Visiting Associate Professor of Interactive Media Arts (IMA)
Allison de Fren is a media maker and scholar whose research-practice falls at the intersection of sexuality/gender, film/media, and science/technology, often tracing a line from contemporary representations to earlier conceptual histories and audiovisual practices. Her documentaries and audiovisual essays have screened internationally at film festivals, galleries, museums, and universities, and her writing has appeared in printed and on-line journals and anthologies. She earned an MPS from the Interactive Telecommunications Department at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and a PhD in Cinema & Media Studies from the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California. She is an Associate Professor in the Media Arts & Culture Department at Occidental College in Los Angeles and was formerly a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the Ammerman Center for Arts & Technology at Connecticut College.
“The Mechanical Bride and the Ambivalent Pleasures of the Uncanny.” Actor & Avatar: AScientific and Artistic Catalog, eds. Dieter Mersch, Anton Rey, Thomas Grunwald, Jörg Sternagel, Lorena Kegel, and Miriam Loertscher. transcript verlag/Columbia University Press, July 2023
“From the Essay Film to the Video Essay: Between the Critical and the Popular.” Reclaiming Popular Documentary, eds. Christie Milliken and Steve F. Anderson. Indiana University Press, July 2021