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Strings: Data and the Self

  • California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks 1948 Thousand Oaks Boulevard Thousand Oaks, CA, 91362 United States (map)
Heather Dewey-Hagborg,  Stranger Visions , 2012-2013 Found Genetic Materials, Custom Software, 3D prints

Heather Dewey-Hagborg, Stranger Visions, 2012-2013 Found Genetic Materials, Custom Software, 3D prints


Recommended for Mature Audiences

JANUARY 19 TO APRIL 15, 2018

Curated by Joel Kuennen & Riccardo Zagorodnev


 JANUARY 19, 2018

6PM - 8PM  

California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks hosts the West Coast premiere exhibition of Strings: Data and the Self, featuring groundbreaking new media artists who challenge "traditional" notions of art making. Curators Joel Kuennen and Riccardo Zagorodnev have culled together works that examine the pervasiveness of big data and how it increasingly influences our identity and determines our behavior. The work presented in this exhibition -- from digital art to video game art and beyond -- is challenging, sophisticated and provides a perfect place in which to reflect and discuss how data affects who we are.


Heather Dewey-Hagborg is a transdisciplinary artist and educator who is interested in art as research and critical practice. Her controversial biopolitical art practice includes the project Stranger Visions in which she created portrait sculptures from analyses of genetic material (hair, cigarette butts, chewed up gum) collected in public places. Heather has shown work internationally at events and venues including the World Economic Forum, Shenzhen Urbanism and Architecture Biennale, the New Museum, the Centre Pompidou and PS1MOMA. Her work has been widely discussed in the media, from the New York Times and the BBC to TED and Wired.  She is an Assistant Professor of Art and Technology Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a 2016 Creative Capital award grantee in the area of Emerging Fields. 

Branger_Briz is a full service digital agency and lab made up of artists, strategists, educators and programmers bent on articulating contemporary culture.  Based in Miami FL, Chicago IL, and Cali, Colombia, they create work that provides context and perspective on the misunderstood aspects of the digital landscape.

Amanda Turner Pohan received her BFA from The School of Visual Arts and an MFA from Hunter College. Pohan is currently working on The Linqox Criss Cycle, a five-part series of installations detailing the journey of Second Lifeavatar Linqox Criss as she slips between digital and physical embodiment. Each iteration manifests as scent, sculpture, sound, text, video and performance within a immersive environment. Through this project, Pohan asks, who is the avatar, where does her body begin and end, how does she thrive, what does she smell like.  

Jennifer Chan is a Canadian video and media artist and curator based in Toronto. Her work addresses internet pop culture, specifically the representation of masculinity and the various constructions of femininity under the male gaze. 

Shawné Michaelain Holloway  is a Chicago based new media artist using sound, video, and performance to shape the rhetorics of technology and sexuality into tools for exposing structures of power. She has spoken and exhibited work internationally in spaces like The New Museum (New York, NY), Sorbus Galleria(Helsinki, Fi), on NTS Radio (London, UK) and was one of the 2017 residents at The Center for Afrofuturist Studies (Iowa City, IA.) She teaches in the New Arts Journalism department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  

Earlier Event: October 26
Pollock & Martinis
Later Event: January 20
Network Data Safari Workshop