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Research Artist

Clea T. Waite is a research artist and experimental filmmaker whose multi-dimensional motion pictures and installations have contributed to establishing the domain of Science Art. Waite’s artwork is informed by her education at the MIT Media Lab as a physicist and 3D computer graphics developer, balancing unconventional aesthetic exploration with innovative, technical realization. Her somatic, cinematic works explore immersion, stereoscopic imaging, spatial montage, interactivity, and unique interfaces, as well as one inter-species collaboration with several hundred spiders. These works are sensual, pioneering experiments that seek to re-order our categories of understanding and prompt questions about our cultural assumptions.

Waite has held positions as founding Associate Professor for Digital Artistic Montage and chairwoman of the Montage department at the Academy of Film and Television (HFF) “Konrad Wolf”, Babelsberg, Germany, Assistant Professor for Computer Graphics at Pratt Institute, New York City, and MINT Guest Professor at the University of the Arts, Institute for Time-based Media, Berlin. She has worked as a producer, editor, and motion graphics artist for major television networks in Germany and New York and as a software developer in the computer graphics industry.

Waite is recipient of numerous art and research fellowships, notably the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the Academy of Media Arts Cologne, CERN European Laboratory for Particle Physics, and the National University of Singapore. Her artworks have been awarded significant prizes and been shown extensively around the world. She is currently pursuing a PhD at the University of Southern California, School of Cinematic Arts.


Research Artist. Clea T. Waite Productions
Berlin, Germany / New York City, USA: Since 2007
Producer, Filmmaker, Artist and Designer of multi-dimensional, immersive motion pictures and installations.

Guest Professor for Audiovisual Communication: Human Computer Interfaces / Technology of Nonlinear Dramaturgy
Institute for Time-based Media, University of the Arts Berlin, Germany: 2011

Founding Associate Professor (C3) for Artistic Montage and Digital Editing Practice
Academy of Film and Television, HFF "Konrad Wolf", Montage Dept.
Potsdam-Babelsberg, Germany: 2001-2006
Department chairperson

Motion Graphics Artist
VOX Television, Cologne, Germany: 1997-2000

Video Editor
WDR Television, Cologne, Germany: 1995-2000

Media Designer
Deutsche Welle TV, Cologne, Germany: 1995-2000

Symposium Co-Director. DIGITALE 1995
Cologne/Düsseldorf, Germany: 1995
The first international symposium on digital film arts in Cologne, Germany.

Assistant Professor
Pratt Institute, Dept. of Computer Graphics, Brooklyn, NY:  1989-1994

Technology Research Consultant
Avid Technology, Burlington, MA: 1989 - 1991

Associate Producer
MTV Television, New York City: Summer 1989

Film & Video Editor, Video Instructor
Boston Film/Video Foundation, Boston, MA: 1985-1988

Research Assistant / Research Affiliate
MIT Media Laboratory, Cambridge, MA: 1986 – 1989
3D Computer Graphics and Animation Group

Computer Graphics Programmer
Communications Arts & Technology, Boston, MA:  1984 -1985


University of Southern California
Media Arts and Practice (iMAP), School of Cinematic Arts
Doctor of Philosophy. Anticipated May, 2015

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
MIT Media Laboratory
Master of Science, Visual Studies. February, 1989
3D Computer Graphics and Animation Group.
Thesis: The Facial Action Control Editor, f.a.c.e: A Parametric Facial Expression Editor for Computer Generated Animation. Thesis Advisor: Dr. David Zeltzer.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Department of Architecture
Bachelor of Science. June, 1984
Self-designed major in electronic optics combining Physics, Electrical Engineering and the Architecture Machine Group. Computer graphics programming, video, film, animation, holography, and design; Concentration in Creative Writing.


Annenberg Graduate Fellow. University of Southern California, Los Angeles USA, 2011-2015

Research Fellow. Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University, Cambridge, USA: 2006-07

Film Fellow. Harvard Film Study Center, Harvard University, Cambridge, USA: 2006-07

Bundeskanzlers Scholar (German Chancellor’s Scholar). Research Fellowship, Alexander Von Humboldt Foundation, Bonn, Germany: 1993-1994

Fellow. Artist-in-Residence, Academy of Media Arts Cologne (KHM), Cologne, Germany: 1993–94, 1996


Singapore-Delft-Water-Alliance, Artist in Residence
National University of Singapore, Singapore
2008 AIR, Science and Art collaboration: International Symposium on Electronic Art, ISEA2008

Artists-in-Labs, Artist Research Residency
Hochschule für Kunst & Gestaltung Zürich, Switzerland
2004 AIL, Science and Art collaboration: Swiss Museum of Transport and Communication Planetarium, Lucerne

CERN European Laboratory for Particle Physics, Artist Research Residency. Geneva, Switzerland: 1998

CICV Centre International de Création Vidéo, Artist Research Residency. Montbelliard, France: 1997


• Innovation Diploma, USC, 2012

• Sony Electronics Grant Award, 2011

• IBM Innovation Award for Artistic Creation in Art and Technology
Grand Award, 2007

• Dream Science ‘97 Tokyo Computer Graphics Grand Prix
Grand Prize, 1997

• 1st Marler Video Installation Prize
Honorable Mention, 1998 / 2008

• Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen Festival der Jugend
Best Video Production, 1995

• Prix Pixel INA
Third Prize, Art Category, 1995

• Deutscher Videokunstpreis, ZKM, 1994

• Festival Mondial de l'Image Sous-Marine
Prix Insolite, Grand Format, 1993

• Mill Valley Film Festival
Best of New Short Works, 1989

• 9th Annual Video Arts Festival Amherst
1st prizes, Experimental Category and Music Video Category, 1988


• MINT Förderung von Mathematik, Informatik, Naturwissenschaft und Technik (in support of mathematics, computer science, science, and technology in education), Germany, 2011

• Medienboard Berlin / Brandenburg, Artistic LowBudget Film. Production grant for „Moonwalk“, 2008

• National Endowment for the Arts, New England Regional Fellowship, Film & Video. Production grant for „under the moon ii“, 1988

• MIT Council for the Arts. Production grant for „under the moon ii“, 1988

• MIT Council for the Arts. Presentation grant for „Moscow ‚87: New Video Work from the Soviet Union“ with Vera Bódy 1987

• National Endowment for the Arts, New England Regional Fellowship, Film & Video. Production grant for „Stella Maris“, 1986

• MIT Council for the Arts. Production grant for „Women at MIT“ trailer with Kim Foley, 1986


English (native speaker), German (fluent), French (good comprehension).