Beck, Michele


Michele Beck
BA, Art History, New York University
MFA, Parsons School of Design
Part-time Associate Teaching Professor

Over the past 10 years I have been working as a multidisciplinary artist using video, sound and performance.  My work utilizes performative strategies in order to articulate the internal body and to investigate the connection between the individual and his or her environment and self.

I work with ideas that are difficult to articulate in words or images. For this reason, I know that the gap between concepts and materializing those concepts can be a formidable challenge. I see the classroom as a laboratory where students can experiment and find their own solutions to bridging this gap. Though learning technical skills, looking at artists’ work, discussion and critiques, I aim to give students the time, space and information they need to discover their own style and voice as videomakers.
Courses Taught:
Issues in Digital Culture: New Media New York
Screen Toolkit
Digital Moviemaking 1

Research Interests:
Non-traditional storytelling techniques
New technologies in media production
Speech and the human body as tools for social interaction
Recent Presentations/Exhibits:
Passage, multiple-screen video and sound installation; ISE Cultural Foundation
I Am Sitting, multi-media performance; Dixon Place
STATIC multi-media performance; St. Mark’s Church
Cave, multiple-channel video installation with sculptural objects; Babayan Cultural House, Turkey
Randall’s Tunnel, video/audio installation and sculptural objects; HERE Arts Center
Endoskeleton, multi-media performance, live video/sound processing; PERFORMA
Awards and Honors:
National Endowment for the Arts Grant: Special Opportunity Stipend
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Manhattan Community Arts Fund
New York State Council on the Arts, Residency Grant in Film and Electronic Media
Detroit International Film Festival, Museum of New Art, Detroit, MI- “Best of Show”
Yaddo Residency Fellowship
Babayan Cultural Foundation, Turkey, Travel and Study Fellowship

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