Assistant Professor of Fine Arts / New Genres, School of Art, Media, and Technology
Kianga is a artist whose projects, which combine installation and site-specific strategies, often highlight the intersections between media and space. Her work engages sound's inherent capacities for creating immersive fields and technologies, like Max MSP, that have been specifically designed to enhance the spatial dimensions of media work. Though her current concerns gravitate organically toward sound, her training, teaching, and practice have all focused on concept-directed forms, and she continues to work across a broad range of media, from more traditional "new genres," like video and performance, to collaborations in mathematics and new architectural media. Most recently, she has received grants to support new projects from the LEF Foundation, the Asian Cultural Council, the Harpo Foundation, California Community Foundation, and Creative Capital. The grant from Creative Capital supports her largest scale project to-date: "Walking Home" is a cross-country walk from Southern California to her childhood home in Central Florida that brings Kianga into direct conversation with communities across the U.S. Kianga comes to Parsons from Massachusetts College of Art where she was Assistant Professor in the Studio for Interrelated Media (SIM). She holds an M.A. and ABD from the University of California, Santa Cruz, M.F.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a B.A. from Georgetown University.