particular, the kind of narrative that is structured using nonlinear representations of information, time, and space. Nonlinear narrative is an inherent aspect of new media that provides a common baseline whereby media artworks can be evaluated and understood. His dissertation, Nonlinear Media As Interactive Narrative (University of California, Santa Barbara: 2008), is an exploration of the question, “what is the form of nonlinear interactive narrative?” providing the impetus for a theoretical discussion, and a formal approach to the understanding his works, while providing a basis for the creation of new works that have a dynamic nonlinear structure and reflect on our modern understanding of knowledge and nature.
In addition to non-linear narrative, MarkDavid’s interdisciplinary interest in art and music comes from the exploration of the connection between the physical and the virtual world. Whether as part of an installation or performance work, the virtual spaces he creates are technologically transparent, sophisticated and virtuosic, as well as intuitive to experience and use.