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Kelly Kirshtner

Associate Professor, Film, Video, Animation and New Genres


Ph.D., Visual Studies (Critical Theory Emphasis), 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 interdisciplinary artist and scholar working with sound, video, installation, and performance to examine systems that mediate our perception of audiovisual media. Of particular interest are embodied production practices that take place behind the scenes in the creation of sound for moving image, most recently explored through a series of “live soundtrack interventions” performed at venues such as the Lang Recital Hall at Hunter College in NYC and the Beeler Gallery in Columbus, OH. Other ongoing projects include a series of deep water and floating vessel recordings made in Lake Tahoe, where she has also been gathering footage for a new film. Kelly’s writing includes a doctoral dissertation about the microphone’s conceptual integration into early radio and cinema, as well as essays on film and television sound, sonic resistance in public space, and photographic memory. Kelly teaches courses in visual/cinematic media, as well as sound practice and aesthetics.

Falling, in Terms of Silent (recent work)