Linda Vigdor, artist and scholar, is interested in how art-technoscience collaborations remold the boundaries of human-centered and world-directed knowledge, what we 'know' about the world, how we place humans within a broader planetarity, as well as how research can usefully undercut disciplinary divides between the arts and humanities and the physical and natural sciences.
Vigdor's artwork and research has been exhibited or presented both in the US and internationally. After working for a number of years creating 3D virtual worlds for educational, commercial, and arts venues, she returned to school for a PhD, interested in the productive possibilities afforded by art and technoscience intersections, particularly in the creation and experience of immersive environments. Navigating a body of existing gender and computing research that did not connect with her own experiences, her PhD was awarded by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in August 2010, for the dissertation "An Intersectional Reading of Gender and Technology."
She earned two MFA's – one in costume design (Boston University) and a second in sculpture (the School of Visual Arts in NYC). Her formative years as an artist-scholar were spent in New York City, in either the best of times or the worst, a perspective that seems to depend on whether one is an artist or a banker.
Her current research focuses on the ethical, political, and gendered dimensions that inform art-technoscience inspired visualizations of knowledge, as well as the sensory and cognitive processes that help to animate and sustain the veracity or creative potential of collectively imagined knowledge as new science intersects with the aesthetic, the objective and the metaphoric or "beautiful."