Keeping Up with the KI Faculty


Members of the Kinetic Imaging faculty have been hard at work making the transition to teleworking and teaching the remainder of the semester remotely. Thanks to major efforts from the KI staff, the department has been able to host both their end of semester student awards and a departmental screening virtually, with a virtual senior show to come in June.

On top of diligently teaching their classes, several faculty members have taken on quarantine-specific projects or have been involved in virtual events and screenings that have had to move online.

Stephen Vitiello (Department Chair)

Black Maria Film Festival

The Thomas Edison Media Arts Consortium in collaboration with the Hoboken Historical Museum presents the Black Maria Virtual Film Festival! Available for viewing online, free of charge; view the selection of animation, documentary, experimental, and narrative films, including Drift and Bough and The Washing Society, scored by Department Chair Stephen Vitiello.

Kate Sicchio (Assistant Professor)

Set an Alarm / Home

Sicchio’s ‘Voice & Voids‘ residency at University of Washington became a remote residency where she worked collaboratively with Afroditi Psara and others over Zoom, May 4-13th. The residency focused on making performances using voice assistant technology and the data they collect. Set An Alarm is a score for performer and the Alexa device. Home is a dance improvisation with accelerometers used to control playback of audio data collected from users of Google Home devices. 

Rob Carter (Adjunct Professor)

HotHeads Wall Online Exhibition at the Catharine Clark Gallery

Twenty-seven invited artists were invited to contribute to the HotHeads exhibit: a salon-style presentation of artworks featuring the invited artists’ pieces, each honoring a hothead who inspires them. Carter’s video honors the late Honduran environmental activist Berta Cáceres.

Julie Grosche (Adjunct Professor)

Tender Isolation

With an opportunity in Italy up in the air due to global health concerns, Grosche completed this animated piece exploring relationships and confinement. Watch the full video on her vimeo!

Frank Pichel (Adjunct Professor)

Staying Home with Quarantine Cat

As a collaboration with Sarah Legare, Pitchel co-authored and illustrated a children’s ebook about COVID related anxiety. The book is currently in an ebook contest at Emory University.

Russell White (Adjunct Professor)

Time Lords

White brings us comedic peek at a day in the life of two Time Lords as they jiggle, summon demons, and share their thoughts on capitalism.

Andrea Williams (Visiting Adjunct Professor)

Sound Bath for Cleansing and Healing on a Cellular Level

Though Williams doesn’t consider this to be her art, necessarily, she wanted to share the experience of a sound bath with a wider audience, in light of event-cancellations at the ICA. In the video, Williams performs, “offering cleansing and healing to my neighborhood in Richmond, VA, my students, and beyond as cherry blossoms fall around me.” KI would like to thank Williams for joining us for this past semester.