Where do ideas come from—- out of thin air, as if by magic? Or is it in the choreography, the behind-the-scenes, the work with the sleights at hand to generate creative solutions from apparent obstacles?
My art practice, scholarly research, and pedagogy have been increasingly intertwined around questions of knowledge production and the social scaffolding of collaborative learning.
In 2012, I co-founded Weird Shift, an artist-led initiative that has included a storefront exhibition space, podcasts, and an on-going MicroTalks series where artists, writers, and independent scholars present research and recent projects. Since 2014, I have collaborated with artist Lindsey French to develop non-traditional frameworks for building algorithmic literacy. In that same year, I debuted Modular Mythos, a series of event scores prompting the playful disruption of the habitual forms of social interaction surrounding mobile phones.
I have collaborated with sound artists, writers, and aerial videographers to develop novel ways of knowing and representing sense-of-place.
In my video essays, live cinema, and printed works I have examined the specters of post-truth and algorithmic bias, and compared models of creative growth across contexts of art, magic, and everyday life. These publications and presentations are informed by current events, archival research, family memoirs, and the histories and visual cultures of traveling carnivals, patent-medicine shows, and stage magic.
My practice is research-based, experimental, and collaborative. I find inspiration in the spaces between perceived restrictions and prescribed solutions, puzzling the world anew.
Born and raised in Syracuse New York (1978), I earned a BFA in Art Video from Syracuse University (2000) and a MFA in Digital Art from the University of Oregon (2007). From 2000 to 2003 I was an events programmer at Artists’ Television Access, in San Francisco, and have remained an on-call volunteer with ATA since 2008, working remotely as a layout and copy editor.
My video essays, installations, performances and other works have been exhibited nationally and internationally at venues including: the International Symposium of Electronic Art, Transmediale, The Schneider Museum of Art, the &Now Festival of New Writing, and Shapeshifters Cinema. I teach courses in the history and practice of digital and time-based art at the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland.