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IGNITE featuring Jennifer and Kevin McCoy (New York)

Media Artists

12:30 pm – 1:50 pm Room: CEMA 101
Megan Elliott, (402) 472-2615,
“Inhabiting the World (we made)” - Jennifer and Kevin McCoy are media artists whose works extends from film and video to installation and generative software. Their work often reconfigures viewing conventions to tease out the gap between representation and lived experience. To this end, they build active systems for art creation and viewing. Early projects include a series of sculptures which present databases of narrative television clips filtered into categorical frameworks. Their live installations depend on software that manipulates images as they are presented. These miniature film sets deploy live cameras to restructure filmed sequences in real time. In their work, technology serves as a mediator between the human and the world, and as an active force which not only shapes its material but reframes the entire project of what we choose to see. Recent work includes generative software that uses blockchain technology to create long form ecosystems for images to change and evolve.

The McCoys’ work has been widely exhibited in the US and internationally - their exhibitions include the Pompidou Center, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, BFI (British Film Institute) Southbank in London, Hanover Kunstverein, The Beall Center in Irvine, CA, pkm Gallery in Beijing, The San Jose Museum of Art, Palazzo della Papesse, The Addison Museum of American Art, The Sundance Film Festival, and Artists Space in New York. Their work can be seen in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Milwaukee Art Museum, the 21C Museum, and the Speed Museum. They received a Creative Capital award in 2003, the Wired Rave Award for Art in 2005, a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2011, and a Headlands Alumni Award in 2014. Their work is represented by Postmasters Gallery in New York and Johansson Projects in Oakland, CA.

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This event originated in IGNITE Colloquium.