Heather Warren-Crow, assistant professor of interdisciplinary arts and affiliated faculty in women's studies, is a scholar of media and performance as well as an artist. Her interdisciplinary scholarship centers on the aesthetics of subjectivity in the 19th-21st centuries. She has given sustained attention to the body in analog and digital animation, discourses of adolescence in fine art and popular media, the art of affective labor, and the agency of objects, images, and sounds. Dr. Warren-Crow's first book, Girlhood and the Plastic Image, was recently published by Dartmouth College Press. It argues that fundamental qualities of the digital image—namely, mutability, scalability, and shareability—are associated with girlishness, with the power/vulnerability of girls as they are discursively understood. Through a series of case studies (from the infamous Parked Domain Girl to the landmark work of internet art mouchette.org and the anime film Paprika), Girlhood and the Plastic Image investigates how and why our images promise us the adaptability of youth. Moreover, it registers the girlphobia that has shaped the discipline of media studies. Dr. Warren-Crow is currently writing another book, tentatively titled Nymphology , that deals with the impact of Tiqqun's concept of the Young-Girl on popular political philosophy and the arts.
Committed to theory/practice and multimodal methodologies of academic research, Dr. Warren-Crow creates face-to-face, live-networked, and prerecorded performances that address the function of language, gesture, and emotion in constructing shareable identities. More specifically, she has a number of video and sound pieces confronting the allure of the public confession in the age of social media. Much of her work is a playful mash-up of different modes of discourse: "the do-it-yourself setup and narcissistic self-centeredness of a video blog; the impenetrable yet naggingly profound sentiment of an academic post-Marxistlecture; the tacky, puerile yet sexy tastelessness of a pop music video" (Lori Waxman). Recent exhibitions include Scene: Bluss at the Porsgrunn International Theatre Festival (Norway), 24-Hour Confession at Glasshouse ArtLifeLab in Brooklyn, Electric Nights Festival at Beton 7 in Athens (Greece), and the Resound Festival of Sound Art in Penzance (UK). Dr. Warren-Crow has also worked as a puppet designer and puppeteer.
Dr. Warren-Crow's teaching interests span music, theatre, dance, film, and visual art. She has areas of expertise in intermedia (especially performance art, sound art, and screendance); puppetry, movement-based, and multimedia performance; theatrical design; video and internet art; photography theory; performance studies; cinema and media studies; girlhood studies; gender studies; and vocal aesthetics. Previously, she taught at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee and the University of California at Berkeley, where she received an Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award. She is also the recipient of three awards from the American College Theater Festival and an Eisner Award for Continuing Creative Achievement (UC Berkeley's most prestigious award for the arts). A former researcher-in-residence at the International Center for the History of Electronic Games and instructor at the Berkeley Repertory School of Theatre, Dr. Warren-Crow has a PhD in Performance Studies from UC Berkeley.
Please visit the website: www.heatherwarren-crow.com/
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