Margot Herster
Since 2008
m_herster@hotmail.com
Works in New Orleans, Louisiana United States of America

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BIO
Margot Herster is a New Orleans-based artist who engages archiving practices, interdisciplinary collaboration and media theory to document contemporary cultural and political phenomena. Her work combines still photography, video, text, audio and non-traditional documentary materials to express historical and cultural experience.

Collaboration is central to Herster’s practice. Over the past ten years, she has collaborated with a range of professionals on a variety of projects. In 2006, she worked with nanotechnologists to investigate invisibility technology for environmental and defense applications; and, in 2010, she led a focus group--including architects, engineers, and students--to capture the human impact of coastal land erosion in Louisiana. Herster’s interest in art as social and educational action is brought to life through institutional partnerships for site-responsive installations and contemporaneous programming.

Herster’s major creative work over the past five years, After You’ve Been Burned by Hot Soup You Blow in Your Yogurt,focuses on the complex relationships between detainees at Guantanamo Bay, their attorneys, the international press, and the news-reading public. The interactive exhibit includes the artist’s archive of over 2000 photographs, videos, texts, and audio documents. The material was collected by Herster and is sourced from attorneys representing suspected terrorists at Guantanamo Bay.

Herster’s project presents Guantanamo through the lens of amateur attorney-photographers who, by circumstance, developed deep seeded personal relationships with the men behind Guantanamo’s closed doors. Amateur digital photographers have captured some of the most incisive recent wartime photographs. Created by participants and bystanders, images such as those from terrorist attacks, insurgent videos and protest violence, document inhumanity and serve to propagate divisiveness.

In conjunction with this photographic work, Herster includes personal narratives gathered from the terrorist suspects. These intimate stories tell the tales of detainees with everyday family woes, anxiety over missing loved ones, and longing for familiar landscapes. After You've Been Burned by Hot Soup You Blow in Your Yogurt highlights the power of photography to build trust and facilitate relationships in extreme circumstances of anxiety and isolation.

The first phase of After You've Been Burned By Hot Soup You Blow in Your Yogurt focused on exhibiting and developing platforms for discussion, study and deconstruction of cultural myths. Herster launched this project in 2007 at FotoFest International in Houston through a 3,000 square foot exhibition featuring over a hundred photo- and video-texts, as well as audio and video installations.

Herster’s project is currently in a second phase, moving from public discourse to historical solidification and preservation. She is working with NYU Libraries, which will house a wide-reaching collection of Guantánamo records, to archive the raw materials and research of her project, as well as documentation of her art and cultural installations and events.
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JOB

Assistant Professor Photography & Digital Art


Deadline:
Thu Jan 20, 2011 23:00

Assistant Professor, Photography & Digital Art (Tenure-track)

Job Summary/Responsibilities:
LSU School of Art seeks a versatile photographer capable of practicing in traditional silver-based and emerging digital areas of this rapidly developing field. Candidate will demonstrate: ability to teach a range of courses that address conceptual and practical issues as well as creative and critical thinking, advanced skills in specific areas of creative practice such as digital image manipulation, digital printing, digital rendering, work on the web, studio lighting.

We are especially interested in applicants for the Photography and Digital Art position with creative practice and ability to teach across hybrid forms that encompass virtual and lens-based creation. The ideal candidate would cross between digital photography, video, compositing, modeling and animation.

Position teaches introductory to senior-level courses in Photography, Interdisciplinary and Digital Art courses, and graduate (MFA-level) seminars consistent with teaching loads typically assigned in the School; advises students; participates in the graduate program and becomes a member of the graduate faculty; actively participates in research or creative activity; conducts service work through school and university committees as assigned.

Required Qualifications:
Master of Fine Arts (MFA) or equivalent degree, professional graduate degree, or equivalent professional experience in Photography, Digital Art, or a closely related field; successful teaching experience; evidence of creation of high quality work and ongoing research is required.

Desired Qualifications:
Ability to teach a course in the history of photography; encourage interactive classroom learning and student research; experience with time-based media.

We also value versatile professional practice that includes commitment to art practice and industry-related skills or experience. Baton Rouge and Louisiana in general is a hotbed for digital media industries, with an influx of companies like Electronic Arts and media production and post-production studios moving in and investing in the region due to state initiatives to attract this business.

Opportunities are exciting for new media artists in Louisiana, with world class local and international curators, arts writers, artists stimulating the community.

Deadline is January 20th and applications should be made on LSU Careers website (link below) with supporting materials sent by mail.


JOB

Dean of the College of Art and Design


Deadline:
Wed Nov 30, 2011 17:00

Location:
Louisiana
United States of America

Dean of the College of Art and Design

The College of Art and Design is Louisiana's foremost school for the fine arts, art history, and the design professions. The college is comprised of the following departments and schools: School of Architecture, School of Art, Department of Interior Design, and the Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture. The college's programs are nationally recognized. Landscape architecture is nationally ranked at number one for undergraduate education and number two for graduate education. The ceramics area is ranked fifth in the country by U.S. News & World Report. All departments have nationally award-winning faculty and students. More information about the college can be found at www.design.lsu.edu.

For full consideration, application materials including five professional references should be submitted by November 30, 2011. The target start date for this position is July 1, 2012. Salary will be competitive and commensurate with qualifications. An offer of employment is contingent on a satisfactory pre-employment background check.

Letters of nomination may be e-mailed to the search committee chair at artdesigndean@lsu.edu.

LSU is Louisiana's flagship public research university, located in the state capital, Baton Rouge, 80 miles northwest of New Orleans. LSU carries the designation of a "very high research activity" university by the Carnegie Foundation and is only one of 21 universities nationwide holding land-grant, sea-grant and space-grant status. For the third straight year, LSU is ranked in the first tier for "Best National Universities" in U.S. News & World Report's 2011 edition of America's Best Colleges. The University's website, www.lsu.edu, includes LSU's strategic plan, as well as links to the full array of programs and opportunities at LSU. Information regarding LSU's Flagship 2020 agenda can be found online at www.lsu.edu/flagshipagenda/.

BENEFITS: LSU offers outstanding benefits to eligible employees and their dependents including health, life, dental, and vision insurance; flexible spending accounts; retirement options; annual and sick leave; 14 paid holidays; wellness benefits; tuition exemption; training and development opportunities; employee discounts; and more!


JOB

Assistant or Associate Professor, Foundations in Art & Design (Tenure-track)


Deadline:
Thu Jan 20, 2011 17:00

Location:
Louisiana
United States of America

Assistant or Associate Professor, Foundations in Art & Design (Tenure-track)

Job Summary/Responsibilities:
LSU School of Art seeks a versatile artist capable of working across traditional studio art disciplinary lines to provide leadership in the coordination and development of its foundations program. Candidate will: provide vision and oversight for program development and foster collaborative partnerships with faculty in all of the school's concentrations; be involved in student recruitment; be involved in student mentoring; improve accreditation data reporting systems; increase program quality, effectiveness and efficiency; teach a range of courses that address both conceptual and practical issues as well as creative and critical thinking.

Position teaches introductory courses in Art & Design, intermediate to senior level undergraduate courses in one or more areas of studio art practice, and graduate (MFA-level) seminars; coordinates curricular aspects of foundations program in collaboration with faculty from all studio art areas; leads graduate teaching preparation seminar.

Required Qualifications:
Master in Fine Arts (MFA) or equivalent degree, professional graduate degree, or equivalent professional experience in an area of studio art practice; successful teaching experience; evidence of creation of high quality work in a studio art discipline and ongoing research is required.

Desired Qualifications:
Ability to teach a general course in art appreciation; encourage interactive classroom learning and student research; experience with time-based media.

Deadline is January 20th and applications should be made on LSU Careers website (link below) with supporting materials sent by mail.


JOB

Assistant Professor, Graphic Design


Deadline:
Tue Sep 13, 2011 12:00

Location:
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
United States of America

Louisiana State University invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in graphic design starting January 2012. Application deadline is September 13, 2011 or until a candidate is selected. An offer of employment is contingent on a satisfactory pre- employment background check. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a candidate is selected.

LSU's Graphic Design faculty is part of the School of Art, which comprises undergraduate and graduate programs in Studio Art as well as Art History. The School has 600+ students and is a unit of a College that also includes Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Interior Design. We are looking for someone willing and able to serve not only the specific needs of the Graphic Design area but those of allied disciplines in art and to complement the expertise of the other members of the department.

University and community service, student advising, and research/creative activity expected. Record of awards/publications, and/or evidence of innovation in teaching preferred. Evidence of the creation of high quality work and ongoing research is required.

BENEFITS: LSU offers outstanding benefits to eligible employees and their dependents including health, life, dental, and vision insurance; flexible spending accounts; retirement options; sick leave; 14 paid holidays; wellness benefits; tuition exemption; training and development opportunities; employee discounts; and more.

JOB SUMMARY:
Teaches a combination of design studio sequences and additional required or elective courses (as deemed suitable for the individual based upon background and program need) consistent with teaching loads typically assigned in the School; advises students: participates in the graduate program and becomes a member of the graduate faculty; actively participates in research or creative activity; conducts service work through school and university committees as assigned.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:
An M.F.A. degree, professional graduate degree, or equivalent professional experience in graphic design or a closely related field; successful teaching experience; evidence of professional achievement. Demonstrated ability to teach a range of courses that address both conceptual and practical issues, and which integrate instruction in computer software for design development and execution. Evidence of the creation of high quality work and ongoing research.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:
Secondary field of design history, and/or critical theory is desirable. The preferred candidate will exhibit advanced skills in one or more of the following specific areas of graphic design: print or web design; interactive multimedia; wayfinding; and/or information design.

INSTRUCTIONS:
Please send a letter of interest, vitae, and digital presentation that includes at least 20 examples of your work and 20 of your students' work (with annotations). A CD ROM or DVD formatted for a Macintosh computer is preferred. Mail submissions to: 
Rod Parker, Director 
LSU School of Art 
123 Art Building 
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
sadir@lsu.edu

Links to a website will also be accepted if supported by additional printed documentation.

Please email three letters of recommendation including name, title, phone number and e-mail address to: Graphic Design Search Committee at art@lsu.edu.

A copy of your transcripts may be attached to your application (if available). If unable to scan and electronically attach, please provide at the time of interview.