featuring works by

Ursula Damm, Electronic Disturbance Theater/b.a.n.g. lab, Desirée Holman, Tara Knight, Alex McLean, Bryce Clayton Newell, Victoria Vesna

5 November 2014 - 9 January 2015

Opening Reception on 5 November 2014 // 6PM

UC San Diego, Calit2 Gallery, 9500 Gilman Dr, La Jolla, California 92093

The gallery@calit2 launches Body Practices, an exhibition that explores notions of virtual and physical presence. To curate the show, Trish Stone worked with members of the gallery committee to select artists and artworks for the exhibition. Body Practices as a theme resonates in different ways across the disciplines of art, music, theater, media, and design. It includes both live performance and remote broadcasting. Bodies are understood as able to be copied, downloaded, projected onto and manipulated. They move through space both real and virtual. Bodies change with time and are encoded with multiple layers of identity.

Ursula Damm uses generative video algorithms and body sensors in her videos Transit and I am a Sensor. Electronic Disturbance Theater/b.a.n.g. lab present the Transborder Immigrant Tool (TBT) - EDT 2.0. TBT repurposes used mobile phones with software which aspires to guide tired and dehydrated citizens to water safety sites along the border. Desirée Holman explores space, aliens, and astrology in her Sophont series, from which two paintings can be seen in the gallery: Aura, Buckminster Fuller, and Aura, Annie Besant. On view from Tara Knight is Mikumentary, a series of short films about the Hatsune Miku phenomenon. Alex McLean provides videos of Live Coding, the use of programming languages in improvised musical performance. Bryce Clayton Newell presents The Tinaja Trail and the Transborder Immigrant Tool, a documentary film about the social issues surrounding the TBT. Victoria Vesna displays prints from Bodies INCorporated, an online site established 20 years ago, where members could participate in an institutionalized bureaucracy of virtual identity construction.


Gallery hours will be 11am-5pm Monday through Friday. The gallery will be closed over the UC San Diego holiday break December 22, 2014-January 2, 2015. The opening event Wednesday, November 5, 2014, is free and open to the public. A panel will be held in the Calit2 Auditorium 5pm-6pm, followed by a reception. Please RSVP to galleryinfo [at] calit2 [dot] net.


Ursula Damm studied at the Art Academy in Düsseldorf, followed by postgraduate studies at the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne under Valie Export. Her works have been presented internationally in various solo and group exhibitions. Currently she works on an interactive installation at the Metro-Station Schadowstrasse in Düsseldorf/Germany. Since 2008 she is professor for Media Environments at the Bauhaus University in Weimar, where she is also involved in establishing the Digital Bauhaus Lab.

Electronic Disturbance Theater/b.a.n.g. lab artists involved with the Transborder Immigrant Tool project include: Micha Cárdenas, Amy Sara Carroll, Ricardo Dominguez, Elle Mehrmand and Brett Stalbaum. It was started in 2007 with support from Calit2, the Department of Visual Arts UC San Diego Program in American Culture, Latina/o Studies, the UCSD Center for Humanities, and the English Department at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Additional collaborators on the Transborder Immigrant Tool include: Jason Najarro, Diana Le, Petra Kuppers, Yanoula Althanassakis, Felipe Zúñiga, Jenny Donovan, Gabriela Torres, Lili Hsieh, Zona Yi-Ping Tsou, Tatiana Sizonenko, Brett Stalbaum, Oliver Ting, and Steve Willard.

Desirée Holman is an artist based in Oakland, California. She holds a Master's degree from the University of California at Berkeley. Earning critical acclaim for her work, Holman was awarded a San Francisco Modern Museum of Art SECA award in 2008 and in 2007 the Artadia: The Fund for Art and Dialogue award. Solo exhibitions of her work include the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, and the Berkeley Art Museum's MATRIX program. International exhibitions of Holman's work include the São Paulo Museum of Modern Art, Hessel Museum, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Milan's BnD, and Toronto's YYZ. Reviews of Holman's work have appeared in numerous publications including Artforum, Los Angeles Times, NY Arts, Artillery, San Francisco Chronicle and Artweek.

Tara Knight is a filmmaker, animator and projection designer for theater and dance. She is currently directing Mikumentary, a series of short films about the worldwide Hatsune Miku phenomenon. Knight received a BA in Film Theory and Production from Hampshire College, and an MFA in Visual Arts from UC San Diego. Knight worked for three years as the Associate Director for Culture, Art and Technology at UC San Diego's Sixth College, and recently joined the faculty teaching Digital Media in the Theatre and Dance department.

Alex McLean is a research fellow and deputy director of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Scientific Research in Music in Leeds. He lives in Sheffield, UK. McLean is one-third of the live coding band slub, and half each of the spam-pop band Silicone Bake (with Jake Harries), algorave duo Algorithmic Yorkshire (with Ash Sagar), the Hession/McLean Duo (with Paul Hession) and Canute (with Matthew Yee-King). McLean also works with Kate Sicchio on the code+dance project Sound Choreographer <> Body Code. He completed his Ph.D. thesis, "Artist-Programmers and Programming Languages for the Arts," in late 2011, supervised by Geraint Wiggins within the ISMS group in Goldsmiths.

Bryce Clayton Newell is a Ph.D. student at the University of Washington Information School and a Graduate Fellow of the Comparative Law & Society Studies (CLASS) Center. Newell is also an attorney and member of the California State Bar (inactive). He conducts research in the area of information law, policy, and ethics. McLean also has a professional background in television, film, and video production as a producer, cinematographer, editor, and motion graphics artist.

Victoria Vesna, Ph.D, Artist and Professor, UCLA Department of Design Media Arts, Director of the Art|Sci Center at the School of the Arts and California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI). With her collaborative installations, Vesna investigates how communication technologies affect collective behavior and perceptions of identity shift in relation to scientific innovation. She has exhibited her artwork in 20+ solo exhibitions, 70+ group shows, published 20+ papers, two edited volumes and gave 100+ invited talks in the last decade.

Note: Cover art used with permission by Victoria Vesna

Opening Panel/Reception: The opening event Wednesday, November 5, 2014, is free and open to the public. A panel will be held in the Calit2 Auditorium 5pm-6pm, followed by a reception.

Please RSVP to galleryinfo [at] calit2 [dot] net.

Curator/Gallery Contact: Trish Stone, 858-822-5307, tstone [at] eng.ucsd [dot] edu
Media Contact: Doug Ramsey, 858-822-5825, dramsey [at] ucsd [dot] edu
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