Lynn Marie Kirby

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Lynn Marie Kirby
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Lynn Marie Kirby, 2014
Born Lynn Marie Kirby
Washington D.C., USA
Nationality American
Education San Francisco Art Institute
Known for Film, video, media installation

Lynn Marie Kirby is an artist, filmmaker and teacher.[1] She currently lives and works in San Francisco.


With a background in cinema and conceptual performance, Kirby works with shifting recording technologies, creating film/video hybrids, site interventions and mappings that become records of time, technologies and places.[2] Her improvisational and collaborative projects manifest at the intersection of events and archives, looking at the links between public and private, biographical and historical systems. She has recently collaborated with Etel Adnan, Xiaofei Li, Alexis Petty and Lisa Robertson.

Kirby’s interest in the histories of place is closely connected to having grown up nomadically, living in Hong Kong, Libya, Belgium, Sweden and France. Kirby moved to the US to finish her undergraduate education at the San Francisco Art Institute’s conceptually driven sculpture program. While continuing to work in performance, video and installation, she began working in film and completed the MFA film program at the San Francisco Art Institute. Kirby currently teaches at the California College of the Arts where she is a Professor of Graduate and Undergraduate Fine Arts, Film and Interdisciplinary Studies.[3] Her work often incorporates emerging media technology such as using Skype to connect the congregation at Saint Ignatius Church (San Francisco) and the Bay Area art community to the Sisters of the Holy Cross[4] in Sao Paulo, Brazil for conversations on social justice, compassion and transformation.


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