Trebor Scholz is a critical cultural producer based in New York. His main interests are discursive new media networks, media theory, art and education.
His socially engaged practice as media artist, activist, organizer and media theorist is dedicated to networks and collaborative media art projects. He is particularly interested in participatory art practices, network culture, the properties of collaboration and interpassivity among people, data, and tools.
Scholz' practice and new media research interests draw from the fields of art, art history, communications, sociology, political science and emerging technologies. In 2004 he founded the Institute for Distributed Creativity, an organized research network that focuses on collaboration in media art, theory and education.
Scholz work has been exhibited at the Venice Biennial (with Martha Rosler/ The Fleas), the Sao Paulo Biennial, FILE (Sao Paolo) and many other venues. He co-founded the collaborative weblog Discordia (now archived). Scholz organized several large scale programs such as "Share, Share Widely" (2005), ³FreeCooperation² (2004, with Geert Lovink) and Kosov@: Carnival in the Eye of the Storm (2000). He lectured in the U.S. and internationally at dozens of festivals, and conferences. A book on collaboration (ed. Scholz, T., Lovink, G.) is forthcoming with Autonomedia. Scholz is assistant professor and researcher at the Department of Media Study, SUNY at Buffalo and research fellow at the Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst in Zurich.