Here are listed a selection of public events I have taken part in, such as exhibitions, festivals, conferences, artist's talks, and collaborations initiated by other artists. Although exhibitions are not the focus of my practice — which has become largely oriented towards writing, performance, and virtuality — my work has been exhibited internationally in art galleries, museums, and festivals. Individual projects are listed under the date headings (1990-99, 2000-05, and 2006-12).
March 2011. I took part in this series of curated research exhibitions at the Institute of Cultural Inquiry. Information on the project I did with writer Ruth Coppens can be found here and here, and also here and here. A limited edition of the show catalog is available from the ICI here.
Feb. 20-May 16, 2010. I took part in this survey exhibition with a new performance-installation work entitled Hangmen Also Die. On the opening and closing days of the exhibition, there were live performances in conjunction with the installation.
Jan. 16-Feb. 27, 2010. I took part in this exhibition at I-5 Gallery in Los Angeles, curated by Marla Koosed, that was part of a series of shows looking graduate art programs in Southern California. The work I exhibited was part of the "Ghost Galleries" series. Participants in a prior show in the series ("MFA Conversations") were asked to recommend faculty members who had "made a difference in their graduate experience." I'm proud to have been included in this group.
Feb. 13, 2010. I took part in the College Art Association annual conference, presenting a paper as part of the panel "Autofictions, Avatars, and Alter Egos: Fabricating Artists," organized by Monica Kjellman-Chapin. My paper was entitled: "Social Proxies and Real-World Avatars: Impersonation as a Mode of Capitalist Production."
May 15, 2009. An artist's forum at the Beall Center, UC Irvine, about the Laguna Art Museum show "WOW: Emergent Media Phenomenon," moderated by Beall Center Associate Director David Familian.
WOW: Emergent Media Phenomenon
June 14-October 4, 2009. An exhibition at the Laguna Art Museum about the popular online role-playing game World of Warcraft. The show included both artists who work for the game's producer, Blizzard Entertainment, and artists who have created work addressing how the game reflects our culture, including Auriea Harvey and Michaël Samyn, Anne-Marie Schleiner, Eddo Stern, and Alexander Galloway. On Sept. 13, I gave an artist's talk at the museum about my project for the show. Many thanks to videographer Lev Anderson for doing such a great job with the video of this talk.
May 20 and Sept. 9, 2009. I took part as an online performer and graffiti artist in this cyberformance work by Marlena Corcoran that was inspired in part by the emergency landing of a jetliner in the Hudson River in January 2009. The May performance (screen cap at far left) was sponsored by the Fondazione Querini Stampalia, Venice. The September performance (screen cap at left) was part of the UpStage 090909 festival of online performance; it was viewable both by web broswer and at various venues, including Norsk Telemuseum (Oslo), Eclectic Tech Carnival (Istanbul), Muffatwerk Cafe (Munich); and MAD art center (Eindhoven, Netherlands). Both performances took place on UpStage in the "Salvation" cyberstage.
Space Surface Interface
May 15, 2009. A conference sponsored by the UCI Design Alliance on the role of design in shaping the literal and symbolic relationships between spaces, surfaces and interfaces.
Institute: Under Hand
Feb. 27-April 19, 2009. An exhibition at the Institute of Cultural Inquiry that featured a range of the ICI's projects over the past decade. Included documentation of my work with the Plaintext Players, a pioneering internet performance group. Visible in this photograph of the installation: performance stills, a video projection from The Roman Forum Project 2003, and a vitrine of scripts and other ephemera.
Jan. 31-April 4, 2009<. An exhibition at the California Museum of Photography in which I showed a video installation based on my Playing the Rapture performance work. For Playing the Rapture: Tiny, I projected edited video onto a miniature version of the original set. Installation photos can be found at the Playing the Rapture website. Opening: Jan. 31, 6-10 pm. Show catalog available as a pdf (print version available through museum).
Out of School
Jan. 24-Feb. 27 2009. An exhibition at the Brea Art Gallery, in which I showed "Chronovacuum", a video constructed from found webcam imagery, with an original soundtrack.
Scalable Relations: Playing the World(s)
Jan. 23-March 20, 2009. An exhibition at UC San Diego's gallery@CalIT2, in which I showed a video installation based on my Playing the Rapture performance work. Playing the Rapture (Point of View) had video of the two protagonists (and antagonists) appearing in separate video monitors, surrounded by machinima projections. Installation photos can be found at the Playing the Rapture website, and the exhibition catalog can be ordered from lulu.com. Information on the show, curated by Christiane Paul, can be found at the Scalable Relations website. Opening: Jan. 23, 6-9 pm; artist's talk, 5-6 pm. An interview with me and Robert Nideffer on our projects for this show. In February 2009, on the -empyre- mailing list, the show participants discussed the notion of scalable relations.
Future of Writing Conference"
November 6-7 2008. I presented a talk at this conference about my use of networked communication technologies to help generate and work with text in my original performance projects.
080808 UpStage Festival
August 2008. I participated in this festival of online performance, premiering a new project entitled Noxiterra that incorporates a synthetic biome-based world as a performance environment. The piece was improvised live on the web over the course of two days, and one segment was simultaneously projected in the ZKMax Gallery, Munich. You can check out my new Avatarist blog, where I am uploading materials from this project, including the first installment of a graphic novel.
Water Under the Bridge
August 2008. I took part in this piece by Marlena Corcoran as an online performer. It was included in the 080808 UpStage Festival, and projected simultaneously in the ZKMax Gallery, Munich.
How Much Taboo Does Art Need?
May 2008. In May, I and my students participated as contributors to the Wieviel Tabu braucht die Kunst?" project organized by Ursula Endlicher, Ela Kagel, and Anke Zimmermann in Zurich, Switzerland.
April 2008. Invited talk on my multimedia and mixed-reality performance works at UMBC Visual Arts Department for the Visiting Artists Lecture Series, together with my chief collaborator, director Robert Allen.
2006. Invited talks at Location One Gallery, New York (November) and UCLA as part of the DARNET Information Exchange (March).
September 2006. Artist's presentation on "Demotic" at this "transdisciplinary festival and symposium of creativity, research, and technoculture" at the University of Indiana, Bloomington. Co-presentor: Robert Allen.
Flesh + Chips
August 2005. Invited talk, with artist Gail Wright, in conjunction with the exhibition "Brides of Frankenstein," San Jose Museum of Art.
ALT+CTRL: Rethinking Computer Games
January 2005. Invited lecture at UCLA Design | Media Arts Program in the "Games People Play" lecture series.
Anthologie der Kunst
November 2004. Invitational exhibition, Academy of Arts, Berlin, Germany.
Arts Congress L.A.
August 2004. Panelist for "Digital Media and Performing Arts" panel of the Arts Congress of the L.A. County Summer Arts Internship Program
March 2004. Invited talk at the Center for Art and Technology, Northwestern University, Chicago [March].
SEAMUS and FEMF
March-April2004. I wrote the text for composer Mark Zaki's sound composition "Everything We Say Is Deformed", which was presented at the Society of Electroacoustic Music in the U.S. (SEAMUS) in March and at the Florida Electronic Music Festival (FEMF) in April. (This text was originally written for Reading Frankenstein in 2003.)
The AIDS Chronicles
2003. Exhibition of "The AIDS Chronicles," a project of the Los-Angeles-based Institute of Cultural Inquiry to draw attention to the nature of AIDS reporting in the New York Times. I was one of the main organizers of this show at the Sam Francis Gallery (Santa Monica, CA), celebrating the project's tenth anniversary. More on the 2003 "AIDS Chronicles." The Institute of Cultural Inquiry's web page about the "AIDS Chronicles."
2003. Invitational show at Sam Francis Gallery (Santa Monica, CA), highlighting pairs of artists with a shared history of conversations about their work. More on "Conversations."
February 2004. Co-chair (with Lise Patt) of the "Fictive Art" panel, College Art Association Conference.
Improvisation and Globalization
Fall 2002. Resident Fellow in this research group at the Humanities Research Institute, UC-Irvine; conveners: George Lewis, Adriene Jenik, and Susan Leigh Foster.
Oct.-Nov. 2002. University of California, Irvine, Studio Art faculty exhibition at the Beall Center for Art and Technology and the University Gallery.
2001-02. Group exhibition in response to the destruction of the World Trade Center. Venues: Exit Art (New York, Jan.-Mar. 2001); The Williamson Gallery at Art Center College of Design (Pasadena, CA, August 2001). "Reactions" has been acquired by the Library of Congress for its permanent collection, with selections featured in the LOC exhibition "Witness and Response" (Washington, D.C., Sept.-Oct. 2002). Full poster.
"Out of Context"
2001. Group exhibition, Robert V. Fullerton Art Museum, California State University, San Bernardino.
"Milestones for Peace"
2001. International traveling group show whose venues have included the 2001 Venice Biennale (Italy) as well as sites in Tel Aviv (Israel) and New York City. "Milestones for Peace" is scheduled for permanent exhibition in the future Rabin Peace Center, Tel Aviv (now under construction). All works commissioned for this invitational show were based on a truncated tetrahedron of pink dolomite; my entry, "Paper Scissors Rock," shows how the rock would look if its surface could be unfolded.
"Global Brain—Bonner Wissenchaftsnacht"
June 2000. Festival in Bonn, Germany, for which I directed an Internet performance sponsored by Friedrich Wilhelms Universität.
2000. Panelist for session "Don't Tell Me How It Ends", International Society for Electronic Arts Conference, Paris.
2000. Panelist for session "The WWW and the New Art Marketplace," College Art Association Conference, Los Angeles.
An Internet Performance for the Third Millennium: Birth of the Christ Child
Dec. 1999. Online performer-writer in cyberperformance by Marlena Corcoran sponsored by the Literaturhaus München, Munich, Germany, in honor of the millennium. The transcript of this performance was subsequently published in Performance Art Journal (2003).
New York Digital Salon
1998. Group exhibition, School of Visual Arts, New York.
New York International Fringe Festival
1998. Performance festival held at various venues on the Lower East Side, New York; include my project "Still Lies Quiet Truth".
1998. I was an Internet performer in Marlena Corcoran's Gallbladder Sonata for this festival.
1997. Invitational exhibition in Kassel, Germany, for which I directed Internet performances ("Orpheus") through Club Media.
1997. Invitational exhibition in Venice, Italy, for which I directed Internet performances ("The White Whale") through Club Media.
Video Wall, 55 Broad St.
1997. I was invited to direct an Internet performance ("Silent Orpheus") for the International Day Without Art.
1996. Group exhibition at Sandra Gering Gallery, New York.
1996. Group exhibition at Postmasters Gallery, New York.
1996. New York-based web radio show on which I broadcast a radio play, with follow-up interview.
New York Digital Salon
1995. Group exhibition, School of Visual Arts, New York.
1995. Group exhibition, Visual Arts Gallery, New York.
Who's Got the Body?
1995. Web exhibition hosted by the School of Visual Arts, New York.
An irc channel named #Desire
1995. Online performer in Blanche for Hamnet Players version of Streetcar Named Desire; directed by Stuart Harris.
Blast 4: Bioinformatica
1995. Group exhibition, Sandra Gering Gallery, New York, and Xavier Lopez Gallery, London.
The Senses We Have No Name For
1995. Group exhibition, SVA West Side Gallery, New York.
European Media Arts Festival
1994. Group exhibition, Germany.
The Chamber of Heroes
1990. Two-person exhibition, L.A. Artcore Gallery, Los Angeles.
1990. Performer in short video by Lorie Erikson.
1989. Group exhibition, SITE Gallery, Los Angeles.
This And/Or That
1988-89. Performer in collaborative work by choreographer Ellen Webb and artist Sandy Walker. Premiere at Cal Performances/On Stage Zellerbach series (Berkeley, CA), 1988. Repeated at the Oakland (CA) Museum, 1989.
1988. Solo exhibition, Alligator Gallery, San Francisco.
1988. Group exhibition, Southern Exposure Gallery, San Francisco.
The Really Big Fish
1988. Colllaborative exhibition with poet Joan Boisclair, Alligator Gallery, San Francisco.