Kathy M. Carbone

archives | art | activism

Biography

Kathy Carbone is a Postdoctoral Scholar in the Department of Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) working on the Refugee Rights in Records (R3) Initiative. She is also the Director, co-founder, archivist, and PI of The Amplification Project: Digital Archive for Forced Migration, Contemporary Art, and Action. Prior to joining UCLA, she was the Institute Archivist and Performing Arts Librarian for over a decade at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) and a modern dancer and choreographer for more than 20 years. Carbone holds a Ph.D. in Information Studies from UCLA, an MLIS from Kent State University, an MA in Dance and Music, and a BFA in Dance from Ohio University. Carbone’s research, teaching, and practice broadly focus on intersections between archives, contemporary art, and activism, with particular emphasis on documenting and preserving art practice driven by human rights and social justice agendas and using archives as strategies and tools for expressive resistance and community building.

Research and Scholarly Interests

  • Contemporary art practice and archives
  • Documenting and archiving performance
  • Archives and human rights
  • Forced migration, art, and memory
  • Participatory archiving
  • Digital community archives

Contact

Email

Publications

Carbone, Kathy, Anne J. Gilliland and María Montenegro. “Rights in and to Records and Recordkeeping: Fighting Bureaucratic Violence through a Human Rights-Centered Approach to the Creation, Management and Dissemination of Documentation.” Education for Information: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Information Studies 37, no.1 (2021): 3-26.

Carbone, Kathy. “Dear Sister Artist: Activating Feminist Art Letters and Ephemera in the Archive,” in “Radical Empathy in Archival Practice,” eds. Elvia Arroyo Ramirez, Jasmine Jones, Shannon O’Neill, and Holly Smith. Special issue, Journal of Critical Library and Information Studies3 (2020): 1-24.

Ramirez, Jasmine Jones, Shannon O’Neill, and Holly Smith. Special issue,
Journal of Critical Library
and Information Studies
 

Carbone, Kathy. “Introducing The Amplification Project: Digital Archive for Forced Migration, Contemporary Art, and Action.” Living Refugee Archive, 7 December 2020.

Ramirez, Jasmine Jones, Shannon O’Neill, and Holly Smith. Special issue,
Journal of Critical Library
and Information Studies
 

Carbone, Kathy. “Archival Art: Memory Practices, Interventions, and Productions.Curator: The Museum Journal 63, no.2 (2020): 257-263. 

Gilliland, Anne J. and Kathy Carbone. “An Analysis of Warrant for Rights in Records for Refugees.” The International Journal of Human Rights 24, no.4 (2020):483-508.

Gilliland, Anne J. and Kathy Carbone. “Movement and Transformation: Teaching to the Fourth Dimension.” In Defining a Discipline: Archival Research and Practice in the 21st Century, edited by Elizabeth Yakel and Jeannette Bastian. Chicago: Society of American Archivists, (2020). 

Carbone, Kathy. “Surveillance to Art: ‘Flipping Around the Paranoia,’” in “Information/Control:  Control in the Age of Post-Truth,” eds. James Lowry, Stacy E. Wood, and Andrew J. Lau. Journal of Critical Library and Information Studies 2, no. 2 (2019).

Carbone, Kathy. “Jeannette A. Bastian.” In Encyclopedia of Archival Writers (1550-2015), edited by Luciana Duranti and Patricia C. Franks.  Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, (2019).

Carbone, Kathy Michelle. “Artists and Records: Moving History and Memory.” Archives and Records 38, no. 1 (2017): 100-118.

Wood, Stacy, Kathy Carbone, Marika Cifor, Anne Gilliland, and Ricardo Punzalan. “Mobilizing Records: Re-framing Archival Description to Support Human Rights.” Archival Science 14 (2014): 397-419.

Courses

UCLA

Designing the User-Centered Art Archive

 Performing Arts Librarianship

Archival Description and Access Systems

Archives and Art-Making

University of Maryland, College Park

Follow the Fringe: Documentation and Preservation of Cultural Movements in Media (with Professor Mary Edsall-Choquette)

CalArts

Archives and Art-Making

Performer-Composer: History & Aesthetics (with David Rosenboom)

Methodologies for Music Research and Writing

Public Projects Series: CalArts Design School/Program History Archive (with Louise Sandhaus)

Interdisciplinary Collaborative Performing and Visual Art-Making through Improvisation and Research (with Vinny Golia)

Upcoming talks

Current Projects

The Amplification Project: Digital Archive for Forced Migration, Contemporary Art, and Action, a community-led participatory digital archive that documents, preserves, and raises the visibility of art and activism inspired, influenced, or affected by forced migration.

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