Daniel Peltz holds a BA in Sociology/Anthropology from Colby College and an MFA in Film/Video from Northwestern University. He worked professionally and independently in documentary still and video production from 1997-1999. In 1999. Peltz began teaching full-time in 2002 as a visiting artist at the Treistman Center for Research in New Media and subsequently as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Media Arts at the University of Arizona. Since 2004, he's been on the full-time faculty at RISD and is currently an Associate Professor in the Film/Animation/Video department. In 2009-10, Peltz served as the interim director of the Digital+Media department and graduate program.
Through his public projects and media installations, Peltz explores social systems, attempting to provoke ruptures in the socio/cultural fabric through which new ways of being may emerge and be considered. To accomplish these goals, he uses a range of intervention, ethnographic and performance strategies. His projects often take the form of existing social systems [instant messaging protocols, karaoke bars, political campaigns, parking regulations, etc.] to directly engage non-art audiences in the language of critical art practice.
Peltz has also worked on a number of international pedagogic projects, including an ongoing research project exploring the potentials of networked media environments to develop dialogic video practices [www.risd.tv]. This project has engaged groups of individuals and institutions in over a dozen countries.
His recent works have been supported by a Fulbright grant in 2007 hosted by the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies at Konstfack in Sweden and residencies at Yaddo [USA], the Helsinki International Artist Program [Finland]. the International Artists Studio Program in Sweden, Artspace [Australia] and Cemeti Art House [Indonesia].
Academic research/ areas of interest
Media Infrastructures / Social Systems
Public Art / Intervention practices
Ethnography / Anthropology
Performance / Speech Making
Meditation and non-mind-based process of making and learning