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Hulk | Maggie Hazen

Maggie Hazen’s video piece, Hulk, and text piece, Embodied Imaginary: From Gendered Bodies in Virtual Spaces to Powerful Bodies in a Physical World, both examine the virtual realities of the gaming world. By inserting herself into the imaginary world of the video game Hulk, she overcomes the barriers of real…

Astroturfing | Char Stiles

Char Stiles’ Astroturfing explores the political power of social media. By populating a digitally constructed field with the social media posts of the Chinese 50 Cent Army (五毛党), the largest exporter of online astroturfing, Stiles questions the unmooring and impact of digital messages. Astroturfing is the practice of masking the sponsors…

Queer Millennials Online | Miranda Rosenblum

Millennials are the first generation to grow up with the internet. The rise of the internet incited a significant transformation in the experience of adolescence, as continual access to the online world revolutionizes the way that young people develop a sense of self and find their places in the world….

#InstaRoadTrip2016 | Gideon Jacobs

Gideon Jacobs’ #InstaRoadTrip2016, a two week journey from New York to California made entirely on Instagram, explores the juxtaposition between “real” life and life manufactured online. Seeking to disorient the audience, his journey plays with our expectations of truth and the implied promises of reality within photography and social media….

All My Life | Clint Enns

All My Life, Clint Enns’ digital panorama piece, derived from from Bruce Bailie’s 1966 film also titled All My Life, is an experimental digital display of the archive. The piece recreates an image made up of individual stills from the film meticulously stitched together. Enns describes the piece as “post-cinema”,…

MAKING MIRRORS: The Digital Identity’s Manifesto | Jessica Mairena

“Making Mirrors”, a title appropriated from alternative vocalist Gotye’s third album, is a work that aims to explore the digital identity of the smartphone and how it mirrors the user. By manipulating and repurposing particular forms of language the artist uses to digitally communicate through smartphone (i.e. text lingo, emoticon…

I LOVE MY OPPRESSOR | James Lavapie

James Lavapie’s “I LOVE MY OPPRESSOR” series explores the integration of imagery and poetry to create provocative digital collages. Through inquiry between the oppressed and the oppressor, Lavapie creates work that exposes the dynamic tension between awareness of the arbitrary and the need to adhere to it. Pieces within the…

Origin Story | Izzy Pezzulo

“We get the feeling that we haven’t truly begun to inhabit networks—the more ecstatic and catastrophic modes of interconnection remain to be tested.” –John Kelsey, Next-Level Spleen In Origin Story, I juxtapose themes of radioactive fallout, networked systems, swarm mentality, and “better living” through technology to ask questions about time,…

Fear and Loathing in GTA V | Morten Rockford Ravn

For his series of haunting photographs taken in Grand Theft Auto V, Morten Rockford Ravn embarks on a dérive to GTA‘s fictional state of San Andreas. Using in-game technology, he roams the city and produces beautiful, haunting, gritty street photography. He captures the emotional depths of poverty, of loss, of alienation, pain, and…

Dept. of Cute | Crystal Beiersdorfer

“Digital culture is constantly altering the definition of what it means to be a “beautiful” woman, with the worshipping and glorification of the proper thigh gap, hipbone protrusion, exaggerated collarbone, etc. The female body is relentlessly being mutilated through digital software and, as a result, the female psyche is being…