Kelly Kirshtner HEADSHOT

Kelly Kirshtner

  • Associate Professor, Film, Video, Animation and New Genres


Ph.D., Visual Studies, University of California, Irvine
MFA, Art & Technology, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Certificate in Critical Theory Emphasis, University of California, Irvine


Kelly Kirshtner is an artist/filmmaker, sound designer, writer, and educator. Her work emphasizes a speculative and process-driven approach to storytelling through sound, moving image, and intermedia practices. Favoring predicaments of embodiment, synchronization, and perception, the work often explores phenomena at the verge of unraveling. Kirshtner has exhibited or performed internationally at film festivals, performance spaces, and other topographies, including among her recent works the durational satellite-writing project “In the Shoulder Season” (March-April 2020) and a series of live soundscape performances (“Falling, in Terms of Silent,” 2015-2020). She has authored essays on recording and performance in early cinema; radio and film sound; the horror genre; sonic ecologies, and other topics.

Dr. Kirshtner teaches Undergraduate courses in cinema studies, genre theory, sound production/post-production, and audiovisual aesthetics. Recent Graduate offerings include theory-practice seminars such as “Participatory Ecologies,” “Site & Community,” “Sound as Method, Art & Material,” and “Aurality, Recording, & Representation.”