Susan Barnet, 2013
In Relational Aesthetics Nicolas Bourriaud posits "the role of artworks is no longer to form imaginary and utopian realities, but to actually be ways of living and models of action within the existing real, whatever the scale chosen by the artist." To that end, in my practice I promote open-ended scenarios around collaboration, interaction and authorship. My practice integrates the public realm, whether in the form of physical landscape, political environment, social community, or a combination thereof. My videos, installations, photographs, and new media works play with the gap between the actual and the expected within these varied real world contexts.
My work has been exhibited at The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, The American Academy in Rome, Galerie Christine Koenig in Vienna, in de een minuten as part of the Sandberg Instituut and Nederlands Instituut voor MediaKunst Montevideo, and the Gazon Rouge Gallery in Athens. As well, I have contributed illustrations and writing to three projects published by Verse Chorus Press. My work was on view in the Czech Republic as part of Certain Traces: Dialogue Los Angeles/Prague 2004 and at the ICA in London in 2006.
My work has been written about in Art in America, Art Forum, Art Papers as well as Horizon Zero, the on-line Banff new media journal at horizonzero.ca with an essay by Sylvie Parent, the Green Museum on-line moisture.greenmuseum.org and Media@terra microMuseum.
I have received various grants and awards including a Durfee ARC grant, the Long Beach Museum of Art's 1999 New Vision's Video Production Grant, the Panavision Young Filmmakers Award and, as part of the MOISTURE collective, a LEF Arts Foundation grant and a Beall Center for the Arts grant. My collaborative project Mario's Furniture with Hillary Mushkin was in residence at the Bolsky Gallery at Otis College of Art and Design and at the Armory Center for the Arts. This interactive installation was exhibited at the Telic gallery in the fall of 2006.
I have organized three programs for the Los Angeles FilmForum. I have curated for LA Freewaves and a program of one-minute videos from Los Angeles for the Sandberg Instituut in Amsterdam. I am an Assistant Professor for Fine Arts at Otis College of Art and Design.