Associate Professor of Video Production
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 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.
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 employed for the purposes of art, activism, social justice, community organizing predominantly by those outside of power taking hold of the means of production to make their voices and concerns heard. We will look at the legacy of avant-garde artists, feminists, queers, and third world activists (sometimes one and the same) using portable video as an accessible tool for expression, critical discourse, and counter-surveillance, and consider issues of representation, spectatorship, identification, production, and distribution as it pertains to hand-held media in the 21st century. Projects are designed to develop basic technical proficiency in the video medium as well as the necessary working skills and mental discipline so important to a successful working process. Final production projects will experiment with established media genres. Readings, screenings, In-class critiques and discussion will focus on media analysis and the role of technology in image production. There is a $50 lab fee charged for the course. Prerequisite: 100 level course in media arts (Introduction to Media Arts, Introduction to Media Production, Introduction to Digital Photography & New Media, or equivalent).
This course will focus on installation and performance in conversation with diverse media: video, digital, audio, photo, film, and the plastic arts. The thematic focus of the seminar will critically engage issues of technology, vision, and site. Also of importance is the nature of video as electronic technology and the relationship of immediacy that it has 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. Prerequisites: 1 intro media production course or equivalent, any introductory course in digital, visual, media, or performing arts and/or creative writing; 1 critical or cultural studies course; recommended: 1 200 level course in either the humanities or social sciences.
The Open University' is an intermediate media production workshop. We will research community and distance learning projects and employing critical media studies frameworks, participants will conceive of the format, content, production, and transmission methods for a contemporary public education project. Our production toolkit will include: media analysis, content research, program development, pre-production planning, studio and field production, live television/streaming production, and post-production editing and distribution. Participants will be expected to contribute collectively and individually to our common goal. This workshop pays tribute to Social/Cultural Theorist and public intellectual Stuart Hall's legacy by producing engaged public media. In collaboration with faculty, staff, students, and community members of the Five Colleges, we will produce and broadcast a series of thought-provoking learning programs for our community and beyond. Participants with basic media production and/or media studies experience, and an interest in Critical Pedagogy, public education, documentary/non-fiction practices (reading, writing, media), media activism, television/streaming and open source practices, Cultural Studies, Africana Studies, Critical Ethnic Studies, American Studies, Ethnography, sustainability, and interdisciplinary arts are welcome to enroll.
This course will introduce students to interdisciplinary readers, lookers, thinkers, and makers. War is a subject making activity. Whether through first-hand oral accounts, painting, photography, film, video or live web-streaming, war is imaged for our consumption and contemplation. This class will consider the relationship between images and military proliferation within daily life. We will look at how images function in both pro and anti-war debates and how they are crucial to our understanding of death and violence when associated with war. We will concentrate on modern warfare and the camera's framing of these engagements. This class will introduce students to critical skills that will enable them to describe, interpret and evaluate the ways in which images represent the world around us. Response, research, reflection and revision are key concepts within the structure of this class. Weekly reading and looking assignments will provoke written and visual responses. Students will participate in group work and dynamic class discussions. This class will prepare students for continued work in media and cultural studies, media production and the social sciences.