Katherine Behar - ” Optimized, not Optimistic


Katherine Behar - ” Optimized, not Optimistic

Studio Beta, EMPAC

March 9, 2017 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Katherine Behar is an interdisciplinary new media and performance artist based in New York. In “Optimized, not Optimistic,” she presents her artwork, highlighting the often confounding—and sometimes rebellious—ways that people and technologies manage to coexist in digital labor. Using object-oriented feminism, Behar’s artworks connect feminist and post-colonial histories with posthuman solidarity. Instead of claiming special importance for human subjectivity, she seeks out shared conditions among humans and nonhumans and finds in these connections unexpected traces of traditional gender, racial, and class dynamics. This lecture includes examples of Behar's videos, interactive installations, sculptures, and performances, alongside episodes from media history and popular culture. 

Copies of Behar’s recent book, Object-Oriented Feminism, will be available for purchase, signed by the author, following the event. 

Bio: Katherine Behar is an interdisciplinary artist whose works exploring gender and labor in digital culture have appeared throughout North America and Europe. The Pera Museum in Istanbul presented her 2016 survey exhibition and catalog, Katherine Behar: Data's Entry | Veri Girişi. In 2014, her solo exhibition and catalog, Katherine Behar: E-Waste, premiered at the University of Kentucky before traveling to Boston Cyberarts Gallery. Behar is the editor of Object-Oriented Feminism, coeditor of And Another Thing: Nonanthropocentrism and Art, and author of Bigger than You: Big Data and Obesity. She is assistant professor of new media arts at Baruch College, CUNY.

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