I am a media artist and researcher interested in the proliferating forms and expressive possibilities of web-based and digital cinema: database narrative, spatial montage, looping, multimedia hypertext, networked video and locative storytelling.
In my own drafting and redrafting of a poetics and practice, I am drawn to work that tries to pluralize narrative sequences. If an idea or story can be generated from a single sequence of images, what might be generated with multiple, linked sequences in a database? How does a non-linear juxtaposition of micro-narratives alter our sense of time and space? What new cinema forms can we grow with our new media tools? Most of my material is captured from daily life, but it is in post-production that I try to push beyond continuity to open up a temporal and spatial sense that is multiple and generative.
Will Luers is a digital media artist and writer living in Portland, Oregon. He is currently a visiting professor in the Creative Media & Digital Culture program at Washington State University, Vancouver where he teaches multimedia authoring, video production and mobile app design. His current research and artistic interest is in the design of “rich-media books” as mobile apps. In 2010, he was awarded the The Vectors-NEH Summer Fellowship to work on his database documentary, The Father Divine Project. His video art has been selected for the Media Arts Show at the 2010 and 2008 ELO Conferences. In 2005, he won Nantucket Film Festival and Tony Cox Award for Best Screenplay. Will has over twenty years experience making and teaching about digital media and the moving image. An early adopter of social media, he was named a pioneer in videoblogging in the Forbes.com Top Technology Trends (2004) and in The New York Times (2006).
Mobile Tech Research Initiative Summer 2011
Creation of an iPhone app using HTML5, CSS3 and the jQuery Moble Framework.
Video Editing for News
This class focuses on the technical, aesthetic and narrative skills necessary to make short-form documentary video for the web.
Advanced Multimedia Authoring
Intro to web design using XHTML & CSS.
Remix as art and cultural practice.
Designed and authored walks using video, audio, GPS devices and mapping tools.