Furen Dai’s practice has focused largely on the economy of culture industry, and how languages lose function, usage, and history. Dai’s hybrid art practice utilizes video, sound, sculpture, painting and collaboration. Her years as a professional translator and interest in linguistic studies have guided her artistic practice since 2015. She has been researching and developing the nearly extinct language of NüShu. The language, derived from Chinese characters, was created and used exclusively by women.
Furen Dai has exhibited work at the 13th Athens Digital Arts Festival, Greece; 2016 International Video Art Festival Now&After, Moscow, Russia; and Edinburgh Artists’ Moving Image Festival, Scotland, amongst other.
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Alison Nguyen’s work explores the ways in which images are produced, disseminated, and consumed within the current media landscape, exposing the socio-political conditions from which they arise. Creating strategies for dissent, she re-articulates mainstream cinematic language in unsettlingly seductive installation, video, and sculptural works that generate a self-aware gaze within which the viewer becomes both producer and consumer of their own spectacle.
Alison Nguyen (born 1986) received her B.A. from Brown University. Alison Nguyen has presented work at Ann Arbor Film Festival; CROSSROADS by San Francisco Cinematheque and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and Microscope Gallery, Brooklyn, among others. She has received residencies and fellowships from The Institute of Electronic Arts, Squeaky Wheel Film and Media Art Center, BRIC, and Signal Culture. In 2018, Nguyen was featured in Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film.alisonnguyen.com
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Mariajosé Fernández-Plenge is interested in the effects of time. She works primarily with photography, sculpture and installation. Her most recent work explores how the passing years have affected the relationship between mankind and nature, and the consequences of it.
Mariajosé Fernández-Plenge is a graduate from the International Center of Photography, New York, and has a B.A. in Audiovisual Media at Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas, Lima. She also has diplomas from Central Saint Martins, the University of Arts London; Universidad Europea de Madrid; and Centro de la Imagen, Peru. Her work has been shown internationally including Casa de América, Madrid; the United States Embassy of Peru, Lima; and the International Center of Photography, New York City, among others.mfernandezplenge.com