Victoria Fu, MFA

Victoria Fu
Phone: (619) 260-2706
Fax: 619-260-6875
Office: Camino Hall P4

Associate Professor, Visual Arts
Co-Director, Film Studies

  • MFA, Art, California Institute of the Arts
  • MA (Phi Kappa Phi), Art History and Museum Studies, University of Southern California
  • BA (with Distinction), Art, Stanford University

Victoria Fu, MFA, teaches courses at USD about film and video art. She is a visual artist who has exhibited in venues including the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, La Jolla, CA; 52nd New York Film Festival, New York, NY; IX Nicaragua Biennial, Managua, Nicaragua; University Art Gallery, UC Irvine, Irvine, CA; The Contemporary, Baltimore, MD; among others. Recipient of a 2013 Art Matters Grant and 2015 Guggenheim Fellowship, she was a participant of the Whitney Independent Study Program and artist-in-residence at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.

Scholarly Work

Victoria Fu recently co-organized a two-day conference at the University of Oslo called Touching the Screen. Presentations and panels with interdisciplinary historians, scholars and artists centered on the aesthetic impact of touchscreen technologies on contemporary art practices. The implications of these digital technologies, not only on the model of cinema spectatorship, but within a larger, ontological context, make these urgent explorations placed at the nexus of art, media and cinema studies.

In her visual artwork, Fu uses multiple formats (including digital video and analog film), media and viewing configurations in museum and gallery exhibitions. Her projects present an interplay and layering of photographic, screen-based and projected images. A rendering of cultural and psychological landscapes, her artwork examines the aesthetic formulas that allow the virtual world to alter human experience. The installations exploit and simulate optical effects of rendered light and space as meditations on sight, perception and image-making.

Recent exhibitions include the 2014 Whitney Biennial in New York, NY; Nicaragua Biennial (BAVNIC IX) in Managua, Nicaragua; University Art Gallery at UC Irvine; Simon Preston Gallery in New York, NY; 52nd New York Film Festival and Honor Fraser Gallery in Los Angeles, CA. Her work has been written about in publications including,, Huffington Post, KCET: Artbound, The New York Times, Boston Globe, Frankfurter Allgemeine and Washington Post.

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Areas of Interest

The Film/Video Visual Arts courses focus on contemporary video art, experimental film. They examine the moving image in the historical context of art and cinema--and how it can activate a viewer or spectator in time and space. Instruction centers on producing and editing videos with unique consideration of time and narrative. Techniques are paired with conceptual approaches through readings and screenings. Upper-level courses further expand techniques and concepts of working with video and time--including sound art, media installation, performance and social practice

The introductory course, Film History: Contemporary Cinema, examines case studies in recent cinema in light of historical filmic contexts. Linking contemporary strategies to avant-garde and experimental approaches, screenings and readings pair current films with earlier precedents. This class aims to equip students to look purposefully, critically and contextually at the moving image, mindful of the ways that meaning is produced and received.