Kirsten Forkert is a researcher and activist, and researches the politics of cultural work and education.
She completed a PhD in Media and Communications at Goldsmiths, University of London in 2011, under the supervision of Professor Angela McRobbie. Her PhD thesis explored the conditions experienced by freelance artists in London and Berlin and serves as the basis for her first book, 'Artistic Lives' (Ashgate Publishers, 2013). She has also published on media art, activism, and the globalisation of education.
Prior to academia, Kirsten was active as a media artist, curator and critic. She has been involved in community media, media art and activist projects, including 'Video In' in Vancouver, Canada, and 'Democracy Now!' and the '16beaver Collective' in New York.
Both her undergraduate and Master's degrees (which she obtained from NSCAD University and Simon Fraser University in Canada) are in Media Arts Practice.