Living room light exchange bay area
Edward Shanken + vivian sming + Christina corfield
San francisco, Tuesday February 19th 7Pm
Edward Shanken works at the interstices of contemporary art and new media. Following Jack Burnham, he likes to think of art as a “psychic dress rehearsal for the future” and is especially interested in the ways artists create working models that enable us to sample alternative futures in the present. His books include Art and Electronic Media (2010), Telematic Embrace: Visionary Theories of Art, Technology and Consciousness (2003), Inventar el Futuro (2013), and Systems (2015). Publications include essays on art and shamanism, software art, investigatory art, sound art and ecology, art-science collaboration, and bridging the gap between new media and contemporary art. Dr. Shanken is Associate Professor of Arts and former Director of Digital Arts and New Media at UC Santa Cruz. Prior academic posts include: Associate Professor, Digital + Media MFA program at RISD; Associate Professor, DXARTS Ph.D. program at University of Washington
Vivian Sming uses text, image, and new genres to engage in posthuman discourse. She is committed to fostering arts dialogue through publications, programming, and alternative pedagogical formats. Sming is the Editor in Chief of Art Practical, and co-founded nonsensical, an annual journal of critical and experimental writing by visual artists. Sming produces a wide range of artists’ books through her publishing studio Sming Sming Books. She holds an BA in Art from UCLA, an MFA from CalArts, and was a 2016-17 Fellow at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. In 2018, Sming’s publishing studio received the Shannon Michael Cane Memorial Award from Printed Matter.
Christina Corfield is an interdisciplinary artist and media history scholar. She is adjunct faculty in the department of Film and Digital Media at the University of California Santa Cruz and the film department of the San Francisco Art Institute, and was the Managing Editor for the online journal Feminist Media Histories from 2015-2018. She has been producing video installation work, drawings, and artist book projects for the past fifteen years, with much of her recent work focusing on exploring connections between the technologies, visual cultures, and popular narratives of today's media environment and those of the 18th and 19th centuries. Christina has exhibited her work throughout Europe and the US, most recently at Spaces Gallery in Cleveland, OH, and the Exploratorium in San Francisco.