Media & Communications
Sean Leahy, Ph.D.
Head of Department of Media Communications
Specialization: Educational Technology
Bio: Dr. Sean M. Leahy holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and Educational Technology, an M.A. in Educational Technology, and a B.A. in Telecommunication Information Studies and Media from Michigan State University. Dr. Leahy’s research is focused on the use of technology in online learning, emerging technologies, design, and media production. Dr. Leahy is the Head of Department, Media Communications, at Webster, the Netherlands.
Daria Tuminas, M.A.
Bio: Daria Tuminas is a curator and a freelance researcher and photographer. In 2011, Tuminas graduated from Leiden University’s MA program Film and Photographic Studies, with a thesis questioning narrative in photography. From 2012-2014, she co-organized (with Zhenia Sveshinsky) the yearly program, 'Dutch Photography Experience,' which included a series of educational events in St. Petersburg as well as an exhibition on the Dutch photobooks 'Undercover' at the Museum of Contemporary art. The show got a silver prize at the European Design Award. In 2014 Daria continued with the next photobook project – 'Reading a Photobook,' which took place at the Gallery of Printing in St. Petersburg and consisted of an exhibition, an educational program, and a competition on photobook review writing. Tuminas’ photography project ‘Ivan and the Moon’ received a number of awards (1st prize, Surrau Photo Win; 1st prize, Lucie Foundation; 1st prize, Viewbook Photostory Competition, etc.) and was exhibited worldwide (Festival Photoquai, Paris; FotoFest, Houston; Getty Images Gallery, London; Screenings of Festival Voies Off Arles; Fotofestiwal, Łódź; Brakke Grond, Amsterdam, etc.). Daria also teaches at schools in the Netherlands and Russia FOTOfactory (Amsterdam), Fotografika (St. Petersburg), works at Johan Deumens Gallery (Amsterdam), and occasionally writes about photography for several media.
Saskia van Veen, M.A.
Bio: Saskia van Veen studied Art History at Leiden University and has a broad background in both European and non-Western art. She authenticates artworks by means of material-based research and gives lectures and workshops about detecting forgeries as well as a number of other art-related topics. Currently, she is also writing a book on Buddhist Northern Qi stone sculptures.
Machteld Aardse, M.F.A.
Specialization: Visual Arts
Bio: Machteld (Maggie) Aardse is a Dutch visual artist based in Amsterdam. After getting
a Master’s Degree in Art History at the University of Amsterdam, she completed a B.F.A.
in Fine Arts at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam and an M.F.A. in Public
Art at the Dutch Art Institute in Enschede. In her work, she uses many different media
including drawings, performances, and light projections. She teaches media communications
and fine art at the Moving Academy for Performing Arts and the Masters Class for Light
Projection Techniques. Among others, her work has been exhibited at the Nederlandsche
Bank, the New York Islands Festival, the Women's Art Festival in Aleppo Syria, Museum
het Rembrandthuis, the Hollandsche Schouwburg, and the Amsterdam Light Festival.
Alongside director Aida Grovestins, she produced Quitte le Pouvoir (2014 | 46′), a documentary with subtle animations about a group of young rappers from Dakar, Senegal, who protect their democracy through their hiphop music. Aardse made thousands of drawings for the animations.
They are now working on an old story of resistance, the drawn animation film, Women of Waalo. Recently, she has also started drawing with artist Kyra Sacks as ‘de Beeldvormers’.
Paul Anstiss, B.A.
Specialization: Media Ethics
Bio: Paul Anstiss has worked as a broadcast news journalist for more than 25 years. He was a television reporter and news reader for the BBC (Breakfast News, BBC News Channel, and BBC World Television) and for the ITV commercial network in the United Kingdom. Paul also worked for five years as a senior producer, reporter and presenter for Radio Netherlands Worldwide. During the course of his career, Paul has travelled extensively on assignments throughout the world and covered a wide range of stories including the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, G7 summits, conflicts in Somalia and Bosnia, and climate change in Antarctica. Today, in addition to his work as a lecturer in journalism, media literacy and media ethics, Paul writes for companies such as Shell, AEGON, and Amsterdam Marketing. He coaches politicians and company executives in Europe, Africa and the Middle East on their media and presentation strategies.
Alexandra Arshanskaya, M.Sc.
Bio: Alexandra Arshanskaya is a visual design professional and visual artist with a background in finance. She has an M.Sc. in Economics and a B.A. in Fine Arts. Alexandra is working on interdisciplinary projects concerning different media including photography, illustrations, painting, drawing, video art, visualizations, and live drawing performances. Her art works are devoted to spatial perception.
Tina Bastajian, M.A.
Specialization: Media & Film
Bio: Tina Bastajian is a film/new media artist, researcher, and curator, born in Los Angeles and raised as a filmmaker in San Francisco. Intrinsic to her single-channel and installation work within experimental and diasporan film are themes of the identity, erasure, dislocation, the archive, and translation. Bastajian has exhibited internationally in festivals, galleries, museums, and symposia, including: San Francisco International Film Festival; IDFA; CinemaEast NYC; Micronomics Festival, Brussels; Smart Project Space, Amsterdam; Pompidou Centre, Paris; the Museum of Flying, Los Angeles, Hrant Dink Memorial Symposium-Sabanci University, Istanbul and De Filmhuis, Den Haag. In Spring 2013, she was invited as a guest lecturer to Concordia University Center for Oral History and Digital Storytelling to present her interactive documentary, Coffee Deposits: Topologies of Chance.
Additionally Bastajian has taught at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie and has been a visiting faculty member at the Dutch Art Institute, and as well as a guest lecturer at the University of Amsterdam, The Autonomy Summer School, Arnhem, UCLA-University of California, and the Vrije Universiteit.
She obtained her Master's from the University of Amsterdam (Preservation and Presentation of the Moving Image) and completed her Bachelor’s degree in Film studies/Production at San Francisco State University.
John Loughlin, M.F.A.
Specialization: Video production
Bio: John Loughlin holds an M.F.A. from the American Film Institute in Directing, and was also a Cinematography fellow there. He has a B.A. in Film and Video Studies and Biology from the University of Michigan. His production work has been primarily as a cinematographer (DP) or as support for the DP. He has shot, gaffed, key gripped, and camera operated for award-winning shorts, commercials, music videos, documentaries, and features. His previous work in education has been primarily as the founding chair of cinematography, a year-long master’s-level program at New York Film Academy. He currently operates Amsterdam Cinematography Lab, guest lectures at AUC, shoots, consults, edits, and colors.
Paul Manwaring, B.A.
Bio: A former Hollywood Art Director, Paul shifted his focus from traditional to new media in 2000 bringing unique insights into the creative process of software, web and app development, and design. An innovator, entrepreneur, teacher, creative thinker, logician, inventor, photographer, designer, leader, Open Data evangelist, public speaker, writer, consultant, multimedia artist, and fine artist, his contributions to E-Culture, Social Innovation, Smart Cities, Open Data, and Creative Industries across Europe are significant. As Co-founder and Creative Director of Glimworm IT BV, he has, along with his talented team, won several industry awards including the Gold Prize for Apps for the Netherlands. Recently, he co-founded Glimworm Beacons, which captured global attention after its launch in January 2014 and is now among the top iBeacon enabled sensor companies in the World.
Internet: https://www.linkedin.com/in/paul-manwaring-b7b9ab89 http://www.glimworm.com/ http://glimwormbeacons.com/ http://glimwormbeacons-ibeacon-compatible-sensors.pr.co/ https://twitter.com/glimwormit https://www.facebook.com/GlimwormIT
Matthijs Uivel, M.A.
With an extensive background in photography―and visual arts―Matthijs (Matt) Uivel is a keen communicator, writer, art critic, and curator. He holds a Master’s degree in (Photographic) Fine Art and primarily works with analog photography techniques. Matt is also an experienced lecturer, focusing both on technical execution of concepts and creating an engaging context for visual media. From his Amsterdam based studio in the Netherlands, he currently works with some of the most well-known names in the music business. In addition, he has run a gallery, published books, and collaborated with various artists from all over the world.
Mitzi Waltz, Ph.D.
Dr. Mitzi Waltz has a professional and academic background in media and cultural studies, with a specialization in Autism Studies.After completing her BA in Journalism at San Francisco State University, she worked as an editor for MacWEEK magazine and later, as a freelance journalist and author. She completed her PhD in Media and Cultural Studies at the University of Sunderland, with a focus on Disability Studies. At Sunderland, she taught Journalism and Media and Cultural Studies from 2002-2007, and founded the university’s successful MA Magazine Journalism program. In 2007 she started managing the campus-based Autism Studies program at the University of Birmingham. She also contributed to several key research projects (e.g., the Autism Education Trust report on the state of autism education in England, and the Inclusion Development Programmes for autism released by the UK Department of Children, Schools and Families in 2009). From 2012, she headed the MA Autism Studies program at Sheffield Hallam University. Since returning to the Netherlands in 2013, she has worked as an adjunct lecturer with Sheffield Hallam’s distance learning program, as a Senior Researcher at the Hogeschool van Rotterdam and Disability Studies in Nederland, and as a freelance journalist.