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SOLO AND TWO-PERSON EXHIBITIONS

2023
  • Hancock College, Santa Maria, CA, Curator: John Hood, Speculative Devices
2020
  • Shapeshifters Cinema, Oakland, CA, Disintegrating Fortune (TBA)
2018
  • Santa Barbara Center for Art, Science + Technology, Santa Barbara, CA, A Living Model Of Hyperbolic Space
  • Denise Montell Laboratory, UC Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA, Lens No. 2 (Permanent Installation)
  • Denise Montell Laboratory, UC Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA, Three Feet Above Earth (Commission)
2017
  • Pro Arts Gallery, Oakland, CA, Curator: Natalia Mount, The Beginning Was The End | New Work (Commission)
  • Shapeshifters Cinema, Oakland, CA, Neurodivergent Media
2016
  • North Dakota Museum of Art, Grand Forks, ND, Curator: Laurel Reuter, The Glass System
  • Gray Area Foundation for the Arts, San Francisco, CA, Curator: Matt Fisher, Resonant Luminance (w/Kadet Kuhne)
2014
  • Shapeshifters Cinema, Oakland, CA, Treasures of Big House (w/Scott Stark)
  • Other Cinema, San Francisco, CA, Curator: Craig Baldwin, Mutable Commute (w/Scott Stark)
2013
  • Institute for Computational Mathematics + Engineering, Curator: Margot Gerritson, PhD, Stanford University, Palo, Alto, CA, Strange Loops
  • Other Cinema, San Francisco, CA, Curator: Craig Baldwin, Signal Mountain (w/Jim Haynes)
2010
  • Cemeti Institute for Art + Society, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, The Beginning Was The End (Fulbright Research)
2007
  • Steven D. Paine Gallery, Boston, MA, Anamnesis
2006
  • Axiom Gallery for New + Experimental Media, Cambridge, MA, Curator: Heidi Kayser, A Means of Illumination
1997
  • Arrowspace, Olympia, WA, Last Chance Ranch (w/Kevin Woida)
1996
  • Olympia Film Festival, (locations citywide), Olympia, WA, (Juried) Let Yourself Go…

GROUP EXHIBITIONS (select)

2024
  • Getty | Pacific Standard Time: Art x Science x LA, Beall Center for Art + Technology, UC Irvine, Irvine, CA
    — Curator: David Familian, Future Tense: Art, Complexity, and Predictability
2022
  • Berkeley Art Museum | Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, CA, Curators: Kathy Geritz, Jeffrey Skoller, Alternative Visions: The Films that Sang and Cried
  • Mind & Life Institute, Summer Research Institute: Othering Becoming, and Belonging, virtual, Curator: Dr. Clifford Saron, Stitching the Future with Clues
  • Cosmic Rays Film Festival, Chapel Hill, NC, Stitching the Future With Clues
  • The Ford Foundation Gallery, New York, NY, Curators: Ann M. Fox, Jessica Cooley, Indisposable: Tactics for Care and Mourning
  • Gray Area Foundation for the Arts | Recombinant Media Labs CineChamber, San Francisco, CA
    — Curator: Naut Humon, DIMMER (w/Thomas Dimuzio, Joseph Hammer, Kit Young)
2021
  • The Ford Foundation Gallery, New York, NY, Curators: Ann M. Fox, Jessica Cooley, Indisposable: Structures of Support After the ADA
  • — Stitching the Future With Clues, world premiere (Commission)
2020
  • The Glass Factory, Boda Glasbruk, Sweden, Curator: Ed Kirshner, Upplyst Glas | Enlightened Glass (TBA)
  • SOMArts Gallery, San Francisco, CA, Curators: Vanessa Chang, Lindsey Dolitch-Felt, Recoding CripTech
  • Elastic Arts, Chicago, IL, Denial (w/Kit Young)
  • San Francisco Queer Nightlife Fund, Twitch Broadcast, Quaran-Tea (w/Kit Young, Scott Moore)
2019
  • Art Ark, San Jose, CA, Curator: Keith Evans, Ambient Dew Point
  • MilkBar Multimedia Salon #47, Richmond, CA, Curator: Ian Winters, Autopoiesis
2018-19
  • Emerge / Evolve 2018, Bullseye Glass Company, Juried Exhibition, Traveled
    • — Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA
    • — Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, WA
    • — Bullseye Glass Company Gallery, Emeryville, CA
    • — Bullseye Projects, Portland, OR
2018
  • Technicolor Grey Zone, Live-scored film including Autopoiesis (w/Thollem McDonas), Traveled
    • — The Ice Box, Philadelphia, PA
    • — Yellowstone Art Museum, Billings, MT
    • — Erie Art Museum, Eerie, PA
  • Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, MA, Interstellar Sanctuary
  • Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, CA, Curator: Justin Hoover, The Channel of Democracy: Womanhood, Power and Freedom in Video Art
  • Pence Gallery, Davis, CA, (Juried), The Consilience of Art and Science
  • Museum of Human Achievement, Experimental Response Cinema, Austin, TX, TR*MP TH*S!
  • Gray Area Art + Technology, UNSEEN, San Francisco, CA, Curator: Matt Fisher, Tactus Tempus
2017
  • MilkBar Multimedia Salon #43, Richmond, CA, Hypercubes
  • The Uptown, Oakland, CA, West Coast Women’s Darkwave Festival (w/Voodoo Dolly)
  • Land And Sea, Oakland, CA, Balsams Release (w/Chuck Johnson)
  • Shapeshifters Cinema, Oakland, CA, FIRED! 100 Days Action
2016
  • Peephole Cinema, San Francisco, CA, Curator: Victoria Scott, Surface Tension
2015
  • CROSSROADS Film Festival, San Francisco, CA, Curator: Steve Polta, Resonant Luminance (w/Kadet Kuhne)
  • Root Division, San Francisco, CA, Curator: Hanna Regev, Living With Endangered Languages
  • Exploded View, Tuscon, AZ, Deseo Desarollo (w/Steev Hise)
2014
  • Anthology Film Archives, New York, NY, Scott Stark: More Than One Way To Find Out (w/Scott Stark)
  • New Media Art + Sound Summit, Austin, TX, Treasures of Big House (w/Scott Stark)
  • Milwaukee Underground Film Festival, Milwaukee, WI, Nocturnal Symmetries (w/Scott Stark)
  • Nightingale Cinema, Chicago, IL, Nocturnal Symmetries (w/Scott Stark)
  • CROSSROADS Film Festival, San Francisco, CA, Curator: Steve Polta, Nocturnal Symmetries (w/Scott Stark)
2013
  • Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA, Curator: John Jota Leaños, Translocura
  • Cemeti Institute for Art + Society, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, Curator: Mella Jaarsma, One Night Stand
  • Mana Contemporary, ACRE TV, Chicago, IL, Curator: Kera MacKenzie, Test Patterns
  • SOMArts, San Francisco, CA, Curator: Justin Hoover, Electronic Pacific
  • Glitch Gallery, Boston, MA, Curator: Zebbler Berdofsky, Light + Sculpture: Elemental Affair
  • SOMArts, San Francisco, CA, Curator: Justin Hoover, Night Light
2012
  • Zero1 Biennial, Zero1 Arts + Technology Network, San Jose, CA, Curator: Lily Alexander, (e)MERGE
  • Kala Art Institute Gallery, Berkeley, CA, Curator: Kevin Chen, Keeping Time
  • Los Medanos College, Pittsburg, CA, Convergence | Divergence
2011
  • SFMOMA, Activating The Medium Festival XIV, San Francisco, CA, Signal Mountain (w/Jim Haynes)
  • cellsbutton#05: Yogyakarta International Media Art Festival, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, Experiment Series
2010
  • Storyline Transports: Shadow + Light Festival (Multiple locations), Chicago, IL, Experiment Series
  • cellsbutton#04: Yogyakarta Int’l Media Art Festival, Yogya, Indonesia, Curator: Venzha Christ, Hypercubes
2009
  • Pusat Kegiatan Belajar Masyarakat, Sukoharjo, Indonesia, Bulan Sura Festifal Lampion
  • Boston CyberArts FestivaI | Dead/Live Video Fest, Boston, MA, Curator: Zebbler Berdofsky, Palidrome
2008
  • Urban Screens Conference, Melbourne, Australia, Upgrade! International, Our Friends Are Electric
    Howard Yezerski Gallery, Boston, MA, Curators: George Fifield, Phaedra Shanbaum, Inside The Box
2007
  • Boston Convention Center, Boston, MA, Curator: George Fifield, Summer Solstice Celebration
    Studio Soto, Boston, MA, Upgrade! Boston

FELLOWSHIPS, RESIDENCIES + AWARDS select

2022
  • PhD candidacy, University of Sussex, UK (Accepted, unable to attend)
2021
  • PhD candidacy, University of Edinburgh, Scotland (Accepted, unable to attend)
  • Leonardo/ISAST | CripTech Incubator Fellowship, California, USA (Finalist)
  • Tower Residency, Cotati, CA
2017 + 19
  • Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship, Washington, D.C. (Nominee)
2014 + 19
  • Djerassi Resident Artist Program, Woodside, CA
2018
  • Santa Barbara Center for Art, Science + Technology Artist Residency, Santa Barbara, CA
  • Crossover Award, Bullseye Glass Company, USA
2017
  • Pro Arts Gallery + Commons, Artist Residency, Oakland, CA
  • Bullseye Glass Company Artist Residency, Emeryville, CA
  • Piano Farm Residency, Bloomfield, CA
2016
  • Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Resident Researcher, Cambridge, MA
  • Eureka Fellowship, The Fleischhaker Foundation, San Francisco, CA (Nominee)
2015 + 16
  • Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship, Washington, D.C. (Finalist)
2015
  • North Dakota Museum of Art, Artist-In-Residence, Grand Forks, ND
2014
  • San Francisco Artist Award, San Francisco, CA (Nominee)
2013
  • San Francisco Arts Commission Grant, San Francisco, CA (supporting The Beginning Was The End)
  • The David Bermant Foundation Grant, Santa Barbara, CA
  • Pro Arts Gallery + Commons, Oakland, CA, 2 x 2 Solos (Nominee)
  • The Present Group, The Present Prize, San Francisco, CA (Finalist)
2012
  • Society for Excellence in Contemporary Art Award, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA (Nominee)
  • Zero1 Biennial Grant (Supported by The James Irvine Foundation), San Jose, CA
  • Kala Art Institute Artist Residency, Berkeley, CA
2008 + 11
  • Experimental Television Center Artist Residency, Owego, NY
2010
  • Cemeti Institute for Art + Society Artist Residency, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
2009
  • Fulbright Scholarship, U.S. Dept. of State (Java, Indonesia, Strange Loops: Hybrid Reality in Javanese Culture)
2008
  • Darmasiswa Indonesian Scholarship, Indonesian Government
  • Sanggar Perbakayun, Resident Researcher, Java, Indonesia

PANELS, CONFERENCES + LECTURES select

2022
  • RIXC Art Science Festival, virtual | hybrid: Riga, Latvia and Liepaja, Karlsruhe, Oslo, Splintered Realities 2022 (screening: Stitching the Future with Clues)
  • The Mind and Life Institute, virtual, Summer Research Institute:
    — Othering, Belonging, and Becoming, (invited faculty, screening: Stitching the Future with Clues)
2020
  • College Art Association Conference, Chicago, IL (Paper: The Conversation: Feedback Structures, Ways of Knowing, and Neurodivergence)
  • SOMArts Gallery, Recoding Crip Tech, San Francisco, CA (Workshop: Neurodivergent Media)
2019
  • Mickiewicz University, Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Cntr, After Agency Conference, Poland (Paper: The Conversation: Feedback Structures, Ways of Knowing, and Neurodivergence)
  • The Centre for New Media Culture, UN/GREEN: Naturally Artificial Intelligences Conference, Riga, Latvia (Paper: The Conversation: Feedback Structures, Ways of Knowing, and Neurodivergence)
  • FEMeeting, Women in Art, Science and Technology Conference, Lisbon, Portugal (Unable to attend)
  • UC Los Angeles, NanoSystems Institute, Art-Based Research Symposium, Los Angeles, CA (Participant)
  • INSEEC University, San Francisco, CA (Artist Lecture: Ways of Knowing in Art + Science)
2018
  • UC Berkeley, Dept. of Art Practice, Berkeley, CA (Artist Talk in Nicky Tavares’ Course: The Architecture of Time)
  • Santa Barbara Center for Art, Science + Technology, Santa Barbara, CA (Artist Lecture: A Living Model of Hyperbolic Space)
2017
  • Pro Arts Gallery, Oakland, CA (Artist Lecture: Scale + Symmetry)
  • Bullseye Glass Co., Emeryville, CA (Artist Talk)
2016
  • University of North Dakota Writers Conference, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, The Art of Science (Keynote Lecture: Strange Loops: Hybrid Reality in Javanese Culture)
    • — Other Worlds (Panelist) with Brian Greene, Katharine Coles, PhD
    • — The Two Cultures (Panelist) with Brian Greene, Kim Stanley Robinson, Dr. Frank Huyler, MD
  • School of Art + Design, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND (Artist Talk | Graduate Critiques)
  • Mobius | Boston CyberArts, Reports From Afield Lecture Series, Boston, MA (Artist Lecture)
  • San Francisco Art Institute, SF, CA (Artist Talk in Meredith Tromble’s Course: History of Art + Technology)
2015
  • Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA, Cosmology in Art and Science: Imagining The Universe, Curated by Pierro Scarrufi (Artist Lecture: Traditional Knowledge in the Modern World), with Roger Malina, Katharine Hawthorne, Chris McKay
2014
  • Toward a Science of Consciousness Conference, University of Arizona, Tuscon, AZ (Poster Session)
  • Society for the Anthropology of Consciousness Conference, Portland, OR, (Artist Lecture)
  • Cultural Studies Association Conference, Columbia College, Chicago, IL (Artist Lecture: Strange Loops)
2013
  • LASER SciArt Talks, University of San Francisco, CA, Curator: Pierro Scarrufi (Artist Lecture: Strange Loops)
  • Columbia College, Cultural Studies Association Conference, Chicago, IL (Artist Lecture)
2012
  • UC Santa Barbara, College of Creative Studies, Santa Barbara, CA (Artist Talk in Jatila Vanderveen’s Course: Symmetry + Aesthetics in Contemporary Physics)
2011
  • Yogyakarta International Media Art Festival, Video Vortex Conference | Institute of Network Cultures Yogyakarta, Indonesia (Curated by Veronika Kusumaryai, David Teh) (Artist Talk, Panel Discussion)
2010 + 11
  • Yogyakarta Intl Media Art Festival, cellsFEMALE: Women In New Media, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, Curator: Irine Agrivine (Artist Talk)
2010
  • Cemeti Institute for Art + Society, Yogyakarta, Indonesia (Artist Talk: The Beginning Was The End)
  • Institut Seni Indonesia, Surakarta, Indonesia (Artist Talk)
  • North Carolina School of Science + Mathematics, Durham, NC (Artist Talk)
  • Boston Jung Institute, Newton, MA (Artist Lecture: Anamnesis)
2003
  • Louise Bourgeois’ Sunday Salon, New York, NY (Artist Presentation)

RELATED PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

2013 - pres.

Educator | Researcher, Neurodivergent Media, San Francisco Bay Area, CA

2014 - 17

Vice President, Board of Directors, San Francisco Cinematheque, San Francisco, CA

2016

Juror, Djerassi Artist Residency Program, Woodside, CA
Cultural Incubator, Fall Cohort, Gray Area Art + Technology, San Francisco, CA

2014

Founding Member | Producer: Optic Flare, San Francisco, CA
Curator, World Water Day Symposium, Water Wheel, Streaming Worldwide

2013

Nominator, Djerassi | Leonardo ISAST, Scientific Delirium Madness Residency (Inaugural), Woodside, CA

2011

Studio Manager | Artist Assistant, Snibbe Interactive | Scott Snibbe Studio, SF, CA

2009 - 10

Field Researcher | Developer, Java, Indonesia, for UC Santa Barbara Professor Lisa Jevbratt’s Project Zoomorph (Supported by Creative Capital)

2009

Creator | Producer, Pusat Kegiatan Belajar Masyarakat, Bulan Sura Festifal Lampion, Java, Indonesia

2007-09

Preparator, Santa Barbara Arts Commission, Santa Barbara, CA
Preparator, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA

2007

Technical Assistant, LACE, Resonant Forms Festival, Laetita Sonami + Sue-C, Los Angeles, CA
Curator: Mark Hosler | Negativland, Exhibitions Dept., Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA

1993-98

Special Projects Coordinator, Projectionist, Historian, Media Arts Intern Olympia Film Society +
Olympia Film Ranch, Olympia, WA

1997

Founding Member, VERA Women’s Art Collective, Olympia, WA

EDUCATION

2022 - 2025

PhD candidate, Creative and Critical Practice, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK

2007

MFA, Studio for Interrelated Media, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA

1996

BA, Visual Arts, The Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA

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