Jessica Rajko is the Associate Chair of the Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance at Wayne State University. As an artist/scholar, she works at the intersection of dance and computing. Artistically, this includes the design of intimate, haptic/sonic data representations and performance systems. She has designed haptic/sonic media for live performance for BAIRA MVMNT PHLOSPHY and Brother(hood) Dance!. She has presented and performed in collaborative artworks nationally and internationally, including Center for Performance Research (Brooklyn), White Wave Dance (Brooklyn), OT301 (Amsterdam), Scotiabank Nuit Blanche festival (Toronto), and The Joyce Theatre (NYC). Her artwork has been commissioned by Currents New Media Festival, Breaking Ground Dance Festival, Mesa Arts Center, and Phoenix Art Museum.
Her scholarly research investigates how dance efforts to gain access to technology capital markets predetermine the embodied aesthetics and movement vernaculars valued within dance and computing collaborations. Rajko has published in the Journal of Theatre, Dance and Performance Training, Politics of the Machine proceedings by the British Computer Society, and the International Conference of Movement and Computing proceedings by ACM Multimedia, along with several chapter contributions in dance, human-computer interaction, and digital humanities. She has been invited to present research at University of Michigan’s Performing Arts Technology Seminar Series, Harvard’s Digital Futures Consortium, UPenn’s Price Lab for Digital Humanities, Davidson College’s Gender and Technology Seminar Series, and University of New Mexico’s ART Lab.
Area of Expertise
Digital Media Design, Interaction Design, Contemporary Dance Technique, Choreography, Dance Administration, Transdisciplinary Collaboration
Degrees and Certifications
Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
Master of Fine Arts, Dance & Interdisciplinary Digital Media and Performance (2009) [Outstanding Graduate of the Year]
Hope College, Holland, MI
Bachelor of Arts, Dance Performance & Choreography (2005)
Bachelor of Arts, Psychology (2005)