JoAnn (Jody) Gillerman
Work Resume


CO-FOUNDER, OWNER, CEO Viper Vertex Interactive
, Oakland, CA (1977-present).
Viper Vertex is an innovative media arts company specializing in creative interactives, multimedia exhibits, digital video and electronic media production for museums, science and technology centers, art and public venues.

PROFESSOR of Media Arts, California College of the Arts (formerly California College of Arts & Crafts), Oakland and San Francisco, CA (1976-present)
Faculty in Media Arts, Narrative Film, First Year Core, Center for Public Life, and Upper Division Interdisciplinary Studies.  I often design, create and teach new studio courses exploring art and technology, interactive new-media, DVD and Web, digital and analogue video, computer arts, interactive storytelling, installation and upper division interdisciplinary courses that integrate Art, Science, Culture and Technology as well as Community outreach.


2005- 2009
LIAISON - Chimp Finder (© 2005/2007), Outside Interactive Multimedia Installation with live chimpanzees in the Fragile Forest Exhibit, Saint Louis Zoo, St. Louis, Missouri Commission - Prototype opened to the public in 2005
(Invented custom scope, custom hardware and software)

Chimp Finder is a liaison between live Chimpanzees and the public. Chimps like people, live in groups and have complex social and political orders. These intelligent animals are in danger of extinction.  This outdoor exhibit, Chimp Finder, is designed to let visitors glimpse into the chimp world and connect with individual chimps through imagery and a sophisticated electronic observation scope, conceived and developed collaboratively by JoAnn Gillerman and Rob Terry.  Chimp Finder recognizes individual chimps in the field, and lets visitors interactively access information on particular chimps, and the politics and social order of the chimp group. “Chimp Finder” at the Saint Louis Zoo is the first of its kind and was designed to raise conservation awareness of the great apes. (LIAISON™ - Live Interactive Animal Identification Sysem and Observation Network ™ and Chimp Finder ™)

2001- 2008
Shadow Dance: Eclipse Exhibit (Viper Vertex © 2001), Chabot Space & Science Center, Oakland, CA
(Multiple flat panel displays, custom floor sensors, computers, custom software)
This multimedia exhibit is not a kiosk, there is no mouse, no keyboard. Shadow Dance is an interactive, multi-user, multi-channel, floor-sensor driven exhibit encouraging its users to create an eclipse by aligning the Sun, Moon and Earth on an arc of 12 high-resolution flat panel displays. By simply moving around the installation space stepping on floor pictures, users interactively create an eclipse (lunar or solar) and explore eclipse information: science, mythologies, art, history, popular culture, and more through graphics, animations, video, pictures, environmental sounds and narrations. Shadow Dance, completed in July 2001, is in the permanent collection of the Chabot Space and Science Center, Oakland, CA. ( Shadow Dance)

1999 - present
Innovation Forum Exhibit Viper Vertex (©1998/99), The Tech Museum of Innovation, San Jose, CA
(computers,multiple monitors, video camera, michrophone, custom software)
This exhibit creates an interactive forum in which to dialogue about innovations and technology. The Innovation Forum is an interactive, multimedia exhibit that solicits and includes real-time recording and playback of video/audio comments from its viewers. To encourage interaction, the Innovation Forum provides many short video clips by an impressive, diverse "virtual" panel talking on a wide range of issues concerning innovation and technology, how they affect our lives, new explorations and ethical implications. These prominent thinkers, who are interactively accessed, discuss: cloning, patenting life forms. genetic engineering, ethical implications, computer technologies, ubiquitous computers, global access to new technologies, new explorations, cyberspace as community, and more. This highly visual exhibit is diversified, provocative, and informative to encourage users to record their video comments and enter into an evolving discourse on innovations and technology. ( Innovation Forum)

Hey, Listen Up! - An Urban Eco-Literacy Project, Curriculum & Interctive CD-ROM sponsored by the Urban Habitat Program of the Earth Island Institute, San Francisco., CA. This educational project on environmental justice (environmental racism) included on-site multimedia workshops with high-school youths in Urban Los Angeles (Watts, Compton) resulting in a locally produced interactive CD-ROM created in part by the participants of the involved communities. As multimedia consultan, director, and co-producer of this project, I instructed the multimedia workshops, co- designed a multimedia curriculum on environmental issues for high school students, and directed/produced the collaborative Hey Listen Up! interactive CD-ROM. (© 1997-98)

Night Feeder Interactive CD-ROM, an interactive narrative

Night Feeder, the movie, a 90 min. video feature


Concept, Deisgn, Production, Photography, Digital, Graphic Design for 48-page Book & Website design for Athena, Chicago, IL. I managed the publication from concept, design and production through print and distribution. 2009-2010

Solo Art Exhibition: Digital Images, Photography, Collage, Video - Fingado Art Gallery, El Cerrito, CA 2010

Designed/Produced10-page print-ready Brochure & Postcards for Putney Financial
, San Rafael, CA. 2008 
Designed/produced Art websites: Richard/Tinna Savini ( & Siobhan Van Winkel (

Co-Producer/Creator of LIAISON: Live Interactive Animal Identification System and Observation Network ™ project and Chimp FInder ™ Exhibit tested with Live Chimpanzees in theFragile Forest Exhibit at the Saint Louis Zoo, St. Louis, MO installed 2005-2009. This icluded invention of custom scope, hardware and software, and User Interface Design for the Chimp FInder LIAISON system and implementation/installation of the prototype at the Zoo.

Producer of Interactive eclipse exhibit, "Shadow Dance" at Chabot Space and Science Center, Oakland, CA. 2000-2001

Multimedia specialist and on-site Videography, Photography, and Web for International Conferences for Pensions 2000. This included on location, international videography, remote location web updates, and photography for international conference. Post production included videotape documentations, photo CD-ROMs, and web image postings. Conferences included: Madrid,Spain & Paris, France; Budapest, Hungary & Vienna, Austria; Tokyo, Japan & Beijing, China; Athens, Greece. 2000-2001

ASTC (Association for Science and Technology Centers) – exhibited traveling "Innovation Forum" Exhibit and "Shadow Dance: Ecipse Exhibit", Conferences include: Tampa, FL; Cleveland, OH; Phoenix, AZ, Oct. 1999-2001

Producer of Interactive Multimedia Exhibit "Innovation Forum" for The Tech Museum of Innovation, San Jose, CA. 1997-1999

HEY, LISTEN UP! - AN URBAN ECO-LITERACY PROJECT - Sponsored by Urban Habitat Program of Earth Island Institute, San Francisco, CA. This educational project on Environmental Justice included on-site multimedia workshops in Urban L.A. and a locally produced interactive CD-ROM created in part by the participants of the involved communities. (Los Angeles, CA). As Multimedia consultant and co-producer of this project, I instructed the multimedia workshops, directed and collaboraticvely produced the interactive CD-ROM on environmental racism and co- designed a multimedia curriculum for high school students. 1997-1998

Co-development & co-producer of website: 1996- present

Producer & Director of interactive "Guided Tours" for PC World New Media Interactive CD-ROM, IDG/PC World New Media Publication (published/distributed nationally). 1995

Producer of Interactive CD ROMs: 1993-1997
INTIJIWANA - Interactive CD-ROM with accompanying Installation, © 1996

NIGHT FEEDER - Interactive Movie/Narrative, © 93-1995

Co-director CSU Summer Arts computer gGraphics compilations CD-ROMs
: 1993-1994

Director & interface designer of collaborative CD-ROMs: 1994-2000
Interactive Storytelling, New media, Environment, and Diversity, Not Enough Time 1 & 2, Interactive Stories, Interactive Visualizations, Dream Spots: for CCAC, Cal State, Hayward, Cal State Summer arts

Interactive Performance/human interface: Partycam - Pier 32, San Francisco, CA. Jan. 8, 1994

Video Editing, consulting and video production for Softdesk ASG, Sausalito, CA. 1993

Video Editing and production of videotape "Pleat Repleat" for Hedstorm Productions, Santa Cruz, CA. 1992-1993

Panalist, Speaker, Presenter, "Art & Technology" - 2nd International Visual Arts Conference, SanFrancisco, CA. 1992

Design, Installation and Instruction for an interactive computer/video/music lab for CSU Summer Arts, Humboldt U., Arcada, CA. 1992

Producer of opening montage for "Forever Activists: Veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade", Documentary , Academy Award Nominee. Included: concept design, video editing, computer graphics andt titles for the opening montage (produced by Judy Montell) 1991

Video editing and post-production for "Paquila - The First Step" Karl Stucki Production.Project was designed to improve the quality of life (basic nutrition, sanitation, medical, care, etc.) in Paquila, Guatemala 1990

Panalist, presenter of work, "Dance and Technology", Winter Olympics Arts Festival, Calgary, Alberta 1988

Curator//Producer of "Electronic Art Gallery Programs" for CSU Stanislaus and CSU System, 1988

Art Director, Editor, Associate Producer, Technical Director of NIGHT FEEDER, 90 min. feature length video produced on Betacam format for internatinal distribution (Night Feeder was produced by NF Co,/Viper Optics ©1990, 1987-90

Department Head, California College of Arts and Crafts, Film/Video Dep't
. 1982-87

Manager of Audio/Video for SIGGRAPH '85 ART SHOW, Moscone Center, San.Fransisco, CA.. 1985

Audio/Video Crew - SIGGRAPH conferences in- Minneapolis,MN; Detroit, MI; Los Angeles, CA;, Dallas,TX. 1983-87

Large scale public live video events and video installation systems- Bay Area venues include: Cow Palace, S.F. Civic Center, Moscone Center, Galleria, Warfield Theater, Boarding House, Trocadero Transfer; Illinois Center, IL. clients include: Hooker's Balls, Exotic Erotic Halloween Balls, public disco events, live and remote location music concerts. 1975-1992


2005 -2009 Co-producer/Director/UI design of LIAISON and Chimp Finder Exhibit at the Saint Louis Zoo, St. Louis, Missouri

2000 -2001: Co-producer/Director, Shadow Dance: interactive multimedia Eclipse Exhibit at Chabot Space & Science Center, Oakland, CA

1998-1999: Co-producer/Director of Content, Interviewer/Videographer: Innvoation Forum Exhibit at The Tech Museum of Innovation

1998-current: CEO, Founder, Owner– VIPER VERTEX INTERACTIVE media Arts Co.

1987-1989: Art Director, Editor, Associate Producer,Technical Director, NIGHT FEEDER, 90 min. video feature produced on Betacam, international distribution

1982-1987: Department Head, Film and Video Department, Cal College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, Ca

1985: Manager Audio/Video, SIGGRAPH Art Show, Moscone Center , SF, CA

1983-1987: Manager Audio/Video & crew- SIGGRAPH Conferences:- Minneapolis,MN; Detroit, MI; Los Angeles, CA;, Dallas,TX, 1983-87

1975-1992: Producer and Director, Organizer, of large scale live video installations in national public venues including: Cow Palace, San Francisco; Civic Center, San Francisco; Moscone Center,San Francisco; Galleria, San Francisco; Warfield Theater,San Francisco; Boarding House, San Francisco; Trocadero Transfer, San Francisco; One Illinois Center, Chicago, IL. Organized all equipment, systems design of video and audio for large scale video projections, live multi-camera shoots, switching, mixing, video synthesis, hired crews, set-up on location and post-produced domentation of the events.


1976 – Present: CALIFORNIA COLLEGE OF ARTS AND CRAFTS, Professor of Electronic Art (Courses include: Interactive Storytelling for CD-ROM and Web, Interactive Media Environment, Diversity, Interactive narrative, Video production, Post-Production & Installation, Time and Media, Mac Basics, Core - Graduate levels)

1997-1998: MILLS COLLEGE, - Instructor of Video in Art Department - Oakland, CA

1994-1995: CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY., HAYWARD - MultiMedia, CD-ROM production & Video - Art Department

1987-1994: CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY SUMMER ARTS – Guest Artist and Visiting Faculty (1987, 88, 89, 91, 93, 94) Multimedia Arts


PIRAMID SANAT, Istanbul, Turkey, Presentation: “Lava, Chimps, Eclipses: Integrating Art and Science” 2010
TURKISH AMERICAN UNIVERSITY ASSOCIATION, Istanbul, Turkey, Presentation: “Lava to Chimps: Integrating Art and Science” 2010

PARC (Palo Alto Research Center) Forum, Palo Alto, CA    Presentation: “From Lava to Chimps: Integrating Art and Science”

COLUMBIA COLLEGE, Chicago, IL, Presentation of Multimedia Work and Exhibits 2007

TURKISH AMERICAN UNIVERSITY ASSOCIATION, Istanbul, Turkey, Presentation/Lecture:
“Total Solar Eclipses and Interactive Exhibits” 2006 

EXPLORATORIUM, YLEM, San Francisco, CA,   "Art Capturing Change" 2002  

OAKLAND MUSEUM, Oakland, CA     “High Touch / High Tech” 2000

ST. LOUIS COMMUNITY COLLEGE, St. Louis, MO    “Retrospective and Current Works”

CSU SUMMER ARTS ( CSU Humboldt, CSU Polytech, CA ): Computer Arts Guest Faculty, 1987-89, 1991, 1993, 1994

U. OF CA, SANTA CRUZ: Panalist/Workshop "Introducing New Technology to Existing Curriculum" 1994

CALIFORNIA STATE U.,CHICO: Presentation of "EROS INterACTive" - Faculty Symposium 1994

MILLS COLLEGE: Art , Technology and MultiMedia Lecture/Presentation Nov. 1993

CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF THE ARTS, L.A.: Interactive Computer Video Systems Workshop/
Guest Artist 1990, 1991

MASSACHUSETTES COLLEGE OF ART: Computer Arts: Installation,Performance, Workshop/
Guest Artist 1990

TUSKEEGEE UNIVERSITY - Biomedical Symposium: Advanced Composite Imaging Presentation 1987

METRO TELEVISION - SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA: Image Processing Workshop/Artist in Residence 1983



On-Line references may be found by searching for JoAnn Gillerman, Viper Optics or Viper Vertex. Also, more on Viper Vertex Press

2005     KETC Channel 9, Broadcast “Living St. Louis” Fragile Forest Exhibit at the St. Louis Zoo and the inventing of “Chimp Finder" and interviews with Jody Gillerman and Rob Terry on site at St. Louis Zoo

2005     KSDK Broadcast Channel 5 “Show me St. Louis” – Curator of Primates describes “Chimp Finder”

2002 ARTWEEK: Review by Dr. Celeste Connor of Shadow Dance: Eclipse Exhibit at Chabot Space and Science Center (CSSC), Oakland, CA

2001 KNTV Broadcast: "TECH TALK": "Shadow Dance: an Interactive Eclipse Exhibit" videotaped on location at Chabot Space and Science Center, includes interview with JoAnn Gillerman as co-producer of the exhibit - July 6, 2001

2001 KNTV Broadcast: Evening News - Videotaped on location interview with JoAnn Gillerman as co-producer of a New Eclipse Exhibit "Shadow Dance" at Chabot Space and Science Center, Oakland, CA, (June 21, 2001)

2001 OAKLAND TRIBUNE: describes Viper Vertex 's new eclipse exhibit Shadow Dance at CSSC

1998 SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS: Viper Vertex 's INNOVATION FORUM EXHIBIT at The Texh Museum of Innovation

1997 SAN FRANCISCO FOCUS Magazine: featured profile & picture of JoAnn Gillerman & Rob Terry, Aug ’97 issue

1996 ARTSWIRE WEBSITE: "Conversation with JoAnn Gillerman" Interactive arts forum, international distribution

1995 LEONARDO:Journal of Art, Science and Technology Volume 29 Number 4 -(intrenational distribution)
published in print, MIT press and on-line Leonardo Website, 1996, "The Sun Drops Its Torch, EROS INterACTive, AnArchy Partycam" & , authored by the artist (1995-present)

1995 ARTWEEK , San Francisco, CA "ART & TECHNOLOGY"

SELECTED DISTRIBUTION - laserdisc, video, books

INFORMATION ARTS": MIT Press - Author: Stephan Wilson (2001-present) publication, distribution; DIGITAL VISIONS COMPUTERS AND ART, Book, Author: Cynthia Goodman (Distribution); ROCKPORT PUBLISHERS, NORTH LIGHT BOOKS: "CLICK "publication, distribution TANTRA computer graphic painting; "AMAYAKAN"- Japan/L,A.,CA.: ORCHID video, video laserdisc, distribution (1988-present); PARAMOUNT VIDEO, Los Angeles, CA, ELECTRIC DREAM video, theatrical release & distribution; FILMS AROUND THE WORLD, New York, NIGHT FEEDER VIDEO FEATURE, international distribution (1991-1995

SELECTED BROADCASTS of WORKS- 1976 -1998 national & international
& International Broadcasts: Japan, Canada, Australia, Europe  
Video works Broadcast include: Volcanic Eclipse Excerpts and Interview with Artist JoAnn GIllerman, Fiber Form, Electric Dream, Clone Baby, Orchid, Whispers in a Plane of Light: a live performance, Untitled, Do you Mind this Time?, Moire, The Punk Tape, Viper Video 30 minute Program, Homage to the Exploration of Venus, You, Pentagon, Collection - Program 1(1 hr) and Collection - Program 2 (1 hr) and others.


JoAnn Gillerman has been vidotaping and photographing active volcanic lava flows and total solar eclipses around the world for decades. Some of the recent eclipses and lava flows may be seen on her website.

In the shadow ... total solar eclipses around the World and related multimedia works

On-location Video Recording and Documentation of active lava flows and other volcanoes– Works include video, interactive  DVD, and installation (1991-present)
Video Portraits of Active Lava Flows on Kilauea, Volcano, HI:
Lava Montage DVD – (2010)
Interactive Lava Sampler DVD  (2010)
Lava - Moon Glow Flow and Sunrise Falls (2009)
Lava Boat – Ginger Anyone? (2008)
Lava Zilch 2007
Lava 2002 : Surface Flow, Lava Falls, Spooky Flow, Crater, Pali, (2002)
Bubbles and Splash – Lava Bench – (2000)
P’u’U’o’O Crater 1997
From Above P’u’U’o’O Crater and Skylight 1991
Volcanic Eclipse – (1991)

1975 -1978: Built a Sandin Image Processor (Video Synthesizer and Processor) used for production, multi-camera live performance and installation - Relocated to California Bay Area to perform with the Real* Electric Symphony in a series of live electronic music and video concerts during New Music Month (and continuing afterwards) in Clubs, Colleges, and Alternative Spaces in and around the Bay Area, CA.