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For the past twenty years I have created a diverse body of media art works. My single
channel video works have examined different modes of representation reflected in our
society: these areas include body politics; questions around gender and sexual identity
and sexual orientation; the position of the patient/consumer in relationship to medicine
and bioscience/biotechnology; and finally issues of nature versus culture. I have been
very interested in pushing the boundaries of non-fiction cinematic form, and to challenge
definitions of "reality" and the ideas of fact and fiction in this postmodern, postcolonial
moment. Issues of power are examined in many of my works, as well as who is given a
voice with which to speak. Often I will turn the camera over to someone else (or an
animal). I have studied American culture with an anthropologist's eye to trends and
models that shape behavior and create stereotypes.
Trans-Tamagotchi: Virtual Trans Ranch by Kathy High is a proposal to develop tamagotchi-like
virtual pets, along with an extensive website that will act as a hub for their activities. Trans-Tamagotchi:
Virtual Trans Ranch is being produced to encourage 1) familiarity with the work
that transgenic laboratory animals are engaged in and 2) an "interspecies culture" where care
and empathy is rewarded.
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