Kathy High

Associate Professor, Arts

KATHY HIGH is a media artist, curator, and teacher living and working in upstate New York and Brooklyn. She produces videos and installations around issues of gender and technology, pursues queer and feminist inquiries into various areas of medicine/bio-science, and is engaged with science fiction, and studies animal behavior. For the past twenty years, High has produced experimental documentaries that look at a wide spectrum of issues dealing with “care” from women’s health to interspecies telepathic communications. Her video works touch on topics including body politics and the paranormal, and have been shown in festivals, galleries and museums both nationally and abroad, including the Guggenheim Museum, and Museum of Modern Art, NYC, Catalyst Arts, Belfast, Ireland, Time Based Arts, Hull, U.K., Videotage Art Space, Hong Kong, as well as aired on PBS. She has received numerous awards for her video works including grants from The Rockefeller Foundation, New York State Council on the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts. She has been an independent curator for a number of years, having started the video exhibition program at Hallwalls Gallery in Buffalo, NY, and curated the Microwave Festival in Hong Kong, as well as television series (REEL NEW YORK on WNET) and video exhibitions internationally. Her work, “Embracing Animal”, was exhibited in “Becoming Animal” at MASS MoCA, North Adams (www.embracinganimal.com). Also See Video Data Bank for information on this video work and others by Kathy High: http://www.vdb.org/
High joined the Department of Arts at Rensselaer in 2002, a department specializing in integrated electronic arts practices. She taught at Princeton University and Cooper Union prior to teaching at Rensselaer. She teaches digital video production and post production and has been working in the area of film, video and photography for over twenty years. Being at a university known for science and engineering has had its effect, as High is participating more in bio-arts activities. She started the BioArts Initiative at Rensselaer, a collaboration between the Department of Arts and the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies. She was the editor of the critical journal, FELIX: A Journal of Media Arts and Communication, encouraging dialogue among radical media makers since 1991 http://www.e-felix.org/ An upcoming publication entitled “TOOLS: Analogues and Intersections: Video and Media Arts Histories” with coeditors Sherry Miller Hocking (ETC) and Mona Jimenez (NYU, Moving Image Arching and Preservation Program) looks at the history of tools used in creating media arts, the collaboration between artists and engineer designers, and the preservation of these tools. The basis of this project comes out of the archives of the Experimental Television Center.  

Research Focus
  • media artist curator