People

Niels Windfeld Lund, General Manager

Niels Windfeld Lund, born 1949 in Copenhagen, Denmark, became the first employee and full professor in Documentation Studies at the Department of Documentation Studies, University of Tromsø, Norway, in 1996 and was responsible for the initial development of the study program of Documentation studies on under graduate as well as graduate level. From 1975 till 1988 Dr. Lund was Associate Professor at the Royal School of Library and Information Science in Denmark. Professor Lund has twice been Visiting Professor at the University of California, Berkeley, (2001 / 2005-06).

In 2001 prof. Lund founded The Document Academy, an international network for Documentation studies organizing annual DOCAM conferences in North America and summer schools in Norway at the University of Tromsø. Lund has mainly done research on libraries and general document theory and has recently focused on documents in Health care (Electronic Patient Record) and The Arts (opera). He is part-time affiliated with Tromsø Telemedicine Laboratory (20 %) and the Department of Music, Dance and Drama, Faculty of fine arts (30 %).

In 2006 Dr. Lund initiated the World Opera project, aiming to create a worldwide distributed opera stage with performers in multiple locations making one coherent opera performance all together for audiences in the multiple sites. It has resulted in a large research grant from the Norwegian Research council for the VERDIONE (Virtually Enhanced Real-life synchronizeD Interaction – ON the Edge)-project in collaboration with Norwegian partners in Oslo and Tromsø as well as in North America. The Verdione project in Tromsø is managed by the Department of Music, Dance and Drama and led by professor Lund.


Jason Ernest Geistweidt, Technical Director

Jason E. Geistweidt is a sonic artist working in the fields interactivity and live performance.  He is currently a post doctoral researcher with the VERDIONE Project in Tromsø, Norway, developing a distributed staging system for the presentation of interactive theater, dance, and music across high bandwidth networks.  Prior to this, he was an instructor in the department of Interactive Arts and Media, Columbia College Chicago delivering courses in sound design for film, gaming, and installation.  Geistweidt holds a PhD in electroacoustic composition from the Sonic Arts Research Centre, Queen’s University Belfast and a Masters of Music Technology from the University of Limerick.

Dr. Geistweidt is the winner of the 2005 EMS Prize for his sound-text work A letter from the trenches of Adrianopolis . . . and his work meditation, mediation, meditation – for harp and electronics – has been recorded by RTE (Irish Radio).  In 2006 he was awarded a Camargo Fellowship to develop an improvisatory sonic environment for solo performer and game pad.  His recent works include Cubes 2009, an interactive sound installation (with Gary Kupczak and Laura Thompson) and, in May 2010, Algorhythm, an  interactive score for dancers of the Columbia College Dance Center.  His current creative focus entails the use of generative scores for network performance and streaming.

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