Simon Tarr is an American independent filmmaker, artist, and researcher, specializing in expanded cinema performance and digital experimental animation. In addition to his films that have been screened in hundreds of film festivals on every continent (yes, even Antarctica), he creates live video shows and immersive environments that he has performed at Carnegie Hall, LaMaMa and around the world from Tokyo to Cairo.

Dr. Tarr is a Professor of Media Arts and the Faculty Principal of the Rhodos Fellows community at the University of South Carolina, a next-generation living-learning community for students pursuing careers in information, design, and computing. He is the President of the University Film and Video Foundation, which gives thousands of dollars in scholarships to media students around the world. He serves on the National Film Preservation Board, where he advises the Library of Congress on the conservation and visibility of America's motion picture heritage. He was the recipient of the 2010 University Film and Video Association Teaching Award for achievements in pedagogy contributing to the field of film and video education.

To find out up-to-the-minute information about Simon Tarr's artwork and current exhibitions, visit his studio's website: Quark Nova

To find out more about the Media Arts program (Bachelor's and Master's degrees) at the University of South Carolina, please visit the program's Facebook page. To find out more about the Rhodos Fellows, please visit

Get in touch:

The best way to reach me is always email. You can reach me at simon {at} sc {dot} edu. My Gvoice number is 801-999-TARR, you can leave a message for me at that number.


Office Hours:

My Fall 2019 office hours are Fridays from 12:30-2pm, and by appointment. I am usually at the office at other times, but might not be available. So feel free to drop by, but I don't want to waste your trip, so please make an appointment with me first to make sure I'm there and available for you.

My office is 264B South Quad.

Professor Tarr's Spring 2019 Courses

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