Heather Warren-Crow

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Heather Warren-Crow is a media theorist and performance artist. Her interdisciplinary scholarship centers on aesthetic subjectivity under regimes of technological mediation. She has also given sustained attention to modern and contemporary understandings of childhood and adolescence. Dr. Warren-Crow has published articles in Animation: An Interdisciplinary Journal, Canadian Theatre Review, Performance Research, and the edited volumeAnimated ‘Worlds.’ Forthcoming publications include chapters in Different Bodies: Disability in Film and Television and The Theory, Practice and Art of Movement Capture, an article on digital textuality and the work of art collective Bernadette Corporation, and the book Girlhood and the Plastic Image. Scheduled for release in the spring of 2014, Dr. Warren-Crow’s monograph argues that fundamental qualities of the digital image—namely, mutability, flexibility, and scalability—are also attributes of girls as they discursively constructed. Through a series of case studies (from the infamous Parked Domain Girl to the landmark work of internet art mouchette.org and the anime feature 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 field of media studies. After writing Girlhood and the Plastic Image, Dr. Warren-Crow developed an interest in sound studies. She is currently conducting collaborative research on digital speech synthesis and working on a monograph that explores the relationship between voice, labor, and effort in 19th-21st century media cultures.
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 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-Marxist lecture; the tacky, puerile yet sexy tastelessness of a pop music video” (Lori Waxman). Dr. Warren-Crow has exhibited at galleries and in performance spaces around the world. Recent exhibitions include the Electric Nights Festival at Beton 7 in Athens (Greece), the Resound Festival of Sound Art in Penzance (UK), the Sketchbook Festival of theatre in Chicago, Emergency Index at The Kitchen in New York City, and a screening of all of her performance-based videos at Microscope Gallery in Brooklyn.

Dr. Warren-Crow’s teaching interests span music, theatre, dance, and visual art. She has areas of expertise in intermedia (especially sound art, performance art, and dance film), performance studies, sound studies, cinema and media studies, girlhood studies, gender studies, and theatrical design. 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, an Eisner Award for Continuing Creative Achievement (UC Berkeley’s most prestigious award for the arts), and a grant for collaborative transdisciplinary research from UW Milwaukee. A former artist-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.

Heather Warren-Crow
Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Arts in the College of Visual & Performing Arts

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