Stephanie Rothenberg

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  • ISEA2020

    Stephanie Rothenberg’s interdisciplinary art draws from digital culture, science and economics to explore relationships between human designed systems and biological ecosystems. Moving between real and virtual spaces her work investigates the power dynamics of techno utopias, global economics and outsourced labor.

    She has exhibited throughout the US and internationally in venues including Eyebeam (US), Sundance Film Festival (US), Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art / MASS MoCA (US), House of Electronic Arts / HeK (CH), LABoral (ES), Transmediale (DE), and ZKM Center for Art & Media (DE). She is a recipient of numerous awards, most recently from the Harpo Foundation and Creative Capital. Residencies include ZK/U Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik in Berlin, TOKAS / Tokyo Art and Space, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace, Eyebeam Art and Technology and the Santa Fe Art Institute. She is Associate Professor of Art at SUNY Buffalo, USA.

    ISEA 2012

    Stephanie Rothenberg, ISEA2012 Theme Leader & Associate Professor, Department of Visual Studies, SUNY Buffalo, US


    Stephanie Rothenberg creates provocative interactions that question the boundaries and social constructs of manufactured desires. Through participatory performance, installation and networked media, her work investigates the mediation of the physical, analog body through the digital interfaces of commodity culture. Adopting the role of cultural anthropologist, the medium of the techno-sphere itself becomes a laboratory for raising critical questions about our interpersonal relationship to technology and its broader socio-political implications.

    Stephanie has exhibited, performed and lectured in the US and internationally at venues including the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, 2004/2009 International Symposium of Electronic Arts (ISEA), Whitney Museum of Art Internet Art portal, Moscow International Biennial for Young Art, 2008/2010 Zer01/01SJ Global Festival of Art on the Edge, Banff New Media Institute, LABoral Center for Art & Industry, Amsterdam International Film Festival, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, ConFlux Festival, Interaccess Media Arts Center, Bent Festival, Chicago Underground Film Festival, Trampoline Radiator Festival New Technology Art, Knitting Factory, Studio XX and the Central Academy of Fine Art in Beijing.

    Recent awards include a 2009 Creative Capital in Emerging Fields and a 2008 New York State Council on the Arts Individual Artist Award (NYSCA). She has been a resident at Eyebeam Art & Technology Center and Harvestworks Media Art Center in NY, NY and at the free103point9 Wave Farm in upstate NY.

    In addition to her own artistic practice, Stephanie is Co-Director of REV-, a non-profit organization based in New York City, that furthers socially-engaged art, design, and pedagogy. REV- produces projects that fuse disciplines, foster diversity, and vary in form (workshops, publications, exhibitions, design objects, etc.). Engaged with different communities and groups, REV-‘s projects involve collaborative production, resource-sharing, and a commitment to the process as political gesture. The organization derives its name from both the colloquial expression “to rev” a vehicle and the prefix “rev-“ which means to turn—as in, revolver, revolution, revolt, revere, irreverent, etc.

    Stephanie received her MFA in 2003 from The Department of Film, Video and New Media at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is currently Associate Professor in the Department of Visual Studies at SUNY Buffalo where she teaches courses in Communication Design and Emerging Practices.


    Stephanie Rothenberg’s interdisciplinary practice merges performance, installation and networked media to create provocative interactions that question the boundaries and social constructs of manufactured desires.


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  • Buffalo, New York, United States of America

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