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Member Spotlight: Alejandro T. Acierto

Alejandro T. Acierto is an artist and musician whose work is largely informed by the breath, the voice, and the processes that enable them. He has exhibited artworks at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, Issue Project Room, MCA Chicago, Art Institute of Chicago, and Roman Susan and presented performance works at Rapid Pulse Performance Art Festival, the Brooklyn International Performance Art Festival, the KANEKO, Center for Performance Research, and Center for New Music and Technology. Recent projects were shown at the 2019 Havana Biennial in Matanzas and Boundary Gallery in Chicago. Noted for his “insatiable” performance by the New…

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Member Spotlight: Tony Lugo

  Tony Lugo is an artist working with algorithms as a means to explore form/bias/agency through decomposition, analysis, and re-synthesis. He currently lives and works in Baltimore, MD.   “I am interested in investigating the intersections of virtual and physical reality, of work or life as put into place by systematic designations, often those that can be categorized as artificial intelligence, but also (quite importantly) what can be seen as the marginalization of people through a societal framework. Increasingly, these systems blur together and my work aims to disintegrate their implications, results, and effects for aesthetic products.”   Note: A…

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Member Spotlight: Allana Clarke

Allana Clarke’s work speaks to discomfort. “I, a first generation Trinidadian immigrant, perceived as African American, did not understand the nuances of racial politics in American culture. I wasn’t raised by the burdens or concept of blackness. But the burden was placed on my public self. This friction made me aware of the daily performances of our categorical existences, and the cultural signifiers we activate through our bodies and align ourselves with. It binds us. Is it possible to un-align signs from their signifiers? and embrace the disorientation caused by such an action? This ideological thread is the basis for my…

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Member Spotlight: Victor F M Torres

Victor F M Torres (b. 1987) is an interdisciplinary and intermedia artist born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He currently lives in Brooklyn, NY. Torres holds an M.F.A in Intermedia and Digital Arts from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) as well as a B.A. in Socio-Cultural Anthropology, from the same university. He is now Adjunct Faculty at Maryland Institute College of Art and teaches Newer Genres in the Interdisciplinary Sculpture Department. Torres has taught Design and New Media courses in multiple institutions such as Stevenson University, George Mason University, and UMBC. Torres is the founder of Vector Voltage…

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Member Spotlight: Gabriela Aceves Sepúlveda

Dr. Gabriela Aceves Sepúlveda (b. 1973 Guadalajara, Mexico) is an interdisciplinary media artist and cultural historian with a research focus in Latin American media art history. She is Assistant Professor in the School of Interactive Arts and Technology at Simon Fraser University where she leads critical MediaArtsStudio (cMAS). cMAS is an interdisciplinary research studio that produces work that interrogates how old and new technologies have and continue to shape our sense of self through a theoretical lens informed by media archaeology and feminist, postcolonial and decolonial theory. She has published articles on Latin American feminist media in Media-N: The Journal…

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Member Spotlight: Matilda Aslizadeh

Matilda Aslizadeh is a media artist and art educator based in Vancouver, Canada, where she has resided for most of her life. Her video installations and photo-based works draw on film history, cartography and media archaeology to rethink narrative structures that persist in Western culture: specifically, the imperative to “pursue happiness ”in its recent neoliberal articulations. Her work has been shown internationally. Recent and upcoming exhibitions include participation in Art Souterrain Contemporary Art Festival, Montreal, Contact Photography Festival, Toronto, and the group exhibit ion, Believe, at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Toronto. 1. Tell us a little about your background…

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Member Spotlight: Matt Bernico

Matt Bernico (b. 1988) is a media theorist and professor from Ottawa, Il. He received his Ph.D. from the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, CH. Bernico is currently an Assistant Professor of Communication and Media Studies at Greenville University in Greenville, Il. Bernico’s research interests include ways material culture influence and reinforce belief. 1.  Tell us a little about your background and your trajectory as an artist/ scholar. I’ve always been a “technical” person. I grew up circuit bending instruments, making bad electronic music, and trying to fix all of the things I broke along the way. I loved the…

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Member Spotlight: Kimberly Callas

Kimberly Callas is a sculptor and Social Practice artist working in both Maine and New Jersey. Callas received her MFA from the New York Academy of Art and her BFA from Stamps School of Art at the University of Michigan. Her work has been exhibited internationally in galleries and museums, and has received national and international grants and awards.Recent grants include a Pollination Project Grant, an Urban Coast Institute Grant, and a Monmouth University Summer Faculty Fellowship. Recent exhibits include the Summer Exhibition at Flowers Gallery in New York City, 9×12 at Dual Galleria in Budapest, Hungary and Crossing Boundaries:…

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Member Spotlight: KT Duffy

  KT Duffy (b. 1987) is a new media artist and educator from Chicago, IL. They received their MFA in Interdisciplinary Art from the Maryland Institute College of Art. Duffy is currently an Assistant Professor of Art and Technology at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago, IL. Duffy’s interest in emerging technologies and their relationship to the evolution of the human animal is what drives their practice.Their work culminates in carnal and colorful transmedia mashups that protrude outside of easy definition and circle cheekily around deep issues of humanity. I had the opportunity recently to chat with Duffy via Skype, and…

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CAA Report by America Salomon, Recipient of the Judson-Morrissey Excellence in New Media Award

Hello! My name is America Salomon and I am incredibly honored to be the first annual recipient of the Judson-Morrissey Excellence in New Media Award from the New Media Caucus! Now that we’ve been formally introduced, please let me tell you a bit about myself, this award, and what it meant for me to receive it. I am currently an MFA Interdisciplinary Arts and Media thesis candidate at Columbia College Chicago, where I am in the process of creating and mounting my thesis work, a video installation entitled América, Like the Country. As this work represents for me a manifestation…