Branda Miller


Friday February 8, 2019  – 11:35 AM
Elings Hall 1601

Title: Art, Science and Media: Roots for Resilience

Abstract: Art and science are attempts to understand and describe the world around us–and media is the force that communicates them. It’s the trinity underlying our work at The Sanctuary for Independent Media.

Even as media, science and art undergo withering attacks at the national level, in one of the most economically and environmentally devastated neighborhoods of New York State we are steadily building the infrastructure and programming necessary to project a nuanced vision of just, peaceful and sustainable life on Earth.

Our mission is to use art and participatory action to promote social and environmental justice and freedom of creative expression. Imagine a daisy–each petal a program to grow community and intersectional alliances from the hyper-local up. Our programs include NATURE Lab (North Troy Art, Technology and Urban Research in Ecology), Uptown Summer (youth media), the Sanctuary’s music, film and speaker presentation series and Freedom Square (outdoor art stage and performance venue), Collard City Growers (a string of once abandoned lots transformed into urban gardens) and our own low power FM radio station (featuring local news and public affairs and music of the diaspora).

In this talk, I will share my historical development as an artist which led me to co-create The Sanctuary for Independent Media.

Bio: Branda Miller is a media artist and educator dedicated to explore new visions, use media for social change and support independent voices. She seeks to expand experimental documentary form through active social animation and collaboration, using art and technology as a seed for creative community development.

Professor Miller is a tenured Professor of Media Arts in the Arts Department, School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (1991-current). She is a co-founder and Arts and Education Coordinator at The Sanctuary for Independent Media in North Troy, NY. She has produced diverse, interdisciplinary arts, education and technology training initiatives, networking artists and scientists, community members and creative professionals, to address neighborhood and environmental issues rippling from the hyper-local to the global.

Since the mid-eighties, Branda Miller has collaborated with community and youth groups on media art projects around the country and world. She is an Emmy award-winning editor who has worked extensively in the media industry of Los Angeles and New York City. Professor Miller’s media art works have been screened at festivals, museums and exhibitions, broadcast nationally and internationally, and has received support from funders including NYSCA, National Endowment of the Arts, Paul Robeson Found, Andy Warhol Foundation, and Nathan Cummings Foundation. Her work is distributed by the Video Data Bank and Electronic Arts Intermix