Thomas Knauer is a scholar, professor, and digital media artist whose work examines the problematics of identity, memory, and narrative. Particularly interested in the ways that material processes and interactivity can enhance narrative, he also explores how the narrator’s voice can be complicated through digital and physical interactions to convey a layered understanding of personal, social and political issues.
After graduating from Kenyon College with a BA in Studio Art in 1994, he went on to earn an MFA from Ohio University in 1998 with concentrations in sculpture, philosophy, and book arts. In a second MFA, conferred by the Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2002, he focused on interactive media while studying in Cranbrook’s Print/Media program. From 2002-2007 he served as Assistant Professor of Art and Design at Drake University, where he developed a new interactive and time-based media curriculum and initiated cross-departmental relationships between visual and narrative arts. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Communications and Information Design at SUNYIT in Utica, NY.
His artistic work has appeared in numerous venues, including exhibitions in cities from Nashville, Tennessee to Melbourne, Australia; the electronic journals “Extensions: The Online Journal for Embodied Technology” and “Meat: A Journal of Writing and Materiality;” and the Electronic Archive of the University of Iowa. He has been an invited lecturer at Cornell University and Hamilton College, and has presented papers in a number of academic conferences, including several presentations at the Popular Culture Association’s National Conference. He has also been interested in the possibilities engendered by moving his work from the cloistered space of the gallery to the unfiltered public arena of the web. His personal web site, www.fourinchesofego.com, has received nearly a million hits since launching on January 1, 2004.