Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York

Edward A. Wachtel
Ph.D., New York University

Faculty Memorial Hall 434

Undergraduate Courses:

Digital Video Design
Projects in Digital Video
Media and the Arts
Movies and the American Experience
Television and Society
Television News Techniques
Introduction to New Media
Communication and Technology

Graduate Courses:
Media, Methods and Messages
Video Environments
Media Research Methods
Arts and Communications
Media Entertainment and Social Awareness

I am an Associate Professor and the Founding Director of the Edward A. Walsh Digital Media Laboratory.  I received the B.A. degree from Queens College, CUNY and my Ph.D. in Media Ecology from New York University, where I studied under the late Neil Postman. For the past 20 years, I have served at Fordham University.
I have produced video documentaries, mixed media (video and live performance), and multi-image works for a variety of venues, including broadcast television, the Broadway stage and museum exhibition.

My background in media production has informed my theoretical interests and my research. I have always been fascinated by the interactions of media, art and human perception.  I have written about how the tools and perception of ancient cave painters helped them create works with cinematic qualities; how the vision of Roman and Renaissance painters led to the invention of perspective in painting; and how contemporary film and video makers use the different modalities of aural and visual imagery to make unique cinematic meanings. 

Selected Publications:

The Legacy of McLuhan. Co-edited with L. Strate. Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press, 2005.
Television Hiring Practices, 1980-1985: A Report on the Status of Minorities and Women. New York: United Church of Christ, January 1987.
“How to Hear a Film,” EME: Explorations in Media Ecology, Vol. 4, No. 1, 2005.
"To an Eye in a Fixed Position: Glass, Art and Vision," New Directions in the Philosophy of Technology, pp. 41-61, (Joseph Pitt, ed.) Dordrecht, Netherlands: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1995.
"The First Picture Show: Cinematic Aspects of Cave Art."  Leonardo, Journal of the International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology, vol. 26, (2), pp. 135-140, 1993.
"The Influence of Chinese Script on Painting and Poetry."  ETC: A Review of General Semantics, vol. 48, (3), pp. 275-291, Fall, 1991.
"The Impact of Television on Space Conception." Studies in Mass Communication and Technology, (Sari Thomas, ed.), pp. 168-174, New Jersey: Ablex Publishing, 1985.
"Technological Cubism: Multi Image and the Presentation of Space and Time." Et Cetera, vol. 35 (4), pp. 376-382, December 1978.
"The Influence of the Window on Western Art and Vision." The Structurist, no. 17/18, pp. 4-11, Fall, 1978.

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