Faculty and Staff

Ted Hiebert

Assistant Professor

B.F.A. (Honors), Visual Arts, University of Victoria
M.F.A. Art, University of Calgary
Ph.D. Humanities, Concordia University

Office: UW1-133
Phone: 425-352-3207
Fax: 425-352-5233
Email: thiebert@uwb.edu
Website: www.tedhiebert.net
Mailing: Box 358530, 18115 Campus Way NE, Bothell, WA 98011-8246


I believe in the merit of interdisciplinary practice and research -- coupling artistic engagement with the cultivation of critical skills needed for sustainable creative inquiry. I also believe that learning is most effective when related to life outside of the classroom, involving interests that students bring to the discussion, and ideally provoking the development of individual perspectives on course material. In this, my challenge as a teacher is to cultivate an awareness of context, sustainable skill sets and self-directed enthusiasm that will allow for learning within and outside of a classroom environment.


BIS 313 Media, Technology and Society
BIS 319 Interdisciplinary Arts
BIS 483 Image and Imagination


My research practice is multi-faceted, interdisciplinary and often collaborative -- spanning theoretical research, scholarly writing, art criticism, curatorial projects and artistic production in photographic, digital and conceptual genres. In this, my practice is largely content-driven, using written, visual and organizational methodologies to explore questions of technology, creativity and the imagination. Some current project include:

In Praise of Nonsense: Aesthetics, Uncertainty and Postmodern Identity. In Praise of Nonsense is a book project currently in the final stages of revision. The central focus of the manuscript is a rethinking of the relationship between creative practices and questions of cultural meaning - seen largely from the perspective of postmodern theories of uncertainty. The text is an attempt to hold postmodern thought accountable to its poignant insights on questions of indeterminacy and imaginary possibility.

The World Telekinesis Competition. In collaboration with artists Doug Jarvis and Jackson2bears, the World Telekinesis Competition is an international event in which teams from around the world compete from their home locations to psychically influence the way candle-wax melts. The project is both an interrogation of impossibility and a relational platform for creative engagement. The 2008 and 2009 competitions were held in Victoria, BC (Canada). The 2010 World Telekinesis Competition will be held at Crawl Space Gallery in Seattle. Documentation from the 2008 and 2009 WTC competitions can be seen online at www.noxioussector.net/wtc

Self-portrait Chronicles. Self-portrait Chronicles is an ongoing exploration of alternative photographic practice, framed as a challenge to possibilities of photographic and digital media, and as a series of introspections on the transformative effects of self-representation. The project has, in past iterations, used techniques such as negative-image photography, multiple exposures, projected imagery, glow-in-the-dark paint and, most recently, the performative incorporation of animal hides as a gesture of "unbecoming." Samples of these, and other past projects, can be seen online at www.tedhiebert.net

Selected Publications

"Nonsense Interference Patterns." in D. Cecchetto et al., eds. Collision: Interarts Practices and Research. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2008. pp. 103-120.

"Delirious Screens: Flesh Shadows & Cool Technology." CTheory 31(2), 2008.

"Rorschach Realities: Paul Woodrow and Alan Dunning's Ghost in the Machine." Monograph essay for Ghosts in the Machine, an exhibition by Paul Woodrow and Alan Dunning. Gijon, Spain: LABoral Centro de Arte y Creacion Industrial, 2008.

"Blurs of the Natural." Monograph essay for H0, an exhibition by Toni Hafkenscheid. Dawson City: Klondike Arts Institute, 2008.

"Mirrors that Pout: Subjectivity in the Age of the Screen." The Psychanalytic Review 94(1), 2007. pp.169-187.

Selected Exhibitions

Unbecomings. Calgary (Canada): The New Gallery, 2009. (solo exhibition)

Electronic Shamanism. Min-Jeong Kim, curator. Toronto (Canada): InterAccess Electronic Arts Media Centre, 2009. (group exhibition, collaborative contribution with Jackson 2bears)

Incidental Selves. Tony Martin, curator. Courtenay (Canada): Comox Valley Art Gallery, 2009. (solo exhibition)

Erosion 2008. Gytis Skudzinskas, curator. Klaipeda (Lithuania): Klaipeda Cultural Communication Center, 2008. (group exhibition)

Performativecity. Juan Du and Nicola Borg-Pisani, curators. Included in the 2007 Shenzhen-Hong Kong Biennale of Urbanism and Architecture, Shenzhen, Hong Kong, 2007. (group exhibition, collaborative contribution with Arthur and Marilouise Kroker).

Selected Curatorial Projects

Eidola. David Cecchetto and Ted Hiebert, curators. Featuring works by William Brent and Ellen Moffat. Victoria: Open Space Artist-Run Centre, 2009.

The 2009 World Telekinesis Competition. Ted Hiebert and Doug Jarvis, curators. With participation by 28 teams from 5 countries. Victoria: The Ministry of Casual Living, 2009.

Dowsing for Failure. Ted Hiebert and Doug Jarvis, curators. Featuring works by Benjamin Bellas, Nate Larson, Gordon Lebredt, Daniel Olson, Mike Paget, June Pak and Anthony Schrag. Victoria: Open Space Artist-Run Centre, 2007.