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    Cecilia Dougherty is a video artist, photographer, and writer. She has screened and exhibited her work in numerous film festivals, galleries and museums internationally for over twenty-five years. Her videos are included in many university and private film collections and are archived at the Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley. In addition to explorations in electronic media, her themes range from lesbian and female sexual identity to family psychologies, the political nature of personal life, and outsider experience of popular culture. She has contributed articles, interviews, and other writing to publications ranging from chapbooks to anthologies to art periodicals. Much of her writing is about film, video and the contemporary cultural moment. She has published poetry and short stories as well. Her first book, The Irreducible I: Space, Place, Authenticity, and Change, was published in 2013. She is currently writing a feature film script based on the award-winning novel Zipper Mouth by Laurie Weeks. She holds a PhD in Media Philosophy.

    Degrees Held:

    BA Art, University of California, Berkeley, honors

    MFA, Performance and Video, San Francisco Art Institute

    PhD, Media Philosophy, European Graduate School, honors

    Recent Publications:


    The Irreducible I: Space, Place, Authenticity, and Change, New York and Dresden: Atropos Press, 2013.


    “The War on Christmas,” C. Dougherty (ed.). New York: Grace Press, 2011.

    The Fourth Space. Chapbook, New York, 2010.

    The Third Space. Chapbook, New Haven, 2009.



    “Sue,” Writers Who Love Too Much: New Narrative 1977-1997, Dodie Bellamy and Kevin Killian (eds.). New York: Nightboat Books, 2017, 356-60.

    “Stories from a Generation: Video Art at the Woman’s Building,” From Site to Vision: The Woman’s Building in Contemporary Culture, Sondra Hale and Terry Wolverton (eds.). Los Angeles: Otis College of Art and Design, 2011, 302-27.

    “Grapefruit Ripening: Ten Years of Video Art in San Francisco, 1985-1995.” Radical Light: A History of the Avant Garde Moving Image in the San Francisco Bay Area, 1945-2005, Steve Anker, Kathy Geritz, and Steve Seid (eds.). Berkeley: University of California Press, 2010, 245-247.


    Performances And Appearances:


    Pixelvision, Film Society Lincoln Center, panel discussion and screenings

    Way Bay 2, Berkeley Art Museum, University of California

    Way Bay, Berkeley Art Museum, University of California

    Desire as Politics, Valade Gallery at College for Creative Studies, Detroit

    Closing event for Longcat by Luba Drozd, commissioned by In-Between Theories



    Communal Presence, Roxie Theater, San Francisco

    Fishing for Some Friends, 115 Little Smith Street, Melbourne, installation & screening

      Focus on Women Filmmakers, Film/Video Studio Program, Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus

      Writers Who Love Too Much, New Narrative Writing 1977-1997, reading, Artists Space, New York


      Interstitial Space, Segue Reading Series, Brooklyn 

      Coal Miner’s Granddaughter, Microscope Gallery, Brooklyn



    Histories of Sexuality, The New Museum, New York

    Hall Pass, panel discussion, the New Museum, NY

                Time/Image, Blaffer Art Museum, Houston

                My First 3D, Microscope Gallery, New York

                Negative Joy, Roxbury Abbey, Roxbury, NY

                Stein Times, Gridspace, Brooklyn

    Art of the Real, with Mike Kelley and Paul McCarthy, Film Society Lincoln Center, NY

    Research Interests:

    Video art, documentary practice; animation, coding, internet practices; critical theory, media studies, digital arts theory, Buddhist studies, literature, poetry, philosophy, fine arts, architecture, prehistoric/Paleolithic art

    Current Courses:

    Drugs and Media (Fall 2018)

    Networked Media & Society (Fall 2018)