Karen Kriss is an Artist, Animator and Lecturer in Media Arts at UNSW Art and Design. Her current roles include Disability Champion and Disability Advisor in the faculty of Arts, Design and Architecture at UNSW. Karen has also acted a the Program Director for the Master of Digital Media and International Exchange Coordinator for the School of Media Arts.
Previously she has over 10 years of experience in the Animation and Visual effects industry including Head of Production Management, Visual Effects Producer, Digital Producer (Mr.X Toronto, CA), Senior Production Coordinator (Animal Logic, Sydney, Aus) and Animator and CG Artist (BDE/ BII Sydney, Aus). She has worked on both short form animation and feature films including Death Race, The Seeker: Dark Is Rising, The Rocker, Resident Evil: Extinction, Kit Kittredge: An American Girl Mystery, Flash of Genius and Happy Feet.
Karen holds a Bachelor of Arts (Visual) from ANU School of Art and a Master of Philosophy (Fine Arts) from UNSW Art and Design. Karen’s research lies with the boundary between media art and animation. Her work mobilises representations of the body through the use of motion capture, CGI and techniques such as lenticular imagery and stereoscopic animation.
Karen’s utilises animation and live performative motion capture as a collaborative tool for working with people living with disability. She recently managed two large scale Vivid projections called Dream States (2019) and Crowded Cadmans (2022) alongside various exhibitions in co-production with artists from The Junction Works.