Issue 15

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…

Gazing | Zhongkai Li

In Li Zhongkai’s Gazing, an interactive five channel video positions viewers in a world where “the gaze” asserts authority. In his schematic, Zhongkai introduces the philosophical backbone of his work, identifying with theorists like Michael Foucault and Jean-Paul Sartre. After introducing themes from cartesian dualism to feminist film theory, Zhongkai…

Digital Artifacts | Frances Gichner

In an increasingly digital world what is happening to the artifact? Essays, art, and digital histories all exist online, in a space independent from the physical realm. Kenta Murakami writes: “I am not asking about replacing objects with digital replicas, but asking about the creation of independent digital objects. The…

The interactive video element of gazing

Response to Gazing | Alexis Angelus

In Gazing (2019) Zhongkai Li explores voyeurism and authority. Li confronts the viewer with their own image projected upon a simple black screen; at once, the interpreted becomes interactive. With a user’s enabled webcam, Li plants their face into a revolving video channel with five other strangers. By moving the…

Spukhafte Fernwirkung | Kailum Graves

Spukhafte Fernwirkung (2018) 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…

The Station | A Response by Gabi Williams

“Each person is temporal, but the ideas that mankind creates are eternal. It perpetuates itself” – A.I. Alex, The Station 1920s. In the grand scheme of time, humans have not existed long at all. Regardless, we have made irreversible changes to the Earth in the age of the Anthropocene. And…

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…

Streets | Michael Seh

In Streets (2020), artist Michael Seh creates abstract layers of convolutional patterns using 70,000 images of New York City streets. Streets explores the enormity of data collection by questioning how our physical, familiar world has become increasingly—overwhelmingly—digitized. ::: HD videos (color, silent), dcgan, horizontal orientation collaboration w/ benckx ::: Michael…

Plastystopia | Roya Ebtehaj

In Plastystopia, artist Roya Ebtehaj uses multimedia displays to portray the influence of capitalism and Western beauty aesthetics on a universal scale, with a focus on her native Iran. The slang #palang is used by Instagram followers to tag users who dramatically alter their appearances; this hashtag helped Roya find…

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…