Kythe Heller

Kythe Heller

Filming the Unseen

Garden Street: Upstairs

How should scholars in the social sciences, humanities, and arts comprehend, apprehend, and represent the domain of the unseen? The unheard? The untouched? The untasted? The unscented? The unknown? The unknowable? These questions — charting a kind of inside-out, after-imaged anthropology of the senses — organize my inquiry into how media technologies are increasingly entangled […]


Kythe Heller is a doctoral candidate at Harvard University in Religion and Society, with a secondary field in Critical Media Practice. She is also a poet and multimedia artist. Her scholarly interests range across sensory ethnography, new media, intersections of contemporary arts and religion, human rights, philosophy of religion, and contemporary alternative religious theologies. Recent publications include poetry and essays in Tricycle, The American Poetry Review, and other journals; recent film and multimedia work has been presented at Bard College, SEEDS Festival/Earthdance, Sonoma State University, and elsewhere. She is a recipient of grants and fellowships from Harvard University, The MacDowell Colony, Vermont Studio Center, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Squaw Valley Community of Writers, and the Laurels Foundation/PSU; she also teaches in the Language and Thinking Program at Bard College.