David I Tafler

David I Tafler

David I. Tafler is a Professor of Media and Communication and Film Studies at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania. He chaired the Department of Media and Communication for twelve years. Dr. Tafler began writing on interactive video art in the mid 1980s. His early publications chronicled the work of artists Peter d'Agostino (DOUBLE YOU and X,Y,Z.), Lynne Hershman (LORNA), Grahame Weinbren and Roberta Friedman (The Earl King), whose installations pioneered the field. Tafler observed v/user engagement with those installations over months of observation in 1987 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and at the Whitney Museum. Those observations formed the basis of Tafler's doctoral dissertation, awarded in 1990. Dr. Tafler has authored and published many articles on interactive media, camcorder activism, avant-garde cinema, electronic art, and community media. For nearly two decades, David Tafler has worked with the Pitjantja tjara, Yankunytjatjara, and Ngaanyatjarra people in central Australia as a consultant, writer, and web designer/administrator. In the field, Tafler helped develop Radio 5NPY - a central desert Australian Aboriginal radio service; ICTV - a nationwide indigenous community television service; a UHF wireless telecommunication network; and waru.org - an interactive web service, which for a number of years served as an umbrella for organizations on the APY Lands. David Tafler's work with community media broadened to include other venues. As a consultant for the Irish Red Cross Society (IRCS) in Banda Aceh in 2009, Tafler co-developed and authored a manual on communication and new communication technologies for the support of beneficiary populations in disaster prone regions.