Heather Warren-Crow, Ph.D.
Ph.D. in Performance Studies with a Certificate in Film Studies, University of California at Berkeley
Heather Warren-Crow is an artist and theorist who specializes in intermedia practice, embodied and other nonrepresentational approaches to research, and creative-critical writing. She is the winner of two teaching awards and multiple awards for research, including the TTU Chancellor's Council Distinguished Research Award, the TTU System's highest honor.
As an artist, Dr. Warren-Crow does performance across multiple mediums—video art, experimental film, sound art, body art, event scores, and theatre. Her practice embraces the uncomfortable tension between the predetermined and the spontaneous, especially as that dialectic shapes our understandings of what it means to be a person (corporate, human, or maybe even Artificial Intelligence). She often makes work about work: the labor of being heard in our era of communicative capitalism, the effort of doing repetitive tasks best left to automation, the struggle and imperative to let go. These lines of inquiry have led her to some interesting places, such as the lab of biophysicist Sy Redding (where she is the artist-in-residence). Her found footage film “reCAPTCHA,” described by F3 Film Magazine as an “immersive cognitive disruption conveying trauma and the neglect of a reciprocal human response," won Best Experimental Film from SF Shorts: The San Francisco International Festival of Short Films and Best Experimental Microfilm from the Oregon Experimental Film Festival. She is one of the organizers of CO-OPt, an artist-run gallery and experimental music venue in Lubbock, Texas.
Dr. Warren-Crow also practices media philosophy. Her scholarship interrogates the aesthetics of audio-visual media as models for personhood, gendered embodiment, vitality, and labor. She has published two books in the fields of digital culture studies and gender studies—Young-Girls in Echoland: #Theorizing Tiqqun (co-authored with Andrea Jonsson) and Girlhood and the Plastic Image—and several journal articles on animation, among other publications. She is currently completing a manuscript on William Shakespeare, nonhuman intelligence, and generative AI and co-editing a large volume on animation theory.
“Information” (2020), video still
“There is Something in Good Men That Really Yearns for Discipline” (2019), video still
Fiat $ Party (2018, with Seth Warren-Crow), performance documentation
Swan Divin' Into a Tub of Scratch (2016), performance documentation