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Smith, Michael

Smith, Michael

Curriculum Vitae

Associate Professor
Performing and Fine Arts

Phone: 718-262-2853
Office Location: AC-4G04D


Degree Institution Field Dates
MFA  Tufts University, School of the Museum of Fine Arts  Visual Art / Media  2000 
MS  University of Chicago  Chemistry  1994 
BA  Holy Cross College  Studio Art & Chemistry  1993 

Michael Branson Smith  is a web artist, technologist, and associate professor of Communications Technology and presently spends a lot of time learning the JavaScript programming language, in particular testing application models to work with student data sets. This is a peculiar pivot from his more recent work creating animated GIFs. He now regularly teaches a courses in web design and development, hanging up his GIF making hat two years ago.

MBS is the former Director of Academic Computing and Educational Technology at York College. He is particularly interested in understanding student experiences with various CUNY student information systems. His students have completed user experience studies of these applications and proposed alternative interaction design models.

MBS works on special projects for the CUNY Academic Commons, a home-grown academic social network built with the open-source tools Wordpress/Buddypress.

Areas of Expertise

Web Design & Development
Animated GIFs
Digital Archives

Presented Papers, Lectures, and Exhibitions and Performances

" Theorizing Opportunities with a CUNYFirst API " Nov 30, 2018: CUNY IT Conference.

" Those Who Can Do: Faculty Artists at York College " June 15 - August 19, 2017: Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning's Miller Gallery.

" Open Access Pedagogy: Cultural Institution Archives and the remix art classroom " April 24, 2017: Hunter College.

" Animating Transit, Platform – Creative Musings on Mass Transit " 06/25/2015: Transit Museum.

" An MBS Special Presentation, Visiting Artist, Console Living Room Exhibit. " 04/2015: University of Mary Washington.

" Encrypted Fills digital artist, Concrete to Data: An Evolution of Street Art and Graffiti in the Digital Age " Feb. 2 – March 21, 2015: Steinberg Museum, Long Island University.

" Animating Transit " 6/25/2014: Transit Museum.

" 8-bit Elvis, Empire State, & SPAM, SPAM, SPAM, SPAM, GIF, GIF, GIF, GIF " January 24th 2015.: Savannah GIF Festival, Jepson Center, Savannah, GA,.

" Rehearsing the Shake Your Tail Feather, 1840s GIF Party " Feburary 2, 2014: Late at Tate, Tate Museum, London.

" 10 PRINT “ALONE”; 20 GOTO 10, (Alone/Together) " Feburary, 2014.: Fifteen Folds, London.

" Day of the MOOC Now Animated. " 2013: Satirical animated GIF featured in dozens of academic blogs, presentations and articles on the spread of MOOCs.

" GIF Fight!, an on-going net art collaboration featured by " November 2013: Open Web.

" If I Could Just Reach My Utility Belt, 1 min video and Making Me Feel Glad That I’m Not You, 2:37 min video " 2013: Video Transcends, International Streaming Festival, April 2013 and the QCC Art Gallery 2013..

" Don’t Turn That Dial, ongoing animated GIFs project " 2013 – Present: Tumblr, Featured on the Radar Twice, and regularly curated to the community's featured GIFs, Open Web.

" Animated Alfred Hitchcock Movie Posters: Psycho, The Birds, Vertigo, North By Northwest, and Rear Window. " Spring 2012: Featured in a variety of culture blogs via reddit: Bustle, Fast Company, the creators project, El Huffington Post, El Hype 3, Buzzfeed,, Miklos Vince’s Tumblr, Bloody Disgusting, il Post, The Roosevelts, Wired, and Gizmodo’s Sploid..

" I Grok GIF: An Immersion in the Art and Language of the Animated GIF " April 13, 2015: University of Mary Washington.

" The Personal Domain: Students as Authors and Administrators Architects of their Education " October 9, 2013: Northeast Regional Computing Program,WordPress for Teaching and Learning 2013.

" DIY Web Radio for Teaching and Learning " October 19, 2011: Bernard L Schwartz Communication Institute, Baruch College.

" The Education Arcade " January 17, 2014: CUNY, Games Festival, CUNY Graduate Center.

" Who Owns the ePortfolio? Tensions between Institutional Assessment and Student Autonomy and Control " July 30, 2013: AAEEBL Annual ePortfolio Conference, Boston, MA.

" CUNY Academic Commons: Social Network As Hatchery " July 27, 2012: Sloan-C 5th Annual International Symposium, Emerging Technologies for Online Learning, 2012 Sloan-C Effective Practice Award.

" Building and Supporting WordPress for Higher Education " June 9, 2012: WordCampNYC 2012.

" Dreaming of 100 Million Posts a Year: On Federating Open Ed at CUNY " May 16, 2012: Faculty Academy, University of Mary Washington.

" Promoting Hybrid Learning through a Sharable eLearning Approach " November 2010: Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks.

" Toward a Generic Mobile Learning Framework " 2009: Framework Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal, Vol. 2..

" Creating Automated Self Paced E-Learning Environments " 2009: World World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education.

" Podcasting: Enhancing the Student Learning Experience " 2006: CUNY IT Conference.

" Monique PSA – Silver Telly winner " 2006: Variety of recruitment and fundraising showcases.

" Row New York’s Pioneering Program: Diversity at the Dock " December 2005: Cover, Table of Contents, and Feature Photographer for Rowing News.

" Victory Celebration " 2004: page 189 photograph for the NYC2012 Olympic Bid Book submitted to the International Olympic Committee.

" Indoor Rowing Competitor " 2004: page-two photograph in the New York Community Trust Foundation’s Annual Report.

" Nancy Morejon Interview " 2003: photograph published in Carter, C. Africana Woman: Her Story Through Time, Washington DC: National Geographic Society Book Division.

Other Professional Activities and Public Service

Archivist for Academy Award nominated documentary filmmaker Richard Kotuk: summer 2012.