Associate Professor of Video and Critical Studies
In 1994 she received an Arts International six-month Artist Residency in Moscow, Russia and in 1996 and 2001 she attended thematic artist residencies at the Banff Centre for the Arts. During the summer of 2006 she participated in el Laboratorio Fronterizo de Escritores/Writing Lab on the Border in Tijuana, Baja MX and Chula Vista, CA, sponsored by the Fondo de Cultura Economica and ITESM Toluca Campus.
Recent works include: 'Invisible: episode 03 meet me in Okemah, Ok' 2003/4 a speculative fiction audio/video installation; 'Xing Over' 2003 6hr performance 2.36min 3 channel audio piece; 'Black Russians' 2001 117min documentary video; "The Outing Trilogy" experimental video piece including: 'Mi Companera' 2002 12min and 'Me-ba... I'm Coming' 1998 9min.
Her writing can be found in the online journal, XCP Streetnotes Spring 2005, in Ulbandus Review no. 7 and Black Filmmakers Magazine. kara has also contributed audio work to Cabinet Magazine no.13 and video to the DVD zine, PocketMyths: Odysseus.
She has served as a juror for Outfest Los Angeles, on the selection committee for MIX: New York Experimental Film and Video Festival, and has been involved with the New Festival as a member of the shorts selection committee and print traffic co-coordinator.
kara currently serves on the board for The Mountain School, Clockshop, and the Denniston Hill Foundation. She is a member of La Linea Interdiciplinario, a collective of women writers and artists in dialog across the US/Mexico borderlandia. She completed her M.F.A. in Visual Arts at University of California, San Diego.
This course will explore the social and historical context for Irish traditional music performance in Ireland, in diaspora, and as a tradition in the Pioneer Valley. We will also study Irish popular music from the perspectives of post-colonialism, Irish nationalism, and political/economic change in Ireland during the 20th and 21st centuries. There will be regular writing and reading assignments (both primary and secondary sources). We will spend roughly 25% of class time learning Irish traditional music and/or song by ear. Instrumentalists will learn to play various types of Irish dance tunes -- reels, jigs, slip jigs, hornpipes, slow airs, and others. Vocalists will learn Irish sean nos (old style) singing. No prior experience is necessary; however students should have an interest in singing or have a basic working knowledge of an instrument specific to this genre: fiddle (violin), guitar, mandolin, tenor banjo, piano, accordion, flute, pennywhistle, and potentially others.
This course will focus on installation and performance in conversation with diverse media and the local ecosystem. The thematic focus of the seminar will critically engage in the question: How can we create a sustainable environment in which to pursue and create artistic, agricultural, ecological, and socio-economic equity? Aware of our daily investments in settler-colonialism, how will we in our practices steward this land with seven generations at the forefront? As a class we will draft a mission statement and plans of action through installation to approach these questions. This hands-on, project based course will look at relationships built between artists, activists, agriculturalists, and communities to build a sustainable past, present, and future. We will collaborate with Hampshire's own Farm Center as well as forge lasting relationship with local artists, farmers, community organizers, and environmentalists and research national and international initiatives that meet and inspire our mission and action plan. This course will introduce students to a variety of visual art media and time-based art production. We will also participate in the fall harvest at the Farm Center. This course is ideal for students interested in art, agriculture, collaboration and community engagement and willing to put in a few hours of farm work each week.
This course will focus on live-ness in time-based media. The thematic focus of the seminar will critically engage issues of presence, process, technology, the body, and site. Of importance is the nature of video as an immediate, electronic technology as it engages with both performance and installation. This is a rigorous theory/practice workshop class designed specifically for upper division students. In this seminar, students will develop their skills within their specific media and work collaboratively throughout the semester to produce work that engages questions of site, space, time, experience and vision within an historical context. We will challenge traditional modes of production and presentation collectively. Students will focus in on their critical skills and be required to produce written responses, two visual projects, and a research project/presentation. This course will encourage students to broaden their perspective of artistic production. This will be a challenging course for serious students in the media arts.