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Simon Tarr

Associate Professor, Coordinator of Media Arts
Media Arts
School of Visual Art and Design
University of South Carolina

Office MM 318
Phone Number 777-9158
Website Simon Tarr Website





Simon Tarr made his first movie at the age of eight. The strip of film was fashioned from sandwich bags taped together, with spaceships drawn on it. The projector was a shoebox with a lamp in it, the lens was a magnifying glass on the end of a toilet paper tube. The film premiered on the wall of his bedroom, where the film melted after a few seconds.

Since then, his thirteen films have been screened on every continent (yes, even Antarctica) in hundreds of film festivals and are available on DVD from Netflix and Amazon, and as digital downloads from iTunes. He has performed his live VJ shows at conferences, festivals and clubs from Tokyo to New Orleans and everywhere in between.

Tarr received the 2010 University Film and Video Association Teaching Award for achievements in pedagogy that contribute to the field of film and video education.

For more information about his artwork, please visit