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Mark Read

Part-time Faculty
(212) 992-6327
1 Wash Pl, Room 714

B.A., Religious Studies, Hamilton College, 1992
M.A., Media Studies, New School for Social Research, 2001
M.F.A., Visual Arts, Vermont College of Fine Arts, 2014

Mark Read is an artist, educator, and activist based in Brooklyn, New York. Collaborative processes, interventionist strategies, and public engagement are at the heart of his creative practice. He has worked with and participated in numerous artist and activist collectives and projects, including Reclaim the Streets NYC, The Danger, and most recently The Illuminator collective, which he founded in March of 2012. His teaching interests center around the role of cultural production in and on social change movements, a subject on which he has presented at conferences such as Open Engagement, The Allied Media Conference, and Documenting Social Justice at The University of Pennsylvania. He is interested in how artists and social activists have, and can, utilize emergent video and other image making technologies to produce works that advance the cause of social, economic and environmental justice. He has written about his work in The Brooklyn Rail, Beautiful Trouble and The Journal of Aesthetics and Protest, among others. His documentary film work has been broadcast nationally and appeared in numerous festivals, including The Tribeca Film Festival, Human Rights Watch Film Festival, Rooftop Films, and in the 2006 Whitney Biennial.  

Teaching and Research Interests

documentary film; anti-capitalist struggles; media activism; science fiction film and literature; history of religions and religious philosophy; American literature   

Recent News


“'All of our grievances are connected': An Interview with The Illuminator Collective" was published in World Records in February 2018.

Mark Read’s essay “Reflections off an Illuminator” was published in Visual Inquiry: Learning & Teaching Art.

A cover story and photo essay, "All of Our Grievances Are Connnected – The Illuminator," about Read's collective political art project, was published in the fall 2015 issue of Public Art Dialogue.


In 2017, Mark Read was commissioned by the Brooklyn Public Library to produce an interactive art installation entitled The Brooklyn Gaze. The project was conceived, produced, and directed by Read and fellow artist Jeanne Angel.


Mark Read