Kim Stringfellow is an artist and educator residing in Joshua Tree, California. She teaches multimedia and photography courses at San Diego State University as an associate professor in the School of Art, Design, and Art History. She received her MFA in Art and Technology from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2000.
Her professional practice and research interests address ecological, historical, and activist issues related to land use and the built environment through hybrid documentary forms incorporating writing, digital media, photography, audio, video, installation, mapping, and locative media. Her work investigates repercussions of human development within the western United States evolving out of a rigorously researched area of interest focused on a particular subject, community or region to discuss complex, interrelated issues of the chosen site. Within her research, she attempts to expose human values and political agendas that form our collective understanding of these places. Ultimately, her projects are designed to create awareness, educate, and create a rich dialogue in relation to the subject at hand.
LOCATION: Joshua Tree, CA
FAVORITE PLACE TO GET AWAY IN MY AREA: JTNP and Pappy & Harriets’ in Pioneertown
FAVORITE WRITERS: Rebecca Solnit, Lucy Lippard, Mike Davis, J.B. Jackson, Nelson Algren
ARTIST/CREATIVE YOU’D WANT TO HAVE LUNCH WITH: Sam Shepard
MOST OVER-HYPED ARTIST: Anyone in a vodka ad
PERFECT SOUNDTRACK FOR WRITING: Paris, Texas and Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid (Bob Dylan’s original soundtrack and Claire Diterzi remake from Requiem for Billy the Kid)
WHY I LOVE WHERE I LIVE: The Morongo Basin community has an exception off-beat artist community and some really great local musicians. I like the fact that Joshua Tree is small enough to actually participate directly in civic and community affairs. We also have our own regional aesthetic—a rustic bohemia informed by sustainable, off-the-grid lifestyles, Gram Parsons “Cosmic American Music, and the natural beauty of the surrounding High Desert region.
ART YOU MAKE (IF YOU MAKE ANY...): Right now I’m mainly interested in getting my audience into the field and out of the white box of the museum to experience first-hand my hybrid documentary projects. Currently I am mostly focused on self-guided car audio tours and locative technologies to disseminate the content I produce. Next step is to get them out of the car and walking instead…
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