Working in collaborative and cross-disciplinary modes, Kevin Hamilton produces artworks, archives, and scholarship on such subjects as race and space, public memory, history of technology, and state violence. His articles with Ned O’Gorman on Air Force film production have appeared in Rhetoric & Public Affairs, Visual Culture, and Communication & Critical/Cultural Studies. Their book-in-progress and accompanying digital archive traces the history of the Air Force’s most famous film unit, Lookout Mountain Laboratory, from 1948 through 1969. A professor at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Kevin holds appointments in the School of Art and Design and the program in Media and Cinema Studies, and serves as Dean’s Fellow for Research in the College of Fine and Applied Arts.
At Illinois Kevin also co-directs the Center for People and Infrastructures, an effort currently focused on the ethics and civics of algorithmic culture through research, design, and outreach. Kevin’s artworks in digital form have appeared in Rhizome, Turbulence, Neural, and the ASPECT DVD series. Recent commissioned artworks have included a printed mural on the history of cybernetics, and a graphic novel on race, geology, and university politics in Urbana, Illinois.