Kanarek is First Resident Artist at The Foundry
February 6-10, Kanarek will workshop with students from various College of Fine Arts (COFA) programs, explore uses for the visualization and production technologies in The Foundry and conclude the week with a public talk on her work.
Funded by donor Kirby Attwell and COFA, this new residency program brings to campus innovative artists who are pushing artistic creativity and cultural invention through creative experimentation with new and old technologies.
Born in New York and raised in Israel, Kanarek returned to New York in 1991 for art school and began exhibiting in galleries. She was active in the early days of the Net Art scene in New York and collaborated for over ten years with Eyebeam, where she founded and led the Upgrade!, an international network of artists and curators concerned with art, technology and activism. She has been developing an integrated media project called “World of Awe” since 1995 which employs the ancient genre of the traveler's tale to explore connections between storytelling, travel, memory and technology.
Selected for the 2002 Whitney Biennial, Kanarek has been recognized with awards that include the Rockefeller 2005 New Media Fellowship, 2003 Netizens Webprize and CNRS/UNESCO Lewis Carroll Argos prize in France. She has also received grants from the Jerome Foundation Media Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, as well as commissions from San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Turbulence.org and the Alternative Museum.
Kanarek holds an MFA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and is a visiting instructor teaching Net Art at the MFA program at Pratt Institute.
Kanarek will present “From Net Art to Jewelry: On working with language,” a retrospective on her work to date, at 3 p.m., Friday, February 10, in the Fine Arts Library. This event is free and open to the public.
The Fine Arts Library is a branch of the University of Texas Libraries.
For more information, contact: Travis Willmann, University of Texas Libraries, 512-495-4644.