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|Marientina is an artist, writer and technologist from Greece, currently residing in Los Angeles, California. Gotsis received her BFA in Photo/Film/Electronic Media and MFA in Electronic Visualization from the Electronic Visualization Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is the Co-Director of the Creative Media and Behavioral Health Center at the USC School of Cinematic Arts and Research Assistant Professor of the Interactive Media Division. She founded the Games for Health Initiative in 2007 and developed innovative partnerships and projects in topics of wellness, child development, nutrition, obesity, autism and vision. Formerly the Media Lab Manager for the Interactive Media Division, Gotsis managed technology infrastructure and contributed to several research projects funded by Electronic Arts, Intel, Microsoft and Nokia. She was a lecturer and adjunct faculty at several colleges and universities in Illinois, has consulted for small businesses and not-for-profits.
Gotsis is interested in the intersections of dance and technology as explored by her graduate thesis exhibition “INSIDE_OUT”. This project consisted of live dance improvisations through a virtual reality application and an optical tracking system. She has previously produced the graduate thesis exhibition at IMD for four years, collaborated as projectionist for choreographer Ginger Farley, performed in community theater (Thiasos Margarita) and volunteered for the first Los Angeles Greek Film Festival. Past and present creative interests explore topics in human relationships, anthropology and art history, health advocacy and personal growth.