Lee Blalock is a Chicago based artist and educator presenting alternative and hyphenated states of being through technology-mediated processes. Interested in how technologies support the idea of impossible behaviors and performances, the work is an exercise in body modification by way of amplified behavior or "change-of-state". Lee also works under the moniker of L^2, whose most recent live work embraces noise and fissure as a natural state of being for bodies living in hybrid states. Lee is an Assistant Professor in the Art and Technology Studies Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Edgar Fabián Frías, MA MFT, is a nonbinary, queer, indigenous (Wixárika) and Latinx interdisciplinary artist, curator, educator, and psychotherapist. Their work traverses academic, social, historical, and relational planes, building bridges and weaving webs. Their practice is amorphous and expansive, rooted in multivalent forms of connection and in the magic that emerges from it. Born in East Los Angeles, Frías earned dual BA degrees in Psychology and Studio art from the University of California, Riverside and completed an MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon. Consequently, Frías’ work is often collaborative and engages with the intrapersonal and interpersonal aspects of consciousness and the continuing effects of colonial and patriarchal structures on the health and resiliency of marginalized communities. Their work has been shown at Angel’s Gate Cultural Center, Vincent Price Art Museum, Human Resources, Machine Project, SOMArts, ESMoA, Recess Gallery, Pieter Performance Space, and PAM Residencies. Frías is currently participating in the Tulsa Artist Fellowship in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Jason E Geistweidt’s creative practice is concerned with the themes of intimate encounters, physical connections, and chance processes. Technically, he pursues a variety of computational practices, including sound art, physical computing, creative coding, digital fabrication, and networked performance. His work is experimental and process driven, poking around a bit with little preconceived notions of what the outcome of my exploration will be. To paraphrase Cage, he is engaging in these practices precisely to see what is possible and is curious to discover what will happen. He is currently Clinical Assistant Professor of Media Study at the University of Buffalo with a PhD from the Sonic Arts Research Center, Queens University Belfast and a Masters of Arts in Music Technology from the University of Limerick.
Yun Ingrid Lee is an artist, composer, and performer interested in invisibility, noise, and collective sensing. Yun’s work investigates power relations in acoustic phenomena and histories of recording technology. Recent performances include PINK WHITE BROWN at Auto Italia (London), On Illegibility at Sonic Acts Academy (Amsterdam), and Loss, Dust, Noise at Bunkier Sztuki (Krakow).Yun’s writing has been published on oneacre.online and Sonic Acts Academy Press and their music has been released through Another Timbre, Innova Recordings, and The Lab. Yun currently lives in The Hague NL, where they curate the lecture-performance series BARTALK and organize workshops at the intersections of art, music, and technology
Xavier McFarlin grew up in Okinawa, Japan and moved to Texas at the age of 18. Returning to the USA, his country of citizenship, Xavier began making art as a way to examine his queer black identity. Through video, photography, and sculpture, Xavier mines his multicultural background in contrast to the “All American” construction of masculinity. Currently based in NYC, Xavier will receive his BFA in photography from Parsons School of Design in 2019. His thesis exhibition will explore themes of colonization and displacement through the absurdity of color within blackness through symbolism and structure.
Dan Paz is a queer, Latinx visual artist whose research into image-making explores racialized identities, the complications of Latinidad, and the impact of migration in the Global South. Their research encompasses image technology, the performance of representation, and the relationships inspired in the pursuit of making art. Paz’s overall creative practice encompasses studio, curatorial, educational work that actively works towards a more equitable future. Selected exhibitions include: Hayward Gallery London, UK; Fábrica de Arte Cubano, Havana, Cuba; The Media lab, NYC; and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago; with selected residencies with El Centro Desarollo de Artes in Havana; Studios of Key West; Lee Center for the Arts at Seattle University; The Luminary in St. Louis, MO; and ACRE in WI. Paz completed a BFA at The Atlanta College of Art (SCAD), and an MFA in Visual Arts/Interdisciplinary Studies in Art Theory and Practice from The University of Chicago. Currently, Paz lectures in the Interdisciplinary Visual Arts Program in The School of Art, Art History, and Design, The Comparative History of Ideas Program, and the Department of Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies at The University of Washington.
Zander Porter is a US-American, Germany-based artist working in the space between liveness and onlineness, proposing new modes of social relation via complications of selfhood, communication, and embodiment. In performance and video forms, Zander negotiates attention, connectedness, affect, subjectivity, and participation through an approach to popular/internet culture and commodity detritus with a mixture of curiosity, reverence, and skepticism. Material develops out of personal, identity-(de)forming experiences from virtual and physical spaces of roleplay, including online reality TV competition games, MMOGs (massive multiplayer online games), Berghain, the nuclear family, and anonymous/online intimacies. Zander works individually as well as part of XenoEntities Network (XEN), a platform for discussion and experimentation focusing on intersections of queer and gender studies with digital technologies.
Rodrigo Nava Ramirez is a visual and net artist currently based in Glasgow, UK and MFA candidate at The Glasgow School of Art. His practice revolves around the exploration of the born-digital object and the different social, philosophical and political dimensions that raise through the possible physical forms these objects can acquire. From using language, live-streams, installation and different print techniques he aims to create a stretch to question and blur the reality and validity of physical and digital representation.
Fran Pérez Rus is a visual artist specialized in digital media. Through his work he studies the relationship between human beings and technology, exploring the ecological and environmental tensions of today's society. He develops his artistic activity from a transdisciplinary approach, through an open and transversal methodology, making use of the possibilities offered by technology in its interweaving with art. By investigating the connection between the physical and the digital, the natural and artificial, the tangible and the intangible, their projects are shown as a contextual exercise where space is transformed to generate new experiences.
Tyler Ryan is a multimedia artist who received a BFA in photography at Maine College of Art. He is a founding member of Pseudodox Collective, an art and technology group. Their collaborative work, VRage, debuted at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Portland, ME in 2017 and was shown at Currents New Media Art Festival in Santa Fe, NM in June 2018. Tyler's works have been exhibited nationally in the United States including POOL PARTY’s group show Belly Flop in Palm Springs, CA, 2018. He was awarded Most Innovative Artwork in the 2017 MECA BFA Exhibition for his piece redCamera. redCamera was on view in SPACE gallery's front window in Portland ME, 2018, in its time up it captured over 500,000 photographs and interactions. Tyler will continue working with virtual reality, interactivity, web-based media, and experimental photography to grow his meta-verse, COSMIC LAG.
Heath Schultz is a research-based artist and writer. His work engages a critique of white supremacy, liberalism, and capitalist ideologies. His writing has been published in Lateral, Radical Teacher, The Journal of Artistic Research, Parallax, and the Journal of Aesthetics and Protest, in addition to various DIY publications. His work has been shown at the New Zealand Film Archive, Auckland, New Zealand; Visual Arts Center, Austin; Experimental Response Cinema, Austin; and Plains Art Museum, Fargo, ND, to name a few. He is an assistant professor of art at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
Eric Souther is new media artist who draws from a multiplicity of disciplines, including anthropology, linguistics, ritual, critical theory, and speculative design. I develop software, tools, and code to investigate technological & cultural ecologies. I look for new ways of seeing beyond the seductive qualities of an image, and to find unseen connections that help us understand our digital and non-digital existence. His work has been featured nationally and internationally at venues such as the Museum of Art and Design, NYC, Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY, and the Museum of Art, Zhangzhou, China. His work has been screened in The Athens Digital Arts Festival, Athens, Greece, Instanbul International Experimental Film Festival, Beyoglu, Instanbul, Cronosfera Festival, Alessandria, Italy, the Galerija 12 New Media Hub, Belgrade, Serbia, and the Simultan Festival, Timisoara, Romania. In 2016, Eric won the Juried Award for Time-Based at the international art competition ArtPrize. He received his M.F.A. in Electronic Integrated Arts from the NYSCC at Alfred University in 2011, and will be taking a new position in August 2019, as an Assistant Professor in the Division of Expanded Media at NYSCC at Alfred University.
Judith Sönnicken is a dimensional athlete and ancient cosmologist. She holds an MA in Fine Arts from the University of the Arts Berlin and certified in UX and Feng Shui. Her practice implies objects, installations, virtual reality, performance, biofield tuning and guided meditation. She is interested in the exploration and creation of multidimensional infrastructures. Her project "befriending #hyperobjects", an art network for biodiversity on earth, converts primal play into monetary value to fund environmental micro projects via blockchain technology. Her artistic and curatorial work has been shown at Museu Geológico de Portugal/ Lisbon, Green Art Gallery/ Dubai, Spinnerei/ Leipzig, Klondike Institute of Art and Culture/Yukon, The Institute of Jamais Vu/ London, Cirrus Gallery/ Los Angeles, Crane Arts Center/ Philadelphia, NAVEL/ Los Angeles, documenta14/ Athens and The Eighth Climate /11th Gwangju Biennial.
Eva Wǒ is a queer mixed Chinese-American/white artist born 1992 in New Mexico and based in Philly since 2010. She uses collaborative portrait photography, digital collage, and moving images to cast spells of queer liberation somewhere between fantasy and futurism. She also produces queer film and art-centered events. Her work creates visibility for marginalized identities while affirming infinite self-determination and self-love for those she works with, represents, and shares community with. Her work has been exhibited and screened nationally and internationally, from The Invisible Dog in Brooklyn to the Taiwan International Queer Film Festival. Currently she is co-organizing the annual traveling Hot Bits Festival, Philly’s only sex-positive film and arts festival. She is also a recipient of the Leeway Transformation Award, CFEVA Visual Artist Fellowship and Elsewhere Exchange Fellowship.
Jacqueline Wu is a designer, artist, creative technologist combining code and craft where physical and virtual meet — the liminal space through which information travels, fluctuates, and transmutes between two realities. She is informed by her background in architecture and holds an MFA from Parsons School of Design.