Interview

Avital Meshi | Q+A

Digital America interviewed Avital Meshi in early November 2020 to discuss her work Deconstructing Whiteness (2020) and the racial impacts of facial recognition technology in our society. ::: DigA: Between 2019 and 2020, various pieces of yours utilize the AI facial recognition system used in Deconstructing Whiteness. Where did your…

Jonathan Hanahan | Q+A

Jonathan Hanahan is a creative technologist and educator who makes Thick Interfaces—tools, devices, software, artifacts, websites, and videos—that speculatively explore the physical, cultural, and social ramifications of the role technology plays in shaping our everyday realities. In his video piece Edgelands (2020), Hanahan juxtaposes distorted, AI-created images depicting midwestern landscapes…

Dahlia Bloomstone | Q+A

Dahlia Bloomstone is a 24-year-old Puerto Rican Jewish artist and second-year MFA at Hunter College with a BFA from Bard College. In her video piece Financial accessibility to calm our apocalyptic anxieties (2020), Bloomstone explores how teeth and eye color indicate a lack of social care for the vulnerable while…

Ana Jovanovska | Q&A

Ana Jovanovska is a Macedonian artist who explores social structures and the influences of pop culture. In her piece When you think about painting do you think about something like this? (2018), Jovanovska unpacks the associations that often accompany “high” and “low” forms of art. ::: DigA: Cartoons are designed to…

Roya Ebtehaj | Q+A

Roya Ebtehaj is an Iranian multimedia artist and educator. In her piece Plastystopia (2019), Roya displays the influence of capitalism and western beauty standards on a universal scale, with a focus on Iran. In this interview, she shares her experiences with social media, her effort to focus on universal themes in…

Vi Trinh | Q+A

The Station (2020) is an interactive piece that takes place after the end of the world in a space station. The Station is based off of the Myth of Sisyphus and ties into the idea of nostalgia as a weapon of ideology. Two A.I. guides, Sabrina and Alex, accompany the…

Kailum Graves | Q&A

Spukhafte Fernwirkung (2019) compacts the endless, challenging landscape of Iceland into a 36-minute time-lapse of images (640×480) collected from www.road.is, a website for monitoring road conditions in Iceland, over a three year period.  Beginning the process in Skagaströnd before moving to more remote locations, Kailum Graves compiles and arranges thousands…

Dho Yee Chung | Q+A

Dho Yee Chung’s Point Zero (2019) raised the question of what is real and what is not and a discussion about the apparatus people use to hide their identities to guard against social norms. In this interview, Chung talked about the development of her idea of the relationship between computers…

Living in Between Maryam Khaleghi Yazdi

Maryam Khaleghi Yazdi | Q+A

Maryam Khaleghi Yazdi is an Iranian Graphic Designer who creates new experiences with each new work. Currently, Maryam is exploring her identity as a person who has migrated from Iran to the United States.  In her piece Living in Between (2019) Maryam expresses herself as a migrant through the past, present,…

Mascing, Xavier McFarlin

Xavier McFarlin | Q+A

In this interview, Xavier McFarlin talks about the process behind his artistic decisions as well as his experience growing up in Japan as a Mexican, Queer, Black, male and how the cultural difference has influenced his work. He also talks about his works, Black Portrait 1, and Black Portrait 2, in reference to the…