Kathleen Pirrie Adams

Kathleen Pirrie Adams is a curator and writer who focuses on experimental film and video, new media art, popular music, and the history of sexuality. She has published in Fuse, Alphabet City, Rungh, Xtra!, Coil, and Mix Magazine. Also an occasional filmaker, she has directed Close Watch and Venus Church and co-directed Excess Is What I Came For.

As a curator and media theorist, Kathleen has developed exhibitions for TIFF Bell Lightbox, Toronto Photographer’s Workshop (TPW), InsideOUT LGBT Film Festival, and Images Festival. She served as the commissioner for InterAccess Electronic Media Art Centre’s presentation of Next Memory City at the Venice Architectural Biennale in 2002 and held a Ruhnke Fellowship at the TMU Image Centre, which focused on student engagement and the creation of knowledge networks.

Most recently, she published on how digital media reframes the core provisions of the museum in the
Routledge Handbook of Museum, Media, and Communications (2019).


Excess Is What I Came For

1994, 07:23 minutes, B&W

Critical Writing

Tomboy on the Bridge: Recent Videos by Sadie Benning
by Kathleen Pirrie Adams. Mix, Winter 1998.
by Kathleen Pirrie Adams. Xtra!, Nov. 20, 1997, no. 341.
Name calling the queers: Filmakers re-affirm negative stereotypes
by Kathleen Pirrie Adams. Xtra!, Feb. 29, 1996, no. 296.
Lesbian road show: baby dykes make videos for the cbc
by Kathleen Pirrie Adams. Xtra!, June 27, 1992, no. 461.