Student Profile
Student Profile: Elizabeth Anne Watkins


Los Alamitos CA

Undergraduate Work

BA in Studio Arts, Art History and Digital Art, University of California-Irvine, 2009

Degree Candidate

Master of Science in Art, Culture and Technology, 2012 Candidate

Interest Area

I’m fascinated by the way humanity has constructed ideas of time as tools for understanding and moving through our world, and how these ideas have come to shape our memories, myths and histories, revised over every age. I am researching how these ideas have found form in time-based media, specifically cinema, television and video, and how these mediums can be platforms for reflection and criticality on the ideas that influenced their formation. How will these forms, in turn, influence coming conceptions of past, present and future?

Thesis Topic

Time at the End of History: Towards a New Framework of Memory, Video and Simultaneity

Career Ambition

To keep learning and making as much as I can, and to hopefully produce a thought or inquiry that history deems worthy of passing down to the next wondering mind.

Why MIT?

MIT is unique among schools: invested not only in researching the knowledge we have at hand, but also in creating its future and bringing together smart and driven people towards that end. I wanted to be part of that future.


Nothing is built on stone; all is built on sand, but we must build as if the sand were stone. 

-Jorge Luis Borges