Issue 9

Navigating the Confluence: A Response to REGAL | Damian Hondares

“After being kicked out of the protected and often protectionist arena of national culture, discarded from commercial circulation, these works have become travelers in a digital no-man’s land, constantly shifting their resolution and format, speed and media, sometimes even losing names and credits along the way.” — Hito Stereyl, In…

REGAL | Karissa Hahn

Karissa Hahn’s REGAL is an experimental video utilizing ‘spectra ephemera’ and format transfers to create a work that is nostalgic and precise in its resolution and meaning. These tools–which involve the use of temporary color spectrums and the degradation of film to affect color–are crucial to the piece, informed largely by…

Alternative Artifact | Lesser Gonzalez Alvarez

Lesser Gonzalez’s Alternative Artifacts series unsettles our assumptions of ancient artifacts and the illusion of, what the artist calls, “indeterminable origin.” Through digital artistry, Gonzalez fabricates objects that possess the aesthetic of notable artifacts within a simulated museum archival process (i.e. digital photography). In doing so, he questions the routine digitization of objects…

Julia Rommel | Q + A

Julia Rommel (b. 1980) is an American painter who uses canvases and stretchers as sculptural architecture for her work. The results are color-blocked, stretched and re-stretched canvases where the physical process of the artist’s hand is documented through layering. DigA content editor Izzy Pezzulo interviewed the artist in March (2016) during a visit…

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…