Randall Packer, OSS Director
Since the 1980s, multimedia artist, composer, writer and educator Randall Packer has worked at the intersection of interactive media, live performance, and networked art. He has received critical acclaim for his socially and politically infused critique of media culture, and has performed and exhibited at museums, theaters, and festivals internationally. Packer is a writer and scholar in new media, most notably the co-editor of Multimedia: From Wagner to Virtual Reality and the author of his long running blog: Reportage from the Aesthetic Edge. He has written extensively for publications including: MIT Press, Johns Hopkins University Press, the Leonardo Journal for the Arts & Sciences, LINK, ART LIES, Hyperallergic, and Cambridge University Press. He holds an MFA and PhD in music composition. At NTU, he is an Associate Professor of Networked Art where he founded and directs the Open Source Studio (OSS) project, an educational initiative exploring collaborative online research and teaching in the media arts. At NTU, he organized the Art of the Networked Practice | Online Symposium, a global event which featured participants from more than 40 countries around the world.
Vishaka Mantri, Assistant Manager
Vishaka Mantri is an illustrator and graphic designer. She recently graduated with a BFA in Visual Communication from The School of Art Design and Media at Nanyang Technological University. Originally from Mumbai, India, she is currently living and working in Singapore.
Utrix, WordPress Developer
Utrix is a software company led by Hui Wen Wong and Eric Ng that specializes in WordPress development. Located in Singapore, Utrix is a creative web agency, focusing on the latest technology to deliver ideas from conceptualization to audience. Utrix strives to build quality web and mobile solutions for educational institutions, corporations, and small business clients. They have collaborated with a broad spectrum of clients including Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Sembawang Engineers & Constructors, and Panasonic.
Open Source Studio is funded through a partnership with the Centre for IT Services (CITS), as well as an EdeX grant from the Teaching, Learning and Pedagogy Division at NTU. Additionally OSS has received a CLASS (Centre for Liberal Arts & Social Sciences) grant for the Art of the Networked Practice Online Symposium. We would like to thank Chair, Vibeke Sorensen, Associate Chair (Research) Michael Walsh, Associate Chair (Academic) Peer Sathikh, Lau Kheng Hock and Wendy Chua Chiew Ping from the ADM IT staff, Kristy Kang/TEL Coordinator, as well as the School of Art, Design & Media at Nanyang Technological University for ongoing support of the project. Numerous faculty have participated in OSS and have generously helped shape the project. Thanks to Tom Leeser and Nathan Ruyle of the California Institute of the Arts, Director of the Center for Integrated Media, where the project began in 2012. Special thanks to Juan Camilo Gonzalez (NTU) who provided the initial software developement and interface design for OSS.