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Sophie Kahn

Sophie’s work owes its fragmented aesthetic to the interaction of new and old media, or the digital and the analog. I combine cutting-edge technology, like 3d laser scanning and 3d printing, with ancient bronze casting techniques. I create sculptures and videos that resemble de-constructed monuments or memorials. They engage questions of time, history, vision, identity and the body.

 

Education:
2013 MFA, Art & Technology Studies, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Full graduate school Trustee scholarship
2003 Graduate Certificate, Spatial Information Architecture, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia
2001 BA (Hons) Fine Art/Art History, Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK

Residencies:

Ace Hotel New York one night residency, January 2017

Artist in residence, Columbia College, Interdisciplinary Arts Department, September 2014

NARS Foundation, Brooklyn, NY, January-August 2014

​Open Studio residency, Museum of Arts & Design, New York City, NY, September-December 2010

EMPAC (Experimental Media & Performing Arts Centre), Rensselaer Polytechnic, NY, January 2009

Art/Science residency, Mothers & Babies Research Center, John Hunter Hospital, Newcastle, Australia, March 2009

Australia Council Tokyo Studio Residency, Japan, June-August 2008

Studio Artist, Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Melbourne, Australia, 2003-5


Selected Exhibitions (solo where indicated):

2017

Temporal Topologies, NY Media Center, New York, NY
Digital Fabrication, University of North Texas, TX

2016

Anthropocene, Fuse Factory, Pearl Conard Gallery of Art, Ohio State University, OH

the real-fake.org.2.0, Bronx Art Space, New York, NY
Visualaries, NY Media Center, New York, NY
Mind-Machine-Material – Digital Technology & Sculpture Today, Northern Arizona University Art Museum, AZ
Phantom Limb, Dose Projects, New York, NY

2015

+/-, Joseloff/Silpe Galleries, University of Hartford

Sophie Kahn, Lane Crawford Gallery, Yintai Centre, Beijing (solo)

5 in 3D, Madelon Powers Art Gallery, University of Pennsylvania East Strasbourg, PA

TechNoBody (collaborative piece with Claudia Hart et al), Pelham Art Center, NY

2014

New Romantics, Eyebeam Center for Art and Technology, New York, NY

Currents New Media Festival: New Media Transforms Tradition, Santa Fe, NM

Ten, Cindy Rucker Gallery, New York, NY

Paddles On!, Philips Auction House, London, UK

Women In Digital, The Hospital Club, London, UK

Lumos Gallery, Columbus, OH

2013

Shards, Connecticut College Cummings Galleries,CT (2-person)

​Technoromaticism, Jean Albano Gallery, Chicago, IL

Re:Formed, Westbeth Gallery, New York, NY

Now13, Dark Horse Experiment, Melbourne, Australia
Artifact, Leroy Neiman Center Gallery, School of the Art Institute of Chicago (solo)

Lumen Prize Exhibition, touring to New York, London, Cardiff, Hong Kong and Brecon

2012

​Improbable Objects, What It Is Gallery, Chicago, IL
Prospectives, Sheppard Gallery, University of Nevada, Reno, NV
People vs. Space, Richard Grey Gallery, Chicago
NYFA Digital/Electronic Arts Fellows, NYFA Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
LBI Digital 2012, Long Beach Island Foundation for the Arts & Sciences, NJ
3D Print Show, London, UK
VoidObject, ISEA, Albuquerque, NM

2010

TedXBrooklyn, Pratt Institute Faculty Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
DigitalArt.LA, Dance Camera West/LACDA, Los Angeles, CA
New Media Art Show, The Last Supper Salon, 3rd Ward, Brooklyn, NY
Outdoor projection at Downtown Art Walk (solo) and media installation at Timothy Yarger Fine
Art, Los Angeles, CA
The Armory Show, VSA, New York City, NY
Revealing Culture, Smithsonian Institution: International Gallery, Washington DC

2009

The Armory Show, VSA, New York City, NY
Trace Elements: spirit and memory in Japanese & Australian Photomedia, Performance Space,
Sydney, Australia
William & Winifred Bowness Photography Prize Shortlist, Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne,
Australia
Offerings, Space 414, Brooklyn, New York City, NY

2008

Trace Elements: spirit and memory in Japanese & Australian Photomedia, Tokyo City Opera
Gallery, Japan
Australie: Mythe et Realité, Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, Paris
Derivative Composition, Kennedy Center, Washington DC

2006

Sophie Kahn, Martine Corompt, Van Sowerwine, Stills Gallery, Sydney
Bitmap International Digital Photography Project, Loop Alternative Art Space, Seoul. South Korea
The Waxen and the Fleshy, Spacement Gallery, Melbourne (solo), Australia
Greetings, Ocular Lab, Melbourne, Australia

2005

Strange to Inhabit the Earth No Longer, Spacement Gallery, Melbourne (solo)
Through a Stranger’s Eyes, Designfesta, Tokyo/Arts Aporia, Osaka,
Japan

Festivals and screenings:

Zero1 Biennale, San Jose, CA, 2012
Transmediale, Berlin, Germany, 2012
Cyborg Alarm, Big Screen Plaza, NY; touring to urban screens in Australia, Asia and the Middle East in
2012-13
Trampoline, UK, 2011
Frequency, Lincoln, UK, 2011
Leaders in Software & Art, Big Screen Plaza, NY, 2011
Dance Camera West, Los Angeles, 2010
Cinedans, Amsterdam, 2010
Japan Media Arts Festival, Tokyo, Japan, 2010

Awards & Honors:

Electric Objects Commission, 2016

Lumen Prize shortlist, 2012

​NYFA (New York Foundation for the Arts) Digital/Electronic Arts Fellow, 2011

Japan Media Arts Festival Jury Recommended Work, 2010

William & Winifred Bowness Photography Prize Shortlist, 2009

Wynn Newhouse Award Shortlist, 2009

Collections:

Private collections in Britain, the USA, Europe and Australia​

Bibliography:

Digital Handmade: Craftsmanship and the New Industrial Revolution, Lucy Johnston, Thames and
Hudson, 2015

“Are Digital Artists Really the 21st Century’s New Romantics?”, Paddy Johnson, artnet.com, 2014

“The New Romantics”, Rachel Clarke, Nicholas O’Brien and Claudia Hart, Metaverse Creativity, 2014

“Sophie Kahn and Norwood Viviano: Mining Data, Crafting Meaning”, Kim Harty, GAS News, Winter 2014

“Diving into the Static of Some Recent Digital and Electronic Arts”, Allison Meier, Hyperallergic.com, 2012
Blog coverage on The Creators Project,notcot.com, Shapeways.com, Ponoko.com, artistaday.com & others, 2011-13
Interview with Ashley Crawford, Photofile 85, 2009
Profile, Chris Grayson, H+ Magazine, August 2009
“Time Shifts in Another Place,” Gail Priest, Realtime Australia 88, December-January 2009
“Indecisive Moments,” Ashley Rawlings, Japan Times, August 28, 2008
“Artistic Movement,” Stephanie Merry, Washington Post, June 27 2008
“Life Focus,” Tess Hewson, Jmag, February 2006
“Between Magic and Reality”, Robert McFarlane, Sydney Morning Herald, February 21, 2006
Preview, The Age, August 1, 2005
“Sophie Kahn and Joel Zika, Darren Tofts, Photofile 75, November 2005