Tara Knight is a filmmaker, animator, and media designer for live performance. Her broad range of media practices includes animated shorts, dance collaborations, projection design and media installations. The Floating World, a performance she co-created with Malashock Dance, was awarded an Emmy in 2011. Her Mikumentary series of films have screened in institutions ranging from pop culture to fine arts, including: New York Comic Con, South by Southwest Interactive, Time Warner’s “Future of Storytelling,” animation festivals in Britain, Hong Kong, and Mexico, and a tour with Miku the hologram herself in North America and the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo.
Two of Knight's short films won 2014 Van Gogh Awards at the Amsterdam Film Festival in the categories of animation and world cinema.
Recently, Knight has worked as a projection designer for the La Jolla Playhouse’s premiere “Hollywood” as well as Diversionary Theater’s “Amazons and their Men,” and her most recent dance films are touring at festivals in Greece, Argentina, Helsinki and other international festivals. Current projects include Sound Planetarium, a multidisciplinary project to create an interactive, data-driven “instrument” for both artistic and scientific research.
Knight began her career as an optical printing assistant, a painter on the films of animation pioneer Faith Hubley, and as an animation assistant for Emily Hubley on her short films and the cult hit Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Knight received a BA from Hampshire College and an MFA in Visual Arts from the University of California San Diego. She is currently an Associate Professor of Critical Media Practices at the University of Colorado Boulder.