Join us for our first all-digital Steiner lecture featuring artists and collaborators Tega Brain and Sam Lavigne.
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In Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky’s short story “Quadraturin”, a cramped apartment dweller applies a magical balm to the walls of his apartment that expands his home until it becomes infinitely large. The internet, which serves as an enlarging balm for our lives in cramped isolation, equally threatens to create a space so large that we are lost forever in its midst. Tega Brain and Sam Lavigne will discuss their collaborative practice which explores how it feels to live among online interfaces. They will share recent work dealing with commodity, data collection and the internet as a contradictory space where practices of surveillance and exploitation sit along side archives of radical generosity, care and solidarity.
Tega Brain is an Australian born artist and environmental engineer whose work examines how technology shapes ecological relations. She has created wireless networks that respond to natural phenomena, systems for obfuscating fitness data and an online smell based dating service. Her work has been shown in the Vienna Biennale for Change, the Guangzhou Triennial and in venues like the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin and the New Museum, NYC, among others.
tegabrain.com | @tegabrain
Sam Lavigne is an artist and educator whose work deals with data, surveillance, cops, natural language processing, and automation. His work often takes the form of online interventions that surface the frequently opaque political and economic conditions that shape computational technologies. He has exhibited work at Lincoln Center, SFMOMA, Pioneer Works, DIS, Ars Electronica, the New Museum, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and his work has been covered widely in the press.
lav.io | @sam_lavigne