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Christina McPhee / April 2010
BIO


Christina McPhee (central coast California/San Francisco) is a media and visual artist. Her drawings, video and photography involve post-digital abstraction and architectural transformation in landscape.

New press: LEONARDO (MIT Press Journal) April 2010. Cover image from SALT (2004) and review in Ella Mudie, "The Spectacle of Seismicity: Making Art from Earthquakes" (abstract here).

New critical writing about her interactive film work appears with Sharon Lin Tay's book, "Women on the Edge : Twelve Political Film Practices" New York: Macmillan / London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.

Selected exhibitions and installations:

emptycube, (solo installation), Lisbon, February 2011

Silent City, Silent City Collective, Rag Factory, London April 2010

OpenSpace Art Cologne with vernissage.tv, April 2010

Directors Lounge, Berlin, January 2010

NADA/Silverman Gallery, Art Miami December 2009

Silverman Gallery (solo show), San Francisco, October - December 2009

Bucharest Biennial 3, Bucharest, May-June 2008

Thresholds Artspace (solo) Perth, Scotland, 2008

Documenta 12 / Magazine Project/ Halle, Kassel 2007

Lyon Biennial "Violence of Participation/Space of Europe", 2007

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EXHIBITIONS 2001 - 2009
2007-2009


Tesserae of Venus, Silverman Gallery, San Francisco, October-December 2009.

NADA Fair, Silverman Gallery, December 2009.

ISEA Belfast, video installation Tesserae of Venus, curated by Kathy Rae Huffman, Ulster, Northern Ireland, July-August 2009

Plazaville, variable cinema installation with GH Hovagimyan; a Turbulence.org commission, Pace Digital Gallery, New York, April 2009


Bucharest Biennial 2008, curated by Jan-Erik Lindstrom and Johan Solstrom, May-June 2008

Carrizoprime, theatre premiere, First Sight Scene, LA Film Forum, Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian, Hollywood, curated by Jaimie Baron, Department of Film, UCLA January 27, 2008

La Conchita N=Amour, 22 screen, 3 channel video installation, with custom scripting for Threshold Wave, Threshold Artspace, Horsecross. Commission for Threshold Wave. Curated by Illiyana Nedkova. Perth, Scotland, October 2007 - April 2008

The Space of Europe: Autonomy, photomontage drawing, participation in project created by Markus Miessen, The Violence of Participation, for the Lyon Biennial, September 17, 2007 - January 6, 2008

Rhodes Racer, Bonneville Salt Flats, for program NY Exchange 2007, curated by Karen Lawlor, HD video screening, invitational, Amsterdam Film Experience, Het Ketelhuis, Westerpark, November 2-4, 2007

La Conchita Paradise, invitational, video installation, Break 2.4 Festival, Ljubljana, Slovenia, November 6-15, 2007

Latency Structures: Bonneville Salt Flats, interactive video installation with remote and local latency delays, HD/SD with Max/MSP/Jitter processing and remote cam at Center for Land Use Interpretation, Wendover, Utah; with assistance from Scripps Institution Scientific Visualization Lab, La Jolla, California. Invitational exhibition, Split Film Festival, Croatia, September 15-22, 2007

Carrizo-Parkfield Diaries, solo exhibition, large format photomontage installation, HD/SD video installation, American University Museum-Katzen Art Center, Washington, DC, June 5 - July 29, 2007

-empyrean- -empyre-, video and book display, Documenta Magazine Project, documenta 12, Kassel, Germany, summer 2007

Response Spectra, photomontage installation, curated by Raul Ferrera-Balanquet. Interactiva 07 Biennial of New Media Art, Merida, Mexico, June 15-July 15 2007

Rhodes Racer, Bonneville Salt Flats
, invitational, FutureVisual, curated by Tullis Rennie, for FutureSonic Manchester Festival, Manchester, England, May 8-12, 2007

Liste Koln Art Fair, Sara Tecchia Roma New York, April 18-22, 2007

SALT, SilkyVRML422, screening, Noise: In Language, Culture, Body, and Nature, curated by Marcus Bastos, Itaú Cultural Centre, Bela Horizonte, Brazil, April 2007

Glasgow City, interpretive photomontage installation, commission, Barclays Wealth, Glasgow, Scotland, installation June 2007

2005-2006
La Conchita mon amour, multimedia site study of shrine building and debris flow at La Conchita, California.Photomontage large format chromogenic prints, drawings, HD/SD video installation, Sara Tecchia Roma New York, New York, October 19 - November 22, 2006

La Conchita mon amour, Turbulence Artists Studio, invitational, curated by Helen Thorington and Joann Green, www.turbulence.org, November 4, 2006 to present

Bitterwater Blackbyrd, screening, Abrasions: Architecture and Accident, curated by Jessica Allee and Wago Kreider. Studio 27, San Francisco, November 17, 2006

Wunderkabinet, five channel theatrical video installation for electronic opera based on stories from the Museum of Jurassic Technology Los Angeles. In collaboration with Matt Brubeck and Pamela Z, REDCAT, Walt Disney Hall, Los Angeles premiere, October 11-13, 2006

Carrizo-Parkfield Diaries, two channel digital video and audio installation, curated by Maria Tjader-Knight. Cartes Centre for Art and Technology/WeeGee, Tapiola, Espoo, Finland, May-September 2006

Carrizoprime, HD installation, CinemaScope, SCOPE Hamptons, curated by GH Hovagimyan, July 2006

Artistic Disasters: 65 Seconds that Shook the Earth, Commemorating the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake,screenings, SilkyVRML422 . performance video on the Carrizo Plain with earthquake audio from p-waves recorded during the 2004 Parkfield quake; and SALT, traumatic memory after the 2003 San Simeon quake,California. Curated by Steve Seid, Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley Art Museum, University of California, Berkeley, April 6, 2006

Persona-Personae, prints from the Carrizo-Parkfield Diaries, photomontage large format chromogenic prints, Sara Tecchia, New York, January-February 2006

Carrizo Quartet, single channel video installation, Bildmuseet, University of Umea, Sweden, curated by Jan-Erik LIndstrom, December 2005 -January 2006

Carrizo Quartet, single channel video installation, for Groundworks: Environmental Collaboration in Contemporary Art, curated by Patrick Deegan and Grant Kester, Regina Gouger Miller Gallery, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, October14-December 11, 2005

SilkyVRML422, screening, Cartes Flux, Cartes Centre for Art and Technology, Espoo, Finland, December, 2005

Wunderkabinet, debut, The LAB, San Francisco, September 9-15. 2005

SilkyVRML422, screening, prog:ME, Electronic Arts Festival, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, July 2005

SALT, screening, Hic et Nunc: Review of Contemporary Art, San Vito al Tagliamento, Veneto, Italy, June 11 - July 17, 2005

Carrizo-Parkfield Diaries, photomontage chromogenic prints, digital video, Transport Gallery, Los Angeles, March 5 -April 16, 2005

2003-2004
Slipstreamkonza, photomontage chromogenic prints on datascape of carbon respiration, Konza Prairie Biological Field Station, Kansas, Recombinant Flux, group show with Scott Draves, Marie-Jose Durquet, Josh Feldman, Alice Kelley, Aaron Ross and Shirley Shor. RX Gallery, San Francisco, July 2004

Persephone in Arteroids, for the group show page_space, literary digital games, with Jim Andrews and Helen Thorington, texts by Molly McPhee, curated by Braxton Soderman. Machine Gallery, Los Angeles, February 28 - March 14, 2004

Bloodellipse, interactive screen protesting the war in Iraq, the >wartime< project LIVE, group show, on tour 2003/4 including Machida City Musuem of Graphic Arts, Tokyo; Standart Festival, Madrid; test portaal 03, Amsterdam

-empyre-, screen installation of networked forum on digital media arts and culture, Networked 2004, curated by Melinda Rackham. Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) Melbourne, June 2004 Naxsmash, Open Space Gallery, invitational screening, Interactive Futures, Victoria Independent Film and Video Festival, Victoria (BC), January 30, 2004

Naxsmash + Kino (Social Space Plattenbauen Weimar), transparent photomedia and video installation, backup.lounge|lab, festival of new media in film, Bauhaus-University, Weimar, Deutsche Nationaltheatre, October 20-November 3, 2003

Slipstreamkonza, large format photomontage chromogenic prints. James D. Phelan Award in Printmaking of the San Francisco Foundation, juried by Constance Lewallen, Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, September 14-October 31, 2003

Naxsmash (Redropes), performance installation, SelectMedia Festival, Chicago, November 21, 2003

Naxsmash (Redropes), performance installation, San Francisco Performance Cinema Symposium, September 27, 2003

Memoires of a Cyborg, performance art work, DAC/Digital Arts and Culture, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia, May 2003

Smashlounge, installation with scrims, monitors, live net, and performance, California Museum of Photography, University of California-Riverside, September 28, 2002 - January 9, 2003

2001-2002
Piranesia, VRML study of the space of the net as a paranoid ‘invisible city’ after Piranesi’s Carcieri, interactive screen installation, Propeller Gallery, for SoftForm, net.art and software group exhibition, Toronto, June 16, 2002

Sonicpersephone + Piranesia, cyborg landscapes from naxsmash.net, interactive screen, group exhibition, FILE 2002, Paco das Artes, University Gallery of Sao Paulo, Brazil, August 8 - 22, 2002

Piranesia, net art installation for Convergence/Cybersonica Festival, New Media Centre, Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), London, curated by Stanza, June 4 -July 13, 2002

Naxsmash for Global Poetry at the Powerhouse, installation/ sculptural/spatial construction and poetry performance with Terry Hargrave and architectural students, in participation with UNESCO’s Global Poetry Day: “Global Poetry Experimental Net-Action/Virtual and Real”, initiated by Caterina Davinio and karenina.it, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, March 21, 2002

Naxsmash at Moonbase, performance installation with sound/video/transparent prints, Digitalis I: Concerning the Spiritual in Digital Art, Vancouver, British Columbia, November 2001

NaxSuite, photomontage inkjet prints, prints on traumatic memory performance at Lake Nacimiento, California, Phillipe Laumont Editions, New York, April 2001

NaxSuite, photomontage inkjet prints, Byron C. Cohen Gallery for Contemporary Art, Kansas City, May-July 2001

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RECENT PUBLICATIONS
“Processual Editing and -empyre- soft-skinned space,” for MagNet Reader 3, edited by Nat Muller and Alessandro Ludovico, forthcoming in print 2008

“Slipstreaming the Cyborg,” in Digital Critical Theory, edited by Arthur and Marilouise Kroker, Toronto: University of Toronto Press, forthcoming 2008

“The Space of Europe: Autonomy”, in The Violence of Participation, edited by Markus Miessen, Berlin and New York: Sternberg Press, December 2007 ISBN 978-1-933128-34-4

“‘Bare LIfe’ and the Traumatic Landscape,” documenta 12 Magazine Project online journal, 2007

“Bare Life as Editorial Subject: on ‘bare life’ in the network -empyre- soft-skinned space, documenta 12 Magazine Project online journal, 2007

‘Is modernity our antiquity?”, Christina McPhee, moderator/editor, -empyre- discussion, hypertext, documenta 12 Magazine Project online journal, 2007, conversation conducted in March 2006. With Christiane Paul, Christophe Bruno, Dirk Vekemans, and Erik Kluitenberg.

‘what is bare life?” Christina McPhee, moderator/editor, -empyre- discussion, hypertext, documenta 12 Magazine Project online journal, 2007. Conversation conducted in July 2006. With GH Hovagimyan, Michele White, Conor McGarrigle, Jordan Crandall,Tina Gonsalves, and Susan Mendes Silva.

“what is to be done? (education), Christina McPhee, moderator/editor, -empyre- discussion, hypertext, documenta 12 Magazine Project online journal, 2007. Conversation conducted in January 2007. With Ricardo Rosas, Melinda Rackham, Sharon Daniel, Chris Molinski, Claudia Reiche, Ollivier Dyens, Iliyana Nedkova, and Christiane Robbins.

“‘Bare LIfe’ and the Traumatic Landscape,” virose.pt, July 2006

“Aphasia Parrhesia: Code and Speech in the Neural Topologies of the Net,” Drunkenboat 7, edited by Ravi Shankar, Spring 2005

“Net Baroque,” in Life in the WIres, a CTHEORY Reader, edited by Arthur and Marilouise Kroker, Pacific Center for Technology and Culture, Victoria: New World Perspectives Books (August 2004) ISBN 10 0920393217 ISBN-13: 978-0920393215

“Sense of Place and Sonic Topologies: Towards a Telemimetic Sublime in the Data Landscape”, San Francisco: YLEM Journal, volume 24, number 6, May-June 2004

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REVIEWS
Nicholas Ruiz III, “La Conchita,” International Journal of Baudrillard Studies, vol 4, no. 1, January 2007

John Haber, “Christina McPhee at Sara Tecchia Roma New York,” Artillery, Los Angeles, December 2006

John Haber, “City Lights: Catherine Opie (American Cities) and Christina McPhee (La Conchita mon Amour), http://www.haberarts.com/mcphee.htm

Josef Woodard, “‘Wunderkabinet’ plays with the facts,” Los Angeles Times, October 14, 2006

GH Hovagimyan, “Interview with Christina McPhee” http://spaghtti.nujus.net/artDirt/archives/2006_03.html

John Stanley, “Quake, Rattle and Roll on the Screen,” San Francisco Chronicle, April 2, 2006

Ryan Griffis, “Christina McPhee,” ArtUS, July-September 2005

Holly Willis, “Carrizo-Parkfield Diaries,” Signal to Noise,LA Weekly, March 4-10, 2005

Mark Gordon, “Christina McPhee,” radio interview, Centerstage, KXLU, Los Angeles, March 1, 2005

“Christina McPhee”, Mind Candy, LA Alternative Weekly, Los Angeles, April 16, 2005

Agnese Benassi, “Carrizo-Parkfield Diaries: Notes from the Underground,” Noema, online here , Italy, March 2005

Ryan Griffis, “Tragic Travelogue: A Consideration Around Christina McPhee’s “Carrizo-Parkfield Diaries,” Rhizome Digest,New York, April 19, 2005, online here
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PROFESSIONAL SERVICE, GRANTS, AWARDS
ISEA 2008 Singapore, Reviewer Committee, invitation, Gunalan Nadarajan, chair, 2008

Visiting artist, Digital Arts and New Media Graduate MFA Program and Department of Film and Digital Media, University of California-Santa Cruz, April 2007

American Scandinavian Foundation, travel grant for installation of “Carrizo-Parkfield Diaries” at Cartes Center for Art and Technology, Espoo, Finland, 2006

Travel Grant for programming, presenting, research, GPS Expo, Center for Land Use Interpretation, Wendover, Utah, July 2006; grant for support from University of California-San Diego Department of Visual Arts and UCIRA, 2006

Visiting Artist, residency fellowship, HUMlab, Universitat Umea, Sweden, 2005

Residency/production support, Experimental Television Center, New York, 2005

Research fellowship, Interactive Media, Falmouth College of Arts, Cornwall, UK 2004

backup festival/lounge|lab visiting artist residency, Bauhaus-Universitat Weimar, Germany 2003

State Foundation for Culture and the Arts, Hawaii, exhibition grant, 1999

Banff Centre, Media and Visual Arts, Banff, Alberta July 1999

Vermont Studio Center Artists’ Fellowship, March-April 1990

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SELECTED COLLECTIONS
Experimental Television Center, New York

Thresholds Artspace, Perth, Scotland

New Museum of Contemporary Art/Rhizome Artbase

Cartes Center for Art and Technology, Espoo, Finland

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

Cornell University Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media Art

National Library of Australia Pandora Archive

Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery and Sculpture Garden

Taylor Museum for Southwestern Studies, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center

Great Plains Art Collection University of Nebraska

Open University Milton Keynes
teaching
EDUCATION
MFA Boston University, School for the Arts, student of Philip Guston, painting, 1979

BFA Kansas CIty Art Insititute, painting and printmaking, valedictorian, 1976

Scripps College Claremont
, visual art/art history 1974-75
teaching
ACADEMIC/TEACHING
Lecturer, Department of Film and DIgital Media, University of California-Santa Cruz 2008. Courses: Film 189 Advanced Topics in Electronic and Digital Media, upper division seminar; Film 177: Digital Media/Computer and the Arts Production Studio (advanced course).

Visiting Critic, Department of Architecture, California Polytechnic State University, 2001-2007

Lecturer, studio,drawing as conceptual art practice, 100/300/400 levels, Department of Art and Art History, University of Missouri-Kansas CIty, 1998-2001

Studio Faculty, Department of Painting, Kansas City Art Institute, 1988-1990

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