Dr. Brittany Myburgh is Assistant Professor of Art History at Jackson State University. Her research is broadly concerned with the intersections of technology, society, cultures of exhibition, and modern art. Her dissertation Projected Visions examines the various ways in which light took center stage as a medium in the twentieth century.

Contact: brittany.myburgh@jsums.edu

Dissertation, “Projected Visions,” Supervised by Louis Kaplan, University of Toronto

“Projected Visions” explores electric light as a medium in twentieth and twenty-first century light art. Light art is a visual art that takes as its medium dynamic and real-time light. The dissertation discusses several light art practices to identify questions related to space, time, and perception that have been significant to the development and conceptualization of light as an artistic medium. It begins with an exploration of the careers and writings of early light artists László Moholy-Nagy and Thomas Wilfred, examining their use of projected light to create reflective viewing experiences. The dissertation further explores the legacies of these earlier light artists and the experiences that contemporary light artists intend to facilitate. It considers the ways in which contemporary artists, such as Olafur Eliasson and Robert Irwin, continue to employ light to provoke self-reflective, critical, and participatory viewing experiences.

Select Publications

  • Myburgh, B. “Waves of Exchange,” Navigating Visions of the Asia and Pacific Worlds: Proceedings of the Re:Locations Journal Conference vol. 1, no. 1, (2020): iii-xiii
  • Efrat, L and B. Myburgh. “Seeing is Sensing.” ISEA, 2020. Forthcoming.
  • Myburgh, B and E. Zhang. “The Royal Ontario Museum’s Asia-Pacific Collection.” Re:Locations: Journal of the Asia-Pacific World. Vol. 2, No. 1, (2019): p. 46-59.
  • Myburgh, B. “Here and Now: Indigenous Canadian Perspectives and New Media in works by Ruben Komangapik, Kent Monkman and Adrian Duke.” Leonardo, Vol. 51, No. 4, (2018): p.394–98.


PhD, University of Toronto

MA, University of Toronto

BFA (Hons), University of Auckland, Elam School of Fine Arts

BA, University of Auckland, Art History and English Literature