Christopher M. Rzigalinski is a multimedia artist, essayist, screenwriter, and humorist. He uses conceptual art and absurdist humor to generate dialogues about race, the politics of mass media, and popular culture.
Rzigalinski was raised in South River, New Jersey. He received a Master of Arts degree from Rutgers University-Newark in American Studies, where his thesis “Contorting the Color Line: Race in New York Underground Music and Culture, 1978-1981” focused on artistic production as a means of developing relationships between black and white communities in New York City. He taught undergraduate courses in multimedia composition, pop cultural history, and pop music at Rutgers University-New Brunswick, in addition to guiding several new media initiatives, such as Mapping New Brunswick Memories, a collaborative effort between students and local community members.
Rzigalinski works in several formats. His new media and digital technology work includes videos and sound collages. His ambient audio tracks have appeared as companion pieces to a digital version of the literary magazine With Regard To: Light and Dark. In addition, his play 34th & 11th, co-written with Laryssa Wirstiuk, was accepted to the Manhattan Repertory Theatre One-Act Festival in 2014. An essay of his titled “I Have a Confession to Make: My Struggle with Whiteness” will soon be appearing in the anthology What Does it Mean to Be White in America? in the spring of 2016. Rzigalinski's current projects include an oral history collection regarding the role of white privilege in the 21st century and a sitcom pilot based on his career working in higher education called Further Research.