Kathy High (born 1954, USA) is an interdisciplinary artist / educator who collaborates with scientists and activists, and considers living systems, animal sentience, and ethical dilemmas of biotechnology and medical industries. She is Professor of Video and New Media in the Arts department at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, NY, and is director of the BAT (BioArt and Technology) Laboratory in RPI’s Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies. She is a supporter of community DIY science and ecological art practices. She is the Project Coordinator for NATURE Lab a project of The Sanctuary for Independent Media where she is also a board member and co-founder. She is committed to queer and feminist approaches to reshaping ecological bio-science research and learning-by-doing, and to collaborative action.
Among many honors, she is the recipient of fellowships and awards from the New York State Council on the arts, National Endowment for the Arts, the John Simon Memorial Guggenheim Foundation and Rockefeller Foundation, among others. Her artworks have been shown at documenta 13 (Germany), Guggenheim Museum, Museum of Modern Art, (NYC), UCLA (Los Angeles), Science Gallery (Dublin), NGBK (Berlin), Festival Transitio_MX (Mexico), MASS MoCA (North Adams), Para-site Gallery (Hong Kong), Esther Klein Gallery, University Science Center (Philadelphia), and Medical Museum (Copenhagen). She has had residencies with the Asian Society, Hong Kong (2005), SymbioticA, University of Western Australia (2009-10), Finnish Society of Bioart (2013), Coalesce, University of Buffalo (2016-17), DePaolo Lab, CMiST, School of Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle (2016-18), Djerassi Scientific Delirium Madness (2019), and Ectopia/Blend, Lisbon, Portugal (2022).
Photo: Kathy High. The artist in the lab
Photo: Kathy High. Still image from “Fecal Matters,” video 2018