My work is currently featured in two exhibitions – although neither is quite the usual kind of exhibit.
One exhibit is an article, featured in Digital Power: Activism, Advocacy and the Influence of Women Online. Curated by the wonderful Kathy Rae Huffman, this online exhibition is part of Siggraph 2020 and showcases an inspiring selection of work – it’s an honour to be part of this line-up. My contribution, Networked Conversations as Activism, was originally written for the online magazine interact, and looks at the effectiveness of online activism through cyberformance, in particular in the projects make-shift and We have a situation!
My other current exhibit is, in fact, an absence. When I was invited to contribute to the fifth KloHäuschen biennale with something representing my current project, I had to confess that I was trying to have a sabbatical, trying not to work. Trying – but I was in New Zealand and we’d just been plunged into lockdown, thanks to the pandemic, and the world was rushing to get online. What is a cyberformance artist on sabbatical to do in such a time? The resulting text, My sabbatical got hijacked by the pandemic, appears in the online information for KHBi5, and in the catalogue there’s a section of the poem and where all the other artists have an image, I have a blank page. Where all the other artists have an object or image in the beautiful miniature gallery, I am absent; perfectly appropriate for the cyberformance artist, who is always performing absence.