Vagner M. Whitehead
Since 2006
Works in Ferndale, Michigan United States of America

Detroit metro-based Brazilian artist and educator Vagner Mendonça Whitehead works with time-based and traditional media. His work employs original, appropriated and researched multilingual texts, found and created photo-based imagery, their translations and his interpretations as allegorical devices that reframe trans-cultural experiences vis-à-vis mass media and communication technologies.

Vagner has exhibited his work throughout the United States (AZ, CA, FL, GA, IL, KY, MA, ME, MI, MN, NM, NY, OH, OR, TX, VA, VT, WI), abroad (Argentina, Austria, Canada, China, Cyprus, Germany, India, Mexico, Russia, Spain, Switzerland) and online, in solo and group exhibitions and in video and film festivals.

Since Summer 2008 Vagner has been a member of the Detroit-based Changing Cities collective. He was an artist in residence at the Ragdale Foundation in 2002 and a fellow at the Center for Photography at Woodstock in 2006. In Summer 2010 he completed an artist residency at Residencia Corazon in La Plata, Argentina. In addition to presenting his works in regional and national conferences and meetings, Vagner has been a visiting artist at the University of Kansas at Lawrence, Lawrence, KS (2004); University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Eau Claire, WI (2005); San Jose State University, San Jose, CA (2006); Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, Edwardsville, IL (2008); State University of New York-Cortland, Cortland, NY(2010); and Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, Carbondale, IL (2010).

Recent publications of his artwork include Photography Quarterly (#97, Fall 2008) and Nueva Luz (11:1, Summer 2006); Vagner is also a regular contributor at Barcelona-based Art Signal Contemporary Art Magazine. An interview with the artist was featured on Media-N Journal of the New Media caucus in Spring 2009 (link below).
Recent curatorial projects, featuring artists from around the world, include TERGLOBA and Contemporary Flânerie: Reconfiguring Cities at the Oakland University Art Gallery in Rochester, MI, in 2007 and 2009 respectively (catalogues available), and @ at the Southern California Institute of Architecture in Los Angeles, CA in 2009 (video program curator and exhibition co-curator).

Vagner earned a BFA (photography) from The Savannah College of Art and Design in 1995 and an MFA (creative photography and electronic inter-media) from the University of Florida - Gainesville in 2000. He is an Associate Professor of Art at Oakland University, where he heads its New Media specialization. He previously held an Assistant Professor of Photography position at Southern Illinois University - Carbondale. Alongside his teaching and art-making, Vagner maintains two blogs, ART-SIGHT (exhibitions and current events) and E-TERVIEW (interviews).
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Stimulus/Response/Affect: New Media Art in the Greater Lakes Region

Mon Mar 16, 2015 23:59

Rochester, Michigan
United States of America

Art Exhibition / Symposium / Publication in October 2015

Co-directed and co-curated: Profs. Colleen K. Ludwig and Vagner M. Whitehead, Department of Art and Art History, Oakland University

Stimulus – Response – Affect is an exhibition, symposium and publication on contemporary new media art explorations hosted by Oakland University in Metro Detroit. We seek artworks and papers addressing the theme, which could take many forms including, but not limited to, generative, sensory and interactive work, social-political activism, participatory and performance works, feedback loops or games. Specifically, we want to invite practitioners operating throughout a broadly-defined, bi-national multi-state, Greater Lakes Region.

The exhibition will take place at the Oakland University Art Gallery in October 2015. It will open during the symposium, which will take place on campus. All artworks and articles selected will be featured in the printed catalog. Artists selected will also be invited to present their work during the symposium.

Selected participants must confirm availability. All selected participants will receive complimentary symposium registration for themselves and two students.

Submission Requirements:
Artwork for this exhibition must have been created in the past three years .

Artwork submissions should include:
- Project description (300-600 words)
- resume, including institutional affiliation
- Images/media links on PDF or URL of current or past related projects
- Technical specifications, dimensions, and shipping needs

Writing submissions should include:
- Abstract (300-600 words)
- resume, including institutional affiliation
- writing samples of new media - related articles and/or video documentation of previous oral presentation

Deadline for submissions: March 16, 2015, 11:59pm ET

Email submissions to:


Internet Art After Social Media (wiki, e-book)

Sun Jan 20, 2013 13:35

I am in the process of redesigning a course titled SA370 Internet Art, a junior-level class in a B. A program in Studio Art-New Media at my institution, Oakland University, in the Detroit-metro area.

Taught online, this intermediate course aims to expose students to the varied artistic expressions and explorations with a focus on or relationship to the Internet, as subject, medium and/or tool. Previous versions of the course focused mostly on the history and artworks done between 1995-2005. For this new edition I want to shift the class away from “historical” models and align projects with contemporary practices (2006-2012). Internet here is understood as any and all interconnected mass media / communications technology that use both text and media, predominantly via wireless signals (not just stuff on a browser).

Here is where I need your help. I want to compile a resource list of projects, completed and in-progress, by artists working with the Internet right now. You may be such artist.

For pedagogical reasons I have created a few categories where I plan on grouping these resources (and projects will be paralleled to them). I understand that these can be quite problematic, but know that these are not set in stone and may be articulated differently later on, or removed altogether. They are, in no particular order:

- email, IM, text art
- data visualization
- open-source / crowd-source
- mobile / gps / augmented reality / app
- web-based / cam performance
- browser art / curatorial space
- social networks
- gaming / virtual spaces / MMORPG
- other / anything else

Again, I am aware that these are not the perfect categorizations, and that some of these have many connections. Once your responses are compiled, they may be organized in a completely different manner.

My goal is to apply this resource list (it will initially be a list of links available for my students) for one or two semesters (Winter/Spring and Summer semesters) and figure out any issues, add more materials, etc, in future iterations of the course.

By the end of Fall 2013 I want to open up this resource to a larger audience, either in the form of a wiki or an e-Book .
If you’d like to be included in this project, please send me a link or links to specific projects and a descriptive paragraph or two (under 500 characters please) in how and where you see your project fitting my call. Rather than sending me a link to your main site and having me decide what to choose, please focus on specific projects so that this process can be more efficient – but do know you may submit as many projects as you want to and be featured in more than one section/category. Alternatively, if you want to send me a pdf file with texts, images, links, etc, that would be workable as well.

My email is . Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.


Assistant Professor of Art in New Media

Sun Jan 06, 2013 00:00

Rochester, Michigan
United States of America

Assistant Professor of Art in New Media

Tenure-track position, Assistant Professor of Art in New Media, to teach beginning to advanced fine art New Media courses. Candidates must have an MFA in New Media or a related field or terminal degree, have teaching experience at the undergraduate level, and have a significant exhibition record. They should possess fluency in historical and conceptual frameworks for new media practices, a strong background in contemporary art and visual culture practices, and have expertise in one or more new media areas, such as the following:, sound art, immersive media, interactive and responsive art/installation, augmented reality and digital performance, physical computing, or animation.

The successful candidate is expected to participate fully in departmental duties, committee service, campus activities, and engage in scholarship and/or creative activities aligned with the mission of the university.
Opportunities exist to develop an interdisciplinary curriculum in New Media that reflects faculty research and creative interests. M.F.A. required by the appointment start date.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Applicant must submit a cover letter, c.v., artist statement, teaching philosophy, three to five letters of references, and work samples via the online application system at Oakland University. Please follow the link below:

First consideration for preliminary interviews will be given to completed applications, including all required items, received by the listed deadline of January 06, 2013.

All preliminary interviews will take place via Skype prior to CAA's National Conference in New York City.

In the "work samples" category/field, please upload ONE URL that will direct the committee to a menu with fifteen examples of applicant’s work and fifteen examples of student's work.

Applicants will not be able to upload more than one link and/or separate image/media files. Maximum file size in any category/field is 9 MB.

About the Department

Located in Metro Detroit, the Department of Art and Art History at Oakland University offers B.A. degrees in Art History, Studio Art, and Graphic Design, as well as minors in each. The department currently enrolls approximately 300 majors across its three major programs. Concentrations within Studio Art include drawing, painting, photography, and new media. Students can also earn a B.A. in Studio Art with a certification in K-12 Art Education.

The Department's curriculum encompasses both art-making as an aesthetic expression of intellectual vision, and contextual study and research into the exceptional range of aesthetic expression throughout history. Majors and non-majors develop their knowledge and understanding of the history of the visual arts, gain a solid grounding in aesthetic and critical theory, develop technical skills in a variety of artistic media, and expand their abilities to conceptualize and communicate through aesthetic means.

About the University

Oakland University is a nationally recognized, state-supported university offering students a personal, high-quality education. With nearly 19,000 students and a low student-to-faculty ratio, Oakland offers diverse academic programs, including 134 baccalaureate programs and 117 graduate and certificate programs through its five professional schools – the Schools of Business Administration, Education and Human Services, Engineering and Computer Science, Health Sciences, and Nursing – and the College of Arts and Sciences. Oakland University also offers a challenging and enriching Honors College.

The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education categorizes Oakland University as a "Doctoral/Research University." Produced by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, the classification reflects OU's strong commitment to graduate education through its doctoral programs as well as its extensive undergraduate programs. Oakland University offers students opportunities to work directly on research projects with expert faculty who bring current knowledge right to the classroom.


Visiting Assistant Professor of Art: New Media

Thu Jul 07, 2011 12:55

Rochester, Michigan
United States of America

Visiting Assistant Professor in Art: New Media
The Department of Art and Art History at Oakland University is accepting applications for a one year appointment (with the possibility of renewal, pending funding) for a Visiting Assistant Professor of Art: New Media, beginning August 15, 2011. Teaching duties include foundations of media art, intermediate video art, and advanced new media and photography courses. These disciplines are approached from a fine arts perspective.
Candidates must hold an MFA in New Media or related field, have teaching experience at the undergraduate level, and have established an exhibition record. Candidates should be fluent in historical and conceptual frameworks for New Media practices, and possess a strong understanding of contemporary art and visual culture.
The Department of Art and Art History offers undergraduate majors in art history, studio art and studio art with a K-12 art education certification. Visit our website for a full description of programs and resources: The department includes the Oakland University Art Gallery, a rich venue for changing exhibitions of regional and international contemporary artists, historical art from critical perspectives, and student thesis shows.
Only applications submitted by email will be accepted. Applicants should include a cover letter delineating experience, teaching philosophy and skills proficiency; a CV; samples of applicant’s current artwork and samples of student work in New Media (pdf or URL only); and a list of three references (letters will be required at a later stage of the selection process).
Applications must be emailed by July 7, 2011 to Professor Vagner Whitehead, Chair, New Media Search Committee, at Oakland University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Contemporary Flânerie: Reconfiguring Cities

Mon Mar 31, 2008 00:00

In Modernity, the Flâneur, while strolling around his streets, participated in the depiction of the changing city, playing a simultaneously active and detached role. The Flaneur and his city maintained a symbiotic relationship, where one helped (re) define the other. In view of current trends in globalization, immigration and technology (i.e., Web 2.0), one’s positioning to one location is more fluid than ever before. With such mobility, one must experience any given place as both a tourist and potential resident. With all this in mind, what role do the contemporary Flâneur and Flâneuse play? How do they reconfigure/reinscribe their urban experiences? How does flânerie in art relate to GPS systems, virtual reality, surveillance, mapping, MMPORGs, and social networking? This exhibition seeks works in all media (traditional and new), with special focus on video and computer-based art.

Contemporary Flânerie: Reconfiguring Cities will take place from March 07 to April 12, 2009. A full color catalogue and website, featuring all participating artists, will accompany this event. Pending funding, artists’ presentations will be schedule during the run of this exhibition. The Oakland University Art Gallery will insure all works exhibited and pay for return shipping (we are in the process of procuring funds for having all shipping costs covered by the gallery). Please visit to see previous project by the curator.

Deadline: March 31, 2008 (postmarked)

Please send:

[*]Current resume
[*]Artist statement/project description (two pages maximum)*
[*]CD/DVD with work samples (previous and/or proposed for show)*
[*]Work sample description list (title, dimensions, media, year, equipment provided/needed for pieces to be shown)
[*]Estimate of shipping costs
[*]SASE if you wish to have your materials returned[/list]

*preference will be given to works already completed, or close to completion. Proposed projects must be finished by September 2008.

Mail above items to:

Oakland University
Department of Art and Art History
Att: Vagner M. Whitehead (Flânerie exhibition)
307 Wilson Hall
Rochester, MI 48309-4401

About the curator:

Brazilian artist, educator and curator Vagner Mendonça Whitehead works with time-based media. His work employs original and researched texts that reframe trans-cultural experiences and their connections to mass media and communications technology. Vagner has exhibited his work throughout the United States, abroad and online, in solo and group exhibitions and in video and film festivals. In addition to teaching and exhibiting his work, Vagner is also a contributor for the Barcelona-based magazine Art Signal. For more, please visit