The importance of new technologies and platforms in cultural production inspires me to work as an educator in fields related to these topics. Through making, it is important for students makers to consider the political implications of their methods of production in order to respond to the moral and physical needs of our worlds. I often want to address how makers can acknowledge technological privilege, assumptions about what is a technology and who uses it, and to make strong aesthetic work with social impact through these challenges.
I’m a feminist who is vocally intersectional, constantly looking for new ways to incorporate overlooked, under represented voices in academic settings.
What I wish to instill most in my students is the confidence that with the right thinking and research, anything can be learned and accomplished. As such, it is important to teach students to seek out knowledge and experience above and beyond the classroom in order to meet their creative and technical ambitions.
Students should come away from my classes with an expanded perspective on what is possible in digital practice, as well as what discussions are most useful and productive in communal critique. I believe that firm rooting in conceptual roots of creative work is crucial to stretching students beyond what they think they are capable of, as well as critical exploration of what qualities of interactivity and engagement are inspiring, compelling and challenging. I hope that these experiences will continue to inspire students for the rest of their careers, whether as makers, critics, audiences or marketers of creative culture.