Dr. Rhazes Spell is a new media artist with a broad background and diverse interests.
He earned his M.S. and Ph.D in biomedical engineering from Duke University, specializing in Medical Informatics, Bioinformatics and Computational Biology. For his doctoral research Dr. Spell developed novel information visualization approaches for comparative genomic sequence analysis. He also has a MFA in Design | Media Art from UCLA where he explored critical cultural interventions through performance and digital media.
Dr. Spell has almost ten years of experience designing and developing information visualization applications for the defense and intelligence, finance, new media, healthcare and virtual events industries. He has worked with a broad spectrum of organizations including start-ups and multinational banks and he is a co-inventor on a patent for a knowledge discovery and visualization system.
Currently, he is a Lecturer of Media Design and Computer Graphics in the School of Design at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand. graduate student at UCLA in the Design Media Art program in the Department of Arts and Architecture where he is exploring creative and artistic expression through new media, science and technology. He is interested in using technology to build transportive experiences and environments that provoke, challenge, connect with and entertain us.