Geoffrey Alan Rhodes
Geoffrey Alan Rhodes is a tenured professor at Shanghai Jiao Tong University’s Institute of Cultural and Creative Industry. He is the director of the Future Museum Media Innovation Studio, a new center for research in augmented and virtual reality. Previously, he led the development of new media design curriculum at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s department of Visual Communication Design, and new media at the Rochester Institute of Technology’s School of Film and Animation. Rhodes’ films and media art seek profound combinations of virtual and real. His ongoing project, Chicago00, is an award winning partnership with the Chicago History Museum to produce virtual reality experiences of photographic history.
John Russick
Visiting Director of International Projects

John Russick has held positions at Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History, the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History, and the Chicago History Museum. His digital initiative, the Chicago 00 Project, won a MUSE award in 2018 from the American Alliance of Museums and a Chicago Innovation award in 2019. In 2014, he forged an international collaboration between the Chicago History Museum and the Polish History Museum in Warsaw to develop an exhibition on the history of the Polish diaspora. In 1999, he designed the exhibitions for the Gordion Museum, near Polatli, Turkey, which was a finalist for the Museum of Europe award that year. His most recent articles, “Evaluating the Impact of Augmented and Virtual Reality” (2021) and "The Museum Inside Out" (2020) were were featured in Museum, the magazine of the American Alliance of Museums.

Terrence Bao
Visiting Director of Art & Technology

Terrence Bao is a new media artist, digital producer, who is dedicated to exploring the relationship between human and machine, human and nature, and human and society through the combination of technology and art. Let the experiencer no longer be a passive receiver of the art work, but an active leader. Terrence Bao graduated from the Art and Technology major of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and graduated from the Product Design major of the Central Academy of Fine Arts. He has continuously cultivated innovations in the field of new media art for many years and has rich commercial art experience. He has cooperated with many domestic and foreign brands such as Cartier, Hermès, Harrods, Porsche, etc., and participated in the design and planning of many brand interactive art activities. Terrence Bao has a unique insight into the combination of technology and art, and strives to use a variety of technical means to show the beauty of art to the public. He is currently the Director of Studio SpeciaLand, one of Shanghai's leading commercial art studios, specializing in new media events and art installations.

Terrence Bao also served as FMS Spring 2024 Visiting Artist to teach a masterclass in AR Exhibition Production.

Prof. Jianhua Yang
FMS Research Partner

Dr. Jianhua Yang currently serves as an Associate Professor at WMG, leading the Electrical and Digital Discipline Group. He began his career in higher education in 2006 as a postgraduate research fellow at Warwick University, while pursuing his Ph.D. His PhD research focused on the topic of intelligent data mining using artificial neural networks and evolutionary computing. Jianhua earned his PhD in 2010, and subsequently, he worked as a bioinformatics researcher, initially on a European Union Framework No. 7 project, and later as a lecturer, teaching a variety of ICT courses at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, in addition to supervising PhD research projects. Prior to his return to Warwick in 2018, Jianhua also gained experience in the automotive industry. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Jianhua is a Fellow of the Warwick International Higher Education Academy where he co-leads the AI in Education Learning Circle.

In 2023, Prof. Rhodes and Prof. Yang accepted an SJTU-Warwick University Joint Research Seed Fund award to sponsor their project, “Gene Ontology Analysis of TikTok Data for Immersive Museum Experiences.”

Visiting Artists and Distinguished Lecturers

  • Liu Chang – FMS Spring 2024 Distinguished Lecturer

Liu Chang is a curator, digital artist, and has acted as Clinical Assistant Professor of Arts for the Interactive Media Arts program at NYU Shanghai.  While there, she has taught classes in creative coding, as well as the ‘Exhibition: Next’ class, which workshops new methods for the exhibitions and museums of the future.  She holds a Master’s of Professional Studies (MPS) from NYU’s famous Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP), and an MFA in Interactive Arts from Pratt in NYC.  She is co-founder of Hibanana Studio, which produces cutting-edge 3D video art and interactive art.

  • Songhao HUANG – FMS Visiting Artist Spring 2023

Songhao Huang graduated from the School of Intermedia Art of China Academy of Art, and currently lives and works in Shanghai. In 2019, he is the Director of the RaidenINST, a creative studio that focuses on the influence of contemporary technology on art production.  His creations often engage participants' physical experience and game mechanisms, and explore the individual’s relationship to the collective. His works have been exhibited in Shanghai Dangdai Art Museum, Mingdangdai art museum, chi K11 art hall, Gedekaifang space, Long March space, and Beijing commune.

  • Junyao CHEN – FMS Distinguished Lecturer Spring & Fall 2022, Spring 2023

Junyao Chen, independent curator, part-time researcher of Shanghai Jiaotong University Culture Creative Industry School. Currently lives and works in Shanghai and Beijing. He graduated from the Digital Media Department of Beijing Normal University in 2018, and received his MA in Contemporary Art Curation from the Royal College of Art in 2020. His curatorial practice and research focus on spatial politics in the context of urbanization, the publicness of digital media, and the digital human landscape in the public environment.

  • Lu Yang – Fall 2022 FMS Distinguished Lecturer

MFA Masterclass, Curation Creative: A survey of curatorial practices

Lu Yan has nearly 20 years of working experience in print journalism, TV, digital media, marketing and PR.  She worked as a founding member and former head of Press and Communications at the Museum of Art Pudong.  Lu Yang has served as Founder & Project Director for the production of a cultural tourism digital app experience, ART SWISS ETMOOK APP, for the Switzerland National Tourism Board.  She has acted as Editorial Director and Senior Editor of multiple magazines, as well as an international travel journalist focusing on the arts and culture sector.  She is currently working on a book which explores the inter-relationships of museums, galleries, and other cultural organizations around the world.  Lu Yang studied at the Shanghai University of International Business and Economics, and the Rhode Island School of Design.

  • Wang Yiquan – Fall 2022 FMS Distinguished Lecturer

MFA masterclass, Digital Curatorial Production: Into the metaverse? Contemporary and innovative exhibition practices

Wang Yiquan is an active figure among China’s contemporary art scene as a curator and artist.  His research interests focus on the relationship between the city and art as well as the relationship between art and the economy. He has constantly challenged the traditional format of exhibitions by transforming multiple artistic mediums into performative settings to create participatory live events and narrative spatial configurations, which form part of his commentary on social and cultural issues. He is co-founder of Acts and Pathways, an exhibition design studio. Wang Yiquan received his BA in Journalism at the Beijing International Studies University, and studied Visual Communication Design at Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing and MA in Narrative Environments at Central Saint Martins in London. In 2018, he established Acts and Pathways in Shanghai with designer Wu Jiayin.

  • Sacha Mitrofanoff – FMS Spring 2022 Distinguished Lecturer

“Exhibition designer in a Natural History Museum”

Sacha Mitrofanoff is an exhibition designer, and Head of Exhibitions at the National Museum of Natural History (MNHN), in Paris.  After studying architecture, Sacha turned to theater set design, which he practiced for ten years.  He was hired as an exhibition designer for temporary exhibitions at Paris’ Museum of Natural History (MNHN) in 1994, for the reopening of the museum’s Grande Galerie de l'Évolution. In 2002, he was appointed to his current position as Head of Exhibitions and, in that capacity, he supervises a team of ten project managers and museum specialists.  Over the past two decades, he has designed twenty major exhibitions for the Museum of Natural History, including Ocean, Diving into the Unknown, recently presented in nine Chinese cities, as part of France-China Month of the Environment.

  • Olga Subirós – FMS Spring 2022 Distinguished Lecturer

"Displaying evidence: the exhibition space as an emergency toolkit"

Olga Subirós is an architect and curator of exhibition projects that provide an integrative approach to twenty-first century culture and the far-reaching transformations of the digital era and systemic crisis.  Subirós’ project, AIR, was presented at Venice Biennale 2021 with an investigation on air pollution. Before that, Subirós curated Big Bang Data, an exhibition on the datafication of the world shown in venues including the Singapore ArtScience Museum and the MIT Museum. Subirós is a current lecturer at Master of Design and Production of Spaces at Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC), and Data and Design Master at Elisava, Barcelona School of Design.

  • Mona Kim – FMS Spring 2022 Visiting Artist

Mona Kim was trained in graphic design at Carnegie Mellon University.  For the past 30 years, she has won multiple awards for advancing the practice of multidisciplinary exhibition design.  Her Paris-based design studio, Mona Kim Projects, has led the creative direction of projects at major museums, international events, and global brands, including the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Uniqlo, Samsung, Dior, the Rio*20 UN Conference, and many others. She acted as a primary creative consultant to develop the Museu do Manha (Museum of Tomorrow) immersive experiential media design which won Leading Culture Destinations Awards, and was the Creative Director and Co-curator of the "Water for "Life" exhibition at World Expo Zaragoza 2008 with her co-founding partners of Program Collective.  She has taught and lectured at Parsons Paris of The New School, Paris College of Art, NYU, Pompeu Fabra University, and the Instituto Europeo di Design in Barcelona.

Partners and Supporting Organizations

  • ICCI
  • SJTU
  • Shanghai Education Beaureau
  • NYU Shanghai
  • Warwick Manufacturing Group, Warwick University, UK
  • The Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, University College London, UK
  • EasyAR, Shanghai
  • VeeR, Shanghai
  • Visual China Group, China.
  • Chicago History Museum, USA
  • Peabody Essex Museum, USA
  • Shanghai Urban Archeology, Shanghai
  • Studio SpeciaLAND, Shanghai
  • MANA, Shanghai
  • Shanghai Library, Shanghai