Prof. Fontanilla is an Assistant Professor/Industry Professional in the Division of Mass Communication. He earned his M.F.A. in Digital Language Arts at Brown University, focusing on emergent forms in aesthetic computation, animation, and inscription. He also holds a master’s degree in Computer Music and Multimedia Composition from Brown, with an emphasis in sound art. Prior to joining St. John’s University, Prof. Fontanilla served as Assistant Professor of Communication and Media Arts at Marymount Manhattan College, where he established an Innovation Lab and taught courses in integrated digital media.
With an orientation toward socially responsible expression, Prof. Fontanilla is committed to a reflective teaching practice that enables young minds to develop their own voice. Teaching interests: physical computing, playable media, emerging tech.
Prof. Fontanilla’s artistic practice fuses sculptural and computational methods to explore perception, materiality, and temporality. He investigates the material characteristics of hybrid media to expose emergent forms of authorship.