Visiting Assistant Professor
Jenny Lion uses film and video in cinematic, participatory, tactical, and gallery installation contexts. Originally trained as a dancer/performer, her moving-image work has screened at the the Whitney Biennial, Rotterdam Film Festival, and the Banff Center, among others. She has received funding from the Jerome Foundation and Canada Council for the Arts, was a Bush Foundation Artist Fellow, and a resident at the Center for Land Use Interpretation. She frequently collaborates, in collectives and with individuals, and often over long periods of time. In 2014 she and a group of teen artists experiencing homelessness re-enacted Wendy Clarke’s historic participatory video project The Love Tapes, and she has been working with northern Nevada residents documenting military, settler, and indigenous cultural sites in Churchill County since 2005. Her curatorial projects have focused on investigations of race in avant-garde film, early performance video, expanded documentary practices, and Canadian video, and have screened at venues such as the National Gallery of Canada, De Balie in Amsterdam, and Taichung Arts District in Taipei. She was guest curator of film at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, curating the 47-artist retrospective touring series “Magnetic North: Canadian Experimental Video,” and edited a book of the same title for the University of Minnesota Press. Her teaching focuses on integrating practices of video and moving-image production with a study of the histories of avant-garde and experimental film, media activism, and artists video. She received an MFA from UCSD and a BA from Hampshire College.