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  • Anezka Sebek

    Emeritus Professor


    Office Location
    A - Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall - 66 West 12th Street

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    Anezka Sebek


    Anezka Sebek is working in Kingston, New York on several new ventures. She continues her work in affordable housing, climate justice, and education in various new media such as virtual and gamified experiences. Before her Emeritus Professor transition (June 2021), she designed curricula in BFA/MFA Design and Technology Programs in virtual, augmented and mixed reality technologies, as well as teaching in studio and thesis courses. Her extensive career in the film industry includes projects for television, advertising, documentaries, and feature films. She was best known as visual effects and computer animation producer for technologically complex projects that combined live-action with digital effects. She has written, produced, and directed music videos, narrative shorts, and documentaries. Ms. Sebek served on juries for Association for Computing Machinery Siggraph Electronic and Animation Theater and Ars Electronica (Linz, Austria). She was invited to speak at the Post-City Ars Electronica Festival Expanded Animation Panel (2015) about the changing field of new media and animation technologies. Her talk inspired an article in Expanded Animation, Mapping An Unlimited Landscape, entitled "Now You Touch It, Now You Don't" (October 2019).  She curated the New School Nth Degree series events, Immersive Storytelling Symposium (February 2017). Her Ph.D. in Sociology (2016) dissertation, Family Homelessness in the Small City (2016), is an ethnographic qualitative method study of the social strata and bureaucracies that control the lack of affordable housing and living-wage jobs in post-industrial Northeast American cities. In January 2018, Anezka traveled to India Institution of Technology (IIT) at the Gandhinagar with 28 New School students. For two weeks, students developed possible answers to the wicked problems of how to Design for a Billion. In her Ed Tech and Design Thinking studio, she works with faculty and New School and middle school students to create extended reality (VR/AR/MR) projects that use systems thinking to understand biological solutions to pollution and the effects of climate change. With her colleague, Tammy Walters, she won a Verizon 5G Challenge Grant to create a multi-player virtual reality experience that teaches middle school and college students how to rebuild an oyster reef (2019-2020). She is currently doing interactor testing of this OysterVR project at Parsons and The New School. She is currently finishing her work with the Pandemic Worlds Seminar at The India-China Institute Spring 2021.


    Degrees Held

    Ph.D. Sociology - The New School for Social Research

    MA Media Studies-The New School for Public Engagement

    BFA in Spanish Literature and Sociology-Drew University, Madison, New Jersey

    Professional Affiliation

    Association for Computing Machinery

    American Sociological Association

    Recent Publications

    Immersion in the Workplace: a unique model for students to engage in real-world service design, with John Jones. Cuaderno 2019.

    Expanded Animation: The Anthology: Mapping an Unlimited Landscape, Chapter: Now You See it, Now You Don't, Experiments in Virtual Interfaces. 2019

    Dissertation: "Family Homelessness in the Small City." (2016)

    Performances and Appearances

    Immersive Storytelling in AR/VR Cognitive Science and Design Workshops, IIT Gandhinar, Gujarat, India

    Ars Electronica 2015 Expanded Animation:

    Immersive Storytelling Symposium

    Verizon 5G NYC Media Lab Ed Tech Challenge 

    Pandemic Worlds Seminar 

    Research Interests

    Immersive New Media, Education and Technology, Ecological and Social Justice, Affordable Housing. 


    Immersive Media

    Ed Tech and Design Thinking 2016-19

    The Story of an Oyster Reef

    Reimagining Orozco 2011

    Current Courses

    Independent Study
    PGTE 5900, Fall 2021

    Future Courses

    Independent Study
    PGTE 5900, Spring 2022

    Past Courses

    Core Studio Environments
    PUDT 2200, Spring 2021

    Independent Study
    PGTE 5900, Spring 2021

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