KERA MACKENZIE /// email me
Lives and works in Chicago IL


CURRENT POSITIONS

2016- Visual Arts Instructor, course: Digital Media, Chicago High School for the Arts, Chicago IL

Teaching Artist, course: Honors Video Production, CPS Advanced Arts Program at Gallery 37, Chicago IL
2014- Founding Co-Director, ACRETV.org, Chicago IL

Videographer/Editor, Mainstream Media, LLC, Chicago IL

EDUCATION

2013 MFA Moving Image, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago IL
2009 Certificate in New Media, Transart Institute, Berlin, Germany
2007 BS Human Services, Lesley University; Visual Studies Minor, Art Institute of Boston, Cambridge & Boston MA
2006 Study Abroad Program, Prescott College, Varanasi and Dharamsala, India
2005 Coursework in Psychology, State University of Morelos, Cuernavaca, Mexico
2003-04 Coursework in Visual Arts and Social Sciences, Bennington College, Bennington VT

EXHIBITIONS/SCREENINGS/BROADCASTS/PERFORMANCES

2018 Chicago Underground Film Festival, screening, Chicago IL (forthcoming)

Sleepover with Channels: A Quarterly Film Series, screening, The Nightingale, Chicago IL (forthcoming) >>>

Traverse Vidéo, screening, Cinémathèque de Toulouse and Musée des Abattoirs, Toulouse, France >>>
2017 Visions, 11th Rencontres Internationales Sciences & Cinémas (RISC), Opening Night screening, 
Cinéma Les Variétés, Marseille, France >>>

When stranger things happen, projection design, Composed by Katherine Young for Ensemble Dal Niente's
Piece Her TogetherThe Edge Theater, Chicago IL >>>

Thinging Bodies, screening, Gallery 400, Chicago IL  >>>

_POSSIBLE FUTURES_, screening, SIMULTAN FESTIVAL XII, Timisoara, Romania >>>

ORBIT, Haverhill Experimental Film Festival, Haverhill MA >>>

Mantle, screening, Her Environment, The Nightingale, Chicago IL >>>

Competitive Program #6, Iowa City International Documentary Film Festival (ICDOCS), Iowa City IA >>>

Assembled Environs, screening, aDifferent festival, Milwaukee WI >>>
2016 Past Lives, screening and performance, UnionDocs, Brooklyn NY >>>

Year Zero (0), screening, The Transversal Project, Forest Park, St. Louis MO >>>

Lucciche (shimmering): A Video Art Symposium, screening, Ponte di Ferro, Carrara, Italy >>>

Video! Video!: Breaking the Fifth Wall, online and screening at The Dojo, Chicago IL >>>

Blueprints, exhibition, Chicago Industrial Arts & Design Center, Chicago IL >>>

MCA LIVE: ACRE TV, live broadcast, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago IL >>> 

After Dinner Before Dancing: An Evening with ACRE, screening, Chicago Filmmakers, Chicago IL >>>

Document V, exhibition featuring ACRE TV archive, The Luminary, St. Louis MO >>>

The Being of Seeing, screening, UNEXPOSED Microcinema, Durham NC >>>

The Set Speaks, live broadcast on ACRE TV, ACRETV.org and Mana Contemporary, Chicago IL >>>

Video Library P'Silo 15, Videodrome, Marseille, France >>>

Reality is Negotiable, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Rotterdam, Netherlands >>>
2015 Edinburgh Artists' Moving Image Festival (EAMIF), screening, Edinburgh Filmhouse, Edinburgh, UK >>>

RIPE LEEKS: dismantling hollywood, screening, Filmfront, Chicago IL >>>

Following Nonhuman Kinds: The Plant Symposium, screening, Sector 2337, Chicago IL >>>

Altered States, screening, Coastal Currents Arts Festival at Electro Studios, St Leonards, UK >>>

Video! Video! Zine 1, online and screening at Giron Books, Chicago IL >>>

havoc and tumbled, multi-channel installation, Roman Susan, Chicago IL >>>

STROBE Network, broadcast from Flux Factory, online and Long Island City NY >>>

Space Pursues Them, performance for the Live To Tape: Artist Television Festival at Links Hall,
Chicago IL >>>

Chicago Underground Film Festival, screening, Chicago IL >>>

Once More For The Very First Time, screening, Comfort Station, Chicago IL >>>

Notes for a Vivisection, live performance broadcast, P.3+ at the Hammond Regional Arts Center, Hammond LA >>>
2014 Half Suffocated, screening, Gallery 400, Chicago IL >>>

Extremely Shorts Film Festival, screening, Aurora Picture Show, Houston TX >>>

Conjuring, installation in collaboration with Lauren Edwards and Kate Bowen, Theoretical Archaeology
Group Conference, University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign, Champaign IL

Accompanied by Image, screening, curated by Erin Nixon for High Concept Laboratories, Chicago IL >>>

Reworking Reality, episode 653 of Artgrease, public access cable show co-produced by Squeaky Wheel
and Hallwalls, Buffalo NY >>>

Chicago Underground Film Festival, screening, Chicago IL >>>

Ready, screening, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago IL >>>

Please Stand By, broadcast for launch of ACRE TV, ACRETV.org and Mana Contemporary, Chicago IL >>>

WACH, exhibition, College Art Association Conference, Chicago IL >>>

Reverse Shot: Rehydrating the Randolph Street Gallery's Experimental Film Coalition, screening,
curated by Jesse Malmed for the Extinct Entities Festival at Links Hall, Chicago IL
2013 VIDEO/STILL, online exhibition, curated by Karen Y. Chan >>>

Salon Lounge, screening, Dixon Place, NYC

MUCK MUCK \/ MONICA PANZARINO, live broadcast in conjunction with Slow Gallery, Chicago IL >>>

Video Playlist: Gravitational Pull, screening, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago IL >>>

Wonder Machine: Belen Mirage, event and installation in collaboration with Courtney Prokopas,
High Desert Test Sites, Belen NM >>>

Burden of Proof, two-person exhibition, curated by Kate Bowen, ACRE Projects, Chicago IL >>>
Body Doubles, thesis exhibition, Gallery 400, Chicago IL >>>
2nd to None, screening, MassArt Film Society, Boston MA and University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago IL
Direct Action 2013, performance based screening, Abteilung für Alles Andere, Berlin, Germany >>>
Digital Prosthetic, online performance and exhibition, 700MB Gallery, Berlin, Germany >>>
2012 UIC MFA, group exhibition, MDW Fair, Chicago IL
2011 Breaking Point, screening, Überflug, Berlin, Germany

Noises in the Void, online exhibition, Stuffinablank >>>

EXHIBITION TWO: Color Talk, group exhibition, Chashama Gallery, NYC
2010 Culturia Winter Show, group exhibition, Juno Gallery, Berlin, Germany

Everything is Just Wonderful!, group exhibition, Blissland, Berlin, Germany

The Tiniest Artspace Ever, group exhibition and online, Institut für Alles Mögliche, Berlin, Germany >>>
I Fall, I Flow, I Melt, group exhibition, curated by Karen Y. Chan, BETA Spaces, Brooklyn NY >>>
The Edge, Artworks!, group exhibition, New Bedford MA
EXHIBITION ONE: Zero Gravity, group exhibition and screening, Lolita, NYC
2009 Live Video/Dead Video Festival, screening, Boston Cyberarts Festival at MassArt, Boston MA >>>

H₂O: Film on Water, group exhibition, juried by Denise Markonish, Spheris Gallery, Hanover NH

Time Based Night, screening, Tanzfabrik, Berlin, Germany

AWARDS

2018 Individual Artist Program Grantee, The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), Chicago IL
2016 The Creative Schools Fund Grantee, Ingenuity, Inc., Chicago IL
2015-16 Field Trip/Field Guide/Field Notes Consortium Fellow, SAIC, UChicago, and UIC, Chicago IL >>>
2014 Propeller Fund Grantee, Gallery 400 and Threewalls, Chicago IL >>>
2011-12 Edlis-Neeson Awardee, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago IL
2007 Salutatorian, Lesley University, Cambridge MA

RESIDENCIES

2016 Artist in Residence, The Luminary, St. Louis MO >>> 
2015-16 Production Space Resident, Propeller Fund Studios at Mana Contemporary, Chicago IL >>>
2014 Artist in Residence, ACRE (Artists’ Cooperative Residency and Exhibitions), Steuben WI >>>
2013 Participating Artist, High Desert Test Sites, Belen NM >>>
2012 Artist in Residence, ACRE (Artists’ Cooperative Residency and Exhibitions), Steuben WI >>>
2010 Artist in Residence, Culturia, Berlin, Germany >>>

TEACHING

2016 Teaching Artist, William Jones College Preparatory High School, Chicago IL

Video Overnight Mentor, Re:Imagine24 at the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago IL
2015 Teaching Artist, ElevArte Community Studio, Chicago IL
2014-16 Teaching Artist, CAPE (Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education), Chicago IL
2013-16 Teaching Artist, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago IL >>>
2013-14 Adjunct Faculty, course: Computers for the Arts, Illinois Institute of Art, Chicago IL
2012-13 Instructor, course: Introduction to Time-Based Arts, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago IL
2012 Teaching Assistant to Julia Fish, course: Topics in Drawing: Rebus,
University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago IL
2011 Teaching Assistant to Silvia Malagrino, Advanced Projects in Digital Media,
University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago IL

LECTURES/TALKS

2017
Visiting Artist, "Space-Time On and Off The Screen" course: Staging the Film Essay,
School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago IL

Visiting Artist, course: Intermediate Cinematography II, University of Virginia, Charlottesville VA

Visiting Artist, course: Introduction to Moving Image, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago IL
2016 Panelist, "Open Studios Salon: Making It," Gallery 400, Chicago IL >>>

Presenter, "Producing Media Projects," The Propeller Fund Application Workshop, Gallery 400, Chicago IL >>>
2015 Visiting Artist, "Liveness" course: Contemporary Practices: Core Studio,
School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago IL

Guest Lecturer, course: Signifying Practices: Art and Visual Culture, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago IL

Guest Lecturer, course: Topics in Moving Image, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago IL

Visiting Artist, course: Cinema and Art, DePaul University, Chicago IL

Visiting Artist, "The Wilds of Videoland," Ag47 Collective, Chicago IL
2014 Visiting Artist, "ACRE TV" course: Independent Study Projects, Associated Colleges of the Midwest, Chicago IL

Guest Lecturer, "ACRE TV" course: Topics in Documentary Media, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago IL

Visiting Artist, "Live[li]ness," Street Level Media, Chicago IL

Guest Lecturer, course: Introduction to Moving Image, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago IL
2013 Gallery Talk, "Metaphysical Detective Stories, Circularity, and Catching the Ephemeral Image"
Gallery 400, Chicago IL
2012 Artist Talk, "Jet, Circle, Caterpillar" course: Reflexive Cinema, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago IL

Artist Talk, "After The Flicker" course: Topics in Drawing: Rebus, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago IL
2010 Visiting Artist, "Digital Synesthesia" course: Visualizing Narratives, Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Berlin,
Berlin, Germany

CURATORIAL/PROFESSIONAL/TECHNICAL
2017
Projection Designer, When stranger things happen, Composer: Katherine Young,
The Edge Theater, Chicago IL >>>

Documentarian, ACRE (Artists' Cooperative Residency and Exhibitions), Steuben WI

Co-Organizer, Staging the Film Essay, ACRETV.org, May 23 - June 6 >>>
2016 Co-Curator, RE/NIGHT/LIVE/MARE, ACRETV.org, November 1 - December 31 >>>

Juror, Animation Short Film Jury, Chicago International Film Festival, Chicago IL

Co-Curator, The Set Speaks, ACRETV.org and Mana Contemporary, February 8 - March 31 >>>

Drone Operator/Production Assistant, Delphi Falls, Director: Mary Helena Clark, Santee SC >>>

Production Assistant, Moving, Director: Lori Felker, Chicago IL >>>
2015 Co-Curator, After the Revolution, ACRETV.org, November >>>

Co-Curator, ACRE TV Takeover, ACRETV.org, June >>>

Co-Curator, Direct Object/Direct Action LIVE, ACRETV.org and Threewalls, February 27 >>>

Co-Curator, Direct Object/Direct Action, ACRETV.org and Threewalls, January 23 - March 31 >>>
2014-15 Curator, ACRE TV video installation, P.3+ at the Hammond Regional Arts Center, Hammond LA,
November 7 - January 25 >>>
2014 Co-Curator, AutomataBahn, ACRETV.org, November 1 - December 31 >>>

Co-Curator, Psychedelicatessen, ACRETV.org, September 1 - October 31 >>>

Co-Curator, These Streams, ACRETV.org, July 1 - August 31 >>>

Co-Curator, Please Stand By, ACRETV.org, February 15 - June 30 >>>

Installer, CONVERGENCE, Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education (CAPE)
at Instituto Cervantes, Chicago IL
2013 Producer, Studio Audience (WEATHER PATTERNS), Director: Andrew Mausert-Mooney,
Johalla Projects, Chicago IL
2012 Audiovisual Technician, Gallery 400, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago IL
2011 Installation Assistant, Boston Cyberarts Festival, Boston MA
2008-11 Curatorial Assistant, Currier Museum of Art, Manchester NH
2008 Draftsperson, Currier Museum of Art, Manchester NH
2007 Exhibition and Programming Intern, Art Interactive, Cambridge MA

PRESS/PUBLICATIONS
2016
Alejandro T. Acierto, Satya Basu, Nicole Bitler, Mallory James, Kera MacKenzie, Troy Douglas Pieper,
Nicoletta Rousseva,Tina Tahir, and Richard Williamson. Field Trip / Field Notes / Field Guide Vol. 1. 2016 >>>

Allie Shyer, "On “Local Ads from Faraway Places” by Kera MacKenzie Andrew Mausert-Mooney'"
Video! Video! Zine, June >>>

Michael Workman, "IN DEPTH// Living in the Cinematic Moment: Kera MacKenzie and
Drew Mausert-Mooney’s 'MCA LIVE: ACRE TV.'" Occasional Inquiries, April 15 >>>

Anne Brooks Ranallo, "Collaboration aims to keep artists in Chicago." UIC News, February 2 >>>
2015 Kera MacKenzie and Andrew Mausert-Mooney, "Cultivate Your Queue: Kera MacKenzie &
Andrew Mausert-Mooney." Facets Blog, December 8 >>>

Paul Smith, "Review: Kera MacKenzie and Andrew Mausert-Mooney/Roman Susan Gallery."
Newcity, July 27 >>>

Dana Bassett, "What's the T?: Edition #43." Bad at Sports, May 26 >>>

Michelle Grabner, "Atlas Chicago: Stability and Flux." Art in America, April 2015 >>>

Josh B. Mabe, "2014 World Poll - Part 4." Senses of Cinema, January 2015 >>>
2014 "Friday, Oct. 3 - Thursday, Oct. 9: Crucial Viewing."CINE-FILE: Cine-List, October 3, 2014 >>>

Matt Morris, "New Season of ACRE TV Launches Today." Newcity, September 1, 2014 >>>

Peter Lucas, "Shorts Shorts: Aurora Picture Show's Festival of Mini-Cinema." Glasstire, June 5, 2014 >>>

Erin Nixon, Thea Liberty Nichols, Jason Foumberg, Caroline Picard and Steve Ruiz. Extinct Entities,
March 2014 >>>

Raven Munsell, "ACRE TV." Chicago Contemporary Art Seminar, February 16, 2014 >>>

"Episode 442: CAA with Michael Rakowitz, Jenna Frye, Jesse Malmed, Matthew Smith." Bad at Sports,
Jesse Malmed on WACH and artists making TV, February 17, 2014 >>>
2013 Eden Solas, "Friday, Oct. 18: Belen, NM." HDTS 2013 Blog, October 28, 2013 >>>

Leah Weinstein, "High Desert Test Sites, A Diary." MutualArt, October 23, 2013 >>>

"Reader Photo of the Day." UNTITLED (JUST KIDDING), Kera MacKenzie as Daniel Shea,
newspaper project by Jesse Malmed debuting at Reading Room, Julius Caeser, Chicago IL >>>

Nathan Worcester, "An ACRE of Glass." Chicago Weekly, April 25, 2013 >>>

Paul Germanos, "Chicago Art in Pictures: March-April 2013." Bad At Sports, April 15, 2013 >>>
Rachel Thompson, "An Interview with MFA Student Kera MacKenzie." Gallery 400 Blog, March 19, 2013 >>>
Stefanie Burke, "Top 5 Weekend Picks! (3/22-3/24)." Bad At Sports, March 22, 2013 >>>
2012 Michael Workman, "Self-Reflection in Chicago: A Photo Essay." Blouin ARTINFO, November 11, 2012
2011 Video on Paper, issue no. 1, zine project by Karen Y. Chan, NYC
International Email Audio Project, Volume 12, HalTapes, April 9, 2011 >>> 
2010 "Kera MacKenzie - Projecting Projector." Gazelluloid, December 22, 2010 >>>
Jorge Martin, "Art + Sparks at BETA." Hyperallergic, November 17, 2010 >>>
"Kera MacKenzie - Embedded Phrases in Cosmic Remains." Gazelluloid, November 15, 2010 >>>
Lee Ann Monat, "Member Spotlight: Kera MacKenzie Presents Subluxation."
International Women Artists' Salon Blog, November 13, 2010 >>>
Christa Krenek "Exhibition ONE: Zero Gravity - Film and Video Art Showcase."
International Women Artists' Salon Blog, June 30, 2010 >>>