Kirsten Bates was a video artist and photographer who worked in Soho in the 1970s. She later collaborated with her boyfriend Willoughby Sharp on a number of performance pieces. In 1975, along with eight other artists, they signed the lease at 112 Franklin Street in Tribeca, that ultimately became The Franklin Street Arts Center. On February 18, 1975 she showed Great Expectations at The Kitchen, an audiotape with black and white slides. She described it as: " 'Great Expectations' deals with the sexual fantasies of my 13 year old sister. The tape consists of questions she asks me about sexual activities. The slides are close-ups of her face."