Debra Swack is a new media, sound artist and writer with degrees in art and computer science. While working for PolyGram Records/Universal Music Group in the early 90s as a Phi Theta Kappa in computer science, she began exhibiting new media art at Xerox Parc which was then a hotbed for technology based creativity notoriously visited by Steve Jobs of Apple fame.
She is mentioned in "Art and Innovation at Xerox Parc" published in 1999 by MIT Press. Affiliated with Rhizome at the New Museum, she particpated in XFR STN in August 2013, an artist-centered media archiving project. Her work has been presented at the 2011 Re-New Digital Arts Festival in Copenhagen, Virtual Public Art Exhibit/ the Philadelphia Festival of the Arts, Robots and Representation at Purdue University, Post Human/Future Tense at Columbia College, 25th Anniversary at Xerox Parc, Real Art Ways (Sol LeWitt Collection), Soundlab VII in Cologne, Digital Arts and Culture at the University of California, White Box Gallery, Sonic Fragments at Princeton University, Tomorrow at New York Hall of Science (curated by Anne Barlow of the New Museum), Gun Show at Aaron Packer Gallery in Chicago, Voices I at University of Illinois in Chicago, Northern Illinois University Museum, the Beecher Center for Arts and Technology and the Genomics Center in Amsterdam (Kloone4000) and Vancouver (Allegories of the Genome). She is currently working on her fourth co-production grant from Banff Centre for the arts for Carousel (2002), 95 Chimes (2005), Digital Mazes (2008) and Chromesthesia (2013-14). She was awarded a Summer Artist Institute Residency by Creative Capital/Lower Manhattan Cultural Council in May 2012.
Her most recent article on “the Emotions (after Charles Darwin)”; an interactive project on the universality of emotions on a biological level done collaboratively with international neuroscientists was just published in Leonardo Electronic Almanac/ MIT Without Sin: Taboo and Freedom within Digital Media.
She is currently working with several arts organizations in Sweden as a Fulbright Specialist and is also employed as an Education Specialist for the SUNY Research Foundation where she does software testing and technical writing.