Cyfest Presents: A Subject Self-Defined

Gallery 6–10pm
  • Regular FREE

In honor of the 10th anniversary of Cyfest, the Made in NY Media Center is thrilled to present A Subject Self-Defined, a solo video exhibition from Carla Gannis.

A Subject Self-Defined is a new body of work from Carla Gannis that addresses issues of branded identity; age and body estimation; catastrophe culture; and online agency via static, dynamic and interactive “selfie” imagery.

"The woman’s face has served as the muse of the male gaze throughout art history. Artists such as Artemisia Gentileschi, Frida Kahlo, and Cindy Sherman have subverted this idea of woman as figure, as a mere face, and as muse through self-portraiture. They called into question what happens when a woman turns the paintbrush and, in our contemporary times, the camera, to her own face. In A Subject Self-Defined, the viewer is provided multiple vantage points that traverse various forms of self-portraiture and mixed-media methodologies. Her series converges a wide array of technologies – drawing, painting, animation, social media, and augmented reality – together to serve as the artist herself re-represents herself." – Dorothy Santos, 2016


Also on display from 12/1 – 12/7 is No. 0, a modular, 3D public art installation by Anna Frants. Conceptually referencing a computer grid and visually reflecting the infrastructure of a building sans walls – Frants builds an open framework room of hollow, polypropylene cubes. The exposed scaffolding houses objects, videos, and movements. The interior (unlived-in lived-in) space is empty for viewers to navigate the visuals, sounds, words, and virtual actions of the exterior matrix and formulate their own story. 


About Carla Gannis

Carla Gannis identifies as a visual storyteller. With the use of 21st Century representational technologies she narrates through a “digital looking glass” where reflections on power, sexuality, marginalization, and agency emerge. She is fascinated by digital semiotics and the situation of identity in the blurring contexts of physical and virtual.
Since 2003 Gannis’s work has appeared in over 20 solo exhibitions and numerous group exhibitions both nationally and internationally. Her most recent solo exhibitions include “A Subject Self-Defined” at TRANSFER Gallery, Brooklyn, NY and “The Garden of Earthly Delights” both at Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT and at The Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY. Features on her work have appeared in ARTnews, The Creators Project, The Huffington Post, Wired, Buzzfeed, FastCo, Hyperallergic, Art F City, Art Critical, The Wallstreet Journal, The New York Times, and The LA Times, among others. 
Gannis has also participated on numerous panels regarding intersections in art and technology including “Let’s Get Digital” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and “Cogency in the Imaginarium” at Cooper Union and at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In September, her augmented reality project "The Selfie Drawings" was awarded a 2016 Lumen Prize.
Gannis is a professor and the assistant chairperson of The Department of Digital Arts at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY.
About Leah Stuhltrager
Leah Stuhltrager specializes in the emerging, intersecting fields of Art and Technology. Career highlights include projects at Lincoln Center, Coachella, E-Halle, Contemporary Istanbul, Circulo de Bellas Artes, The Hermitage Museum, Oriental Pearl Tower, CYBERFEST, Art Meets Tech, sister city “Berlin x Tokyo” at Roppongi Hills, Asia Pacific Week for the German Senate, SOFA Bogota, and London’s The Great Eastern Wall. She is on the Board of TEDxBerlin.
About Cyfest
Founded by CYLAND Media Art Lab in 2007, CYBERFEST was held annually for six years across St Petersburg’s top art institutions (The State Hermitage Museum, Peter and Paul Fortress, Kuryokhin Modern Art Centre, Creative Space TKACHI, Borey Gallery, Gallery of Experimental Sound and Art re. FLEX gallery), earning a reputation as the original and the most significant New Media event in Russia.
Making a pivotal leap in 2013 — CYBERFEST’s 7th edition expanded for the first time outside Russia to Berlin, attracting over 10,000 visitors over 5 days. In 2014/2015, CYLAND & CYBERFEST reached further by branching to innovative cities (St Petersburg, Moscow, Tokyo, Berlin, New York, Bogota, London) on the Art & Tech frontier, strengthening cultural exchange among innovators.

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