Features

Google Gardening, Judith Sönnicken

Google Gardening | Judith Sönnicken

Judith Sönnicken’s Google Gardening replicates the street view function within Google Maps in which panoramas try to mirror the physical experience of a place. Situated in the Googleplex’s Garden, a physical representation of the search engine, humanoids enter the scene and begin planting foreign species into the landscape. The viewer…

Escape by Vi Trinh

Escape | Vi Trinh

Escape is an existential horror interactive experience disguised as a video game. After the end of the world, the absurdly rich have built an underground bunker to survive.  The bunker begins with rich aesthetics through its more absurd iterations. The room designs start with luxurious spaces and move into utilitarian…

The Human Touch, Jody Zellen

The Human Touch | Jody Zellen

Jody Zellen’s The Human Touch is a series of Los Angeles street art animations that playfully opens a new dimension to public art. Zellen’s digital animations can be seen as collaborations with unaware street artists that create permanence with often ephemeral street art. Through movement, Zellen pays homage to the…

Onions Kia Miakka Natisse

Onions | Kia Miakka Natisse

Onions places the viewer in the moment when a writer struggles to construct an honest narrative about her struggle with “hiding or ignoring” her “blackness”. While simultaneously replicating the frustrations of being American and being black, when the world tries to erase the latter through the forced assimilation of the…

Crash Course, Tyler Bohm

Crash Course | Tyler Bohm

In Crash Course, Tyler Bohm distorts video of the beloved painter Bob Ross by overlaying episodes from a season of his popular show The Joy of Painting. Bohm creates the effect of viewing a continuous reel by relying on the visual consistency of his television segment. There is a slight…

Spit | Molly O’Donnell

Molly O’Donnell’s Spit explores the relationship between the grotesque and the natural as it navigates the complicated relationship we have with the internet and pressing issues of sexuality, gender, and identity.  O’Donnell features an ambiguous figure (potentially human, potentially cyborg) that spits on a cellphone screen and into another’s mouth.  As…

Smiling Through The Pain: A Response To Late Capitalist GIF Thoughts | Rachel Bochner

“Happy Hump Day😜!” “Almost the weekend…😅” “TGIF!🙌🏽” Some might call this ‘smiling through the pain.’ The term “late capitalism” has recently become a particularly popular phrase used to refer to and criticize our modern economy. I interpret Fidelia Lam’s GIFs as a reaction to the overwhelming emphasis on hyper-productivity that…

Late Capitalist GIF Thoughts | Fidelia Lam

Late Capitalist GIF Thoughts plays with the digital banality of the GIF format in an attempt to draw attention to the affective impact of late capitalism. The juxtaposition of text and emoji echo the feelings of anxiety and emptiness experienced in a society obsessed with hyper-productivity. The hypnotic repetition of…

Ruminations 5

Ruminations | Lilia Levine

Lilia Levine’s piece Ruminations depicts experiences of mental angst and obsession through laser cutting and 3D printing.  Her work represents the modern anxieties women face within our nuanced (yet ubiquitous) patriarchal society by exploring language in the 21stcentury. Levine states that although we try our best to “perfect” most of our lives,…