Founding Artist Edition: Addie Wagenknecht ❦
An exercise in turning corporate zoom calls into creative inspiration.
Addie Wagenknecht’s Zoom Paintings use custom palettes derived from screen captures taken during corporate work meetings. The pieces can be thought of as abstract “portraits” that reflect the lives of the people on the other side of the screen.
“The entire process made me reflect on how public and private experiences were intersecting so thoroughly during the pandemic, and even now. When we’re on Zoom calls, we’re both operating in a professional context while also revealing ourselves by inviting each other into our homes through the screen.”
— Addie Wagenknecht
Addie Wagenknecht’s creative practice explores the tension between expression and technology. Blending conceptually-driven painting, sculpture, and installation with the ethos of hacker culture, Wagenknecht constructs spaces between art object and lived experience. Her work contemplates power, networked consciousness, and the incessant beauty of everyday life despite the anxiety of being surveilled.
A member of Free Art & Technology (F.A.T.) Lab, Wagenknecht was the recipient of a 2014 Warhol Foundation Grant, which she used to found Deep Lab, a collaborative group of researchers, artists, writers, engineers, and cultural producers interested in privacy, surveillance, code, art, social hacking, and anonymity. As an active leader in the open source hardware movement, she also co-founded NORTD Labs, an international research and development collaborative which produces open source projects that have been used and built by millions worldwide.
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