Kate Johnson is a media artist, producer, publisher and educator. Her collaborations have been seen internationally at venues such as the Cannes Film Festival, the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the Institute of Contemporary Art (London), Lincoln Center, Duke University, the American Film Institute, and at major conferences, festivals, special events and exhibitions.
Her large scale digital projections have been commissioned for projects presented at the Getty Center, LACMA, Japan American Cultural Center, the Los Angeles Central Library, and by organizations ranging from the Governor’s Office of the State of California, to the Global Climate Summit.
Locally her work has also been presented at UCLA, LAX, St. Johns Hospital, Pomona College, the LA Convention Center, Cal State LA, University of California, Irvine, Barndall Art Park, Highways Performance Space, Paramount Studios, Track 16, LATC, the Center for Digital Art, 18th Street Arts Center, Myles Playhouse and the Edie Broad Stage.
Her work as a film editor has been seen on the History Channel, the Documentary Channel, French television, and in festivals such as the Pan African Film Festival, Dance Camera West, and she has performed her spoken word works on Pacifica radio.
For over a decade she has worked closely with pioneering performance artist Barbara T. Smith, in creating video and multimedia representations of her seminal works. She has also worked with a number of other leading Los Angles based performance artists, including Suzanne Lacy, and choreographers such as Loretta Livingston.
In 2010 she founded Hyphen Media, whose first publication is Suzanna B. Dakin’s “An Artist for President”, a work she published as well as edited.
Since 1993, she has been a principal force behind EZTV, and her efforts are largely responsible for its survival into the 21st century. Her efforts have preserved a diverse archive of rare videotapes, artworks, and ephemera associated with EZTV’s early history, and its’ role in the shaping of the early independent desktop and digital video movements.
She has been a lecturer at the American Film Institute, and is currently Associate Professor at the Otis College of Art & Design.