Erin Johnson

Visiting Assistant Professor of Art

Teaching this semester

DCS 2650. Art, Technology, and Design for Social Change

Both individually and collaboratively, students create public art projects and tools that engage in cultural critique utilizing digital tools, computational methods, and design thinking. Students explore firsthand the intersection of design, technological innovation, and art across multiple disciplines. Discussions, projects, and readings examine various aspects of social change including queer and feminist activist practices, new media theory, data as material, emerging data visualization forms, art for and from networks, critical design for community engagement, and artistic interventions in public spaces.

VART 3902. Senior Studio

Concentrates on strengthening critical and formal skills as students start developing an individual body of work. Includes periodic reviews by members of the department and culminates with a group exhibition at the conclusion of the semester.

Teaching next semester

DCS 2640. Interactivity, Computation, and Media Architecture

The use of media architecture has become an increasingly common way to engage with our surroundings. This class explores how embedded computation affects the way that we experience the built environment. Students learn about how digital media is changing our notion of place and how we interact and learn about it. Through short and long-term projects, students learn how to design and prototype computationally-driven experiences which are embedded into architectural spaces. Assigned readings and writing assignments help students enhance their skills in questioning new media and guide them to consider issues surrounding privacy, surveillance, the digital city, geography of cyberspace, representation and identity, technology in the new global economy, space, and audience. Using the graphical programming language - Max, students work with data to alter environments using light, sound, and projection and create digital installations. No previous experience with programming is required.

VART 1701. Digital Media I

A studio class designed to introduce students to digital photography, sound, and video. Students learn the basic skills necessary to work with these three media, including recording, editing, and installation. In addition, students learn about the history of these media and the ways they inform and expand upon each other.


  • M.F.A. and Graduate Certificate in New Media, University of California; Berkeley, CA
  • B.A., Warren Wilson College; Swannanoa, NC