Christopher Harris is an associate professor of film and video production in the Department of Cinematic Arts at the University of Iowa. He makes films and video installations that read African American historiography through the poetics and aesthetics of experimental cinema.
At Radcliffe, Harris is working on Speaking in Tongues, a 16mm experimental film that analogizes the discourse of racialized criminality and the carceral apparatus, which regulates the movements of Black bodies, with the conventions and mechanics of the cinematic apparatus, which regulates the movement of the filmstrip through the projector. Equal parts essay and visual art, this project defies the threat of state violence as well as the conventions of cinematic realism through a collage of manually and optically altered original documentary and archival film sourced from Hollywood movies, television commercials, educational films, cartoons, European art cinema, and miscellaneous ephemera.
Harris holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and received a 2019–2020 Artist Residency Award from the Wexner Center for the Arts; a 2019–2020 Chrysalis Fellowship from the Media City Film Festival; and a 2015 Creative Capital award.