George Fifield is a media arts curator, writer, teacher and artist. He is the founder and director of Boston Cyberarts Inc., a nonprofit arts organization, which from 1999 to 2011, produced the Boston Cyberarts Festival, an international biennial Festival that included exhibitions of visual arts; music, dance, and theatrical performances as well as film and video presentations and symposia at numerous arts and educational organizations throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Presently Boston Cyberarts programs the Boston Cyberarts Gallery in Jamaica Plain, and curates two large public LED screens in downtown Boston, the 80 foot LED Marquee at the Boston Convention Center and the LED low res screens at the Harbor Island Pavilion on the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy.
He is an independent curator of new media with numerous projects here and abroad. Among his numerous curatorial efforts, he co-curated the computer installation art show, The Computer Is Not Sorry at the Space in January 1993 and in May 1999, he co-curated Mind Into Matter, the first international survey show of new digital sculpture at the Computer Museum in Boston. His most recent exhibitions include Image Radio, Interactive Experiments in Public Space, co-curated with Olga Mink in Eindhoven Netherlands in 2007, Act React, Interactive Installation Art at the Milwaukee Art Museum in Fall 2008, Infinite Loops, an exhibition of five open source new media art works based on a dance performance of Merce Cunningham for the 2009 Boston Cyberarts Festival and Drawing with Code: Works from the collection of Anne and Michael Spalter at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in January 2011. For thirteen years until 2006, Fifield was Curator of New Media at the DeCordova. He was executive co-producer for The Electronic Canvas, a hour-long documentary on the history of the media arts. Produced by the DeCordova Museum for WGBH-TV, The Electronic Canvas aired in April 2000 in Boston and subsequently in national PBS distribution. Fifield is also executive producer for the feature length comedy Made-Up, written and produced by his wife, Lynne Adams. It premiered at the Angelika Theater in Dallas, Texas in May 2003.
In addition, Fifield has written on a variety of media, technology and art topics for Artbyte, Bomb, Communication Arts, Digital Fine Arts, The Independent Film and Video Monthly, Sculpture Magazine, Art New England and numerous exhibition catalogs.
Fifield has taught at a number of institutions on New Media subjects. He is adjunct professor at the Digital + Media program at Rhode Island School of Design where he teaches a graduate level course on Interactivity in the Fine Arts. He has lectured at Harvard University, Brandeis University, Massachusetts College of Art, University of California, Los Angeles, University of Tampa and many others.
In 2006, the Boston Arts Community members the International Association of Art Critics (AICA) Boston Chapter honored Fifield with the First Annual Special Award for Distinguished Contribution to the Arts Community. In 2007 the Boston Cyberarts Festival was the recipient of the Commonwealth Award, the state of Massachusetts’ highest honor in the arts and humanities in the category of Creative Economy. Presently he is a member of the board of the Boston Arts Commission.