Margot Herster is a media artist, educator and administrator of ideas who works social, political and civic engaged art. Her creative practice includes exhibitions, teaching, curating, writing, lecturing, as well as public programming, installations and interventions. Through participatory story-telling and community-based design, she engages social and political systems of representation using digital, interactive and collaborative media.
Herster is recognized for After You’ve Been Burned by Hot Soup You Blow in Your Yogurt, an experimental documentary that probes the believability of photography as it leads audiences through a fragmented, emotionally charged narrative on trust dynamics between suspected terrorists held Guantánamo Bay, Cuba and their U. S. advocates.
Herster has held teaching and creative research positions at Columbia University, UC-Santa Cruz and Louisiana State University Digital Art & AVATAR. In 2012, she co-founded BUREAU of CHANGE with a group of early career artists disappointed in the integrity and efficacy of their education. The BUREAU is an interdisciplinary, apprenticeship-style laboratory where artists and non-artists work together on belief that creative community building, participatory problem solving and collaborative media making can effectuate institutional change.
Herster's work is regularly featured in international press such as NPR, International Herald Tribune, Artnet, ArtNews, Brooklyn Rail, ...mightbegood, and Media-N. One person exhibitions include FotoFest, Houston; Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans; Columbia University, New York; Cantor Film Center at NYU, New York. Group exhibitions include Arthouse, Austin; Exit Art, New York; Gallery MyCroft, Paris; Future Places Festival Porto, Portugal, among others.