Associate Professor of Video and Critical Studies
Major projects include: "Black Russians," a feature documentary video (2001); "The Outing," a video travelogue (1998-2002); and "Mouhawala Oula," a gender-bending trio performance for oriental dance, live video, and saxophone (2010). Her current project, "Invisible," an episodic, multi-site video/audio installation (2003-present), excavates the terror and resilient beauty of the Black experience. She is a 2018 MAPFund recipient for "Saved," an installment of "Invisible." Her projects have been presented internationally in Zimbabwe, Kenya, Russia, Germany, the UK, Palestine, Lebanon, and throughout the U.S. in community cultural centers and established art venues alike. Her videos are collected in major university libraries in the U.S. and Europe.
kara is a member of Interdiciplinario La Lìnea, a feminist artist collective based at the US/Mexico borderlandia. She has published in XC Streetnotes, Ulbandus Review, BFM, contributed audio to Cabinet Magazine, video to PocketMyths, and drawings/writings to the Encyclopedia Project v.II F-K. Along with Henriette Gunkel, kara co-edited We Travel the SpaceWays: Black Imagination, Fragments and Diffractions, an anthology of African Diaspora Futures art, criticism, and conversations published by Transcript, summer 2019.
kara completed her M.F.A. in Visual Arts at the University of California, San Diego. In 2012/13 kara was a research fellow in the African and African Diaspora Studies Department, University of Texas, Austin and the Academy for Advanced African Studies in Bayreuth Germany. She earns a living as an associate professor of video and critical studies at Hampshire College.
This seminar on media analysis and production will consider how constructions of power are embodied in technologies and conversely, how technologies shape our notions of authority and how we actively mobilize against it. In recent years, access to information and images has shifted dramatically. Handheld technologies, social media networks, live web-streaming, video games, and podcasts eclipse mass-media broadcast channels distributing entertainment, news, and information. Drawing upon Media Arts, Critical Ethnic Studies, and Cultural Studies, we will examine models of Digital Resistance in order to understand: the relationship of race to representation; precursors to contemporary innovations; Corporate Media and Government gatekeeping of information; modes of production; the relationship between media, information and action. Through readings, responses, visual projects, and research essays, students will learn to critically read and make digital media and contend with it as a mass language.
In this workshop, students will explore the idea and implications of aftermath. Utilizing aftermath as a framework, students will consider what remains-how the past persists in the present, how the future is shadowed, and the ways in which no framework is stable. This intensive theory/practice workshop in Installation and Creative Writing is designed for Division II students interested in developing practices that engage questions of site, space, time, experience and the senses within specific historical contexts. Students will develop their skills in reading, writing, looking and translating between abstract concepts and concrete forms of artistic expression. Weekly exercises will hone critical skills and support students in their self-directed research project/presentation. This course will encourage students to broaden their perspective of artistic process and practice as we challenge traditional modes of production and presentation collectively. This will be a challenging course for serious students in creative writing, media, visual, and performing arts.
Video I is an introductory video production course. Over the course of the semester students will gain experience in pre-production, production and post-production techniques as well as learn to think and look critically about the making of the moving image. We will engage with video as a specific visual medium for expression with a specific focus on live-ness in time-based media in direct action, installation, and performance. The thematic focus of this course will critically engage issues of presence, process, technology, the body, and site. Also of importance is the nature of video as an immediate, electronic technology. Labs, workshops, sketches + exercises are designed to develop basic technical proficiency in the video medium to facilitate experimentation and support imaginative risk taking in media production. Collaborations across discipline, research projects, and two public showcases will provide a platform for student's to explore and activate their artistic process in this medium. Readings, screenings, in-class critiques and discussion will focus on the relationship between form and content and the role of technology in image production.
What are sustainable practices that expand and promote our vision of freedom? This course will focus on installation and community engaged art practices 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 dynamic practice 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. This course will introduce students to a variety of visual art media and time-based art production. This course is ideal for students interested in art, ecosystems, agroecology, collective and community engagement.
This introductory seminar on media analysis and production will consider how constructions of power are embodied in technologies and conversely, how technologies shape our notions of authority and how we actively mobilize against it. In recent years, access to information and images has shifted dramatically. PDAs/Handheld technologies, social media networks, live web-streaming, video games, and podcasts eclipse mass-media broadcast channels distributing entertainment, news, and information. Drawing upon Media Arts, Critical Ethnic Studies, and Cultural Studies, we will examine models of Digital Resistance like Citizen Journalism, Community Access, Artivism, Hacktivism, and Digital Movements like BlackLivesMatter, Occupy, Arab Spring, and IdleNoMore in order to understand: precursors to contemporary innovations; Corporate Media and Government gatekeeping of information; modes of production; the relationship between media, information and action. Through readings, responses, and visual projects, students will learn to critically read and make digital media and contend with it as a mass language.