About/CV

Bio

Kera MacKenzie is a Chicago-based interdisciplinary artist working primarily in film, video, live broadcast and installation. Through her works she speculates on radical subjectivities, the mechanisms of empathy, suspense, liveness, control, and performing with a camera. She has screened and exhibited her work at spaces worldwide including the International Film Festival Rotterdam, Rencontres Internationales Sciences & Cinémas (France), Anthology Film Archives and UnionDocs (NYC), Echo Park Film Center (Los Angeles), Microlights (Milwaukee), La lumière collective (Montreal), Cellular Cinema (Minneapolis), Iowa City International Documentary Film Festival, High Desert Test Sites (New Mexico), and the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Museum of Contemporary Photography, The Nightingale and the Chicago Underground Film Festival (all Chicago). Kera has been an artist in residence at The Luminary (St. Louis), ACRE (Wisconsin), and Culturia (Berlin) and was recently a researcher in residence at Signal Culture (Owego, NY). She was named a "2018 Film 50: Chicago Screen Gem" by Newcity Magazine and received the City of Big Shoulders Award at the Onion City Experimental Film and Video Festival in 2019. Additionally, Kera is a Founding Co-Director of ACRE TV (an artist-made live-streaming television network) and an educator.

Current Positions

2020-
Adjunct Faculty, Cinema and Television Arts, Columbia College Chicago, Chicago IL
course: Cinema and Television Production
2016-
Visual Arts Instructor, Chicago High School for the Arts, Chicago IL
current courses: Digital Media & Experimental Animation
previous courses: Contemporary Practices: Performance and Installation & Senior Seminar: Professional Development
2014-
Founding Co-Director, ACRETV.org, 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 specializing in Expressive Arts Therapies, Lesley University, Cambridge MA;
Visual Studies Minor, Art Institute of Boston, 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

2021
Boundarymind, live performance and installation, 6018|North and Experimental Sound Studio, Chicago IL (forthcoming)
2020
Competitive Program #7, screening, That One Film Festival, Muncie IN
Onion City Experimental Film and Video Festival, trailer for screenings, Chicago Filmmakers, Chicago IL
Analog Zombies, live broadcast, Ep. 3 of Media Monsters, twitch.tv/media_monsters
2019
In the Body's Tow: short works by Kera MacKenzie and Andrew Mausert-Mooney, screening, La lumière collective, Montréal QC
In the Body's Tow: short works by Kera MacKenzie and Andrew Mausert-Mooney, screening, Cellular Cinema, the Bryant Lake Bowl Theater, Minneapolis MN
Corporeal Considerations, screening, NOFLASH Video Show, New Brunswick NJ
Competitive Program Seven: I’m Still On My Way, screening, Iowa City International Documentary Film Festival (ICDOCS), Iowa City IA
Program 3: Intercommunication, screening, Spectral Film Festival, Stevens Point WI
The Tension Here, screening, Onion City Experimental Film and Video Festival, Chicago Filmmakers, Chicago IL
LA Filmforum presents And Magics: The films of Josh B Mabe, and his Chicago favorites, screening, Echo Park Film Center, Los Angeles CA
2018
No Chill, exhibition, Great Space, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago IL
Virginia Film Festival, screening, Vinegar Hill Theatre, Charlottesville VA
Late Night: Program 1, exhibition, Screen Share Video Gallery at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, Chicago IL
In the Body's Tow: short works by Kera MacKenzie and Andrew Mausert-Mooney, screening, Microlights, Milwaukee WI
Imagining Minutes, screening, Another Experiment by Women Film Festival at Anthology Film Archives, New York NY
Shorts 5: Revealed Manifestation, screening, Chicago Underground Film Festival, Chicago IL
PLANTS & ANIMALS: ​On Monsters, Cyborgs and Other Hybrid Creatures, exhibition, In/habit roving art series at The Learning Machine, Chicago IL
Sleepover with Channels: A Quarterly Film Series, screening, The Nightingale, Chicago IL
Nightingale 10!: Tele-Thon, live broadcast and performance, The Nightingale, Chicago IL
L'expérimental est déjà commencé?, screening, Traverse Vidéo at the 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 Together, The 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
2016
Assembled Environs, screening, aDifferent festival, Milwaukee WI
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, videovideozine.com and screening at The Dojo, Chicago IL
Blueprints, exhibition, Chicago Industrial Arts & Design Center, Chicago IL
MCA LIVE: ACRE TV, live broadcast, ACRETV.org and Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago IL
After Dinner Before Dancing: An Evening with ACRE, screening, Chicago Filmmakers and Columbia College, 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, 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 at videovideozine.com and screening at Giron Books, Chicago IL
havoc and tumbled, multi-channel installation, Roman Susan, Chicago IL
STROBE Network, live broadcast, STROBEnetwork.tv and Flux Factory, Long Island City NY
Space Pursues Them, performance for the Live To Tape: Artist Television Festival at Links Hall, Chicago IL
SHORTS 12: Of Ever-Ever Land I speak, screening, Chicago Underground Film Festival, 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, Theoretical Archaeology Group Conference at the University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign, Champaign IL
Accompanied by Image, screening, High Concept Laboratories, Chicago IL
Reworking Reality, episode 653 of Artgrease, public access cable show co-produced by Squeaky Wheel and Hallwalls, Buffalo NY
Shorts Program 3: Negate Sin, screening, Chicago Underground Film Festival, 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, 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, High Desert Test Sites, Belen NM
Burden of Proof, two-person exhibition, 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, Online and Institut für Alles Mögliche, Berlin, Germany
I Fall, I Flow, I Melt, group exhibition, BETA Spaces, Brooklyn NY
EXHIBITION ONE: Zero Gravity, group exhibition and screening, Lolita, NYC
The Edge, group exhibition, Artworks, New Bedford MA
2009
Live Video/Dead Video Festival, screening, Boston Cyberarts Festival at MassArt, Boston MA
H₂O: Film on Water, group exhibition, Spheris Gallery, Hanover NH

Awards

2020
Jurors' Award, That One Film Festival, Muncie IN
Individual Artist Support Grant, Illinois Arts Council Agency, Chicago IL
2019
City of Big Shoulders Award, Onion City Experimental Film and Video Festival, Chicago IL
2018
Film 50 Screen Gem, Newcity Magazine, Chicago IL
Individual Artist Program Grant, The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), Chicago IL
2016
The Creative Schools Fund Grant, Ingenuity, Inc., Chicago IL
2015-16
Field Trip/Field Guide/Field Notes Consortium Fellow, SAIC, UChicago, and UIC, Chicago IL
2014
Propeller Fund Grant, Gallery 400 and Threewalls, Chicago IL
2011-12
Edlis-Neeson Award, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago IL

Residencies

2019
Researcher in Residence, Signal Culture, Owego NY
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
2012
Artist in Residence, ACRE (Artists’ Cooperative Residency and Exhibitions), Steuben WI
2010
Artist in Residence, Culturia, Berlin, Germany

Teaching

Spring 2020
Lecturer, Film, Video, New Media and Animation, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago IL
course: Form and Meaning
2018-2020
Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago IL
course: Introduction to Filmmaking
2016-19
Teaching Artist, Chicago Public School's Advanced Arts Program at Gallery 37, Chicago IL
courses: Honors Video Production I & II
2016
Teaching Artist, William Jones College Preparatory High School, Chicago IL
course: Digital Imaging I
Video Overnight Mentor, Re:Imagine24 at the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago IL
2015
Teaching Artist, ElevArte Community Studio, Chicago IL
course: Art of Change: PSA's
2014-16
Teaching Artist, CAPE (Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education), Chicago IL
courses: The Baiano Experience, Recycling in Art, and Annie Takes to the Waterways
2013-16
Teaching Artist, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago IL
courses: Picture Me: Photography at Senn High School and Picture Me: Photography at Sullivan High School
2013-14
Adjunct Faculty, Illinois Institute of Art, Chicago IL
course: Computers for the Arts
2012-13
Instructor, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago IL
course: Introduction to Time-Based Arts
2012
Teaching Assistant to Julia Fish, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago IL
course: Topics in Drawing: Rebus
2011
Teaching Assistant to Silvia Malagrino, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago IL
course: Advanced Projects in Digital Media

Lectures, Talks, Workshops

2019
Visiting Artist, The Teen Creative Agency at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago IL
workshop: ACRE TV and Liveness
2018
Visiting Artist, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago IL
course: Topics in Video: Language and Liveness
Visiting Artist, The 48203 Dance Show, Highland Park MI
workshop: TV Making Workshop with ACRE TV
2017
Visiting Artist, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago IL
workshop: Space-Time On and Off The Screen
course: Staging the Film Essay
Visiting Artist, University of Virginia, Charlottesville VA
course: Intermediate Cinematography II
Visiting Artist, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago IL
course: Introduction to Moving Image
2016
Panelist, Gallery 400, Chicago IL
panel: Open Studios Salon: Making It
Presenter, The Propeller Fund Application Workshop at Gallery 400, Chicago IL
presentation: Producing Media Projects
2015
Visiting Artist, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago IL
lecture: Liveness
course: Contemporary Practices: Core Studio
Guest Lecturer, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago IL
courses: Signifying Practices: Art and Visual Culture & Topics in Moving Image
Visiting Artist, DePaul University, Chicago IL
course: Cinema and Art
Visiting Artist, Ag47 Collective, Chicago IL
workshop: The Wilds of Videoland
2014
Visiting Artist, Associated Colleges of the Midwest, Chicago IL
course: Independent Study Projects
Guest Lecturer, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago IL
courses: Topics in Documentary Media & Introduction to Moving Image
Visiting Artist, Street Level Media, Chicago IL
workshop: Live[li]ness
2013
Gallery Talk, Gallery 400, Chicago IL
lecture: Metaphysical Detective Stories, Circularity, and Catching the Ephemeral Image
2012
Artist Talk, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago IL
lecture: Jet, Circle, Caterpillar
course: Reflexive Cinema
Artist Talk, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago IL
lecture: After The Flicker
course: Topics in Drawing: Rebus
2010
Visiting Artist, Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Berlin, Berlin, Germany
lecture: Digital Synesthesia
course: Visualizing Narratives

Curatorial, Professional, Technical

2020
Screening Committee Member, Onion City Experimental Film and Video Festival, Chicago IL
2019
A/V Technician, ACRE (Artists' Cooperative Residency and Exhibitions), Steuben WI
Juror, Chicago Underground Film Festival, Chicago IL
2018-19
Co-Curator, JumbleTron, ACRETV.org and Pensacola Museum of Art, Pensacola FL
2017
Documentarian, ACRE (Artists' Cooperative Residency and Exhibitions), Steuben WI
Co-Organizer, Staging the Film Essay, ACRETV.org and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago IL
2016
Co-Curator, RE/NIGHT/LIVE/MARE, ACRETV.org
Juror, Animation Short Film Jury, Chicago International Film Festival, Chicago IL
Co-Curator, The Set Speaks, ACRETV.org and Mana Contemporary, Chicago IL
Drone Operator/Production Assistant, Movie: Delphi Falls, Director: Mary Helena Clark, Santee SC
Production Assistant, Movie: Moving, Director: Lori Felker, Chicago IL
2015
Co-Curator, After the Revolution, ACRETV.org and Rebuild Foundation, Chicago IL
Co-Curator, ACRE TV Takeover, ACRETV.org
Co-Curator, Direct Object/Direct Action and Direct Object/Direct Action LIVE, ACRETV.org and Threewalls, Chicago IL
2014-18
Videographer/Livestream Producer, Mainstream Media, LLC, Chicago IL
2014-15
Curator, ACRE TV video installation, P.3+ at the Hammond Regional Arts Center, Hammond LA
2014
Co-Curator, AutomataBahn, ACRETV.org
Co-Curator, Psychedelicatessen, ACRETV.org
Co-Curator, These Streams, ACRETV.org
Co-Curator, Please Stand By, ACRETV.org
2013
Producer, Studio Audience (WEATHER PATTERNS), Director: Andrew Mausert-Mooney, Johalla Projects, Chicago IL
2012
Audiovisual Technician, Gallery 400, Chicago IL
2011
Installation Assistant, Boston Cyberarts Festival, Boston MA
2008-11
Curatorial Assistant, Currier Museum of Art, Manchester NH

Press, Publications

2019
Ben Sachs, "The Onion City Film Festival conveys the disorientation of living in an era of great change." Chicago Reader, March 20
2018
Ray Pride, "Film 50 2018: Chicago’s Screen Gems." Newcity Magazine, September 27
Kathleen Sachs, "Cine-List: Friday, June 8 - Thursday June 14: Crucial Viewing: Chicago Underground Film Festival: Shorts 5: Revealed Manifestation." CINE-FILE, June 8
Patrick Friel, "Cine-List: Friday, April 6 - Thursday April 12: Crucial Viewing: Sleepover With Channels." CINE-FILE, April 6
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.
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 Features Blog, December 8
Paul Smith, "Review: Kera MacKenzie and Andrew Mausert-Mooney/Roman Susan Gallery." Newcity Magazine, 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
Josh B. Mabe, "2014 World Poll - Part 4." Senses of Cinema, January
2014
Kian Bergstrom "Cine-List: Friday, Oct. 3 - Thursday, Oct. 9: Crucial Viewing: Half Suffocated." CINE-FILE, October 3
Matt Morris, "New Season of ACRE TV Launches Today." Newcity Magazine, September 1
Peter Lucas, "Shorts Shorts: Aurora Picture Show's Festival of Mini-Cinema." Glasstire, June 5
Erin Nixon, Thea Liberty Nichols, Jason Foumberg, Caroline Picard and Steve Ruiz. Extinct Entities book in conjunction with Extinct Entities Festival, March
Raven Munsell, "ACRE TV." Chicago Contemporary Art Seminar, February 16
"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
2013
Eden Solas, "Friday, Oct. 18: Belen, NM." HDTS 2013 Blog, October 28
Leah Weinstein, "High Desert Test Sites, A Diary." MutualArt, October 23
"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
Paul Germanos, "Chicago Art in Pictures: March-April 2013." Bad At Sports, April 15
Rachel Thompson, "An Interview with MFA Student Kera MacKenzie." Gallery 400 Blog, March 19
Stefanie Burke, "Top 5 Weekend Picks! (3/22-3/24)." Bad At Sports, March 22
2012
Michael Workman, "Self-Reflection in Chicago: A Photo Essay." Blouin ARTINFO, November 11
2011
Video on Paper, issue no. 1, zine project by Karen Y. Chan, NYC