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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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
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Simone Couto is a United States-based interdisciplinary artist, poet, curator, and educator. She is interested in how the interconnection between place and individuals, both in nature and urban settings, shapes identities and impacts society and ecosystems.
Simone Couto (born in Brazil, 1975) received an MFA from the School of Visual Arts Art Practice Program, New York, a BA in Creative Arts from the University of San Francisco, and studied Theater Arts at The Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. Her work has been shown in the United States and internationally, including Gwacheon National Science Museum, South Korea; and Pioneer Works; Invisible Dog Art Center; Electronic Arts Intermix; El Museo de Los Sures; and Momenta Art, all New York. She is a current faculty member at the School of Visual Arts, New York.simonecouto.com