Nathan Grande is a Masters of Fine Arts graduate of the Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication program at The University of Texas at Dallas, where he served as a graduate teaching assistant of sound design. He continues his studies as an independent scholar of Human-Animal & Critical Animal Studies.
Nathan’s MFA thesis, Picturing Elephants, centered on the contradiction between the place of corporeal elephants in human cultures, and cultural representations of the elephant image. Through a curation of internet images, original music composition and poetry, and sound design, this media-art installation aimed to bring attention to the captivity, mistreatment, and killing of elephants, and the implicit role of consumer and visual culture in concealing these realities.
Nathan is currently working on two projects. His current creative project, For Other Animals, received grant funding from the Culture & Animals Foundation. This web-based international project employs written narratives and visual media to connect the public to the experiences of animal sanctuary residents and their human caretakers, while encouraging the public to see members of other species as unique individuals. In his forthcoming book chapter, Strategic Empathy, Digital Technologies, and Animal Activism: In Pursuit of Total Liberation, Nathan attempts to influence and inspire activists by offering a framework of empathy in which they might operate when engaging with the public.
Nathan also has a background in music performance and digital-music composition. As a freelance music composer, he completed several compositions for Firstcom Music’s online production music library. These compositions have aired as incidental music on various network television programs, such as Unusual Suspects, America’s Most Wanted, Studio B with Shepard Smith, and E! News.
Nathan seeks opportunities to teach critical studies courses that give attention to nonhuman animals in film and other media. His research interests include the representation and use of nonhuman animals in film and media; empathy; and the place, oppression, and invisibility of animals in human cultures.