Artworks and Experiences: An Interview with MALK (Mark Amerika and Laura Kim)





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Published on Oct 11, 2018

Harvestworks presents The TEAM Lab: Artworks and Experiences Exhibition May 25 - Oct. 21, 2018. Artists open studios, an exhibition of digital media art and a workshop / research room to share how artists use new and emerging technology with the public on Governors Island. This year our partners include the TECHNE_Lab and the Streaming Museum.

An Interview about Digital Afterlife by MALK (Mark Amerika and Laura Kim)

Floating in the Ether, the artist’s imagination occasionally has no choice: it must ground itself in reality. But what is reality in a world where an individual’s perception, consciousness, awareness and overall sensibility is constantly being challenged by the “datafication” of experience? Once upon a time, artists may have had the luxury of intentionally isolating themselves from the revolution of everyday life. This is no longer possible. In fact, as aspirational and critical media artists, MALK (featuring Mark Amerika and Laura Hyunjhee Kim) aims to create artworks that embrace 21st century media as transformational composition and distribution tools for their digital art work while simultaneously intervening in the technical environment of global capitalism and its analytically-driven, market-manipulated big data environment.

About the Artist:

Mark Amerika ’s artwork has been exhibited internationally at venues such as the Whitney Biennial of American Art, the Denver Art Museum, the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, and the Walker Art Center. In 2009-2010, The National Museum of Contemporary Art in Athens, Greece, hosted Amerika’s comprehensive retrospective exhibition entitled UNREALTIME. In 2009, Amerika released Immobilité, generally considered the first feature-length art film ever shot on a mobile phone. He is the author of many books including remixthebook (University of Minnesota Press, 2011 — remixthebook.com), META/DATA: A Digital Poetics (The MIT Press, 2007) and remixthecontext (Routledge, 2018). His artwork Museum of Glitch Aesthetics [glitchmuseum.com] was commissioned by Abandon Normal Devices in conjunction with the London 2012 Olympics. In March 2017, he was the first American artist to have a survey exhibition of digital artwork in Havana. Amerika was recently appointed Professor of Distinction at the and is the Founding Director of the Doctoral Program in Intermedia Art, Writing and Performance and a Professor of Art and Art History.

Laura Hyunjhee Kim is a multimedia artist who renders familiar physical experiences into fabricated (non)existent spaces that reimagine digital culture and virtual living. Kim has shown works in on/offline exhibition spaces and screenings around the world including the Internet Archive, São Paulo Cultural Center, Ever Gold Projects, Kadist Art Foundation, Gray Area Foundation for the Arts, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, New York Anthology Film Archives, Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, Dresden Artists’ Exposition in Germany, quARTel – Galeria Municipal de Arte, Fei Contemporary Art Center-Shanghai, Super Art Modern Museum (SPAMM), The Wrong-New Digital Art Biennale and she was an artist in residence at the Internet Archive, Black & White Projects and Korea National University of the Arts. Kim was the recipient of the inaugural ArtSlant Award in New Media and her work has appeared in Hyperallergic, KQED, Daily Serving, San Francisco Chronicle, The Creators Project, and the Living Room Light Exchange. She is currently a PhD student in CU-Boulder’s Doctoral Program in Intermedia Art, Writing, and Performance.


Twitter: @markamerika
Instagram: @lauraonsale


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