Simon Tarr
Since 2010
Works in Columbia, South Carolina United States of America

Simon Tarr made his first movie at the age of eight. The strip of film was fashioned from sandwich bags taped together, with spaceships drawn on it. The projector was a shoebox with a lamp in it, the lens was a magnifying glass on the end of a toilet paper tube. The film premiered on the wall of his bedroom, where the film melted after a few seconds.

Since then, Simon Tarr’s films have been screened on every continent (yes, even Antarctica) in hundreds of film festivals. His work is available on DVD from Netflix and Amazon, and as digital downloads from He has performed his live VJ shows at conferences, festivals and clubs from Tokyo to New Orleans and everywhere in between.

Tarr directs the media art program at the University of South Carolina. He received the 2010 University Film and Video Association Teaching Award for achievements in pedagogy that contribute to the field of film and video education. He lives in Columbia, SC with his wife Jen, their son Caspar, and Spam the dog.
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Assistant Professor—New Media Art, Game Design, Emerging Digital Art Forms

Thu Nov 01, 2012 17:00

Columbia, South Carolina
United States of America


Assistant Professor of Media Arts
New Media Art, Game Design and Emerging Digital Art Forms

The Media Arts Program in the Department of Art ( at the University of South Carolina invites applications for a tenure track Assistant Professor of Media Art in the fields of new media art, videogame design, and emerging digital art forms.

The successful candidate will be an active, practicing artist and scholar with a record of intellectually and culturally rigorous work in areas of expertise that could include (but is not limited to): videogame art and design, serious games, gaming for the humanities, emerging audio-visual art, net art, media performance, software art, glitch art, or mobile applications.

An M.F.A. or appropriate terminal degree in art production by August 2013 is required, with experience in university level teaching. In addition to being a practicing artist, the successful candidate will teach undergraduate and graduate students at all levels, and be an active participant in the intellectual life of the university and community.

To apply, submit a cover letter, CV, and links to samples of relevant artwork. Applications will be accepted online or by mail to:

Simon Tarr
Media Arts Search Committee
University of South Carolina Department of Art
1615 Senate Street
Columbia, SC 29208

To assure full consideration, applications should be received by November 1, 2012.

The University of South Carolina's main campus is located in the state capital, close to mountains and coast. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has designated the University of South Carolina as one of only 73 public and 32 private academic institutions with “very high research activity”. The Carnegie Foundation also lists USC as having strong community engagement. The University has over 29,500 students on the main campus (and over 44,500 students system-wide), more than 350 degree programs, and a nationally-ranked library system that includes one of the nation’s largest public film archives. Columbia, the capital of South Carolina, is the center of an increasingly sophisticated greater metropolitan area with a population over 750,000.

The University of South Carolina is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply. The University of South Carolina does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities or decisions for qualified persons on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation or veteran status.