Bryan Markovitz is a writer, researcher, and design strategist studying the impact of technology on human knowledge and culture.
I am especially interested in the social, political, and economic impact of science that reengineers cultural objects to perform new functions in future-focused research. This includes everything from the replication of historic sites by conservation science, to the resurrection of extinct flora and fauna by synthetic biologists.
I am currently completing a PhD at Brown University that brings together performance theory, anthropology, and the history of science. My dissertation describes how the technological reconstruction of fine art, archaeology, and cultural heritage is changing the way we understand and interact with the material past.
Through Brown’s Mellon-funded Open Graduate Program, I also completed an MA in Cultural Anthropology. My thesis focused on the experimental practices of archaeologists who are reassembling Roman pottery practices—both in excavation and agent-based computer modeling.
I also hold an MA in Performance Studies from Brown, an MFA in Studio Art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a BA in Theatre from Trinity University.
Prior to returning to academia, I worked at ESI Design, an experience design and architectural media company in New York City. In 1997, I co-founded Liminal, a Portland, Oregon based performance and media ensemble. As Liminal's artistic director, I received three Portland Drama Critics Circle Awards for best direction and design of Liminal’s original media-based theatre projects.