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Roderick Coover is a documentary filmmaker/visual anthropologist
working especially in digital video and new media. He is a research fellow at the Franke Institute for the Humanities at the University of Chicago. Coover has taught at the School of the the Art Institute of Chicago and the University of California, San Diego. Coover holds a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago (1999) and a M.A. from Brown University(1993). His current work includes a number of digital/multimedia documentary projects that incorporate footage recorded in Africa and France. One of these projects, the work Professor Coover will be presenting at the conference, is a recently completed documentary and DVD prototype on the rhetorics of new media and documentary form entitled, "Visualizing Cultures in the Age of Digital Media."

One of Coover's works,A Harvest in Burgundy ,is a hypermedia study of the non-fiction image and its relationship to differing forms of written description. The work is one of three essays featured in Cultures in Webs: Working in Hypermedia with the Documentary Image that explores issues of documentary representation through still and motion images. The work is scheduled to be published this summer by Eastgate Systems. Photo Essay: A Harvest in Burgundy presents a text and photo essay about a wine harvest in Burgundy that was shot during a period of fieldwork at vineyards in Burgundy's Cote Chlonnaise. The work presents arguments and proposals toward a theory of photographic representation in digital media through a photo essay of 50 images and three interlinked bars of accompanying text. There are also links to short slide shows, visual analysis, and video interviews. (from Electronnic Literature: State of the Arts symposium)

Coover has made documentary and narrative works in Japan, Western Europe, West Africa, and the U.S. He is known for producing the University of Chicago's first all-electronic dissertation, a work combining anthropology and media studies on Ghanaian performance. He has numerous works in print and on CD-ROM. A visiting lecturer from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Coover is teaching production and theory in the UCSD Department of Communication.

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