lark vcr



Lark Alder aka VCR works in video, installation, interactive media, critical design, and performance. VCR stands for Virtually Conflicted Reality. A common thread in their work is multiplicity of meaning and experience in an increasingly digitized world — many projects explore the personal, political, and social implications of the dissolving boundary between body and machine. Using humor within a critical queer framework, Lark tackles subject matter as diverse as biosurveillance, data privacy, oceanic myth, sexual violence culture, virtual healing and human-computer desire.

Lark received an MFA from UC Berkeley and BA from Harvard University. They received grants from the Center for Cultural Innovation, East Bay Fund for Artists, and the Murphy & Cardogan Contemporary Art Awards. Their work has shown at Frameline Film Festival, MIX NYC, the San Francisco International Arts Festival, and Schuwels Museum in Berlin. A dedicated educator, Lark has taught classes at UC Berkeley, Expression College, and is currently teaching digital media art at San Jose State University.


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Lark VCR
BORN: Santa Ana, CA 1981. Lives in Oakland, CA
PRONOUNS: They/Them or She/Her


2016 MFA, Art Practice with certificate in New Media, UC Berkeley

2006 BA, Visual and Environmental Studies, Harvard University


2018 Traumagotchi, Interactive website and installation, Queer Technology Exhibition, Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley

2018 Traumagotchi, Video game and installation, NextNew Games, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose

2017 Traumagotchi, Video game and installation, Vital Hybrids, B4BEL4B, Oakland

2017 Culturally Competent Wiki, Website and installation, Vital Hybrids, B4BEL4B, Oakland

2016 Tattle-Tale Heart, Film and installation, Third Party, CNTRL-SHFT Collective, Oakland

2016 Tattle-Tale Heart, Film and installation, Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley

2015 Geoff’s Letter of Unapology, Installation, Berkeley Center for New Media, Berkeley

2015 Opossum Impressions, Installation, Berkeley Center for New Media, Berkeley

2015 Meeglo, TattleTale Heart & Babump, Installation, Murphy-Cardogan Exhibition, SOMArts, SF

2015 Happy Toilet, Video installation, SGraffito, Oakland

2015 Babump, Installation, San Francisco International Arts Festival, Fort Mason, SF

2015 Babump, Installation and performance, Worth Ryder Gallery, Berkeley

2014 Slime Queen, Music and performance, Rainbow in the Dark, 15-city US performance tour

2014 Quick! Eat my diamond, Video and installation, WorkMore!, SOMArts, SF


2018 Tattle-Tale Heart, The Cinema of Gender Transgression Communal Shorts Program, Anthology Film Archives, NYC

2018 Happy Toilet, The Cinema of Gender Transgression TRANIMATION!, Anthology Film Archives, NYC

2017 Tattle-Tale Heart, Femmosphere, Schuwels Museum, Berlin

2017 Tattle-Tale Heart, Boston LGBT Film Festival, Boston

2017 Tattle-Tale Heart, MIX NYC, NY Queer Experimental Film Fest, New York

2016 Tattle-Tale Heart, Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley

2016 Tattle-Tale Heart, TWIST Seattle Queer Film Fest, Seattle

2016 Tattle-Tale Heart, Echo Park Film Center, Los Angeles

2016 Tattle-Tale Heart, Periwinkle Cinema, Artist’s Television Access, SF

2016 Slime Queen, CRIBS Music Videos, UMASS Amherst

2015 Kim’s Corner, Creative Growth Video Screening, The New Parkway, Oakland

2015 Happy Toilet, QueerFail Festival, Luggage Store Gallery, SF

2014 Happy Toilet, Frameline Film Festival, SF

2013 Happy Toilet, SF Transgender Film Festival, SF

2011 Fantastic Variety, Local Underground, Artist’s Television Access, SF

2011 Slime Queen, Experimental Half-Hour (TV Show), Portland Community Media, Portland


2016 Investing in Artists Grant, Center for Cultural Innovation

2016 East Bay Fund for Artists Grant, East Bay Community Foundation

2016 Fellowship, UC Berkeley Department of Art Practice

2016 CITRIS Invention Lab Fellowship

2015 Peter Lyman Fellowship in New Media

2015 CITRIS Foundry Tech Incubator 2015-16 Cohort

2015 Murphy-Cardogan Contemporary Arts Award

2003 David Rockefeller Travel Grant


2018 Keynote, Creative Coding Fest (CC Fest), San Francisco

2018 Panelist, Talking Art: NEXTNEWGAMES, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art

2018 Panelist, Queer Technology Panel Discussion, Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley

2018 'Virtually Living: The Tamagotchi Effect,' LASER Art and Science Series, San Jose State University

2016 Artist talk, Living Room Light Exchange, Oakland

2018 Visiting artist in discussion with “Queer Wiki” class, Mills College, Oakland

2016 'Stake in the Heart,' LASER Art and Science Series, University of San Francisco

2016 Artist Talk, Survivors' Symposium, UC Berkeley

2015 'Big Data Meets the Beating Heart' Manufacturing Transparency Conference, UC Berkeley

2015 'Health Data for Employers,' Graduate Research Hot Topics, Berkeley EECS Annual Research Symposium (BEARS)


2017-now Lecturer, Digital Video Art, San Jose State University, San Jose

2018-now PRIDE Center Faculty Fellow, San Jose State University, San Jose

2017 Lecturer, Multi-Media and Web Development, SAE Expression College, Oakland

2016 Lecturer, Video Production, UC Berkeley

2016 Lecturer, 2D Digital Animation, UC Berkeley

2012–2017 Substitute Teacher and Volunteer, Creative Growth Art Center, Oakland

2013-2014 Animation Instructor, Mid Peninsula Media Center Youth Program, Palo Alto

2012-2013 Multimedia and Video Manager, AMF Media Group, San Ramon

2006-2007 Weekly TV Series Producer, “One Life: Living with HIV/AIDS” KMTP Channel 32, Mountain View

2008-2017 Freelance Video, Animation, and Motion Graphics


2017-2018 California Rape Crisis Counselor. Confidential hotline and in-person support through Bay Area Women Against Rape (BAWAR)

2016 Organizer. Survivors’ Symposium, UC Berkeley

2010-2016 Volunteer, Creative Growth Art Center. Worked with disabled artists in the Video Production Workshop

2008-2009 Project Read Tutor, San Francisco Public Library