Tara Knight

Tara Knight, Interim Director

Tara Knight is a filmmaker, animator, and projection designer for live performance. She is currently directing Mikumentary a series of short films about the worldwide Hatsune Miku phenomenon. Knight has presented the films and lectures at the South By Southwest Interactive Festival, the Time Warner “The Future of Storytelling” Event in NYC, at New York Comic Con, and Anime Expo in LA. Episode 3: Participatory Culture was installed at the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo as part of the 10th Anniversary Exhibition and the films have been bootlegged into Spanish, French, Russian, Vietnamese, Cantonese, and Thai by viewers online.

She is currently an advisor for the New Horizons Project which NASA will upload as the Golden Record 2.0 in 2016. Two of her short films won 2014 Van Gogh Awards at the Amsterdam Film Festival in the categories of Animation and World Cinema: Best Experimental Film. She is a founding member of Project Planetaria, an interdisciplinary project exploring the intersection of performance and astrophysics. The Floating World,
a performance she co-created with Malashock Dance, won an Emmy in 2011.

Knight began her career as an optical printing assistant, a painter on the films of animation pioneer Faith Hubley, and as an animation assistant for Emily Hubley on her short films and the cult hit Hedwig and the Angry Inch. She earned an MFA in Visual Art from the University of California, San Diego and a BA in Film Theory and Production from Hampshire College. She earned an honorary degree from Konodai Girls’ School outside Tokyo. Knight is an Associate Professor of Digital Media and the Associate Dean for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion for the Division of Arts and Humanities at UC San Diego.  She is delighted to serve as the Center for Humanities Interim Director this academic year.
Office: Literature 410
(858) 534-6270
tknight@ucsd.edu


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Erin Glass, Associate Director

Erin Glass joins us from The CUNY Graduate Center where as Digital Fellow and Mellon Interdisciplinary Science Studies Fellow she worked with educators, academics and developers on creating software and initiatives that fostered collaborative research and pedagogy while protecting academic values and user freedom. In addition, Erin has taught workshops on a variety of digital skills and is involved in a wide array of ongoing digital humanities projects ranging from classroom annotation to networked scholarship. Erin is also co-founder and student director of Social Paper, a non-proprietary socialized writing environment for students, which has received support from a National Endowment for the Humanities Digital Start-Up Grant and a CUNY Advance Grant. Erin is thrilled to contribute her expertise in digital humanities to the Center’s important efforts in elevating the visibility of the Arts & Humanities on campus and beyond. She is currently at work on a dissertation which examines the university’s relationship with digital technology at the site of student writing and also explores the radical potential of collaborative and participatory pedagogy. 


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Victoria Gerginis-Mellos, Program Administrator

Victoria comes from an interdisciplinary background and has degrees in Education, Education Technology, Studio Arts, and Graphic Design. Before coming to the Center, she worked in the nonprofit sector where she promoted farmers’ stories and agricultural education. Her previous projects include “Greece through the Eyes of a Dancer,” an interactive multimedia piece which explored the perception and communication of multiple historical and spatial perspectives. Victoria has presented work on the correlation between folk dance and Minoan art and has also recreated Minoan era frescoes to be used as stage props for a special presentation.

 


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Lea Johnson, Graduate Student Researcher

Lea Johnson is an Ethnic Studies Ph.D. student at UCSD.  An alumna of Southern University A&M and UCLA, Lea’s research interests are influenced by her interdisciplinary background in Architecture and Comparative Literature, as well as her geographic location within the West Coast and the U.S. South.  Her current work builds upon black feminist theories of literature and diaspora, geography, race, gender, and sexuality, in order to consider how anti-black restrictions on mobility during the early 20th century shaped working class black women’s literary and cultural texts.