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 received her B.A. from Brown University. She has presented work at Ann Arbor Film Festival; CROSSROADS presented by San Francisco Cinematheque and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Channels Festival International Biennial of Video Art, Melbourne; Microscope Gallery, New York and AC Gallery, Beijing, among others. Nguyen has participated in residencies and/or been awarded fellowships from The Institute of Electronic Arts, Squeaky Wheel Film and Media Art Center, and BRIC. She has been awarded grants from NYSCA and The New York Community Trust. In 2018, Nguyen was featured in Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film.alisonnguyen.com
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Joshua Liebowitz’ practice is research focused and medium diverse. He is interested in a type of navigational project for Art which can inscribe as much as redirect the absurdity of the human condition through installations and events which negotiate between communication technologies, archive, narrative, and the articulation of social structures.
Joshua Liebowitz earned his BA at Columbia University. Liebowitz’ most recent solo exhibition was on view at this year’s SPRING/BREAK (New York, 2019). His work has been presented at CAFA International Gallery (Beijing); ISCP; NARS Foundation; Pioneer Works, and St. Mark’s Church (New York), amongst others. Joshua’s projects have been discussed in a variety of publications and media, including ARTNews, The Atlantic, Gothamist, Art F City, Art Uncovered, Packet BiWeekly, Bedford+Bowery, and Jacket2. He lives and works in New York City.joshualiebowitz.com