Sterling Crispin

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Artist Statement

 

Technology is an extension of humanity, an embodiment of the human spirit, rather than an external force that we must mitigate. Yet this distributed life-form pulsing on the surface of the earth has its own agency and agenda. My artistic practice explores the relationships between this exponentially growing techno-organism as it relates to our human bodies, minds, and psyches.

By technology I mean individual devices and networked systems, like cameras and software, but also what I call the ’Technological Other’, a living global super-organism of all machines and software.

In my artwork I often misuse or reverse-engineer this technology in order to give form to things that are otherwise formless. I’m interested in the creation of new dialogues, signs, and symbols which challenge societal power structures. And I believe that earnestly reaching toward objective beauty and truth in an effort to produce the real, rather than an image of the real, is itself a political act.

In this spirit I attempt to depict the landscape of our consciousness as it is transformed by the Technological Other, and create objects that embody the conflicting cultural narratives that exist about the future, and thus the present.

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Education

2011-2014

University of California at Santa Barbara

2014

Master of Science, Multimedia Engineering, Media Arts and Technology Department.

2013

Master of Fine Art, Department of Art.

2005-2008

Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, Denver, CO

Bachelor of Fine Art, Painting & Drawing, Fine Arts Department.

Residencies

2008-2011

RedLine Artist in Residence Program Denver, CO.
Initial development of the Educational Partnership for the Creative Arts, EPIC Arts, a community based educational outreach program.

Established the Post-Media Critiques, a free monthly arts critique program open to the community.

Selected Group Exhibitions

2015

Surveillance – The New Gallery Calgary-  CA.

GLOBALE: Infosphere – ZKM Karlsruhe Karlsruhe – DE.

Data Rush – Noorderlicht Photofestival- Groningen NL 2015.

Now? Now! Biennial of The Americans – Museum of Contemporary Art Denver – Denver CO.

Tulipomania – Del Vas Projects X Daniele Balice – Paris FR.

2013

Air Rights – Taubman College of Architecture – Ann Arbor MI.

Sneakerotics – Edouard Malingue Gallery – Hong Kong CN.

Future-Myth – 319 Scholes Gallery – Brooklyn NY.

2012

Visual Rhythm – Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art – Boulder CO.

Beyond the Bond –  Studio Gallery – Berlin DE.

2011

Like Art Basel – Workshop Collective – Miami FL.

You Only Live Twice – Kunsthalle New –  Chicago IL.

Format – Luminary Center for the Arts – Saint Louis MO.

Attending – Essential Existence Gallery – Leipzig DE.

2010

Even Younger – Than Jesus Robischon Gallery – Denver CO.

Dump.fm – IRL –  319 Scholes Gallery – Brooklyn NY.

2009

Down With the Sickness – Hinterland-  Denver CO.

2008

DrawRings 2 the Return-  Rhinoceropolis – Denver CO.

Selected Events and Pop-up Exhibitions

2015

swap:NETZKULTUR – Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg- Halle DE.

Transductions 18 – Australian Centre for the Moving Image Melbourne AU.

2014

Virtual Gallery Post-Screen Festival -Libson POR.

2013

DVD Dead Drop # 5 – Museum of the Moving Image- Astoria NY.

2012

New York Art Book Fair – Museum of Modern Art – PS1 New York NY.

Bring Your Own Beamer MOCA LA – Museum of Contemporary Art Geffen – Los Angeles CA.

USB Show – Point Emphemere – Paris FR .

Selected Lectures and Workshops

2015

Weird Future – San Francisco Arts Quarterly – San Francisco CA.

Project X and X-TRA’s 1 Image 1 Minute – LA Art Book Fair – Los Angeles CA.

2014

Art in The Age of Singularity – The Los Angeles County Museum of Art – Los Angeles CA.

localhost.us 02 – YouTube Space LA – Los Angeles CA.

Leonardo Art Science Rendezvous [LASER] – UCLA Art | Sci center California NanoSystems Institute – Los Angeles CA.

2013

Drones & Aerial Robotics Conference Hackathon –  New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program [ITP] New York NY.

Selected Performances

2013

Catch & Release – TransLAB at MAT UCSB – Santa Barbara CA.

2008

American Association of  Museums Expo –  Museum of Contemporary Art –  Denver CO.

Collections

2015

ZKM | Museum of Contemporary Art, Karlsruhe, DE.

2012

ARTstor Digital Image Library, New York, NY.

2011

Rhizome ArtBase at the New Museum, New York, NY.

Super Art Modern Museum 2011

2009-present

S o u v e n irs from Earth, Germany & France.

Selected Press and Printed Publications

Julia Wolkoff ”The Biennial of the Americas Puts Colorado at the Center of the Map” – Art in America Jul 2015

http://www.artinamericamagazine.com/news-features/news/the-biennial-of-the-americas-puts-colorado-at-thecenter-

of-the-map/.

Ben Valentine “Interview: Sterling Crispin – Data Masks and The Technological Other.” – Bomb Magazine Mar 2015

http://bombmagazine.org/article/613139/sterling-crispin.

http://www.sterlingcrispin.com/perpetual-threshold.html