Diane Derr is an integrative, trans-disciplinary artist and academic working with a variety of media including video, photography, robotics, computer vision, and interactive installations. She is currently an Associate Professor and Curator of the Innovative Media Studio at Virginia Commonwealth University-Qatar where she teaches in the MFA Design Studies program.
Derr’s practice investigates the production of narrative as a principle mechanism in our cognitive construction of perception and experience. Her work questions existing and prescribed structures of mediated communication and interaction developed through social and cultural constructs. In doing so, her work addresses the phenomenology of interaction within the inter-textual narrative. Through the use of time-based and interactive media she explores and examines how we, both as viewers and active participants, perceive and experience the representation of event and the event aesthetic. She is currently a doctoral candidate with The Planetary Collegium, Centre for the Advanced Inquiry for Interactive Arts (CAiiA) at the University of Plymouth, UK.