Margot Herster is a media artist and educator who engages social and political systems of representation with participatory storytelling, digital archives and collaborative media making.
Herster heads BUREAU of CHANGE, an education-centric lab for real art practice in New Orleans that creates, curates and exhibits socially and politically engaged work. BUREAU was created by Herster with a group of college students and recent grads to create a space outside of the existing education system for collaborative practice and development opportunities with peers and mentors. BUREAU has developed into a new school in the form of an atelier-style studio in which a diverse group—established artists and designers, student apprentices and young artists, scholars and community experts, and the public—interact to create work.
Herster has held teaching and creative research positions at Columbia University, UC-Santa Cruz and Louisiana State University Digital Art & AVATAR. Most recently, whe was area head in LSU School of Art's Digital Art and AVATAR programs where she created courses such as Art + Activism, ART/WORK and Artist as Archivist; as well as curriculum and facilities for BFA and MFA programs.
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.
Her creative practice includes exhibitions, teaching, curating, writing, lecturing and organizing interdisciplinary public programs. Her work is regularly featured by international press such as NPR, Houston Chronicle, International Herald Tribune, Artnet, Brooklyn Rail, Glasstire, ...mightbegood, Media-N, Duke University Press. One person exhibitions include FotoFest, Houston; Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans; Edlab at 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.