Dominika Ksel

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Artist Statement

I’m an interdisciplinary artist, psychonaut, inventor and investigator of invisible landscapes. My work is an ecosystem that gently deconstructs power and materiality while exploring the interstices of consciousness, power, feminism, science and sound. Psychonautics is a methodology describing and explaining the subjective effects of altered states of consciousness through modes such as sensory deprivation, hypnosis, meditation, sound and breath entrainment. By investigating these phenomenologies and how they affect our physiology we can better understand our physiological bio-circuitry.

By mapping this landscape of consciousness we can unravel the invisible fabric that weaves our society together. Through this radical reconfiguration of art and its consumption, I critically imagine possibilities of a world through a queer, feminist lens for a more holistic understanding of the human condition.

Through primary research, interviews with scientists and specialists, traveling to study pre-historic art and artifacts, working with shamans or running tests and trials, I accumulate various data to catalyze my projects. The findings are then juxtaposed with historical/current affects of socio-cultural colonization of identity and experience within a capitalist framework. I seek to create spaces that heal, acknowledge and share new paradigms for the future.

My work is an array of heuristic participatory experiments synthesized through sculpture, video installation, interactive painting and sound based performance to form playful and peculiar experiences and physical objects. In essence this juxtaposition of techniques and personal relativity are used to provide a physically tangible glimpse of invisible phenomena and interdependence.

I think of the body as a transceiver, both a transmitter and receiver of communication and vibration. By creating participatory and immersive works, the public’s body becomes an integrated element in the larger circuit of each of my pieces, opening a dialogue between myself, the public and the unknown.

My practice encompasses a conceptual and research oriented mode of operation as well as that of designer and fabricator. Often, I take on many roles from writing speculative fictions to engineering, invested in each detail of the construction process: wiring hand-built circuits, sewing costumes, composing & mixing scores to cinematography and editing.

CV

EDUACTION & MORE

2014
Co-Founder Temporary Agency and 2015 Temporary Agency Publishing
2013
MFA Hunter College, New York NY.
2005
BA Media Studies. Hunter College, New York NY.
BA Studio Art. Hunter College, New York NY.

SELECTED PERFORMANCES & GROUP SHOWS

2016
GRANDES EXPECTATIVAS, installation, video & performance, Galleria Liberia, Bogota, ColombiA.
Harlem for Flint Benefit, photo collage, National Black Theater NY,NY.
Wild Seeds: Octavia Butler’s Influence on Art, Sculpture & social practice, HappyLucky#1 Gallery, NY
“MAGIC” Queer Video Series, video Myth of Eternal Return, Silver Future, Berlin, Germany
2015
Experimental Television Center: A History, ETC Performance & sound, Hunter Art Gallery NY.
Diverse Universe Multi-Media Festival, Performance & sound, Gowanus Ballroom BK.
Accompaniment, video, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts NY, NY.
The Sublime of the Mundane, interactive sculptures, Five Myles Gallery BK, NY.
Digital Spirit Cycles, Performance & sound, Torus Porta, BK, NY.
No Humans Involved, sculpture & audio, Witte de With Contemporary Museum,  Rotterdam, NE.
(Great American Performance Art Festival), Sonicendurance, Grace Exhibition Space, BK
Seung’s Millenial Market, “Shanti Shack” performance & video Interstate Gallery, Brooklyn 2014
Post-Speculation Act 1. HDYSYIA?, video and installation, P! Gallery, NYC
2014
“Queer Prophecies”, video, The HTMlles 11th Feminist festival  media arts + digital culture Montreal, Canada.
6th Experimental Music Festival. Bloodflames, performance, Silent Barn, BK, NY.
Digital Soul Cycles. Bloodflames, performance, JACK Theatre, Brooklyn, NY>
Yam Happening. HowDoYouSayYamInAfrican? performances, FreeCandy, Brooklyn, NY 2014
How to Explain Pictures to a Dead Hare, installation, Pristine Gallerie, Monterrey, Nuevo Leon Mexico
NY Theremin Society Concert, performance, Pioneer Works, Brooklyn, NY
Whitney Biennial video & WITHDRAWL as a member of the YAMS Collective
Whitney Houston Biennal. Sculpture & video, 20 Jay Street, Brooklyn, NY
2013
Sacred Sensoreal. Performance & Installation, Silent Barn, Brooklyn, NY |
Hunter MFA Thesis Show. Interactive Installations, Hunter College 41st Gallery NYC
HiV, Performance & Installation, Bizarre, Brooklyn, NY
Ransom. Textual Painting, Wayfarers Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Stairway to Hedon. Performance & Video, Hunter College 41st Gallery, NYC
HiV, Performance, Governor’s Island Art Fair-Performance Lab, NY 2013
Here is Where We Jump. Multimedia Intervention, El Museo del Barrio La Biennal, NYC
Holotropik Performance and video, Pervercite Festival.  Montreal, Canada
Pussy Faggot IV. Holotropik Installation & Performance, The Delancey, NYC
Amerika, A Prophecy: Atlantis Shrugged. Sound performance, La Grotta, Brooklyn, NY
Forests of the Future. Holotropik Performance & Video, 67 West BK, NY
In Words I Drown. Video, installation & performance, Flux Factory, Queens NY
Spring Fever. Video, Photo & Sculpture, Loft 594, Brooklyn, NY
Transmediation. “The Normals” Video, Stephan Stoyanov Gallery, NYC
Amerika, A Prophecy III “The Heartland” Video & performance, Panoply Performance Labs BK, NY
Amerika, A Prophecy II, Interactive installation, Panoply Performance Labs, Brooklyn, NY
Trikadeskaphobia. Performance & interactive sculpture, Parade Ground Gallery, NYC
2012
Sleep No More. Holotropik Performance, McKittrick Hotel, NYC
Osiris and Apollo. Performance & Video, Spectrum, Brooklyn, NY
Theories of Sounds. Performance, Spectrum, Brooklyn, NY
2009
BAM Silent Auction. Painting, Brooklyn, NY
Exploding Friendly. Mural, Matucana 100, Santiago, Chile
2008
Re:Form. Sound Painting, Cheim & Read Gallery, NYC
Ides of March. Installation, ABC No Rio, NYC
Retard Riot benefit for 1717 Troutman. Painting, Exit Art, NYC
Art Truck Mobile Show. Painting, Armory Intervention, NYC
2007
Who’s Afraid of Kathy Acker. Set Designer, MoMA, NYC
Parallel Time. Video Installation, Roger Smith Gallery, NYC
2006
DUMBO Arts Festival. “The Spectacle” Video, DUMBA Collective, Brooklyn NY
Abducted. Performance, Museo de Belles Artes, Santiago, Chile
2005
DUMBO Arts Festival. “Your Privacy is Golden” Installation  & Performance, Brooklyn, NY
2004
Gendarmes. Painting and Installation, The Bank Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Monsters. Paintings & Videos, Second Nature Art Space, NYC
DUMBO Arts Festival. “The Abducted” Multimedia Performance and video, DUMBA Collective, Brooklyn, NY
2003
Hijacking Gender. Paintings, Hope Street Gallery Brooklyn, NY
2000
Number One. Paintings, Ex-Space Gallery, NYC

PUBLISHED WRITIGNGS 

Catalogue: Open Works in Latin America, New York & Beyond, Conceptualism Reconsidered 1967-1978, 2013 Interview with Luis Camnitzer p 30-33, Curated & Edited by Harper Montgomery

SELECTED TALKS 

2015
Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter, Creating the Future Now (Politics,Policy & Art).
Lower East Side Girls Club, Willie Mae Rock Camp, Women in Sound Panel
2014
New School, Vera List, Art and Social Justice Working Group: Authorship, Collective and Other with HowDoYouSayYamInAfrican?
2013
El Museo del Barrio, El Biennial, Tree Analogue: Manufacturing History

RESIDENCY/FELLOWS/ETC

AIM Bronx Museum – 2016
Clipperton Projects – Expedition to Antarctica 2016

TEACHING ARTIST/GUEST LECTURER/ADJUNCT

2015
Hunter MFA, Guest Lecturer, Audio: Psychoacoustics and DIY Electronics
University of Washington, MFA Critical Issues in Contemporary Art Practice
2014
PRESENT Hunter College Undergraduate, Combined Media
2013-2016
Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education, Photography & Video

 

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Stairway to Hedon: The Collapse of the American Empire-An Architectural Ballet and Symphony