Michael Naimark is an independent media artist and researcher with over two decades of experience investigating "place representation." He was instrumental in the founding of several research labs, including the MIT Media Lab (1980), Atari Research Lab (1982), the Apple Multimedia Lab (1987), Lucasfilm Interactive (now Lucas Learning, 1989), and Interval Research Corporation (1992), where he spent over 8 years. His art projects exhibit internationally and are in the permanent collections of the Exploratorium, the American Museum of the Moving Image, and the Center for Arts and Media (ZKM). Michael serves on the Boards of the ZeroOne Foundation, Media Lab Europe, Leonardo Electronic Almanac, and Presence journal, and currently holds a faculty appointment as Visiting Associate Professor in the Interactive Media Division of the USC Film School.