FSU Art Assistant Professor Tra Bouscaren has been featured in Art Districts Magazine as part of the magazine’s Quarantine Diaries Project. Professor Bouscaren is a multidisciplinary artist based in Tallahassee, Florida.
My inner lone wolf is ecstatic. Not having to make three or four installations this year is a gift. An empty school wraps around my place. I have a job that I could probably do from anywhere. Things are good. I co-founded the Expanded Cinema Lab and have been building that up with a team of good folks. It’ll be a platform for experimental work and community outreach. Concurrently, I’m project managing a house renovation, so, bouncing back and forth between the house and the lab I’m on hands-free phone calls with the far away collaborators. Via VPN, I sometimes tweak my show up at the Mattress Factory. Something’s still not right about it in that space, and I’m sure I’ll never figure it out.
Prior to joining the faculty at FSU, he taught at the University of Arizona, the University of California at Santa Cruz, the University of Texas at El Paso, SUNY Buffalo, the University of Pennsylvania, and the National Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki. He is currently finishing three new essays on how media affect theory and plotting ghost shows and a 60,000-square-foot installation in Philadelphia, which he fears “we’ll probably never get to build.”