Kim Miller

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Adjunct Instructor

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As a video and performance artist, Kim Miller has performed and shown her work, both nationally and internationally. Her awards include a Mary L. Nohl Individual Artist Fellowship (2009), Artist-in-Residence at Compeung, Doi Saket, Thailand (2011, 2012), Artist-in-Residence at Lynden Sculpture Garden (2013-14), and a Puffin Foundation, Ltd. Grant (2014). Miller joined MIAD’s faculty in 2012. She received her BFA from Cooper Union in New York City and her MFA from Vermont College.

She has taught in the foundations, fine art, liberal studies and design departments at MIAD as well as in the humanities and design departments at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand. Miller recently co-taught a study-abroad course for MIAD students in Thailand.

My teaching philosophy is located within a critical pedagogy, revealing and exploring the relationship between knowledge, authority and power. Questions around audience, evaluation and agency work to support or undermine these relationships, while also fueling inquiry into topics at hand.

In my classroom, students are expected to become agents of their own subjectivity. This approach cultivates critical thinkers reaching towards their full potential. Critical distance and analysis are encouraged at every level of learning. The classroom is in some ways a lively exchange of ideas and opinions; at other times, the role of the instructor becomes a moderator, director and executive.

As a video and performance artist I explore ideas around the subject, power and action. Borrowing from modern dance, theater, and public speaking, multiple forms of address and shifting subject articulations build and collapse. Mapping the intersections between adjacent modalities (i.e. public space and private, political and social, associative and didactic), I structure questions around a radical democratic model.