March 26, 2002
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass.—Heidi Gilpin, assistant professor of German at Amherst College, will talk about contemporary and international new media and performance projects in the Teaching Gallery of the Mead Art Museum on Tuesday, April 2, at 12:15 p.m., as part of the museum’s “First Tuesday” series of talks. The event is free and open to the public.

A member of the German faculty at Amherst since 2000, Gilpin taught comparative literature and cultural studies, new media and performance studies at the University of Hong Kong and at the University of California at Riverside since 1991. Since 1989 she has worked in Frankfurt, Germany as the dramaturg (conceptual author) for choreographer William Forsythe and the Ballet Frankfurt, where they developed strategies of movement research involving interactive technologies. Gilpin has lectured and published internationally on cultural studies in performance, with an emphasis on issues of bodily practice, critical theory, technology and architecture.

Gilpin holds a B.A. in European Studies from Amherst College, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in comparative literature from Harvard University. She was a founding editor of Copyright and Parallax, journals of cultural criticism. She currently serves on the editorial board of Convergence: The Journal of Research into New Media Technologies, and is completing a book about trauma and performance.

The Mead Art Museum hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Thursday evenings until 9 p.m. The museum is closed Mondays and holidays. More information can be obtained on the Museum’s Website at or by calling the museum at 413/542-2335.