Dr. Stéfy McKnight (they/them/elle) is a white settler, non-binary, femme of centre (foc) and queer artist-scholar based in Katarokwi-Kingston, on traditional Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee Territory. They are Director of PROTOHYVE: Centre for Innovative Research-Creation in so called Canada, and SurveillART: Laboratory for Disruptive Exhibitionism at Carleton University on the unceded territories of the Algonquin nation.
Stéfy’s research examines research-creation and "disruptive exhibitionism" as a methodology for knowledge production and fact-based storytelling in so called Canada. Their research interests are broad and look at surveillance as contemporary colonialism in North America; queer and femme representation in digital and virtual spaces; 2SLGBTQIA+ activism; technology and surveillance in rural communities, and art as function-creep.
Their scholarly work takes the form of performance, multi-media interventions, online curatorial projects, 3D printing, installation, video, and live streaming. Stéfy’s research-creation has been exhibited at the Stratford Gallery (Stratford); Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre (Kingston); Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts (Kingston); White Water Gallery (North Bay) and others.
Stéfy is a member of the performance duo Cam Hunters (with Dr. Julia Chan). Cam Hunters seeks to reveal and interrogate the increasing presence of surveillance, in all its forms, in our lives. Cam Hunters does this through a range of projects, such as performances, creating satirical videos, recording a podcast, and offering critical tools.