Kristine Diekman, Professor of Arts and Technology, works closely with the Southern California community as Director of Video in the Community, which she founded, to produce videos in collaboration with community members to help solve problems affecting the region. In 2008 and 2009, she produced and directed a bi-lingual gang prevention videos, intended for youth and parents. In 2011- 2012, she worked closely with the Latino community to create a video addressing reproductive health and intergenerational communication. Additional projects include working with youth to develop their educational and health goals. This work distributed and utlized throughout the U.S., Europe and Mexico.
Diekman is an internationally known video and new media artist committed to making socially integrated work. Her experimental videos, documentary films and new media installations are interview based, and strive to give voice to the populations and individuals whose life experiences might not otherwise be heard. Her work includes the video, "Corpse and Mirror", based on a monologue by performance artist Tony Allard about his father's institutionalization in a state mental hospital; "United & Severed: That Window of Time", a media installation developed in response to the experiences of women with traumatic injuries; and "Mother on Trial", a new media and video project which addresses infanticide and the institution of motherhood in the United States. Her work has been shown worldwide.
She has been awarded artistic residencies at the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, Harvestworks/Studio Pass and the Banff New Media Institute to further her work in physical computing, audio design and video. She has received grants and awards from the Paul Robeson Foundation, New York State Council on the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, California State Arts Council, Creative Time, and the Leichtag Family Foundation, amongst others.
She served on the Board of Directors of Media Arts Center, San Diego, presenting the San Diego Latino Film Festival, the Teen Producer's Project, and Digital Story Stations throughout California libraries.