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Sharon Daniel

Professor, Film & Digital Media
Digital Arts and New Media MFA program
Participatory Culture, Technology and Social Inclusion, Public Art.
Research Interests: 

Sharon Daniel is a media artist who produces interactive and participatory documentaries focused on issues of social, economic, environmental and criminal justice. She builds online archives and interfaces that make the stories of marginalized and disenfranchised communities available across social, cultural and economic boundaries. Daniel's work has been exhibited internationally as well as on the internet. Most recently, a solo exhibition titled “Convictions” at STUK Kunstcentrum, Belgium presented the body of new media documentary work she has produced over the last 14 years, addressing the troubled intersection of criminal and social justice. Each of the five works in CONVICTIONS examines various aspects of the criminal justice system through first hand testimony and evidence given by impacted individuals. Detailed descriptions and links to these works can be found at

Daniel’s works have been shown in museums and festivals such as WRO media art biennial 2011 (Poland), Artefact 2010 (Belgium), Transmediale 08 (Germany), the ISEA/ZeroOne festival (2006 and 2010), the Dutch Electronic Arts Festival DEAF03 (Netherlands), Ars Electronica (Austria), the Lincoln Center Festival (NY/USA), the Corcoran Biennial (Washington DC) and the University of Paris I (France). Her essays have been published in books including Context Providers (Intellect Press 2011), Database Aesthetics (Minnesota University Press 2007) and the Sarai Reader05 as well as in professional journals such as Cinema Journal, Leonardo and Springerin. Daniel was awarded the prestigious Rockefeller/Tribeca Film Festival New Media Fellowship in 2009 and honored by the Webby Awards in 2008. She is a Professor in the Film and Digital Media Department and the Digital Arts and New Media MFA program at the University of California, Santa Cruz where she teaches classes in digital media theory and practice.

Office: 251 Digital Arts Research Center (DARC)
Selected Publications: 



2013 - Inside the Distance -

2010 - Blood Sugar -

2007 - Public Secrets -




Essay: “On Politics and Aesthetics”, in Studies in Documentary Film, vol 6 issue 2

interactive Multi-Media Essay: “Case Study: Public Secrets and Blood Sugar,” in Database/Narrative/Archive Digital Anthology, Matt Soar and Monica Kinganon, eds.


Essay: “Systems and Subjects: Redefining Public Art,” Context Providers, Intellect Press, Victoria Vesna, Margot Lovejoy and Christiane Paul editors 

Essay: “Public records/Secret publics: information architecture for new political subjects,” in special issue of Leonardo Electronic Almanac -


Essay: “Hybrid Practices” part of In Focus:Digital Scholarship and Pedagogy Cinema Journal 48, No. 2, (Winter)


Essay: “Public Secrets/Secret Publics” in Springerin Magazine, Berlin, (Spring)


Essay: “Palabras_: Improvised Maps,” in Dispatx online journal vol. 6ed. Dispatx Art Collective  

Essay: “The Database: an Aesthetics of Dignity”, Database Aesthetics, Minnesota University Press, Victoria Vesna, ed. 


Essay: “The Public Secret: Information and Social Knowledge,” Intelligent Agent, Volume 6, no. 2.


Essay: " An Improbable Monument to Witnessing and the Ethics of Trespass", Sarai Reader 05 Bare Acts: Tresspassers and Enforcers in Precarious Times, Delhi, India, The Sarai Programme of the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS) 

Education and Training: 
Master of Fine Arts, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Master of Music, University of Texas, Austin
Bachelor of Music, Baylor University, Waco, TX
Teaching Interests: 

Digital Media Theory and Practice, Technology and Social Inclusion, Participatory Culture, Public Art and Information.