Brian Karl has more than ten years of experience as a writer, editor, producer, and curator, specializing in new media including video, audio, and computer-based work. He has served as Executive Director, Program Director and Artistic Director at many non-profit arts organizations, including Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), Harvestworks Media Arts, Inc., and the Headlands Center for the Arts. As a musician, he has performed his own and others' works at numerous venues including the Knitting Factory, CBGB's, Merkin Hall, and Roulette in New York City. His work as a media artist (videomaker as well as sound design for video and live performance) has appeared in the Whitney Biennial (2002) and the New York Video Festival at Lincoln Center (2002); has been purchased for the collection of the Jewish Museum (2001) in New York City; and won First Prize at the Leggera Film Festival in Italy (2000) as well as a Golden Gate Award Certificate of Merit at the San Francisco International Film Festival (2002). Currently a doctoral candidate in the Ethnomusicology Program at Columbia University, he received his Master's Degree from Columbia (2002) for his thesis, "Creation and Maintenance of Cultural Identity by Palestinian Musicians in New York City."