There is no impossibility as to what ‘form’ conscious life may take.


Kate is a video artist and educator living in Los Angeles. She obtained her M.F.A. in Media Arts from UCLA, her M.A. in Digital Art and Video from CSU-N and her B.F.A. from Montana State University. She is the co-founder of FLOAT, a VR/AR art studio, and founder of Femmebit, a video art festival celebrating Los Angeles female artists working in video and new media. Much of Kate's practice surrounds human connection, meaning-making, and our relationships to the biological and environmental systems we inhabit. Her graduate studies involved research into the myriad ways humans mourn and express grief.

Kate has participated in solo and group residencies at Stanford University, Signal Culture, The Media Archaeology Lab at the University of Colorado, Coaxial Arts Foundation (courtesy of the Pasadena Arts Council) and Dublab. She is a Visiting Assistant Professor in Digital Arts and Communications Studies at Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA, and Instructor in Media Design Practices at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA.




Collaborations:
FLOAT is a collaborative entity focusing on media art and interactivity. Founders Ben Vance and Kate Parsons work together to create evocative, nuanced art experiences that push the boundaries of process and technique. Their work has shown with Vulcan Inc., Marina Abramovic’s Acute Art VR Platform, and at prestigious locations such as SFMOMA, Art Toronto, Sundance Film Festival, SXSW, and TIFF. Their work has been featured in Art News, the LA Times, CBC, BBC News, Flaunt, Hyperallergic, and more. Collaborators and clients include Petra Cortright, United Nude, GitHub, and Tony Hawk. Their latest work, Screensavers, can be found on internet gaming platforms Steam, Oculus, Itch.io, and Viveport.

FEMMEBIT is a platform and triennial festival uniting an all-female roster of Los Angeles based artists working in video and new media. A celebration spanning a curated program of symposiums, screenings and exhibitions, FEMMEBIT examines today’s society at large as an ever-changing medium; how women working with and between technologies enable progressive ideas to be born through active creation; and how we, as proponents of these fields, must work together to shape, share, and grow a future receptive open to progress.




CV Highlights (Full list here):

2020 (upcoming)

Retrograde, Carnegie Art Museum, Oxnard, CA

AR Art Show, Santa Monica CA


2019

B-Reel After Hours, Santa Monica, CA (Dec. 2019)

Scoutfest, VR Scout. CTRL+ Collective, Playa Vista, CA (Nov. 2019)

IndieCade 2019 Night Games, Center for Media and Design, Santa Monica College (Oct. 2019)

FIVARS Festival, Toronto Media Arts Centre, Toronto Canada (Sept. 2019)

Floating Signifiers, STACKED Art Show, Museum of Neon Art, Glendale CA (Sept. 2019)
2019

FEMMEBIT Festival, Director and Co-Curator. Civic Center Studios, DTLA. (May-June 2019)

Sim Cinema, ft. Jennifer Steinkamp, Casey Reas, DiMoDa, Paolo Pedercini, Michael John Kelley. Wevr, Venice CA (Apr. 2019)

Featured Artist: FEMMEBIT VR, The Other Art Fair, The Reef, DTLA (Apr. 2019)

United Nude x FLOAT Augmented Reality Pop-Up, Westfield Century City, Century City, CA (Mar. 2019)

Spring/Break Art Fair: Coaxial x FEMMEBIT Presents Screen As Persona. The Row, DTLA (Feb. 2019)

FEMMEBIT Fundraiser @ Navel.la, Los Angeles, CA (Jan. 2019)

Satellite Art Fair: FLOAT x Petra Cortright, Austin, TX (Apr. 2019)


2018

The Dark Spring, with Coaxial Arts Foundation and Pasadena Arts Alliance, Los Angeles, CA (Apr. 2018)

Guest Speaker, Media Design Practice MFA Final, Art Center College of Design, Los Angeles, CA (Mar.2018)

Happy 3rd Birthday, Coaxial Arts! Screening, Coaxial Arts Foundation, Los Angeles, CA (Mar.2018)

Guirado Rebirth VR in “Parallel Visionaries” w/ Picasso and Miró, at University of Jaén, Spain (Mar. 2018)

A Piece of Something Bigger: Faculty Work in Progress Show, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena (Mar. 2018)

Interiors, Basic Premise, Curated by Alex Brown, Ojai, CA (Feb 2018)


2017

Coral Gables Presents: Guirado, Art Week Miami Basel with Guirado Estate, Miami, FL (Dec. 2017)

Acute Art VR Platform Premiere, ft. Marina Abramovic, Jeff Koons, Olafur Eliasson. NY, NY (Dec. 2017)

Space Vs. Time: A Night of Expanded Cinema, Coaxial Arts, Los Angeles, CA (Dec. 2017)

Virtual Reality Workshop, Pasadena City College, Pasadena, CA (Dec. 2017)

Hervisions 2017 London Premiere, Curated by Zaibba Jabar, London, England (Dec. 2017)

The Wrong Digital Art Biennale Premiere, Istanbul, Turkey (Nov. 2017)

The Wrong Digital Art Biennale, GFX Free Error, Curated by Haydi Rocket (Nov. 2017)

Bill Etra Memorial Tribute: Global Groove 2, Curated by Benton C. Bainbridge, Culture Hub LA (Nov. 2017)

Andrew Bird Echolocations Tour Projections, Curated by Adam Goldman (Nov.-Dec. 2017)

Kaleidoscope’s First Look Virtual Reality Conference, Curated by Rene Pinnell, (Oct. 2017)

LA Weekly’s ArtTopia, Union Station, Curated by Ale Cohen, Los Angeles, CA (Oct. 2017)

FUTRA’s Superfuture, Curated by Tara LaPlante, Werkartz, Los Angeles, CA (Aug. 2017)

La Jolla International Fashion Film Festival, San Diego, CA (July 2017)

UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital Benefit and Art Show, Culver City, CA (May 2017)

Rhythm and Visions, Curated by Patterson + Reckinger, USC, Los Angeles, CA (Apr. 2017)

Sleepless: The Music Center at Night, Curated by Ale Cohen, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion (Mar. 2017)

Guest Speaker, Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA (Mar. 2017)

Wake, Ship In The Woods. With Kid606 and Xiu Xiu. Escondido, CA (Mar. 2017)

VR Cinema, Curated by Blake Kammerdiener, SXSW, Austin, TX (Mar. 2017)

FLOAT Museum VR SFMOMA Pilot, with Morphosis Architects and Kaleidoscope VR, San Francisco Museum of

Modern Art. San Francisco, CA, (Mar. 2017)

Next Art Night, KRON VR, Culver City, CA, (Mar. 2017)

Guest Speaker, USC, Los Angeles, CA, (Mar. 2017)

Heavy Motion w/ Lee Tusman, Matt Doyle, Sara Rosalena Brady, Eric Drasin, Coaxial Arts, Los Angeles, (Feb. 2017)

3VR: Liminal Realities at Coaxial Fundraiser, Coaxial Arts, Los Angeles, CA (Feb. 2017)

3VR: Liminal Realities at Slamdance Film Festival, Park City, UT. (Jan. 2017)


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