Issue 16

Eric Millikin | Q+A

Eric Millikin is a conceptual activist new media artist based out of Detroit, Michigan, and Richmond, Virginia. Through his work, Milikin explores the intersections of advanced technology, American society, dark humor, and occult practices. In this Q+A, we speak with Millikin about his recent digital zine VIRONOMICON, as well as other…

If i’m gay | Corrine Manderino

If i’m gay is a series of digital collages exploring the phenomenon of young LGBTQ+ people turning to the internet as an outlet for the incredibly personal process of self-discovery. As we build our depth of understanding of the world and ourselves, we can be overwhelmed, healed, or a mixture…

Eric Souther | Q+A

Eric Souther is a new media artist who draws from an assortment of disciplines, including anthropology, linguistics, ritual, critical theory, and new materialism. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Expanded Media in the Division of Expanded Media at NYSCC at Alfred University. His video piece Exponential Growth (2020) creates an anxious…

Distorted National Flags, Black and White

Sounds That Divide Us | Julia Fairbrother

In Sounds That Divide Us (2020), Julia Fairbrother presents ten countries’ national anthems with the highest absolute number of deaths due to COVID-19. Using computational algorithms to process mortality data, the artist captures sonic changes determined by the number of cases and mortality rates reported by each country as indicated…

Exponential Growth | Eric Souther & Andrew Deutsch

In Exponential Growth (2020), Eric Souther creates an anxious series of video glitches by “throttling the networks bitrate and creating a feedback loop by taking the in back to the out” with an accompanying soundscape by Andrew Deutsch. The viewer is left with a rare view of “downsampling,” which occurs…

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…

A grid of stills of a white woman pushing her face into new shapes.

Deconstructing Whiteness | Avital Meshi

In Deconstructing Whiteness (2020) artist Avital Meshi performs with an AI recognition system. By distorting her face, Meshi aims to examine the visibility of whiteness through the lens of AI technology. As the audience reviews the resulting images, she asks us to question the underlying social constructs of race, the…

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…