Heide Solbrig

Heide Solbrig

Heide holds several advanced degrees, including an MFA in Conceptual Design/Information Arts from San Francisco State University and a PhD. in Communication from The University of California, San Diego. Her dissertation focused on the history of industrial media a yet understudied field of media theory and analysis. As an artist she is influenced by Conceptual Art and the San Francisco underground media/technology movements led by her mentors and compatriots from S.F. such as Christine Tamblyn, George Legrady, Steve Wilson and Craig Baldwin. As a scholar, she is influenced by the work of a broad swath of social thinkers from Theodor Adorno, Guy Debord, David Harvey, John Caldwell and Michael Schudson. She strongly believes that reading, writing and thinking about the world are important parts of making the world a better place. As such, she has taught media theory and practice on both the east and west coasts of the United States, with an emphasis on the importance of READING for understanding media– which drives her students crazy. Still, she hopes they forgive her because her intentions are good.