I’m rebuilding my website right now, but in the meantime check out the pages I’ve already created.

You can also visit my Vimeo channel to see my videos, or check out my photo blog, Quotidian New Yorkwhich is about everyday life (of course). 



I’ve got an ongoing collaborative project called In-Between Theories with artist-provocateur David Kalal. It’s a new project and our first collaboration was a film/video/performance event at the MIX Queer Experimental Film Festival in Bushwick on Feb 5, 2017.


image from website inbetweentheories.com
New projects emerge for In-Between Theories by Cecilia Dougherty & David Kalal







Selected videos

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Recent work


Early work


[Photo above was taken at the Staten Island Ferry Terminal. We (students and faculty)  were waiting for the shuttle to take us to the College of Staten Island while someone sleeps in the corner of the space. Homeless people often use this small space to rest and to sleep. We ignore them, or, we just let them be.]


The Irreducible I: Space, Place, Authenticity, and Change
by Cecilia Dougherty
2013, Atropos Press, New York & Dresden

The Irreducible I: Space, Place, Authenticity, and Change examines subjectivity within the shared space of the everyday, engaging an eclectic mix of disciplines from Bruno Latour’s social theories to Barbara Hammer’s filmic possession of the feminine. The writings of Georges Perec and Raoul Vaneigem are tested against the observations of geographer Yi-Fu Tuan, journalist Naomi Klein, and social historian W. E. B. Du Bois, connecting processes by which humans become subjects and non-humans, technologies, and objects become key relational elements in the formation of an authentic space of daily life. Works by Félix Guattari, Kathy Acker, Avital Ronell, Bruno Latour, Gloria Anzaldúa, and Michel de Certeau are brought together, locating pathways of resistance to the narrowing of experience by state and corporate agendas for control. The relational I emerges as a key for human agency, for presenting an everbecoming self to an ever-forming and interconnected global landscape of actual possibility.


From The Irreducible I:

Interstitial space has a vital role in the social realm. It is often unregulated and noncommercial, disconnected from the surveillance of authority and the constraints of scheduling. The term refers to time, occasion, and activity more than to a type of physical space, and it refers to escape as well as discovery. This is a place where time is one’s own. The interstitial spaces of childhood and youth are different from those of adulthood. The term refers to activities such as art making, poetry, lovemaking, daydreaming, and partying – essential activities for the expression of a mutable and continuously forming subjectivity. Interstitial spaces may be tiny zones of autonomy, or the entire milieu of creativity. They may be moments of chaos or moments of creativity.

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Cecilia Dougherty is an artist working in video and photography based in New York. She has been making experimental videos since 1985, and her themes have been largely about psychology, language, sexuality, outsider interpretations of popular culture, and everyday life.

Her videos have screened extensively in the US and abroad, most recently in 2015 in “Art of the Real” at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, NY, “History of Sexuality” at the New Museum, NY, and “Time/Image” at the Blaffer Art Museum, Houston. Other venues presenting her work in previous years include the New York Film Festival, the Whitney Museum of American Art, Light Industry, Microscope Gallery, Anthology Film Archives, Irish Film Center, Dublin, the Wexner Center, Columbus, Ohio, and many others.

Cecilia Dougherty’s work in moving image extends to animations for iPod and multi-channel video installations.  She is currently writing a screenplay for an installation based on the novel Zipper Mouth by Laurie Weeks.

She is a writer as well, and her first book, The Irreducible I: Space, Place, Authenticity, and Change was published in 2013 by Atropos Press.  The book is based on research into the politics of space and place, specifically a search for ways to find authentic experiences free from the over-reach of corporate culture and pandemic consumerism.