Mona Kasra

Associate Professor of Digital Media Design

Mona Kasra is an Iranian American new media artist, interdisciplinary scholar, and Associate Professor of Digital Media Design at the University of Virginia. Her practice-based research questions, critiques, and experiments with the affordances of media technologies within artistic forms and in a variety of improvisational framings. She frequently collaborates with artists, musicians, choreographers, and theater-makers to explore the confluence between performance and new media, particularly the emerging aesthetic possibilities for enriching narrative and enhancing audience immersion in live events. Mona's artwork has been exhibited widely in galleries and film festivals across the US and worldwide, and she has juried, curated, and programmed for many exhibitions, film festivals, and conferences. Her recent virtual reality piece Dwelling in the Enfolding, in collaboration with composer Matthew Burtner, was exhibited at Anchorage Museum of Art and ACM SIGGRAPH Digital Arts Community (DAC) Exhibition The Earth, Our Home: Art, Technology, and Critical Action. This interactive, immersive experience alludes to the complex relationship between humans and nature/environment, problematizing the possessive notion of the earth as ‘our’ home. Mona’s publications can be found in several journals including New Media & SocietyThe Communication ReviewJournal of Dance Education, and Media and Communication. At the University of Virginia, she lectures and teaches courses on new media art, projection design, integrated interactive media, and immersive media. Mona currently serves on the board of ACM SIGGRAPH and New Media Caucus. She holds an MFA in Video Art and a PhD in Arts & Technology.



2015 PhD in Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication
University of Texas at Dallas

2005 MFA in Video / Digital Art
California State University, Northridge

2000 BA in Graphic Design & Visual Arts
Art University, Tehran, Iran