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Coombs Esmail, Eric David Instructor


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  • As a practitioner with a strong research foundation, Eric Coombs Esmail investigates the nature of media as phenomena that determine human interactions between landscape, spirituality, and politics. His work expresses this using various media tools, primarily for moving-image making, resulting in short-form media essays, ethnographies and, more recently, as web applications, sound, performances, and installations. Coombs Esmail's research is conducted primarily through technical experimentations with film, video, sound, JavaScript and HTML5, mobile devices, projection, and physical computing. These experiments address the performance of documentary through the illustrated lecture and the expression of communities through landscape, architecture, and spirituality. His current projects investigate these ideas through specific communities that manifest issues of indigeneity, sovereignty, and the politics of human migration.


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global connections related to teaching and scholarly work (in recent years)