Expert in Art and Technology from McGill University to Head Department of Arts at Rensselaer
Troy, N.Y. — Michael Century, a former teacher at McGill
University and art-and-technology consultant from Canada, has
been named chair of the Arts Department at Rensselaer
Century previously directed the Inter-Arts and the Media Arts
programs at the Banff Centre for Continuing Education. The
Centre is Canada's only learning center for accomplished
artists, and business and community leaders. In 1987, Century
founded the Media Arts Program, one of the first to focus on
the artistic potential of interactive computer
Century is internationally known for his expertise in art and
technology. He has taught at McGill University and has
contributed in the field as an educational administrator,
lecturer, writer, musical performer and composer, and software
researcher. He has lectured and consulted at universities,
conferences, and symposia in North America, Europe, Japan,
Korea, and India.
Through his consulting firm, Next Century Consultants, Century
has served as a consultant to notable establishments, such as
the Rockefeller Center in New York City and Eyebeam Atelier, a
new media art museum and production lab also in New York. He
also has assisted in the design of Rensselaer's experimental
media and performing arts center (EMPAC).
Born in the United States in Salt Lake City, Utah, and raised
in Canada, Century holds dual citizenship. He earned his B.A.
from the University of Toronto and an M.A. from the University
of California at Berkeley, both in music history and theory. He
is completing his Ph.D. in science and technology policy
studies at the University of Sussex in the U.K.
From 1993 to 1996, Century worked as a program manager for the
Canadian Centre for Information Technology Innovation, a
federal research laboratory in Montreal. In 1996-1998, he was a
policy adviser in the Canadian Ministry of Cultural Affairs,
dealing with art and technology files.
As chair of the Arts Department, Century's responsibilities
will include further expanding and integrating technology and
the arts in the growing curriculum of electronic arts at
Rensselaer. Century will work closely with Johannes Goebel, the
newly appointed director of EMPAC. The arts center, in its
design stages, is expected to be completed in 2006.
Contact: Jodi Ackerman
Phone: (518) 276-6531