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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Joshua Liebowitz is interested in the elements of social and cultural interactions between persons and systems, and how these points of overlap shape the uncanny reality fabric. In his projects, he combines processes of investigative journalism, documentary, historical method, together with speculative fiction, poetics, and absurdist intervention to produce assemblages and installations of expanded research and varied materials. What Liebowitz is after in these works is a visible language that gives form and way to immaterial considerations, with the hope that in turn, the cycles of psychologic infrastructure that consequence personal experience and public policy reveal themselves as a navigable, if necessarily tensional space.
Joshua Liebowitz earned his BA at Columbia University. Liebowitz’s works have been shown at CAFA International Gallery, Beijing; Transmitter Gallery, New York; ISCP, Pioneer Works, The Boiler|Pierogi, and NARS Foundation (New York), amongst others. His commissions include The Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church; Flux Factory; Electric Objects, and his works have been discussed in a variety of publications, including The Atlantic; Art News; Art Uncovered; ArtFCity; Jacket 2; Packet BiWeekly; Huffington Post; and Bedford+Bowery. He lives and works in New York City.joshualiebowitz.com