Dr. Anezka Sebek, biography

Anezka designs curricula in the BFA/MFA Design and Technology Programs in virtual, augmented and mixed reality technologies, as well as teaching in studio and thesis courses. Before teaching full-time, her extensive career in the film industry includes projects for television, advertising, documentaries, and feature films. She was a visual effects and computer animation producer for technologically complex projects that combined live-action with digital effects. She has written, produced, and directed music videos, narrative shorts, and documentaries. In February of 2017, she curated the New School Nth Degree  Immersive Storytelling Symposium. In January of 2018, she traveled with Sven Travis, Director of the MFA DT Program and 28 students, to The India Institute of Technology in Gandhinagar, India to participate in Design for a Billion, two-week study that explored complex design problems and possible solutions in a rapidly developing nation. Her Ph.D. in Sociology (2016) dissertation, Family Homelessness in the Small City, is an ethnographic qualitative methods study of the social strata and bureaucracies that control the lack of affordable housing the twentieth century and the lack of living-wage jobs in post-industrial Northeast American cities. Ms. Sebek served on juries for the Association for Computing Machinery Siggraph Electronic and Animation Theater and Ars Electronica (Linz, Austria). She presented her students’ experiments in physical interfaces for virtual reality at the Post-City Ars Electronica Festival Expanded Animation Panel (2015).