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Katherine Behar

ARTFORMS
Video, Sculpture, Installation, Performance.

MATERIALS
Photography Consumer technologies and artifacts of “junk culture”.

GUIDED INTEREST
Katherine Behar is an American interdisciplinary artist and critical theorist living in the United States, who works with video, performance, sculpture, and interactive installation. As an artist, her practices explore digital culture through feminism and materialism.

Katherine Behar is one of the established American artists in the United States and her works have been exhibited nationally and internationally. She is well known for projects that mix low and high technologies to create hybrid forms that are by turns humorous and sensuous

Behar writes and lectures widely on object-oriented feminism, decelerationist aesthetics, and artificial ignorance (terms she coined in 2010, 2012, and 2018, respectively), as well as ethics of emerging technology, technologized labor, and feminist media critique.

Based in Brooklyn, she is an Associate Professor of New Media Arts at Baruch College and The Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY).

QUOTES
We are interacting with data in every possible moment of life, and it’s really changing… It’s not just recording us, but it’s actually transforming us and who we are. So I think the relationship is a fraught one, but it’s very an intimate one. And it is some of that intimacy that I hoping that this exhibition gets across.

Katherine Behar interview on TRT World in Istanbul: October 6, 2016.

BIO
Lives in New York City in the United States.
Born in Boston, Massachusetts.

FORMATION
2009 I New York, United States I Department of Art, Hunter College /CUNY | MFA in Combined Media.
2006 I New York, United States I Department of Media, Culture and Communication, New York University | MA in Media Ecology.
2000 I Chicago, United States I School of the Art Institute of Chicago | BFA in Studio Art.

EXHIBITIONS SELECTION
2020 I Istanbul, Turkey I Pera Museum/online I Measure of Human I curated by Ulya Soley.
2019 I Framingham, United States I Mazmanian Gallery I Katherine Behar: Backups, solo exhibition.
2019 I Banff, Canada I The Banff Center I Arts Culture and Digital transformation Summit Exhibition.
2018 | Camden, United States | Stedman Gallery | Digital Trash, a group exhibition with catalog curated by Jim Brown and Robert Emmons.
2018 I Pittsburgh, United States I Media Arts Gallery I Anonymous Autonomous, solo exhibition curated by Andrew Ames and Christine Holtz.
2017 | New York, United States | SPRING/BREAK Art Show | THEM, a group exhibition curated by Lynn Sullivan.
2016 I Istanbul, Turkey I Pera Museum I Katherine Behar: Data’s Entry, a solo exhibition with catalog I Curated by Fatma Çolakoğlu and Ulya Soley.
2014 I Lexington, United States I Tuska Center for Contemporary Art I Katherine Behar: E-Waste, solo exhibition with catalog, curated by Dima Strakovsky. Traveling venue, Boston Cyberarts Gallery, curated by George Fifield.

And More.


Katherine Behar: Backups, 2019. Installation view at Mazmanian Gallery. Photo by Ellie Krakow. Image courtesy of the artist.

RESIDENCIES
2020/2021 | Santa Fe Art Institute I Santa Fe, United States.
2020 | Harvestworks I New York, United States.
2019–2021 | University of Michigan I Michigan, United States.
2018 | Nida Art Colony I Nida, Lithuania.
2018 | Robert Morris University I Pittsburgh, United States.
2017 | MacDowell I Peterborough, United States.
2017 | Pioneer Works Tech Residency I New York, United States.
2016 | Johannesburg Workshop in Theory and Criticism I Johannesburg, South Africa.
2013 | Launch Pad I New York, United States.
2013 | Cannonball I Miami, United States.
2013 | MacDowell I Peterborough, United States.
2011 | The Wassaic Project I Wassaic, United States.
2008 | 7.stock I Dresden, Germany.
2006 | MoKS I Mooste, Estonia.

PUBLICATIONS
Object-Oriented Feminism, edited by Katherine Behar (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2016).
And Another Thing: Nonanthropocentrism and Art, edited by Katherine Behar and Emmy Mikelson (Earth: punctum books, 2016).
Katherine Behar, Bigger than You: Big Data and Obesity (Earth: punctum books, 2016).
Katherine Behar: Data’s Entry | Veri Girişi (Istanbul: Pera Museum, 2016).
Katherine Behar: E-Waste (Lexington: Tuska Center for Contemporary Art, 2014).


Katherine Behar, Data’s Entry | Veri Girişi, 2016. Installation view at Pera Museum. Photo by Pera Museum. Image courtesy of the artist.

LINKS
Katherine Behar Website
Katherine Behar current residency

FEATURE IMAGE
Katherine Behar: Backups, 2019. Installation view at Mazmanian Gallery. Photo by Ellie Krakow. Image courtesy of the artist.
Katherine Behar, Data’s Entry | Veri Girişi, 2016. Installation view at Pera Museum. Photo by Pera Museum. Image courtesy of the artist.

AUTHOR
Elham Khattab and Rania Atef