Kristin McIver

2015/2016 Residency: September through January

Kristin McIver is an Australian artist whose practice includes sculpture, painting and installation. Utilizing devices such as text, neon, and mixed media, McIver’s works explores the theme of identity in consumer societies and participatory culture. Her recent works examines personal identity and its relationship to social media, and how participants in digital consumer culture become both the subject and object of the production cycle. McIver proposes that ideologies served to consumers through traditional and social media, empowered by advancing technologies and driven by market forces, become referents for new models of self-representation.

Whilst at the studio residency at AAI, Kristin will continue working on a collaborative project with Residency Unlimited. The Selfie Project explores the complexity of online identity and surveillance, translating personal Facial Recognition Data generated via social media networks, into sound and painted representations. The Selfie Project is designed as a participatory art project to be distributed to schools through an educational program, at an age when social media use becomes prevalent.  Students will download their auto-generated Face Recognition Data from Facebook and transcode it into paintings and sound compositions.

McIver’s work on The Selfie Project will coincide with the research and development of a large scale Data Portrait using indigenous botanicals of the California desert where the installation will be sited. The Data Portrait is a land art installation which also transcodes Face Recognition Data into a living, abstract ‘portrait’. Viewers will be able to walk through the work and eventually view it back in the digital realm on Google Earth.

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