Los Angeles, California
"The advent of digital technology has seen the 'Renaissance' of animation internationally, and the information technology age greatly parallels what happened during the earlier Renaissance: the sense of discovery and perception of our world via new exciting media and science."
The films of USC Associate Professor Kathy Smith have been screened internationally, including at the Anima Mundi, Hiroshima, and Ottawa international animation festivals. She has exhibited at group and solo exhibitions such as the Institute of Contemporary Art in London, the Conservatorio di Santa Maria degli Angioli in Florence, Italy, and the Australian National Gallery, Canberra.
Smith's work has been shown at SIGGRAPH and the Sundance Film Festival, and it was documented in Leonardo, the Journal of the International Society for the Arts, Sciences, and Technology, as part of the Ninth New York Digital Salon. Smith's animation and installation work is currently featured in "Animation Now," by Taschen Press.
Smith has been responsible for developing innovative courses and curriculums at USC for more than 10 years. She has created and taught various classes using Adobe software that combine organic and digital media to convey experimental narrative, sound, installation, and performance. In 2006, Smith was faculty mentor at the Adobe Reel Ideas Studio in Cannes; she has been on the Partners by Design Board and continues to work closely with Adobe on numerous projects. Her current project, "Slippages," is a multimedia digital animation and installation exploring 3D time and consciousness.