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The Artist Isn't (Physically) Present: Women in Digital Art

Jun 13 | Thu |
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Join us for an engaging discussion at The Loft at SHOWFIELDS among celebrated digital artists Molly Soda, Claudia Hart, and Faith Holland, followed by a reception with wine and sparkling CBD beverages courtesy of Recess. Works from artist panelists will be on display on the Meural Canvas.

Schedule: 6:30 PM: Doors 7 PM PM: Panel + Q&A 8 PM: Reception

While new technologies have been giving birth to new mediums for expression since time immemorial, digital art has only begun to scrape the surface of the mainstream, especially as an art form with meaningful market value.

Many of today’s digital art distribution methods bypass the traditional gatekeepers that have led us to an art market shaped by the homogenous elite but lack the framework that has allowed the traditional art world to operate successfully from a business standpoint. This new wave of artistic exchange that exists in URL, not IRL, has heralded both new freedoms and new risks, especially for those who diverge from what a “master artist” once looked like.

In this discussion, led by Meural Head of Curation Poppy Simpson, prominent female-identifying artists will discuss the ways in which they are building their digital art practice both within and outside of traditional art world systems and their predictions for what a digitally driven and more inclusive art market might look like in the future.


Molly Soda was born in 1989 in San Juan, Puerto Rico and currently lives in New York. She received her B.F.A in Photography and Imaging from Tisch School of Arts, New York University in 2011. Soda uses a variety of social media platforms to host her work, allowing the work to evolve and interact with the platforms themselves. She is interested in Internet archival practices, often making work that appropriates her own image, particularly her early interactions with the Internet as a teenager. Soda is the co-creator of the video game Wrong Box, the co-editor of Pics Or It Didn't Happen: Images Banned From Instagram and is the recipient of the Lumen Prize Founder's Award for her collaborative augmented reality installation Slide To Expose. Previous solo shows include; Me and My Gurls, Annka Kultys Gallery, London (2018); I’m just happy to be here, 315 Gallery, Brooklyn (2017); and Thanks for the Add, Leiminspace, Los Angeles (2017). Recent group shows include Eye to I: Self Portraits from now 1900 to Today, National Portrait Gallery, D.C. (2018); seeping upwards, rupturing the surface, Art Gallery of Mississagua (2018); Virtual Normality: Women Net Artists 2.0, Museum der bildenden Künste (2018); digital_self, Irish Museum of Modern Art (2017); and Your Digital Self Hates You, Stadt Bern (2016).

Faith Holland is an artist, curator, and educator whose multimedia practice focuses on gender, intimacy, and technology. She has exhibited at venues such as The Whitney Museum of American Art (New York), NRW Forum (Düsseldorf), Fotografisk Center (Copenhagen), Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art (Boulder), Human Resources (Los Angeles), and DAM Gallery (Berlin). Her work has been written about in Artforum, The Sunday Times UK, Elephant, Hyperallergic, Broadly, and ArtSlant. She has been a NYFA Fellowship Finalist in Digital/Electronic Art, an artist-in-residence at Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning and Harvestworks, and a finalist for Fotomuseum Winterthur’s Post-Photography Prototyping Prize.

Claudia Hart has been active as an artist, curator and critic since 1988. Her art consists of virtual simulations of all kinds: 3d imagery integrated into photography, multi-channel animation installations, performances, and sculptures using advanced production techniques such as Rapid Prototyping, CNC routing and augmented-reality custom apps. Her works deals with issues of representation, the role of the computer in shifting contemporary values about identity and the real, and ideas about what is usually called the “natural.” Her project is to feminize the masculinist culture of technology by interjecting emotional subjectivity into the overly-determined Cartesian world of digital design. Hart’s works are widely exhibited and collected by galleries and museums including the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum, the New Museum, and the Eyebeam Center for Art + Technology, where she was an honorary fellow in 2013-14, Pioneer Works, NY, where she a technology resident in 2018, and the Miller ICA, Carnegie Mellon, in 2018-19, and the Yale Center for Collaborative Arts and Media, where she will be in residence, fall 2019 .


Poppy Simpson, Head of Content and Curation at Meural

Venue: Showfields

11 Bond St The Loft, 4th Floor Map