James Werner is Assistant Professor of Media Arts at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. He teaches in the Art & Design Department, and as the Media Arts, Society & Technology (MAST) professor in the Science, Technology and Society program (STS).

His current research focuses on contemporary art practices in social media participation, telepresence in public space, and the evolution of the gallery and museum through new media collaborations. His research has been funded by many organizations including the National Science Foundation, the Spencer Foundation for Research, and the Research Development Initiative in the UK. Recent publications include research on collaborative aesthetics in museums and galleries, participatory media installation, and the aesthetics of gaming in engineering and science education.

Werner is a practicing artist. His work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally. His current series of work focuses capturing unique narratives about water and climate change from diverse and rural communities around the globe. His most recent exhibitions were held at CreateX in Brisbane Australia, and also as a collaboration between Aotearoa, New Zealand and California participants in March 2017. More info about this exhibition will be posted by June 1st.