xtine burrough & Sabrina Starnaman

xtine burrough is a new media artist, author, and educator. She has authored, edited, or co-edited several books including Foundations of Digital Art and Design (2013), Net Works: Case Studies in Web Art and Design (2011), The Routledge Companion to Remix Studies (2015) and Keywords in Remix Studies (2018). She is the Editor of the Visual Communication Quarterly, and an Associate Professor in The School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication at UT Dallas. Her awards include a Webby Honoree, a Terminal commission and grants from the UK Big Lottery fund and California Humanities. Her recent projects recover feminist texts through mediation and reimagine virtual crowd workers as bodies with agency.

Sabrina Starnaman is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Literary Studies and the Acting Director of the Center for Values in Medicine, Science and Technology at The University of Texas at Dallas. Her research focuses on Progressive Era (1880-1930) American texts about social settlements and women’s activism, urbanism, and disability. Central to Dr. Starnaman’s research agenda is exploring how nineteenth-century activists remediated exploitative labor practices, racism, and poverty. She is interested in finding ways that their historical solutions, often implemented locally, can be brought to bear on similar problems in the twenty-first century.

Upon meeting at UT Dallas in fall 2015, Burrough and Starnaman discovered a shared passion for activism, embodiment, and literature. The two became fast friends and quickly set forth to merge burrough’s artistic interventions with Starnaman’s expertise in literature, history, and labor. Together they developed “The Laboring Self,” a project funded by the Dallas Museum of Art, Humanities Texas, and Puffin Foundation West, Ltd.