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Starlee Kine’s mystery-solving skills are more akin to Columbo than Sherlock Holmes as they originate in human connection and intimate conversation. Whether conversing with a Ticketmaster customer service representative about self-doubt or commiserating over heartbreak with Phil Collins —Kine transforms audio into visually vivid stories that reveal the pitfalls and triumphs of curiosity, discovery, and human universality. In her Senses series lecture Kine illuminated how the element of surprise is an essential component of telling a story and why the medium of radio and podcasts offer up such a rich narrative experience. Similar to her ability to pull a listener into an intimate, revelatory exchange, Kine’s lecture compelled the audience to reflect on our own sincere conversations, mysteries, and desires for solutions when so many of our truths are unknown until spoken, when so much of life seems uncertain, and when that same uncertainty propels us forward.


Starlee Kine is a writer and public radio producer. She is the creator and host of the podcast Mystery Show, which was named best podcast of 2015 by iTunes. The show tackled (and solved) such age old mysteries as: ‘How Tall is Jake Gyllenhaal?’ and ‘Why is Britney Spears Carrying My Book?’ Kine is also a former producer and longtime contributor to the public radio program This American Life. Her writing has been featured in The New York Times and her true stories about almost joining a cult and waiting for artist Marina Abramović were told at the live storytelling event The Moth. She has been interviewed by Vice and Vanity Fair, and appeared on Conan with Jake Gyllenhaal, tape measure in hand, to confirm the case was closed.

Kine wss the fifth and final presenter in the VASD Program’s yearlong Senseslecture series.


Friday, March 10, 2017
In this workshop co-presented with Lighthouse Writers Workshop, writers of fiction and nonfiction alike joined Starlee Kine for a discussion on the art of suspense and momentum. We covered a range of subjects, including structural design, withholding information, backstory, the balance of emotional and physical beats, and more. RMCAD students had free access to this workshop.


The artist will also be participating in the following event with the RMCAD community:
Next Day Q+A Luncheon with Starlee Kine
Friday, March 10, 2017
RMCAD faculty, staff, and students joined the VASD Program and Starlee Kine for a casual Q+A session over lunch. This intimate gathering provided an opportunity to further discuss ideas presented in the previous night’s lecture and a place for students to further engage with our special guest.


The suggested reading list includes various reading and media recommendations provided by the visitor. This list of materials can include projects authored by the artist or others, and provides further insight into the visitor’s sources of inspiration and additional context surrounding the artist/scholar/designer’s work and practice. This list is shared with RMCAD students and faculty and is archived on the website for academic integration and research opportunities. Some physical materials from each list are archived in the RMCAD campus library and the VASD Program archive.

Pulphead: Essays by John Jeremiah Sullivan (book)

It Chooses You by Miranda July (book)

Love and Other Ways of Dying by Michael Paterniti (book)

Get Your War On by David Rees (book)

Nowhere (Magazine)

Mumbai New York Scranton by Tamara Shopsin (book)

Wild Ones: A Sometimes Dismaying, Weirdly Reassuring Story About Looking at People Looking at Animals in America by Jon Mooallem (book)

Decat O Revista (Romanian Magazine)

Bel Canto by Ann Patchett (book)

Thunder and Lightning Weather Past and Present by Lauren Redniss (book)

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (book)

The God of Animals by Aryn Kyle (book)

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