Lily Alexander is currently a PhD candidate in the History of Art and Visual Culture Department at UC Santa Cruz. She is also a media arts curator. Recent shows included Life Science Art Technology (LAST) at the Lab, SFs; (e)MERGE, a ZERO1 2012 Biennial exhibition of emerging California artists working at the intersection of art and technology; Liquescent, an exhibition of both historic and new work by sound artist Bill Fontana's held at the Haunch of Venison Gallery in New York; and I've Got Something on Your Mind, the UCSC Digital Arts and New Media 2012 MFA show. Further, she is the director of the Prof. Christopher Alexander and Center for Environmental Structure (CES) Archives where she is spearheading a project to create a digital archive of Prof. Alexander's large body of work.
Morehshin Allahyari is a new media artist, art activist, educator, and cultural curator. She was born and raised in Iran and moved to the United States in 2007. Her work extensively deals with the political, social, and cultural contradictions we face every day. She thinks about technology as a poetic tool to document the personal and collective lives we live and our struggles as humans in the 21st century. Morehshin has been part of numerous national and international exhibitions, festivals, and workshops around the world. She has presented her work and creative research in various conferences and universities including TED conference, Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas Museum of Art, CAA conference, Open Engagement, Prospectives ’12 International Festival of Digital Art, and Currents New Media Festival, and elsewhere. Her work has been featured in Rhizome, Hyperallergic, Animal New York, Art F City, Creators Project, Dazed Digital, Huffington Post, NPR, VICE, Parkett Art Magazine, Art Actuel magazine, Neural Magazine, Global Voices Online, Al Jazeera, and BBC among others. Morehshin is currently a Lecturer at San Jose State University and the Co-Founder and Assistant Curator in Research at Experimental Research Lab at Pier9/Autodesk.
Indira Allegra works with tension as creative material. She is a recipient of the Oakland Individual Artist and Queer Cultural Center grants and has been honored with the Jackson Literary Award, Lambda Literary Fellowship and Windgate Craft Fellowship. Allegra’s work has been featured on BBC Radio 3 and Surface Design Magazine. Her commissions include works for SFMOMA, de Young Museum, The Wattis Institute, City of Oakland, SFJAZZ Poetry Festival and the National Queer Arts Festival. She has screened at festivals such as MIX NYC, Hannover LGBT Festival, Bologna Lesbian Film Festival and Outfest Fusion. Allegra’s writing has been widely anthologized, she has contributed works to Cream City Review, HYSTERIA Magazine, make/shift Magazine, Sinister Wisdom Journal and Yellow Medicine Review: A Journal of Indigenous Literature, Art and Thought among others. Indira is a former Dr. and Mrs. Ella Tag Lecturer at East Carolina University and has been a visiting artist at the University of Oregon and Southern Denmark University. She has completed residencies at The Banff Centre in Canada, Ponderosa Center in Stolzenhagen, Takt in Berlin, Headlands Center for the Arts and the Djerassi Resident Artist Program. She is a KQED ‘Woman to Watch’ and 2018 Art + Process + Ideas Visiting Artist at Mills College.
American Artist (LRLX New York) is an interdisciplinary artist whose work extends dialectics formalized in Black radicalism and organized labor into a context of networked virtual life. Their practice makes use of video, installation, new media, and writing to reveal historical dynamics embedded within contemporary culture and technology. American Artist’s legal name change serves as the basis of an ambivalent practice—one of declaration: by insisting on the visibility of blackness as descriptive of an american artist, and erasure: anonymity in virtual spaces where “American Artist” is an anonymous name, unable to be googled or validated by a computer as a person’s name.American attended the Whitney Independent Study program as an artist, and is currently a resident at Eyebeam. They have exhibited at The Kitchen, New York, the Studio Museum of Harlem, and have participated in group shows internationally. They have published writing in The New Inquiry and New Criticals and have had work featured in AQNB, and Huffington Post. American is a co-founder of the arts and politics PUBLICATION unbag.
Sarah Aoun is currently a 2017-2018 Ford Mozilla Open Web Fellow, working on issues of data privacy and digital security. She is a data activist, operational security trainer, programmer, and data visualization developer. Her work lies at the intersection of data, tech, human rights, and transformative justice. You can find Sarah somewhere between Brooklyn and Beirut.
LaTurbo Avedon is an artist-avatar whose existence and creative output resides entirely online. Without a real world referent, LaTurbo is a digital manifestation of a person that has never existed outside of a computer. Avedon’s digital sculptures and environments disregard this lack of physicality, and instead emphasize the practice of virtual authorship. Her works are regularly distributed online, and have been exhibited internationally - including shows at Transfer Gallery (New York City), Jean Albano Gallery (Chicago), Nomade Space (Hangzhou), and Galeries Lafayette (Paris).
Simone Bailey works with video, performance, sculpture, and photography to explore themes related to violence, agency, and the impulse to grasp the intangible. Her work has been exhibited at The Museum of the African Diaspora (San Francisco, CA), The Lab (San Francisco, CA), Southern Exposure (San Francisco, CA), Galeria Luis Adelantado (Valencia, Spain), Amory Center for the Arts (Pasadena, CA), the Studio Museum in Harlem (New York, NY), and CDA Projects (Istanbul), among other venues. Simone lives and works in San Francisco.
Jeremiah Barber is a visual artist based in San Francisco who studies transcendence through near-impossible actions, absurdity, and humor. He make performances in sites that are significant to him, at times for an audience of none. His work calls upon a series of open questions—-Can one voice in the fog move a ship? How long can dust hold my father's face? Barber’s exploration into the absurd is inspired by scientific studies of outré brain phenomena, personal mythology, and the works of Kafka, Gogol, and Anna Swir. Through drawing, sculpture, and video, the artifacts of my art practice become the errata of a body passing through time and dissipating.
Dena Beard is the executive director of the Lab. Beard formerly served as Assistant Curator at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA). She has organized important exhibitions with D-L Alvarez, Lutz Bacher, Anna Halprin, Desirée Holman, Barry McGee, Silke Otto-Knapp, and Apichatpong Weerasethakul, and worked on forty additional projects with artists such as Martha Colburn, Omer Fast, Jill Magid, Ahmet Ogut, Trevor Paglen, Emily Roysdon, Tomás Saraceno, and Tris Vonna-Michell. In addition to curating, Ms. Beard has served as a critic and educator internationally and on advisory committees for Bay Area organizations such as Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and Headlands Center for the Arts. She received her B.A. in Studio Art and Cultural Studies from Scripps College, California, and her M.A. in Art History, Theory, and Criticism from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Liat Berdugo is an artist, writer, and curator based in Oakland, CA. Her work strives to create an expanded, thoughtful consideration for digital culture. Berdugo has been exhibited in galleries and festivals internationally, and her new book, The Everyday Maths, was published by Anomalous Press in 2013. She is the video art curator for Print Screen, Israel’s international festival of digital art, co-founded the Bay Area’s Living Room Light Exchange, and collaborates widely with individuals and archives. Berdugo holds a BA in mathematics and philosophy from Brown University and an M.F.A. in Digital + Media art from the Rhode Island School of Design. This fall she will be joining the faculty of the Art and Architecture department at the University of San Francisco.
Andrew Blanton is a media artist and percussionist. He received his BM in Music Performance from The University of Denver (2008) and a Masters of Fine Arts in New Media Art at the University of North Texas (2013). He is currently an Assistant Professor of Digital Media Art at San Jose State University in San Jose California teaching data visualization and a Research Fellow in the UT Dallas ArtSciLab in Dallas Texas. His current work focuses on the emergent potential between cross-disciplinary arts and technology, building sound and visual environments through software development, and and building scientifically accurate representations complex data sets as visual and sound compositions. Andrew has advanced expertise in percussion, creative software development, and developing projects in the confluence of art and science.
Bonanza is the collaborative practice of Conrad Guevara, Lindsay Tully, and Lana Williams. An interaction between the mediums of sculpture, film-making, and painting, Bonanza's work focuses on abstraction, identity, and issues of authorship, challenging the idea of the heroic artist. Bonanza's diverse projects have included installation, film, and fashion. The artists regularly employ performative elements, often using their projects as a platform for others. They have exhibited at Alter Space, Minnesota Street Project, Southern Exposure, Interface Gallery, Walter and McBean Galleries, and the di Rosa in the Bay Area. They will be the artist in residence at SF Recology this summer.
Sarah Brin is an art historian and curator based in the East Bay. She currently works as the Public Programs Manager at PIer 9, where she curates and commissions works at the intersection of art and technology. Prior to coming to Autodesk, Sarah has worked at and with a range of arts institutions, including Machine Project, SFMOMA, Babycastles, MOCA Los Angeles, the Armand Hammer and elsewhere.
Ingrid Burrington writes, makes maps, and tells jokes about places, politics, and the weird feelings people have about both. She studies the Internet's infrastructure and presented on The Realm of Rough Telepathy with Meredith Whittaker this past spring at Rhizome’s Seven on Seven. Additionally, she’s published a book with Melville House to share her findings and research titled "Networks of New York: An Illustrated Field Guide to Urban Internet Infrastructure".
Lark Buckingham is a filmmaker, performance artist, and critical designer. Using humor within a critical queer framework, Buckingham tackles implications of developing technology and the personal, political and social implications of the dissolving boundary between body and machine. Buckingham's video Tattletale Heart is a multi-faceted conceptual work & film that examines the digitization of the human heart. The work shines a bright light on uncomfortable truths about developing technologies by drawing out the ways that heart rate sensors might be problematic, pointing to information privacy and increasingly obligatory use of digital devices and social media platforms. Buckingham has shown at Frameline Film Festival, San Francisco International Arts Festival, SOMArts, Portland Community Media—to name a few—and has performed in more living rooms, bars and clubs than they can remember.
Jim Campbell was born in Chicago in 1956 and lives in San Francisco. He received degrees in Mathematics and Engineering from MIT in 1978. He transitioned from filmmaking to interactive video installations in the mid 1980s. His custom electronic sculptures and installations have made him a leading figure in the use of computer technology as an art form. Campbell's work is unique in that his media and message are inseparable. He uses technologies developed for information transfer and storage to explore human perception and memory. His recent work involves pixilated representations created with grids of L.E.D.s, which have such low perceived resolution as to defy comprehension. Exploring the line between representation and abstraction, Campbell plumbs the human ability to interpret information and "fill in the gaps" necessary to create a complete idea. His exploration of the distinction between the analogue world and its digital representation metaphorically parallels the difference between poetic understanding or "knowledge" versus the mathematics of "data." While Campbell's works typically use flat grids of evenly spaced L.E.D.s, he has recently begun to "pull apart" two-dimensional imagery, presenting it in a three-dimensional format. A recent outdoor installation, Scattered Light, in New York's Madison Square Park, and a commission for the atrium lobby of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Exploded Views (4 Films), exemplify this new direction.
Patricia Cariño Valdez is a contemporary art curator based out of Oakland, CA. Currently, she serves as the Curator and Director of Public Programs at the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) where She oversees exhibition coordination including research, interpretation, and presentation of 8–10 contemporary art exhibitions per year. Additionally, she develops public engagement initiatives including ICA Live!, a performance art program, and Talking Art, a series of panel discussions and artist lectures, portfolio reviews, and workshops. Prior to the ICA, Valdez worked at the intersection of arts and sciences as the Public Programs Coordinator and Development Specialist at the Exploratorium in San Francisco. Her curatorial projects have been held at the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, Asian Contemporary Arts Consortium, Oakland Museum of California, Pro Arts, California College of the Arts, and numerous independent galleries and art spaces in San Francisco and Oakland. She currently serves as an advisory board member of Emerging Arts Professionals San Francisco/Bay Area and is a member of the Public Art Advisory Committee for the City of Oakland. In 2016, Valdez was selected to participate in the Independent Curators International Curatorial Intensive in Manila, Philippines. She was born in Manila and grew up along the West Coast of the U.S. Valdez earned a BA in History of Art from the University of California, Berkeley and an MA in Curatorial Practice from the California College of the Arts.
Christy Chan is an interdisciplinary artist based in Oakland and working primarily in video, installation, performance and oral storytelling. Her work has been included in exhibitions at Kala Art Institute, Southern Exposure, Root Division, SOMarts, the Los Angeles Film Festival, and in storytelling venues such as NPR. She has been awarded residencies and support from the Lucas Artists Residency Program at Montalvo Arts Center, Project 387, Kala Art Institute, Headlands Center for the Arts and Real Time and Space in Oakland. Chan holds an M.A. in Communication Arts from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is working on the film Pen Pals which has been featured on NPR’s Snap Judgement and The New York Times and tells the story of Shelly, an 8-year-old girl who writes idealistic letters to the Ku Klux Klan after the Klan targets her family. Based on real-life events, Pen Pals draws on Chan's experience growing up in a Southern town with a white nativism movement, an experience that continues to inform her ongoing explorations of race, power, and what it means to be an American.
Joanna Cheung is an interdisciplinary artist and designer. She creates physical and virtual spaces that break down hierarchical balance between architecture and occupants. Mediated through tools such as rapid prototyping, open source hardware/software, and the internet, she creates objects which subvert our understanding of the object and questions our sense of interaction and relationship. Driven by ideas of virtuality and phenomenological reactions, she creates tangible products from the intangible qualities of perception, femininity, and existentialism.
Brian Christian is the author of The Most Human Human, which was named a Wall Street Journal bestseller and a New Yorker favorite book of 2011, and has been translated into ten languages. His writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Wired, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, The Paris Review, and in scientific journals such as Cognitive Science. Christian has been featured on The Charlie Rose Show and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and has lectured at Google, Microsoft, the Santa Fe Institute, and the London School of Economics. His work has won several awards, including fellowships at Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony, publication in Best American Science & Nature Writing, and an award from the Academy of American Poets. Born in Wilmington, Delaware, Christian holds degrees in philosophy, computer science, and poetry from Brown University and the University of Washington. He lives in San Francisco.
Paul Clipson is a San Francisco-based filmmaker and experimental film artist whose work involves projected installation and live collaborative performances with sound artists and musicians. His largely improvised, in-camera-edited films bring to light subconscious preoccupations and unexpected visual forms. His works have been exhibited and performed both nationally and internationally at such festivals as the New York Film Festival, Edinburgh Film Festival, and the Rotterdam International Film Festival.
CODAME (Bruno Fonzi and Jordan Gray): Inspired by the global network of creative coders, designers artists that Bruno Fonzi and Jordan Gray knew from around the world, CODAME was founded in 2010 to celebrate their passion for art and technology back home. The first CODAME ART+TECH Festival happened on a foggy rooftop in downtown San Francisco, setting the precedent for our immersive, engaging and out of the ordinary events.
Tyler Coburn’s (LRLX NY) conceptual practice explores conditions of image - making and storytelling in a world of accelerating technologies. Producing actions, objects, photographs, and videos, he frequently collaborates with other artists and also writes regularly on art for several publications and blogs.
Sofía Córdova. Born in 1985 in Carolina, Puerto Rico and currently based in Oakland, Sofía Córdova creates new media interventions that explore sci-fi, futurity, extinction and mutation, especially as they relate to human acceleration of climate change under the conditions of late capitalism and its technologies. She received her BFA from St. John’s University in conjunction with the International Center for Photography in 2006. She received her MFA from the California College of the Arts in 2010. She has exhibited and performed at SFMOMA, the Berkeley Art Museum, and Southern Exposure as well as other venues internationally. She has participated in residencies at the BAVC in San Francisco, Arteles in Finland, Mills College Museum in Oakland, the ASU Museum’s International Artist residency in Phoenix which concluded with her solo exhibition, Where Thieves Go After Death. Most recently, she developed a new suite of performances, videos and sound compositions in Spain in an artist residency supported by Spanish embassy in Washington DC and the city of Málaga, Spain. Her work is part of Pier 24’s and The Whitney Museum’s permanent collections and was recently the subject of a First Look feature in Art in America.
Jeremy Couillard (LRLX NY) recently completed a virtual reality video presented by the New Museum and Rhizome and an installation built around his video game Alien Afterlife at yours mine & ours gallery in New York, NY. Couillard has been Assistant Professor of New Media at LaGuardia Community College in Queens, New York since 2014.
Alex Cruse teaches, writes, and makes art in and around Oakland, California. She and her husband Kevin Lo are DROUGHT SPA, a performative entity that combines poetry+critical theory with live, iterative visuals and sound. Her work abstractly investigates modes of surveillance, and articulations of governmentality within architectural/digital space. Cruse co-curates the Artists Television Access gallery; in 2014, she was made the curator and convener of Lost Landscapes of Oakland, an archival film project originated by Rick Prelinger. Her writing, illustration, collage, video, new media, and installation work have been exhibited nationally and abroad. Her first book of poetry, CONTRAVERSE, is forthcoming on Timeless, Infinite Light.
Andrew Culp is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Emerging Media and Communication at the University of Texas, Dallas. He is interested in the afterlives of media technologies born out of the anti-globalization movement. In his first book, Dark Deleuze (University of Minnesota Press, 2016), he offers a radical reinterpretation of the theorist Gilles Deleuze that challenges today's world of compulsory happiness, decentralized control, and overexposure. Since its publication in June, it has been translated into Spanish, Japanese, and German. In his next project, Metropolis, he explores anonymity, fugitivity, and opacity as responses to the 24/7 demands of an 'always-on' media-driven society. He serves on the General Board of the Cultural Studies Association. His work has appeared in numerous venues, including Radical Philosophy, Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities, Quarterly Journal of Speech, parallax, and boundary 2 online.
Torreya Cummings uses an eclectic range of methods to investigate notions of history and place, complicated by memory and fiction. The work takes a variety of forms: sculptures may function as props; installations become sets for real or imagined activities, performances may become videos or photographs. Formally, she is interested in the double vision that happens when you can believe an illusion, but also see how it is constructed—and the inexact science of remakes, reenactments and reinterpretations. Conceptually, she works with the links between "irreconcilable differences": urban and rural, gay and straight, natural and artificial. One focus of these experiments has been the idea of the “wild west” and the conflict between a cultural ideology of liberty and a practice of enclosure. She has shown her work locally and internationally, in such venues as Southern Exposure and Silverman Gallery, (SF), Monty ABN in Antwerp, Belgium, and Galleria 1/9 Unosunove, Rome, Italy, along with other, more ad hoc guerilla exhibitions in San Francisco. She has an installation commissioned by the Oakland Museum of California in 2016-2018. Cummings hails from California's Central Valley, and that formative experience of being both rural and queer feeds into the work. Cummings holds an MFA in sculpture from the California College of the Arts, and a BA in ceramics and photography (with significant coursework in history) from UC Davis.
Shaghayegh Cyrous was born in 1987, in Tehran, Iran, where she began her artistic practice with painting, urban installation, performance, and photography. In 2011, Shaghayegh moved to the Bay Area due to political tensions in her home country. Since then, her work has dealt with the experience of cross cultural communication and translation, addressing predicaments of estrangement and distance caused by political and cultural power dynamics. Through her work, she seeks to bridge these distances and create opportunities for exchanging thoughts and words between everyday people who are the victims of political decisions. Her projects incorporate interactive time-based strategies such as social practice, socially engaged art and participatory performances, as well as digital technologies such as video installation and live video chats, to create poetic spaces and opportunities for human connection. Cyrous’s current focus is on the compression of time and space resulting from digital technologies, and how digital media plays this critical role in the lives of exiles and immigrants.
Theo Darst (LRLX NY) makes videos, prints, and video game environments that explore the imagery and strategies of global ideologies, visual culture, and our understanding of reality. Darst also makes music videos and do live visuals for some bands including The-Drum, Disclosure, and Supreme Cuts.
Anthony Discenza received his Masters in Film and Video from California College of the Arts and his Bachelors in Studio Art from Wesleyan University. His work is directed by a preoccupation with interrupting the flow of information in various formats. While his work has often been video-based, it has also taken the form of other mediums such as text, imagery, and computer generated sound. Discenza’s work has been presented widely around the United States and globally, including with the San Francisco Arts Commission, the United Nations Pavilion in Shanghai, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Australian Center for the Moving Image, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Getty Center and the University of California Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive. His work has garnered critical acclaim in Artforum, Artweek, and ArtReview, among other publications. Discenza lives and works in Oakland, California and had his first exhibition at Catharine Clark Gallery in 2004.
Félicie d’Estienne d’Orves (FR) works with new medias, light and sculpture to create a contemporary form of kinetic art. Through her videos, sculptures and projections she has been researching for many years on the process of vision and its conditioning. She collaborates with experimental and electronic music artists, thereby opening another dimension in her research on perception by adding sound to her artworks. Physical experience and interaction are inherent to her creative process, in which she involves the viewer’s own body in relation to the artwork. With its kinetic characteristics, the object of art triggers cognitive engagement. (LRLX Paris)
Claire Donato is the author of Burial (Tarpaulin Sky Press, 2013), a not-novel novel, and The Second Body (Poor Claudia, 2016), a collection of poems. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in BOMB, Encyclopedia L-Z, BOAAT, Fanzine, and Poetry Society of America. She creates plant-based video language sculptures and co-curates WordHack at Babycastles Gallery. Claire is a 2016-2017 Digital Studies Center Fellow at Rutgers University, and also teaches in the Architecture and BFA Writing Programs at Pratt Institute, and the The School of Art and Design History and Theory at Parsons. (LRLX New York)
Constant Dullaart (LRLX NY) works primarily with the Internet as an alternative space of presentation and (mis)representation. His often-political approach is critical of the control that corporate systems have upon our perception of the world, and the way in which we passively adopt their languages. His practice includes websites, performances, installations and manipulated found images, presented both offline and in the public space of the Internet.
Rachel Beth Egenhoefer is an artist, designer, writer, and professor, whose focus integrates technology, craft, and design. Current themes in her work include sustainability and systems thinking as related to behavior change. Egenhoefer is an Associate Professor of Design at The University of San Francisco and editor of the forthcoming “Routledge Handbook of Sustainable Design”.
Dganit Elyakim is a composer and sound-artist. Her music depicts various aspects of the human and digital paradigm. She’s the co-founder of the new media net-art collective “Turing Dames”. Her oeuvre includes chamber, vocal, and electroacoustic compositions, as well as music for theatre, dance, new-media and video. In 2011, Elyakim was awarded the Israeli Prime Minister's Prize in composition. Her music has been featured at the Gaudeamus Festival (Netherlands), Tel Aviv Museum of Arts, The Chan Center of Performing Arts (Jerusalem), Ars Electronica (Linz) and many more venues across the globe. Elyakim holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees (summa cum laude) in music and philosophy, composition and electronic music from The University of Haifa and The Royal Conservatory in the Netherlands. During her time at Haifa, she was awarded a two year scholarship from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation. Recently she has released her debut album “Failing Better” on Aural Terrains label. (LRLX Tel Aviv)
Liliana Farber is a visual artist born 1983 in Montevideo, Uruguay, currently living and working in Tel Aviv. Farber completed the Postgraduate Fine Art Studies at the Hamidrasha School of Art, Beit Berl College (Israel), and holds a B.A in Graphic Design from O.R.T University in Montevideo. Farber’s works question the hierarchy of knowledge and the consumption of data. They explore the complex relationships between pieces of information and their relation to personal and collective memory, by scrutinizing the ways in which visual information is stored. Farber is creating software that manipulate masses of collected materials from the Internet, capturing the tension between the recognizable image and abstraction that derives from the abundance of information, carefully eliminating the element of specification. Farber had participated in numerous exhibitions around the world, including: Ars Electronica Festival in Austria, WRO Media Art Biennale in Poland, FILE Festival in Brazil, Ex-Teresa Art Center in Mexico, The National Museum of Visual Arts and Gallino Museum in Uruguay, MECA Mediterráneo Centro Artístico in Spain, National Museum of Fine Arts in Chile and more. (LRLX Tel Aviv)
J. Gordon Faylor is the author of Registration Caspar (Ugly Duckling Presse), Disgruntled 1234567890 (Basic Editions), and Marginal Twin Contribution (Troll Thread), among other publications. He edits Gauss PDF and is the managing editor of SFMOMA's Open Space.
FICTILIS is the collaborative practice of multimedia artists and curators Andrea Steves and Timothy Furstnau. The word “FICTILIS” is Latin for “capable of being shaped or changed; earthen”. This definition refers both to the form of our practice and to the role we intend it to play within the larger culture. FICTILIS works on a project basis, across many types of media and disciplines, with ongoing interests in materialism and waste flows, links between social and environmental issues, language, the process/politics of collecting, and capitalism as a historical phenomenon.
Aimee Friberg is an artist-curator and the founding director of CULT | Aimee Friberg Exhibitions, which she launched in San Francisco in 2013. CULT presents cutting-edge work by emerging and established artists who bridge formal, conceptual and process based investigations exploring the human condition. Friberg considers her role as gallerist to be an ongoing durational performance work. CULT’s exhibitions have been featured in Artforum, Frieze, Artsy, Art Practical, SFAQ/NYAQ, Art ltd, San Francisco Chronicle, 7x7 Magazine, KQED, Squarecylinder and Hyperallergic, among others. Prior to opening CULT, Friberg held various curatorial and film programming roles. From 2005 until 2008 she served at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, curating and producing public programs. Additionally, she served as Treasurer of the Board of Trustees at the San Francisco Cinematheque, was a supporting member of SFMOMA’s SECA and a founding member of the West Coast Council of Artadia. Friberg is also the founder of Gallery Extrana, a space for experimental works, films and music in Berkeley from 2008-2011. Aimee has performed, exhibited and presented screenings in various institutions and galleries across the country and abroad, including: Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions; Portland Institute of Contemporary Art; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Lab, Southern Exposure and Galeria de la Raza (SF); University of Washington’s Henry Art and Jacob Lawrence Galleries (Seattle); Kitchen Center for Media (New York); Havana International Film Festival (Havana, Cuba) and FIFI Projects and Zona Maco (Mexico City, Mexico). For more information, please visit cultexhibitions.com.
Anna Friz is a Canadian sound and media artist who specializes in multichannel radio transmission systems for installation, performance, and broadcast, or works in which radio is often the source, subject, and medium of the work. She also composes sound works and installations for theater, dance, film, and solo performance that reflect upon public media culture, political landscapes and infrastructure, time perception, the intimacy of signal space, and speculative fictions. Recent presentations of her work include Ars Electronica Big Concert Night (Linz, Austria), the Museum of Arts and Design (New York), and Tsonami Festival de Arte Sonoro(Valparaíso and Santiago, Chile). Anna Friz is Assistant Professor in the Film and Digital Media Department of the University of California, Santa Cruz. She is currently a steering member of Skálar | Sound Art | Experimental Music based in East Iceland, and a long time artist/affiliate of Wave Farm in Acra, New York.
FutureFarmers is a group of diverse practitioners aligned through an interest in making work that is relevant to the time and place surrounding us. Founded in 1995, the design studio serves as a platform to support art projects, an artist in residence program and their research interests. FutureFarmers are artists, researchers, designers, architects, scientists and farmers with a common interest in creating frameworks for exchange that catalyze moments of "not knowing". Futurefarmers work has been exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the New York Museum of Modern Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim, MAXXI in Rome, Italy, New York Hall of Sciences and the Walker Art Center.
Jacob Gaboury is a historian of digital media, studying the ways people have imagined, developed, and used digital images over the past seventy years. His forthcoming book is titled Image Objects (MIT Press, 2018), and it offers a material history of early computer graphics and visual simulation told through a set of five objects that structure the production and circulation of all digital images today. Gaboury is an Assistant Professor of New Media History and Theory in the Department of Film & Media at the University of California, Berkeley. He received his PhD from New York University’s Department of Media, Culture, and Communication.
Tanya Gayer is a curator and writer based in Oakland, CA. Her curatorial projects and research examine the state of the archive in mobile and web-based media, algorithmic manipulation of culture, and performance-based new media. Gayer received her dual masters degreein Curatorial Practice and Visual + Critical Studies from California College of the Arts and her BFA from University of Nevada, Reno. Her previous curatorial projects have been exhibited at Gray Area, San Francisco, CA; CTRL + SHFT Gallery, Oakland, CA; Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, CA; Pro Arts Gallery, Oakland, CA; Hayes Valley Art Works, San Francisco, CA; Embark Gallery, San Francisco, CA; Some Thing Spacious, Oakland, CA; and Adobe Books Backroom Gallery, San Francisco, CA. She has been in residence at Picture Berlin, Berlin, Germany and Signal Culture, Owego, New York. Her writing has been published in Art Practical, in exhibition catalogs from CULT Exhibitions, San Francisco, CA; Holland Project, Reno, NV; Pro Arts, Oakland, CA, Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, CA, and co-produced a one-off audio podcast for a Living Room Light Exchange publication. Gayer has lectured at UC Santa Barbara and UC San Diego. She is currently the Exhibitions Manager at Sonoma Valley Museum of Art in Sonoma, California.
April Glaser I am staff writer for Slate, where I report technology, politics, and business stories . Prior to Slate, I was a journalist at Recode and Wired, and I have bylines all over. Before writing full time, I worked at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Greenpeace, Prometheus Radio Project, and elsewhere. I am on the board of a hackerspace in Oakland and used to run an art gallery in Philadelphia. I was a lead organizer of the 2014 network neutrality campaign and the 2011 Community Radio Act, the largest expansion of community radio in U.S. history. I am also the founder of a community radio station in Nashville,Tennessee, as well as a few technology justice nonprofits. You may have heard or seen me on NPR, BBC, Al Jazeera, NBC, or CNBC. Or maybe somewhere else.
Ken Goldberg is an artist and UC Berkeley professor. He and his students investigate robotics, automation, art, and social media. Ken is Director of the People and Robots Initiative (a CITRIS multicampus multidisciplinary research program established in April 2015) and UC Berkeley's Automation Sciences Research Lab (since 1995). Ken earned dual degrees in Electrical Engineering and Economics from the University of Pennsylvania (1984) and MS and PhD degrees from Carnegie Mellon University (1990). He joined the UC Berkeley faculty in 1995 where he is Professor of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research (IEOR), with secondary appointments in Electrical Engineering/Computer Science (EECS), Art Practice, the School of Information, and in the Department of Radiation Oncology at the UCSF Medical School. Ken has published over 200 peer-reviewed technical papers on algorithms for robotics, automation, and social information filtering; his inventions have been awarded eight US Patents. He is Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering (T-ASE), Co-Founder of the Berkeley Center for New Media (BCNM), the African Robotics Network (AFRON), the Center for Automation and Learning for Medical Robotics (CAL-MR), the CITRIS Data and Democracy Initiative (DDI), Hybrid Wisdom Labs, and Moxie Institute.Ken's art installations are related to his research and have been exhibited at venues including the Whitney Biennial, Berkeley Art Museum, SF Contemporary Jewish Museum, Pompidou Center, Buenos Aires Biennial, and the ICC in Tokyo. Ken co-wrote three award-winning Sundance documentary films, "The Tribe", "Yelp", and "Connected: An Autoblogography of Love, Death, and Technology" and co-directed the Emmy-Nominated Short Doc "Why We Love Robots." Ken's artwork is represented by the Catharine Clark Gallery in San Francisco and he is Founding Director of UC Berkeley's Art, Technology, and Culture Lecture Series (since 1997). Ken was awarded the Presidential Faculty Fellowship in 1995 by Bill Clinton, the National Science Foundation Faculty Fellowship in 1994, the Joseph Engelberger Robotics Award in 2000, and elected IEEE Fellow in 2005. He lives in the Bay Area with his daughters and wife, filmmaker and Webby Awards founder Tiffany Shlain.
Eran Hadas is an Israeli poet, software developer and new media artist, the author of seven books. He creates hypermedia poetry and develops software based poetry generators. Among his collaborative projects is a headset that generates poems from brainwaves, and a documentarian robot that interviews people about the meaning of being human. Hadas is the 2017 Schusterman Visiting Artist at Caltech and the 2016 Poet-in-Residence at Binyamin Gallery, Tel-Aviv. His computational poetry projects have been exhibited internationally. He teaches at School of Literary Arts Jerusalem.
Ian Hatcher is a writer, vocalist, and programmer based in New York. He is the author of a poetry collection, Prosthesis (Poor Claudia 2016); two chapbooks, Private (Inpatient 2016) and The All-New (Anomalous 2015); a forthcoming vinyl 7", Drone Pilot (cOsmOsmOse 2017); and two poetry apps: Abra, with Amaranth Borsuk and Kate Durbin, and Vniverse, with Stephanie Strickland. His code-inflected vocal performances have been presented widely in North America and Europe. (LRLX New York)
Jonn Herschend was raised in a midwestern amusement park. He is an interdisciplinary artist, filmmaker and experimental publisher whose work explores fiction, reality and the narrative structures that we employ as a way to explain the chaos and clutter of our everyday lives. His videos, performances, installations, and photos all incorporate sterile and formally recognizable structures such as PowerPoint presentations, academic lectures, photographic evidence, infomercials, gallery exhibitions, or educational videos. He uses these structures as a means to investigate the issues of truth and confusion, and allows the messiness of reality to eventually collapse the whole piece. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally including Den Frie Contemporary Art Center in Copenhagen, Denmark; the Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley; SITE Santa Fe; the Minneapolis Institute of Arts; the Whitney Museum of American Art and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. He is the co-founder and co-editor, along with Will Rogan, of the experimental publication THE THING Quarterly, and is a recipient of a Danish Arts Council grant for his work as co-curator, along with Heidi Hove, of the Deadpan Exchange international exhibition series. He is a 2014 Fleishhacker Eureka Fellow and has been a visiting lecturer at the University of California Berkeley, San Francisco State University, California College of Art and Stanford University. His most recent film, “Discussion Questions” was included in the 2014 Whitney Biennial and the 2014 Telluride International Film Festival.
Parker Higgins is an activist at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, specializing in issues at the intersection of freedom of speech, transparency, and copyright law. His writing has appeared in publications such as Wired, The New Inquiry, Gizmodo, and Techdirt. He previously lived and worked in Berlin, Germany.
Amy Ho builds video and spatial installations that bring attention to our existence as both physical and psychological beings. Amy completed her undergraduate degree in Art Practice at UC Berkeley and her MFA at Mills College. She was a 2017 KQED Woman to Watch. Amy received a Zellerbach Family Foundation Community Arts Grant in 2016, a San Francisco Arts Commission Individual Artists Grant in 2013 and was included in Yerba Buena Center for the Arts' Bay Area Now 7 in 2014. She was a 2013 fellowship artist at the Kala Art Institute and has shown at the San Jose Institute for Contemporary Art, Elmhurst Art Museum and recently at the San Diego State University Downtown Art Gallery. Amy is currently the studio director at Real Time and Space and an art instructor at San Quentin State Prison.
Rhonda Holberton works in sculpture, installation and photography to employ a hybrid of scientific and metaphysical practices to reveal a symbolic reading of empirical canons of belief. Rhonda has recently had solo exhibitions at Royal Nonesuch Gallery in Oakland and Aimee Frieberg Exhibitions in San Francisco. Her work has been included in exhibitions at the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art and the San Francisco Arts Commission. In 2012 she received a Project Grant from the San Francisco Arts Commission and a SECA Grant Nomination. Holberton received her B.F.A. from the California College of Arts and Crafts, and her M.F.A from Stanford University.
Faith Holland (LRLX NY) is an artist and curator whose practice focuses on gender and sexuality’s relationship to the Internet. Her works range from installation to web-based formats such as animated GIFs.
Desirée Holman is an artist based in Oakland, California. Her multi-sensory work positions groups of individuals and theatrical tools, like costumes or props, in settings that illuminate ideas of identity. The work attempts to occupy British anthropologist Victor Turner’s notion of liminality, a transitional state of ritual wherein participants fully engaged in performance inhabit a series of new, hybrid identities. In this space, the artist’s work reveals a complex dialogue about truth and the experience of the ‘real’ world and is underpinned by a creative investigation into social equality through the use of character play. Holman holds a Masters degree from the University of California at Berkeley. Earning critical acclaim for her work, Holman was awarded a San Francisco Modern Museum of Art SECA award in 2008 and in 2007 the Artadia: The Fund for Art and Dialogue award. From 2016-2017, she will be returning to SFMOMA as a fellow in the Film & Performance Department with a new works commission. Solo exhibitions of her work include the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles (2009), Montreal’s SKOL (2016), Denver’s Black Cube Nomadic Museum (2015), and the Berkeley Art Museum’s MATRIX program (2011). International exhibitions of Holman’s work include the Sao Paulo Museum of Modern Art, Berlin’s Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Milan’s BnD, Montreal’s SKOL and Toronto’s YYZ. Reviews of Holman’s work appeared in numerous publications including Artforum, Los Angeles Times, NY Arts, Artillery, San Francisco Chronicle and Artweek. Her work is represented by CULT Aimee Friberg Exhibitions in San Francisco and Aspect/Ratio in Chicago
Allison Holt is a cross-disciplinary artist who uses hybrids of sculpture, video, installation and performance to pursue a dialogue between divergent ways of experiencing, comprehending and describing reality. Holt is the recipient of numerous fellowships, awards and residencies, and has exhibited, screened and performed her work internationally. Holt is the Vice President of San Francisco Cinematheque‘s Board of Directors, and holds degrees from The Evergreen State College (BA) and Massachusetts College of Art (MFA).
Cynthia Hooper is an interdisciplinary artist who uses video, essays, and research-based projects to examine and interpret infrastructural landscapes in the United States and Mexico. Her detailed investigations patiently capture the incidental, effectual, and emblematic activities that define these complicated places, and also advocate for the efforts of regional laborers, activists, and researchers who tactically refashion their complex geography. Cynthia has worked with Tijuana's complex urban environment, contested and politicized water issues along the U.S./Mexico border, as well as projects about water, power, industry and agriculture in California, Oregon, Arizona, and Ohio. Recent sites examined include the reconfigured wildlife refuges of California’s Central Valley, the artificial wetlands of Mexico's Colorado River Delta, and the built environment of California's Humboldt Bay. Exhibitions and screenings include the Center for Land Use Interpretation in Los Angeles, Museum of Modern Art in Mexico City, Centro Cultural Tijuana, Santa Fe Art Institute, Intersection for the Arts (San Francisco), Casa del Lago (Mexico City), Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, and MASS MoCA. Cynthia has also been awarded residencies at the Headlands Center for the Arts and the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, as well as grants from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts and the Gunk Foundation. She lives in Northern California.
Mailee Hung is a writer, editor, and cultural critic based out of San Francisco, California. She earned her MA in Visual and Critical Studies at California College of the Arts in 2016, where she wrote her thesis on prosthetics in Western contemporary pop culture. Her work focuses on the discursive and material intersections of technology and the human body. In 2015 she received the All College Honors Graduate Award from CCA in Critical Nonfiction for her essay “Decolonizing the Future: The Black Cyborg in Art and Culture.” She has presented her work at the 2015 Science Fiction Research Association Symposium and at the 2015 Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design Symposium—Exploring Science in the Studio, and is a 2017 Bitch Media Writing Fellow. Her published writing can be found on Art Practical, Daily Serving, and in Alpinist Magazine. An avid outdoor enthusiast, Mailee also writes about environmental conservation, rock climbing, and reclaiming adventure narratives and mountain literature for marginalized perspectives. When she's not reading or watching sci-fi, she can usually be found somewhere in or near the Sierras, chuffing up trad routes or heckling other boulderers from a crashpad.
Tim Hwang is managing editor of The California Review of Images and Mark Zuckerberg, a journal dedicated to examining the visual culture of Mark Zuckerberg. He is the co-author of "The Container Guide" - a field guide to the shipping container, and was co-founder of ROFLCon, a now-defunct biennial gathering discussing the past, present, and future of memes and internet culture. He is also the co-founder of the Awesome Foundation for the Arts and Sciences, a global network of giving circles dedicated to forwarding the interests of awesome in the universe. He lives in San Francisco.
The Institute for New Feeling is a research clinic committed to the development of new ways of feeling, and ways of feeling new. Our work takes the form of treatments, therapies, retreats, research studies and wellness products. Founded by Scott Andrew, Agnes Bolt, and Nina Sarnelle, IfNf’s physical existence takes many shifting forms, including plans to open a spa in Los Angeles.
Asma Kazmi creates transdisciplinary works where people, media, and objects come together. She is the recipient of many awards including the Al-Falah Grant, CMES, UC Berkeley; Fulbright Research Award, (CIES) to India; the Faculty Research Grant, CalArts; the Great Rivers Biennial, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis; Rocket Grant, the Spencer Museum of Art, Kansas University; At the Edge, the University of Illinois in Chicago. She has exhibited at venues such as the Farar Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan; Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke, VA; Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, Salt Lake City; Queens Museum of Art, NY; Worth Ryder Gallery, UC Berkeley; Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis; H&R Block Space, Kansas City; Grand Arts, Kansas City; University of Missouri, St. Louis; The Guild Gallery, New York; Galerie Sans Titre, Brussels, Belgium; and Gallery 400, University of Illinois in Chicago. Kazmi has taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Kansas City Art Institute, and CalArts, where she was permanent faculty and co-program director of the Art Program. Currently, she is an assistant professor at UC Berkeley. Asma Kazmi was born & raised in Karachi, Pakistan.
Brewster Kahle has spent his career intent on a singular focus: providing Universal Access to All Knowledge. He is the founder and Digital Librarian of the Internet Archive, one of the largest libraries in the world. Soon after graduating from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he studied artificial intelligence, Kahle helped found the company Thinking Machines, a supercomputer maker. In 1989, Kahle created the Internet’s first publishing system called Wide Area Information Server (WAIS), later selling the company to AOL. In 1996, Kahle co-founded Alexa Internet, which helps catalog the Web, selling it to Amazon.com in 1999. The Internet Archive, which he founded in 1996, now preserves 25 petabytes of data—the books, Web pages, music, television, and software, working with more than 450 library and university partners to create a digital library, accessible to all.
Nora Khan is a writer and a contributing editor at Rhizome. She’s a 2016 Thoma Foundation Arts Writing Fellow in Digital Art. She writes fiction and criticism about digital art, artificial intelligence, literature, games, and electronic music. She has published essays in Rhizome, Art in America, aCCeSsions, Kill Screen, After Us, Ran Dian, AVANT, and DIS. In 2015 she was a contributing critic for Åzone Futures Market, the Guggenheim’s first digital exhibition.
Tamara Kneese I'm an Assistant Professor in the Department of Media Studies at the University of San Francisco. My work examines the technocultures of life extension, from insurance and estate planning to digital posterity and transhumanism. My current book project traces the rise of digital estate planning startup companies, focusing on the intergenerational care work required to maintain digital afterlives as networked heirlooms. I received my PhD from the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication at NYU. My work has been supported by the Mellon Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Data & Society Research Institute, the Intel Science & Technology Center for Social Computing, and the Consortium for History of Science, Technology, and Medicine.
Ann Kidder is an artist based in New York City. She creates experimental technology that couples biological and electronic components. Her work draws from science, engineering, history, and sociology to explore questions of identity and alienation. She is inspired by body horror, science fiction, and DIY and hacker culture.
Laura Hyunjhee Kim is a Korean-American new media artist who primarily works with video, performance and the Internet as a creative medium and site for exploration. Kim’s recent work explores how digital-technology reconfigures everyday life, creates new daily rituals, and influences behavior. Kim was the recipient of the ArtSlant Award in New Media and has shown works in numerous on/offline exhibition spaces including Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (San Francisco, CA), SOMArts (San Francisco, CA), CAAMFest, Bronx Art Space (Bronx, NY), Fountain Art Fair - New York (New York, NY), Fei Contemporary Art Center-Shanghai (Shanghai, China), “#nfcdab Wrocław” Digital Art Biennial (Wrocław, Poland), The Berlin International Directors Lounge–Berlin (Berlin, Germany), Mutuo Centro de Arte (Barcelona, Spain), Costa Rica Museum of Contemporary Art and Design (San José, Costa Rica), quARTel - Galeria Municipal de Arte (Abrantes, Portugal), Caracas Museum of Contemporary Art-Caracas (Caracas, Venezuela), Super Art Modern Museum, The Wrong-New Digital Art Biennale. She received her B.S. in Art from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and M.F.A. from the New Genres Department, San Francisco Art Institute. Kim currently resides and works in San Francisco, California.
Abigail De Kosnik is an Assistant Professor in the Berkeley Center for New Media (BCNM) and the Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies, and is an affiliated faculty member of Gender & Women’s Studies. She researches popular media, particularly digital media, film and television, and fan studies. She is particularly interested in how issues of feminism, queerness, ethnicity, and transnationalism intersect with new media studies and performance studies. She has published a number of essays in edited collections and journals such as Cinema Journal, Modern Drama, The International Journal of Communication, and Transformative Works and Cultures. She co-edited The Survival of Soap Opera: Transformations for a New Media Era with Sam Ford and C. Lee Harrington (University Press of Mississippi, 2011). Her courses include: History and Theory of New Media (one of the core required seminars for the Designated Emphasis in New Media), Sound Design (in one of the Digital Media Labs shared by TDPS, Film & Media, and Art Practice), Performance and Technology, and Performance and Television. She is currently writing a book on the history of Internet fan fiction, based on an oral history project conducted during 2012-13, and she is the primary investigator on a digital humanities project called “Fan Data: Counting Archives and Networks.” She is the co-organizer of the annual History and Theory of New Media Lecture Series.
Sam Kronik is the founder of the Consortium for Slower Internet, a layer of his own fiber optic cables, and is never killing the vibe. In 2014 he co-founded 💾🌵 (pronounced “disk cactus”), and art and technology studio in Oakland, CA.
Kadet Kuhne is a media artist whose work spans the audiovisual spectrum. With the goal of forming somatic experiences which can prompt visceral responses to sound and movement, Kadet openly exposes the use of technology in her practice by employing fragmented, jump-cut edits and amplifying evidence of sonic detritus. This granulated, hyper-edited aesthetic, contrasted with spacious reflection, is intended to elevate tension between motion and stasis: a balanced yet heightened nervous system to reflect our own. Trained in jazz guitar, Kadet became attached to the instinctive nature of improvisation which led her to the California Institute of the Arts where she studied Composition and Integrated Media. Kadet's experimental sound and video works - taking form in album releases, installation, film, performance, interactivity, 3D printing and 2D print - are exhibited and distributed worldwide. Select venues include the Museum of Art Lucerne, LACMA, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, de Young Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art-LA, Armory Center for the Arts, San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, Madame Claude, Contemporary Art Center Villa Arson, and the Antimatter Film Festival.
Evie Leder was born in New Orleans in 1964. Leder is a three-time winner of San Francisco Arts Commission Individual Artist Grant. She is also the recipient of the Princess Grace Award, a New York Expo of Short Film Jury Award and a grant from the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. Leder is a member of “A Simple Collective” in San Francisco and a founding member of “the lesbianfilm collective”. Leder’s art concerns itself with the tensions inherent within the moving image: It’s seductive nature, the flickering light, the voyeurism, the acts of looking and being seen and the power of the gaze. Her work focuses on recontexualizing gender and the socially agreed-upon constructs that hold up our gender and sexuality systems. Her current focus is on male representations. Leder’s work has been shown internationally at film festivals and galleries including; Black and White Projects, The Kinsey Institute, The Sundance Channel, Tampere International Short Film Festival, Frameline, Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival, South By Southwest, New York Expo of Short Film and Video, The New Festival, Mix NY, Outfest LA, SOMArts Cultural Center, Euro Underground Film Festival and Art Matters, among many others. In 2016 Leder was selected as a charter tenant at the Minnesota Street Project Studio Program. She holds a BA from Hampshire College and an MFA from UC Davis. Leder lives and works in San Francisco, Calif.
James David Lee is a painter and installation artist based in San Francisco. He received a bachelors degree in art history from Yale University and a law degree from Stanford Law School. His work is in the collections of the Yale University Arts of the Book Collection, the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, and the Book Club of California.
Jan Robert Leegte started working as an artist on the Internet in 1997. In 2002 he shifted his main focus to implementing the digital materials in the context of the gallery space aiming to bridge the online art with the gallery art world. Also he explored more "embedded" possibilities out of the gallery space in the contexts of the outside world; from urban postering in Alexandria, Egypt to ornamenting ceilings in Brussels, Belgium. Through exchanges with the new generation of surf club artists, he strongly started refocusing on the web again inspired by the dramatic shift in online culture and technologies. As an artist he tries to explore the position of the new material put forward by the (networked) computer. Selection marquees, scrollbars, Google Maps, code and software are dissected for their sculptural properties. Jan Robert Leegte lives and works in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Ben Lerchin is an Oakland-based artist, activist, and technologist working with experimental photographies, maps and language. Concerned with the power imbalances encoded by digital platforms, Ben develops interventions that position humans as empowered actors in global hyperspace.
Uri Levinson. Multi-disciplinary artist, Dip engineer and group facilitator. Now a days I am active in the creating digital era technologies installations and performances. Researching what I defined as “Technology - the modern totem”. My artistic practices include photography, video installation and performance. I have three main collaborations: 1) With Adaya Godlevsky, I work on performance art projects http://adayagodlevsky.wixsite.com/adaya-godlevsky/slideshow 2) Tzzazit ("Art in Motion"), a workshop I facilitate with Eli Levy. Tzzazit.com 3) Collaboration with the “Israeli center for digital art” on community art and technology http://www.digitalartlab.org.il (LRLX Tel Aviv)
Wei Li is a visual artist and designer currently based in San Francisco (and soon moving to Shanghai). She is also one film from being a filmmaker. Wei explores themes of desire, fantasy and fetishism using visual, visceral and whimsical language. She manipulates the familiar and creates objects/ scenarios that are “intriguingly uncomfortable”. Her works are thought experiments as well as “pranks”. Wei holds a MFA degree from Stanford University. Her work has been featured on Wired, PSFK, The Creators Project, Designboom, Smithsonian, to name a few.
Chip Lord is an American media artist and Professor Emeritus at UC Santa Cruz. He is best known for his work with the alternative architecture and media collective known as Ant Farm, which he co-founded with Doug Michels in 1968. Chip Lord was trained as an architect and is a media artist who produces both single channel films and video installations.
Charlie Loyd is a programmer and accidental geographer from the Pacific Northwest. Satellite images have been an interest since childhood and his job, at Mapbox, since 2013. They tie together extremes of time and distance, and give us surprising perspectives. Satellites’ perspectives are often considered sterile, and his interest is in the ways that they’re unsterile: entangled, situated, compromised, human, and incomplete. He also enjoys food, the common names of relatively obscure plants and animals, and walking. He's scared about the climate. He lives in Oakland.
Charlie Macquarie is an artist and experimental librarian whose creative practice takes the form of the Library of Approximate Location — an ongoing itinerant project engaging with the confounding nature of environmental materiality and its disparate networks in the Western United States through the installation of site-specific libraries. He is the digital archivist at the University of California, San Francisco, and is a library research fellow and librarian in residence at the Prelinger Library, where he also co-presents PLACE TALKS, a series of visual lectures on location.
Tom Marioni (born 1937, Cincinnati, Ohio, United States) is an American conceptual artist currently living and working out of San Francisco, California. Marioni received his training at the Art Academy of Cincinnati. Famous works by Marioni include: "One Second Sculpture" 1969 and "The Act of Drinking Beer with Friends is the Highest Form of Art." 1970 Marioni's memoir "Beer, Art, and Philosophy" was published 2 June 2004 by Crown Point Press.
Emily Martinez is an interdisciplinary artist working with digital and networked media. Her recent practice and research interests examine the relationship between media, memory, and catastrophe; post-representational forms of subjectivity, temporality and the digital archive. Currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California.
Eva & Franco Mattes (LRLX NYC) are an artist duo originally from Italy, working in New York. Their medium is a combination of Internet, video and installation, exposing all aspects of the digital life – the embarrassing, the narcissistic, the fearless, the gross, the voyeuristic, the insipid, the heartless, and the just plain stupid – revealing the underbelly of our hyper-connected lives.
Lauren McCarthy is an artist based in Los Angeles and Brooklyn whose work examines how issues of surveillance, automation, and network culture affect our social relationships. She is the creator of p5.js. Lauren has exhibited at Ars Electronica, Conflux Festival, SIGGRAPH, LACMA, Onassis Cultural Center, IDFA DocLab, and the Japan Media Arts Festival, and worked on installations for the London Eye and the US Holocaust Memorial Museum. She holds an MFA from UCLA and a BS Computer Science and BS Art and Design from MIT. She is an Assistant Professor at UCLA Design Media Arts. She is a Sundance Institute Fellow and was previously a resident at CMU STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, Eyebeam, Autodesk, NYU ITP, and Ars Electronica / QUT TRANSMIT³.
Dhruv Mehrotra is an activist and engineer who thinks about networks, power, and policy. He is currently a Researcher at the Risk Econ Lab at New York University and an Eyebeam resident. His project, the Othernet, is a vision of another type of network – one that exists alongside the internet but serves the community in which it lives.
Rosa Menkman is a Dutch art theorist, curator, glitch artist and visual artist specialising in glitch art and resolution theory. Menkman has curated several international exhibitions of other artists' work. Menkman investigates video compression, feedback, and glitches, using her exploration to generate works such as The Collapse of PAL (2011), in which Menkman acknowledges the end of Phase Alternating Line—an analogue video programming structure. This is the digital version of a live av-performance first done on national Danish television and afterward realized at the Transmediale in Germany and the Nova festival in Brazil. (LRLX New York)
An “An Xiao” Mina is a technologist, writer and artist. She leads the product team at Meedan, where they are building Bridge, a platform for social translation of social media, and Checkdesk, a platform for verifying news in real time. She is also co-founder of The Civic Beat, a research collective focused on the creative side of civic technology. Passionate about issues of global justice, technology and creative expression, Mina has spoken at venues like the Personal Democracy Forum, the Microsoft Social Computing Symposium, Creative Mornings, and the Aspen Institute, and she has contributed writing to publications like the Los Angeles Review of Books, the New Inquiry and the Atlantic. She serves as a contributing editor to Civicist and an advisory editor to Hyperallergic. She is currently working on a book about internet memes and global social movements, and is a 2016 Knight Visiting Nieman Fellow.
Erica Molesworth is an artist working across video, installation and other forms. She is interested in landscapes that integrate the natural and artificial, and their symbiotic relationship with human economies. She was born in Sydney, Australia, completed undergraduate studies in Media Arts at the University of Sydney, and an MFA in 2015 at the California College of the Arts. Erica has exhibited in Australia and in the United States, including at Firstdraft Sydney, Southern Exposure, SOMArts and the University of Nevada. She received an Australian Postgraduate Award, a graduate merit scholarship and is currently a Teaching Fellow at CCA. She also writes on the arts for Australian publications such as ArtsHub and Das Platforms and is a founding member of Oakland’s all-female art space CTRL+SHFT collective.
Ceci Moss is the Assistant Curator of Visual Arts at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. She launched YBCA’s exhibition series “Control: Technology in Culture” which showcases work by emerging and mid-career artists who engage the social, cultural, and experiential implications of technology on the museum’s second floor. In its first year, the series includes solo exhibitions by Jacqueline Kiyomi Gordon, Lucy Raven, Nate Boyce and Shana Moulton. She has a PhD in Comparative Literature from New York University, and a BA in History and Sociology from U.C. Berkeley. Her academic research addresses contemporary internet-based art practice and network culture. Her writing has appeared in Rhizome, Art in America, ArtAsiaPacific, Artforum, The Wire, Performa Magazine, and various art catalogs. Prior to her position at YBCA, she was the Senior Editor of the art and technology non-profit arts organization Rhizome and an Adjunct Instructor at New York University in the Department of Comparative Literature. From 2000-2014, she programmed a radio show dedicated to experimental music, Radio Heart, on the independent radio stations KALX, East Village Radio and Radio Valencia.
Professor Soraya Murray is an interdisciplinary scholar who focuses on contemporary visual culture, with particular interest in contemporary art, cultural studies and games. Murray holds a Ph.D. in art history and visual studies from Cornell University, and an MFA in Studio Art from the University of California, Irvine. An Assistant Professor in the Film & Digital Media Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz, she is also principal faculty in the Digital Arts & New Media MFA Program, and the Art, Games and Playable Media Program. Her writings are published in Art Journal, Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art, CTheory, Public Art Review, Third Text, Gamesbeat and PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art. Her two anthologized essays on the military game genre, gender and race may be found in Gaming Representation: Race, Gender, and Sexuality in Video Games, eds. Jennifer Malkowski and TreaAndrea M. Russworm (Indiana University Press, forthcoming 2017) and in Zones of Control: Perspectives on Wargaming, eds. Pat Harrigan and Matthew G. Kirschenbaum (The MIT Press, 2016).
Michael Naimark is a media artist and researcher who often explores "place representation" and its impact on culture, who is actively engaged in understanding the dynamics between art and technology, and who has an uncanny track record of art projects presaging widespread adoption, often by decades. He is noted in the histories of Google Street View, Projection Mapping, and Virtual Reality (and, some claim, the Facebook Like Button); and in ongoing work with cinematic crowdsourcing, live global video, and cultural heritage. Michael has directed projects with support from Apple, Disney, Atari, Panavision, Lucasfilm, Interval, and Google; and from National Geographic, UNESCO, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Exploratorium, the Banff Centre, Ars Electronica, the ZKM, and the Paris Metro. He occasionally serves as faculty at USC Cinema's Interactive Media Division, NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program, and the MIT Media Lab.
Nicholas O’Brien is a net-based artist, curator, and writer. His work has exhibited in Mexico City, Berlin, London, Dublin, Italy, Prague, as well as throughout the US. He has been the recipient of a Turbulence Commission funded by the NEA and has curated exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, 319 Scholes, and Eyebeam Center for Art and Technology. As a contributor to Rhizome at the New Museum, SFAQ, and Bad at Sports, he has been recently recognized as a leading voice within contemporary art by Art F City, PULSE art fair, and Artsy. His work has also appeared or featured in ARTINFO, The Brooklyn Rail, DIS magazine, Frieze d/e, The Atlantic, and The New York Times. He currently lives in Brooklyn and is Assistant Professor in 3D Design and Game Development at Stevens Institute of Technology.
Jenny Odell is a Bay Area native/captive with an MFA in Design from the San Francisco Art Institute and a BA in English Literature from UC Berkeley. In her work, Odell mine imagery from online environments, most typically Google Maps, in an attempt to create candid portraits or to insist on the material nature of our modern networked existence. Because her practice exists at the intersection of research and aesthetics, she have often been compared to a natural scientist (specifically, a lepidopterist). Her work has made its way into the Google Headquarters, Les Rencontres D'Arles, Arts Santa Monica, Fotomuseum Antwerpen, La Gaîté lyrique (Paris), the Made in NY Media Center, Apexart (NY), and East Wing (Dubai). It's also turned up in TIME Magazine's LightBox, The Atlantic, The Economist, WIRED, the NPR Picture Show, PBS News Hour, and a couple of Gestalten books. Odell teaches internet art at Stanford and am a contributor to the Virginia Quarterly Review. She would spend 80% of her life in a library if she could.
Yetunde Olagbaju is a multidisciplinary artist and collaborator currently residing in Oakland, CA. Through her work, she concerns herself with time travel, space, source, vulnerability, ancestry, and the human relationship to the Blackness of the universe. Through video, installation, performance, sound, and ritual she aims to illuminate paths of deep emotional kinship within the human experience. This is with the distinct desire to reimagine past, present, and future. To manifest and highlight the seen and unseen bridges for that exchange. Havinf received a BFA from Beloit College in Studio Art and Museum Studies, Olabaju's praxis is deeply rooted in the exploration of self, radical vulnerability, storytelling, and utilizing lineage as the basis for true time travel. She has displayed work at the Oakland Museum of Art, SOMArts, The New School, New Image Gallery and has worked with institutions such as San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Museum of the African Diaspora, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.
A. Laurie Palmer is an artist, writer, and teacher. Her work is concerned, most immediately, with resistance to privatization, and more generally, with theoretical and material explorations of matter’s active nature as it asserts itself on different scales and in different speeds. Her work takes various forms as sculpture, installation, public projects, and writing. Most recently, she has pursued an extended exploration of mineral extraction sites in the U.S. (In the Aura of a Hole published with Black Dog Publishing in Fall, 2014). Palmer collaborated with the four-person art collective Haha for twenty years. In 2008, WhiteWalls Press published With Love from Haha documenting Haha’s site-based work (distributed by University of Chicago Press). Palmer teaches in the Sculpture Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Elisa Giardina Papa is an Italian artist whose work concerns the role of collective image production, and dissemination in contemporary society. She often works with experimental film formats that merge Internet searching with montage. Her work has been exhibited and screened at the 54th Venice Biennial - Internet Pavilion, MoMA (New York), Haus für elektronische Künste (Basel), 319 Scholes (New York), New Gallery (London), and Link Center for the Art (Brescia), among others. She is adjunct professor at Brown University, and at Rhode Island School of Design. Giardina Papa received an MFA from RISD, and a BA from Politecnico of Milan.
Jennifer Parker maintains a multifaceted art practice at the intersection of art and science. The conceptual framework of her research includes a literal, formal, and idiomatic approach to materials and a political, private, and metaphorically abstract attitude toward expression as it relates to information and creativity. This research approach animates a space of possibility by asking the viewer to pay attention to the overlooked details, juxtapositions and interdependencies of our physical and sensory experience in the world around us. To pull information out of pie charts and graphs, to look at, feel and explore ideas as new and innovative forms of expression. For Parker, being an artist means being an activist, thinker, historian, and teacher who creates deployable art platforms for creating sound, and digital media with organic materials and traditional sculpture fabrication techniques to ask questions and to tell stories.
Stephen Parr is a San Francisco curator, archivist and imagemaker, and founder of Oddball Films has a long history in presenting and archiving the unusual. In the seventies, he produced and videotaped live performances of The Ramones, John Cage, Karen Finley and Christian Marclay. In the eighties, he screened his signature pop culture montages in venues across the U. S. and Europe; from the Danceteria in New York to the Moscow Cinematheque, his burlesque dancers and female contortionists gyrated over teeming tornadoes and atomic disasters. Using his skills as a producer with his ability to procure film representative of an atmosphere, event or an era, he began building a highly curated archive that licenses unique stock footage. Parr’s Oddball Films is the largest film archive in Northern California and has provided footage for clients as diverse as Ridley Scott and Spike Lee and for films such as Milk, The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution and Kurt Cobain: The Montage of Heck. Current licensing projects include rare footage for Robert Frank, Peggy Guggenheim and Robert Mapplethorpe documentaries. Parr began his cinematic and videotape experiments at the Center for Media Study at SUNY Buffalo where he studied with Paul Sharits, Woody and Steina Vasulka and Nam June Paik. Originally working with video synthesis tools at the Experimental Television Center in Binghamton, NY and creating works for galleries, nightclubs and live events, he began working with film in the 90s. His films have explored the erotic underbelly of sex-in-cinema (The Subject is Sex), the offbeat and bizarre (Oddities Beyond Belief), the pervasive effects of propaganda (Historical/Hysterical) and altered states of pop/spiritual culture (Euphoria!). His films have screened at the World Music Festival, Belfast Film Festival, Experimenta India, Leeds International Film Festival, Pacific Film Archive, the Anthology Film Archives and other venues worldwide.
Ian Alan Paul is a transdisciplinary artist, theorist, and curator working between Oakland, Barcelona, and Cairo. Across diverse contexts and conjunctures, Ian makes use of experimental documentary, critical fiction, hacktivism, performance, and simulation to disrupt, defamiliarize and explicate institutional practices of violence. Ian has lectured and exhibited internationally, and has had his work featured in The Atlantic, Al Jazeera, Le Monde, Art Threat, Mada Masr, Jadaliyya, Art Info, and C Magazine. As of February 2015, the FBI can neither confirm nor deny the presence of Ian's name on any watch lists.
Eric Paulos is the founder and director of the Hybrid Ecologies Lab, an Associate Professor in Electrical Engineering Computer Science Department at UC Berkeley, Director of the CITRIS Invention Lab, Chief Learning Officer for the Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation, a Co-Director of the Swarm Lab, and faculty within the Berkeley Center for New Media (BCNM). Previously, Eric held the Cooper-Siegel Associate Professor Chair in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University where he was faculty within the Human-Computer Interaction Institute with courtesy faculty appointments in the Robotics Institute and in the Entertainment Technology Center. Prior to CMU, Eric was Senior Research Scientist at Intel Research in Berkeley, California where he founded the Urban Atmospheres research group. His areas of expertise span a deep body of research territory in urban computing, sustainability, green design, environmental awareness, social telepresence, robotics, physical computing, interaction design, persuasive technologies, and intimate media. Eric received his PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from UC Berkeley. Eric is also the founder and director of the Experimental Interaction Unit and a frequent collaborator with Mark Pauline of Survival Research Laboratories.
James Pierce is currently a lecturer in the Jacobs Institute for Design innovation at UC Berkeley and research affiliate at Georgia Institute of Technology. James’ work frequently blends humanities-based theory and criticism, interpretive social science approaches, and designerly and artistic practice. James has longstanding research interests in speculative design, design theory, sustainable design, and everyday social practices. His more recent research topical interests include state surveillance, the politics of digitally disconnecting, and ghosts. James has published over 50 articles in top conferences and journals spanning the fields of design research, human-computer interaction, and ubiquitous computing. His work has been awarded numerous best paper awards and nominations.
Praba Pilar is an independent artist and scholar keen on disrupting the contemporary ‘cult of the Techno-Logic,’ while working on decolonizing initiatives in community. A diasporic Colombian mestiza, she creates live art, performances, digital and electronic works, participatory workshops, experimental lectures, and publications. Her projects have traveled widely around the world, received numerous awards, and include the NO!!!BOT, Enigma Symbiotica, BOT I,the Church of Nano Bio Info Cogno, the Cyborg Soap Opera, and the Nano Sutra of Mathturbation. She is presently Co-Director of the Hindsight Institute and of Disinterpellation Technologies, and has a PhD in Performance Studies.
Christina Poblador is an artist and a feminist exploring the art of glass blowing, performance and scent in contemporary art. Her work interprets autochthonous narratives from Philippine history and culture and shapes them into conceptual creations that reflect her love for nature and her unique, cross-cultural personal experience.
Duncan Poulton is an artist working with video appropriation and digital collage. His work is preoccupied with simulation, copying and the digital body, and is an ongoing re-mediation of an increasingly virtual world. In his practice, found online content is observed, deconstructed and reconfigured using a strategy of productive misinterpretation and a knowing misapplication of formal techniques and processes. Born in Birmingham, UK, he currently lives and works in London.
Megan Prelinger is a cultural historian and the author of two books: Inside the Machine: Art and Invention in the Electronic Age (2015) and Another Science Fiction: Advertising the Space Race (2010). She is co-author, with Rick Prelinger, of a 2013 series of five atlases of Bay Area landscapes that are installed as a permanent exhibit in the Exploratorium. She is co-founder, also with Rick, of the Prelinger Library in San Francisco, and is its architect of information design. She is a naturalist and leads birding walks with San Francisco Nature Education.
Rick Prelinger is an archivist, writer and filmmaker. His collection of 60,000 ephemeral films was acquired by Library of Congress in 2002. Beginning in 2000, he partnered with Internet Archive to make a subset of the Prelinger Collection (currently 6,900 films) available online for free viewing, downloading and reuse. Prelinger Archives currently holds some 15,000 home movies and actively promotes collecting, research and access in this emergent area. His films include the archival feature Panorama Ephemera (2004), which played in venues around the world, and No More Road Trips?, which received a Creative Capital grant in 2012. His Lost Landscapes participatory urban history projects have played to many thousands of viewers in San Francisco, Detroit, Oakland, Los Angeles and elsewhere. He is a board member of Internet Archive and frequently writes and speaks on the future of archives and issues relating to archival access and regeneration. With Megan Prelinger, he cofounded an experimental research library located in downtown San Francisco. He is currently Associate Professor of Film & Digital Media at University of California, Santa Cruz.
Andy Puls is a live-video artist, analog electronics designer, and composer/musician. He runs the experimental media production studio, "Whistlehut" in Richmond, CA, where he produces his own and others' audio and visual recordings, and designs and builds audio and video devices. Andy also lives/works part-time at his property in the Siskiyou County wilderness, north of Mount Shasta. There, he is experimenting in the design of passive natural energy devices and domestic systems in sympathy with nature. He is guided by an elusive vision of the unification of his areas of interest into one Master art form.
Genevieve Quick is a San Francisco based artist and arts writer. Her sculptures, photographs, videos, and drawing reference the wide history of image making devices like early telescopes, Victorian projectors, space satellites, and telescopes. While relatively simply fabricated, Quick’s sculptures approach the complexity and functionality of machines. Quick received her MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and has shown her work in galleries in the Bay Area. She has been awarded residencies at the de Young Museum, MacDowell, Djerassi, and Yaddo. Quick has received a CCI Investing in Artists grant and a Kala Fellowship. She has contributed writings to Shotgun Review, The Present Group, and Temporary Art Review. Quick regularly contributes to Art Practical.
Kate Rhoades makes videos, paintings, and publications that probe the ever-mutating art world. Her videos have been presented in the San Francisco International Film Festival and the Santa Fe International New Media Festival. She has participated in exhibitions at Trestle Gallery in Brooklyn, Southern Exposure in San Francisco, and various venues, publications, hotel rooms and alley ways across North America and Europe. Since 2014 she has co-hosted the Bay Area's number one arts and culture podcast, Congratulations Pine Tree. Rhoades is also one of the Fleishhacker Foundation's Eureka Fellowship grantees for 2018.
Antonio Roberts is a New Media artist and Curator based in Birmingham, UK. His artwork focuses on the errors and glitches generated by digital technology. An underlying theme of his work is open source software, free culture and collaborative practices. As a performer and visual artist his work has been featured at galleries and festivals internationally. As a curator he has delivered exhibitions and projects including GLI.TC/H Birmingham (2011), the Birmingham editions of Bring Your Own He is an Associate Curator at Vivid Projects and a Fellow at Birmingham Open Media.
Emily Roderick is an artist whose practice currently explores the connotations of sight and what that means within a digital age. She is drawn to our varied and wide-ranging viewing experiences and how this differs IRL and URL. Roderick is looking to question technology's authority and the power structures that surround its uses, as well as developing a deeper understanding of our relationship with technology, the internet and our physical devices. Machine vision, surveillance and how our perceptions can be altered through continuous technological developments all fuel her practice in order to create performances, write code and reside both in the physical world and within the screen.
Nooshin Rostami (LRLX New York) is a New York-based interdisciplinary artist and educator. She grew up in the old and dusty megacity of Tehran and immigrated to the United States to pursue her graduate studies. Soon after her move, she finds herself in a place of exile and uncertain of the possibility to return to her home country. This unsettled journey of displacement shaped the core of her practice. As a multidisciplinary artist, Rostami works predominantly in performance, installation and sculpture where she creates controlled systems of structures and simultaneously brings a series of mutable and spontaneous gestures that negotiate the relationship between seemingly paradoxical notions such as static versus fluid and stability versus uncertainty.
Evan Roth (US) is an American artist based in Paris whose practice visualizes and archives culture through unintended uses of technologies. Creating prints, sculptures, videos and websites, his work explores the relationship between misuse and empowerment and the effect that philosophies from hacker communities can have when applied to digital and non-digital systems. His work is in the public collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Israel Museum. Recent exhibitions include the 2016 Biennale of Sydney; Electronic Superhighway (2016-1966) at Whitechapel Gallery, London; and This Is for Everyone at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Roth co-founded the arts organizations Graffiti Research Lab and the Free Art and Technology Lab and in 2016 was a recipient of Creative Capital funding. (LRLX Paris)
Dorothy R. Santos is a writer, editor, and curator whose research areas and interests include new media and digital art, activism, and the Internet. Born and raised in San Francisco, California, she holds Bachelor’s degrees in Philosophy and Psychology from the University of San Francisco, and received her Master’s degree in Visual and Critical Studies at the California College of the Arts. She serves as the managing editor for Hyphen and is a member of the research collective The Civic Beat. Her work appears in art21, Art Practical, Daily Serving, Hyperallergic, and Public Art Dialogue. She has lectured and spoken at the De Young museum, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Stanford University, School of Visual Arts, and more. She serves as executive staff for the Bay Area Society for Art & Activism and a board member for the SOMArts Cultural Center.
Surabhi Saraf is a media artist, composer, and performer who uses her background in experimental sound, Indian classical music, and choreography to create audio and video works. Surabhi has performed solo at Thessaloniki Contemporary Art Biennial, Greece, Currents International New Media Festival, Santa Fe, San Francisco Electronic Music Festival, SF and Max Mueller Bhavan Goethe Institut, Mumbai & New Delhi among others. Her collaborative work has been performed at NETMAGE 10 International Live Media Festival, Bologna, Soundwave Biennial ((5)), Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and Asian Art Museum in San Francisco. Surabhi is the recipient of Eureka Fellowship Award 2015 by the Fleishhacker Foundation, the Djerassi Resident Artist award and was nominated for the SECA Award 2012, SFMOMA. She has had solo exhibitions at Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke in Mumbai and Hosfelt gallery in San Francisco. Her videos have been shown at TIMES SQUARE, New York, the Hunter Museum of American Art Chattanooga, TN and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Vojvodina, Serbia. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, Time Out Sydney & Mumbai, the San Francisco Bay Guardian, Blouin Art Info, Art Practical, and KQED Arts. Surabhi's videos have been screened at international video art festivals and galleries in Spain, Netherlands, South Korea, Israel, Greece, Australia and Italy. She graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2009 with an MFA in Art and Technology. Surabhilives and works in San Francisco, Surabhi Saraf is represented by Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai and Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco.
Erica Scourti is a Gringlish artist, born in Athens and now based in London, who works across different media including performance, text and video. Her work draws on personal experience to explore life, labour, love and gender in a fully mediated, networked world and has been shown recently at spaces like Microscope Gallery, New York, The Photographers’ Gallery, Munich Kunstverein, EMST Athens, and South London Gallery. Her commission for Bedlam: The Asylum and Beyond at the Wellcome Collection is on view from mid September 2016 (and online @empathydeck).
Liat Segal. A new media artist, fusing together art and technology. In her works Segal harnesses information, software, electronics and mechanics to build installations and machines that connect the physical world with virtual ones. Segal observes inconsistencies and dissonances that rise when personal lives meet technological evolving environments and questions issues such as intimacy vs. alienation, privacy vs. over-exposure, identity and originality as they reflect in technology. Liat graduated her M.Sc studies in computer science and biology (2007) and the Interdisciplinary Program for fostering excellence (2005) at Tel Aviv University. She worked as a researcher at Microsoft Innovation Labs (2009) and taught at the Bezalel School of Arts and Design at the Hebrew University. Segal's recent works were exhibited at the Israel Museum Jerusalem, Museum für Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt, National American Jewish History Museum Philadelphia, Hansen House, Jerusalem, the Amsterdam Light Festival, Jerusalem International Light Festival and others.
Smita Sen is a designer and a multimedia visual artist. Sen studied at Columbia University and has been a part of the digital media and product teams at Ralph Appelbaum Associates, Discovery Communications, and the Urban Design Lab. Sen is currently the Creative Director for Into the Shell, an interactive installation being brought to life by a diverse team of artists and engineers.
Shapeshifters Cinema is a monthly, curated, expanded cinema series featuring experimental filmmakers and video artists presenting moving image work live with accompaniment from musicians, sound artists and performers working in other creative fields. Shapeshifters Cinema is curated and administered by Gilbert Guerrero and Kathleen Quillian, both longtime participants in the Bay Area experimental media arts community. Gilbert Guerrero received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics from the University of California, Berkeley. He began working with independent film and experimental video in 1998 after joining the staff of Artists' Television Access (ATA) in San Francisco. His collaborative work in multimedia installation and live cinema performance has shown internationally. He is a member of the ATA board of directors and a co-director of Shapeshifters Cinema. From 2012-16 he was a curator and web manager for the Temescal Street Cinema. He currently works as a designer for interactive digital media. Kathleen Quillian is an Oakland-based artist who works in a range of moving and non-moving media. She has exhibited in venues and festivals internationally including International Film Festival Rotterdam, San Francisco International Film Festival, Antimatter Film Festival, Animasivo and the San Jose Museum of Art among others. She has served on the boards of directors of San Francisco Cinematheque and Artists’ Television Access as well as on the curatorial team of the Temescal Street Cinema and the administrative team of Royal Nonesuch Gallery. She is currently a co-director of Shapeshifters Cinema, a monthly expanded cinema series that she co-founded with Gilbert Guerrero in 2012.
Helen Shewolfe Tseng is an artist and designer who is drawn to odd-shaped, multidisciplinary projects and practices, often around the subjects of technology, politics, place, identity, mortality, and the occult.
Tessa Siddle is a San Francisco based video artist, performer and curator whose work engages with gender, animals, magic, and mythologies of technology and nature. They are currently one of the co-curators of the GAZE screening series and the Artists’ Television Access Window Gallery.
Danielle Siembieda is the Managing Director of Leonardo/The International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology (Leonardo/ISAST). Siembieda brings over 15-years of experience in community development and strategic communications. As an active leader in the art, science, and technology community, she has served on the board of the Women Eco Art Dialogue and Emerging Arts Professionals. She has served the art & tech community with multiple roles including Community Engagement Manager for ZERO1: The Art & Technology Network; Co-Project Manager of the San Jose Climate Clock Initiative; Managing Editor of SWITCH the online Journal of New Media (no longer in publication); and has been member of the San Jose Public Art Advisory Committee. Siembieda has an MFA in Digital Media Art at San Jose State University at the CADRE Laboratory for New Media with a focus on green technology and sustainable materials. As the founder of Art Inspector: Saving the Earth by Changing Art, Siembieda has turned this social practice project into a business acquiring funding from Silicon Valley Energy Watch and working with the City of San Francisco Department of Environment to help artists work healthier and safer. She defines her art at “Alter-Eco Art” bridging Eco-Art practice and New Media focusing on intersection of environment, technology and community.
Caroline Sinders is a machine learning designer/user researcher, artist. For the past few years, she has been focusing on the intersections of natural language processing, artificial intelligence, abuse, online harassment and politics in digital, conversational spaces.Caroline is a designer and researcher at Wikimedia, and a BuzzFeed/Eyebeam Open Lab Fellow. She holds a masters from New York University's Interactive Telecommunications Program from New York University.
Catt Small (LRLX NY) is a product designer, game maker, and developer. She started programming interactive games around the age of 10 and has been going ever since. In her spare time, Catt organizes events with Good for PoC and launches games with Brooklyn Gamery.
Melle Smets (NL) studied OK5/art and public space at ArtEZ Academy in Arnhem. As an “archaeologist of the present” Smets explores and interprets society by organising expeditions to contemporary landscapes. The expeditions find their reflection in visual art projects, lectures, publications and workshops. Smets is the founder of the Aardschap foundation, a action research organization for artists. (LRLX Paris)
Chris Sollars is an artist and director of 667 Shotwell whose work revolves around the reclamation and subversion of public space through interventions and performance. The results are documented using photographs, sculpture, and video that are integrated into mixed-media installations. Sollars is an Assistant Professor in Sculpture, Mills College, Oakland, CA. Awards include 2013 Guggenheim Fellowship, 2013 San Francisco Arts Commission: Individual Artist Commission Grant, 2012 Center for Cultural Innovation Investing in Artists Grant, 2007 Eureka Fellowship Award, 2007 San Francisco Bay Area Artadia Grant, 2009 Headlands Center for the Arts residency, & 2015 Recology Artist is Residence. Sollars in 2008 completed C RED BLUE J which screened at SFMOMA on Election Day and was included in CREATIVE TIME’s Democracy in America show at the NY Park Armory.
Chris Sugrue is an artist and programmer developing interactive installations, audio-visual performances and experimental interfaces. Her works experiment with technology in playful and curious ways and investigate topics such as artificial life, eye-tracking and optical illusions. She has exhibited internationally in such festivals and galleries as Ars Electronica, Sónar Festival, Pixel Gallery, Medialab-Prado, Matadero Madrid, and La Noche En Blanco Madrid. Sugrue holds a Masters of Fine Arts in Design and Technology from Parsons School of Design. She has worked as a creative engineer at the Ars Electronica Futurelab where she was the lead developer for a stereoscopic interactive dance performance with artist and choreographer Klaus Obermaier. Sugrue was the recipient of a year-long fellowship at the Eyebeam Art and Technology Center in New York, and has held artist residencies with Hangar in Barcelona, La Casa De Velázquez in Madrid and Harvestworks in New York.
The Black Aesthetic (TBA) is a creative organization, whose mission is to curate and assemble both a collective and distinct understanding of Black visual culture. They pose the question: What is the Black aesthetic sensibility and what does it look like to you? By working with artists, writers, filmmakers, and designers, they cultivate work that asks the audience to consider their relationship to Black art. Based in Oakland, TBA are invested in developing a community who will participate and engage with their mission. Through film screenings, publications, and product development, TBA wants to add to a growing collection of artistic visions that are grounded in place, body, lived-experience and are responsive to its respective environment.
Cassie Thorton I'm really interested in finding a way to work with you: to find a link between our interests in work, debt, value, self worth, feminism, care, racial and queer justice, and your imagination. I have worked with many groups, individuals, and institutions– helping them grind to a halt until we find a new way to unite their values and political intentions with their work. I am no expert, but I have been thinking and working on the relationship between the unconscious and money since before the financial crisis of 2008, sometimes while dressed as an asteroid. I am happy to talk to anyone (individuals or groups) who considers their work to be anti-capitalist. I am also interested in talking with you if you feel confused about capitalism, or if you are afraid of confronting that monster. My intention is to be 100% helpful to anyone who is brave enough to call bullshit on the hyper masculine, white neoliberal, totally abstract racist economic system that we have learn to eat and breathe.
Sergio De La Torre has worked with and documented the manifold ways by which citizens reinvent themselves in the city they inhabit. These works often invoke collaborations with the subjects and invites both intimate and critical reflections on topics related to housing, immigration and labor. These works have appeared in the 10th Istanbul Biennial; Bienal Barro de America; Cleveland Performance Art Festival; Atelier Frankfurt; Centro Cultural Tijuana; YBCA; TRIBECA Film Festival; and El Festival Internacional de Cine de Morelia. He is also an Associate Professor at the University of San Francisco Art + Architecture Department.
Francis Tseng & Fei Liu (LRLX NYC) make up Public Science, a loose interdisciplinary conglomeration that uses storytelling, games, and satire to reconfigure new technologies for social and political purposes. Their projects include an interactive installation simulating quantified-self Taylorism, a video game demonstrating the absurdity of disruptive start-up logic, and tools for speculating alternative economies.
Camille Utterback is an internationally acclaimed artist and pioneer in the field of digital and interactive art. Utterback’s work explores the aesthetic and experiential possibilities of linking computational systems to human movement and physicality in visually layered ways. Her work focuses attention on the continued relevance and richness of the body in our increasingly mediated world. To create her projects, Utterback combines various sensing and display technologies with the custom software she writes. Whether expressed in the form of architectural-scale projections, custom LED lighting, or intimate sculptures with embedded LCD screens, Utterback’s work engages participants in a process of embodied discovery as they explore the possibilities and behaviors of her physically engaged systems. Utterback is currently an Assistant Professor in the Art and Art History Department at Stanford University, where she also co-directs the Stanford Graduate Design Program.
Elia Vargas is an Oakland based artist and curator. He works in video, sound, projection, and situational experiences that explore information embodiment. He has collaborated with a wide range of artists and musicians including Bjork and Vincent Moon. He performs and exhibits work locally and internationally. Vargas is co-founder and co-curator of the Living Room Light Exchange, a monthly salon on new media art and digital culture; half of improvisational modular synthesis duo systemritual; board member of Mediate Art Group, organizer of the Soundwave Biennial; and a PhD student in Film and Digital Media at UC Santa Cruz. Vargas has a long history of community radio broadcasting and is interested in the relationship of transmission and cultural material flows. He is currently investigating the materiality of crude oil, frozen carbon dioxide, and obsolete projection technology in relationship to human time scales, temporalities, and flows.
Joe Veix (28/m/sf) is a writer and artist. He is currently a staff writer at Death and Taxes, and contributes to The New Yorker, Gawker, McSweeney's, The Awl, and the Internet. Most recently, he helped publish the indie humor collection PBQ, created a public Facebook account, and moderated an online chatroom for like-minded horses.
Stephanie Vidal is a writer, educator, and curator based in Paris. Her interest and practice explores and challenges the intersection of art, technology and information. Stephanie has worked as Chief Editor of Gaité Live, the online magazine of the Gaite lyrique, and has been writing for many French publications including Slate.fr, Mouvement or Nichons-nous dans l'Internet. For the last 3 years, she has been teaching at University Paris 8 and in various schools in topics such as the promotion of culture, the valorisation of innovation and design thinking. In her practice, she creates apparatus that makes human and technological connections sensible and tangible. Thought as collaborative experiences, these apparatus allow her to observe how we can produce, confront, appropriate or share stories.
Sophia Wang creates and performs movement-based works in collaboration with dancers, writers, and visual and sound artists. She has performed and presented her works at the Berkeley Art Museum, YBCA, ATA, the Lab, and LoBot. A founding member of the Brontez Purnell Dance Company, she has co-developed and performed works for the Garage, Counterpulse, Temescal Arts Center, KUNST-STOFF arts, and the Montreal Pop Festival. Artist-choreographers she has danced for include Xandra Ibarra/La Chica Boom, Hentyle Yapp, Amara Tabor-Smith, Tino Sehgal, and Jérôme Bel. Her practice includes improvised sound and movement scores with Bay Area experimental musicians and dancers, and an ongoing film and movement collaboration with Oakland-based artist tooth (Black Hole Cinematheque). She holds a PhD in English from U.C. Berkeley.
Robert Yang is an indie game developer and academic based in New York City. He regularly teaches game development and design within NYU Game Center at New York University, IDM at NYU Poly School of Engineering, and MFADT at Parsons the New School for Design. He also occasionally writes about games for Rock Paper Shotgun and other British things. He has given talks about games at GDC, GDC Europe, A MAZE Berlin, IndieCade, IndieCade East, Queerness and Games Conference, and Games for Change. He holds a B.A. in English Literature from UC Berkeley, and an MFA in Design and Technology from Parsons the New School for Design.
Weidong Yang founded Kinetech Arts, a dance and science non-profit, and Kineviz, creating data solution in VR. He has a PhD in Physics and a MS in Computer Science. His experience encompasses academia research, industrial product development, artistic exploration, and entrepreneurship. He has eleven U.S. patents, over twenty peer-reviewed journal publications, and also created many performances.
Hyojin Yoo is an interdisciplinary artist, researcher, and designer. Her work begins with the awareness that concepts can only be understood if enacted in real time, with direct body involvement, and through the consensus of shared experience.
Pamela Z is a composer/performer and media artist who makes solo works combining a wide range of vocal techniques with electronic processing, samples, gesture activated MIDI controllers, and video. She has toured extensively throughout the US, Europe, and Japan. Her work has been presented at venues and exhibitions including Bang on a Can (NY), the Japan Interlink Festival, Other Minds (SF), the Venice Biennale, and the Dakar Biennale. She's created installation works and has composed scores for dance, film, and new music chamber ensembles. Her numerous awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Creative Capital Fund, the CalArts Alpert Award, The MAP Fund, the ASCAP Award, an Ars Electronica honorable mention, the NEA/JUSFC Fellowship, and a Djerrassi Resident Artist Program residency.