Mark Robinson

As Director of the Media Art Space in the UNC-CH Communication department, Mark Robinson’s extensive technical expertise, developed over 35+ years, encompasses the making and assessment of multi-media particularly those involving computer, Internet technologies, audio, standard and high definition video formats with a technical, artistic and cultural expertise. Robinson demonstrates proficiency in technology as tool to achieve and understand the complex interactions of media creation and consumption, in specific those of the propaganda of right-wing and jihadist violent extremists. In addition to forensic and technical analysis skills, his work engages with the high craft of audio and visual communication and the consumption and processing within cultural context, thus integrating cultural, technical and psychological system analysis in order to understand the harmonic relationship of meaning within the cultural affect. Interested in the intersections and networks of culture and technology, Robinson received a M.A. in Communications Studies from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2001 where his thesis explored the relationships of Quantum (Mechanics) Identity with forms of subjectivity and cultural mediation found on the Internet. Robinson’s undergraduate background includes a B.F.A. in Studio Art, Multimedia and Video Sculpture, also from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1991 and also includes substantial work in Aerospace Engineering at North Carolina State University (1983-1986).