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Christina McPhee

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Los Angeles

Lives in
central coast California

Works in
San Francisco, Oakland, New York


photography, installation, video, writing, contemporary, visual, sound, new-media

Statement  for Artslant  tumblr: teorema-spaces  twitter: christinamcphee 

 June 2014

Christina McPhee (b. Los Angeles) grew up in rural Nebraska and returned to California to study at Scripps College, Claremont. She  earned a BFA in painting and printmaking at Kansas City Art Institute and the MFA in painting from Boston University School for the Arts.  Solo exhibitions include American University Museum, Washington, DC; Bildmuseet, Umea, Sweden, and Freies Museum, Berlin (video retrospective). Group exhibitions include Bucharest Biennial 3, Museum of Modern Art Medellin; Headlands Center for the Arts, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (with Center for Visual Music), and Berkeley Art Museum-Pacific Film Archive. Her media works and drawings are in public collections including Whitney Museum of American Art-Artport; Center for Visual Music, Los Angeles; Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center/Taylor Museum; Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art,Thresholds New Media Collection, Scotland; Rhizome Artbase, an affiliate of the New Museum of Contemporary Art; and the United States Department of State Art in Embassies. She is a MAP Fund for Performance grantee (2012) with Pamela Z for Carbon Song Cycle, a performance work for chamber ensemble, voice, electronics and video (2013). Other awards and support include Turbulence/NY State Foundation for the Arts with GH Hovagimyan for Plazaville (2009;  Documenta 12 Magazine Project (participating editor) (2007); American Scandinavian Foundation (exhibition support) for Carrizo-Parkfield Diaries in Espoo, Finland, 2006;  Experimental Television Center, New York (production support), for La Conchita N=Amour; HUMLab visiting artist residency, Umea Universitat, Sweden (2005); Lounge|lab residency and exhibition support, Bauhaus-Universitat, Weimar (2003), and Banff Center for the Arts (residency, Media and Visual Arts, 1999).  She was nominated for the Joan Mitchell Painters and Sculptors Grant in 2011 and 2013. She was the Lois Langland Alumnae in Residence at Scripps College, Claremont, in 2000. McPhee lives and works in central coast California.



2014 Double Blind Studies, in "Up All Night", SF Camerawork, San Francisco, July 10-August 16; photographs by Joe Cornett, Amber Crabbe, Louis DeLuco, Christina McPhee, David Pace, Meghann Riepenhoff, Thom Sempere, Kyle Smith, and Jason Tannen. 

2014 La Conchita N=Amour and Recent Environmental Films by Christina McPhee, Black Hole Cinematheque, Oakland, March 5

2014 Carbon Song Cycle, expanded cinema and chamber work for voice, electronics, chamber ensemble and video, in collaboration with Pamela Z, Joe Goode Annex at Project Artaud, San Francisco, February 5-7

2013 Carbon Song Cycle, expanded cinema and chamber work for voice, electronics, chamber ensemble and video, in collaboration with Pamela Z. Roulette, Brooklyn, November

2013 Carbon Song Cycle. Premiere, Immersive multiscreen cinema project in collaboration with Pamela Z.  L@TE series, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, University of California, Berkeley, April

2012 Shed Cubed, four channel video and sound installation, compression and montage from eighteen months of  footage  shot  while drawing in the Shed studio. Markers: Christina McPhee and Ryan Chard Smith, Krowswork, Oakland, September

2011 Christina McPhee: Delicate Landscape of Crisis, video retrospective, Freie Museum, Berlin, April

2011 Christina McPhee: Teorema Drawings,  Cara y Cabezas, Kansas City, March-May

2009 Tesserae of Venus, Jessica Silverman Gallery, San Francisco, October-December

2008 La Conchita N=amour, commission,  solo installation, Thresholds New Media Collection, Thresholds at Horsecross, Perth (Scotland), November-January

2007 Carrizo-Parkfield Diaries, American University Museum, Washington, DC, June-July

2006 La Conchita mon amour, Sara Tecchia Gallery, New York, October-December

2006 Carrizo-Parkfield Diaries, Cartes Center for Art and Technology, WeeGee House for Culture and the Arts, Tapiola, Finland, with support from the American Scandinavian Foundation, 9 May to 5 September

2005-6 Carrizo Quartet, Bildmuseet, video suite, Universitat Umeå, Umeå, Sweden, November-January

2005  Carrizo-Parkfield Diaries,Transport Gallery, Los Angeles, March-May



2014 "(en)Gendered (in)Equity: The Gallery Tally Poster Project," with Micol Hebron and contributing artists, For Your Art, Los Angeles,  March 29-April 25

2014 “On the Fringe (of Fundamentals)," curated auction exhibition. Storefront for Art and Architecture, New York, March 11

"Incredible Machines: Digitality and the Modern System of Knowledge at the Threshold of the 21st Century,"  Access Gallery, Vancouver, BC, March 7-8

2013 "I See You," First Detroit Videonale, Kunsthalle Detroit, 17 October- 16 December

2013 “Post-Natural,” SLSA Exhibition, Snite Museum of Art and Isis Gallery, University of Notre Dame, Indiana, October

2013 “Four Core Chambers,” Martina-Johnston Gallery, Berkeley, September-October

2012  "DeMobbing: Language, Structure, Bioform," Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, January-February

2012 Penumbra Blind, in "Crossroads Festival of Experimental Film," SF Cinematheque, San Francisco

2011 La Conchita N=amour, in "Collections II: Works by Women Artists", Thresholds Artspace, Perth, Scotland

2011  Shed: transborder immigrant light, at OpenSpace, curated with, Art Cologne, Koln

2011  Bird of Paradise, 3 channel silent video installation, in “Expanded  Abstraction”, Los Angeles County Museum of Art - Stark Bar/Resnick Pavillion, curated by Center forVisual Music, Los Angeles

2011  Carrizo-Parkfield Diaries photomontage prints, “El Mapa: Cartografías críticas,” Museo de Arte Moderno de Medellín (MAMM), Medellin

2011  “Domains, Perimeters, Wanderings”, Acadiana Center for the Arts, Lafayette          

2010  La Conchita Paradise "Cinephemère," FIAC, Jardin des Tuileries-Louvre, curated by Fondation Ricard, Paris.

2010  Deep Horizon, screening, "Hurricane Season," ISSUE Project Room, Brooklyn

2010  Canyon Variation 3,  in "Hot and Cold: Abstractions from Nature," Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City

2010  La Conchita Paradise + La Conchita N=Amour, video installations. "Silent City," Rag Factory, London

2010  Tesserae White Cloud Medanos Turbines, Crossroads Festival of Experimental Film, San Francisco Cinematheque, San Francisco

2010  SALT, Because the Night," Aurora PictureShow, DiverseWorks, Houston.      

2009  Seven after Eleven, VIBA Festival, Buenos Aires

2009  SALT, "Because the Night," Guggenheim Gallery, Chapman University, Los Angeles

2009  Seven after Eleven, Cinema by the Bay, SF Film Society, San Francisco

2009 Plazaville, with GH Hovagimyan and Artists Meeting, “Turbulence @ Pace Digital”, Pace Digital Gallery, New York

2008  Tesserae of Venus: Ghostdance, ISEA (Intersociety of Electronic Arts), University of Belfast Art Gallery, Belfast

2009  47Reds, 'Twice Upon a Time," Silverman Gallery, San Francisco

2008 47 Reds, in "Twice Upon a Time," Galerie Andreas Huber, Vienna

2008 Recipe: evacuee cake, in "Drift," video installation program, for "In Transition", National Centres for Contemporary Arts,  Moscow

2008 Pharmakon Library, New York Art Book Fair New York

2008 Iraqi Eye, "War as a Way of Life," 18th Street Art Center, Santa Monica

2008 Carrizo Topologies, Bucharest Biennial 3, Bucharest

2008 Carrizo Topologies,"The Map: Navigating the Present,”  Bildmuseet, Umeå

2008  La Conchita Paradise, Santa Cruz Film Festival, invitational, Santa Cruz

2008  Carrizoprime, "First Sight Scene," LA FIlm Forum, Los Angeles.

2007 -empyre-, Documenta 12 Magazine Project, Halle, Documenta 12, Kassel

2007 Latency Structures Bonneville Salt Flats, commission, video installation, Split Festival of New Media and Film

2007 Response Spectra, Interactiva07 Biennial, Merida

2007 SALT, SilkyVRML, "Noise in Language, Culture, Body and Nature," Itaù Center for Contemporary Art, Béla Horizonte

2006 Wunderkabinet, with Pamela Z and Matt Brubeck, REDCAT, Walt Disney Hall, Los Angeles.  

2006 SALT, SilkyVRML, "Artistic Disasters: 65 Seconds that Shook the Earth," Pacific Film Archive/Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley

2006 "GPS Expo", with Center for Land Use Interpretation, Wendover, Utah.

2005 Carrizo Diaries, new media component, Groundworks: Environmental Collaborations in Contemporary Art, Miller Gallery, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh.

2005 Carrizo-Parkfield Diaries, Whitney Artport, Whitney Museum, New York

2004 Persephone in arteroids, 'Page-space," Machine Gallery, Los Angeles.

2002  Piranesia+ Sonicpersephone, FILE 2002, Galeria Paco das Artes, Sao Paulo.

2002 Piranesia+ Sonicpersephone, exhibition “Cybersonica”, ICA, London


Awards / Grants / Residencies

2012 The MAP Fund for Carbon Song Cycle, Christina McPhee and Pamela Z

2012 New Music USA, Commissioning USA Grant Program, New Music Bay Area for Pamela Z and Christina McPhee, creation of Carbon Song Cycle

2009 Turbulence Commission /New York State Foundation for the Arts for expanded cinema installation PLAZAVILLE, with GH Hovagimyan

2009 Map Open Space award, Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival, Ithaca

2009 Columbia College Intermedia Arts MFA program, Chicago, visiting artist

2009 University of Illinois-Champaign-Urbana, New Media and Visual Arts, visiting artist

2008 Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass, Colorado, visiting artist and workshop residency

2007, Split Festival of New Media and Film, Croatia, invitational award/travel support  for new media video installation with remote live landscape

2006-7 Documenta 12 Magazine Project, participating artist-editor, travel support for meetings in Cairo (2006) and for public lecture at Documenta 12, Kassel (2007)

2006 Drunkenboat Panliterary Award (video), New York

2006 American Scandinavian Foundation, project grant, exhibition support, Finland

2005 Experimental Television Center, New York, production support and residency

2005 HumLab, Umeå University, Sweden, residency

2004 Falmouth College of Art, Interactive Media, Cornwall, residency

2003 lounge|lab, Bauhaus University+Deutsches Nationaltheatre, Weimar

2003 James A. Phelan Award, printmaking, San Francisco Arts Commission

1999 Media and Visual Arts Residency, Banff Center for the Arts, Banff


 Bibliography : Reviews / Interviews / Essays

"Sur une cinématique de lumière-temps dans la peinture de Christina McPhee / On Cinematic Timelight in Christina McPhee’s Painting,", July 2013

Louis-Georges Schwartz, “On Christina McPhee’s Shed Cubed”  La Furia Umana 16, and La Furia Umana - paper #2, April 2013

“Double Blind Studies: an interview with Louis-Georges Schwartz,”, November 2012

2010 Ella Mudie, "Spectacle of Seismicity," article and cover art in re: Christina McPhee’s Carrizo Parkfield Diaries, LEONARDO : MIT Press Journal, vol. 43, issue 2,April 2010

2009 Sharon Lin Tay, Women on the Edge: Twelve Political Film Practices. London and New York, Palgrave/Macmillan.  ISBN 978-0-230-21776-8

2009 Melissa Potter, “Interview: Christina McPhee.” BOMB/ Bomblog, New York.

2008/13 “Slipstreaming the Cyborg,” interview with Christina McPhee by Francesca di Nicola, Critical Digital Studies: A Reader, edited by A. and M. Kroker, Toronto and London: University of Toronto Press, 2008; second edition 2013. Originally published online at, 2005.

2007 “‘Bare Life’ and the Traumatic Landscape: La Conchita mon amour,” interview Christina McPhee with Amy Wiley, and Documenta 12 Magazine Project

2007 Christina McPhee, participating editor, Documenta 12 Magazine Project. -empyre- ‘what is to be done (education)?”, “is modernity our antiquity?” and   ‘what is bare life?”  -empyre- listserv for digital media arts and culture, archived with Cornell University

2006 John Haber, “Christina McPhee and Catherine Opie: American Cities and La Conchita mon amour,” online at and in print for Artillery Magazine, Los Angeles, December 2006

2005 “Aphasia + Parrhesia: Code and Speech in the Neural Topographies of the Net," in "Aphasia and the Arts," Drunkenboat, no.7, 2005

2005 Holly Willis, “Carrizo-Parkfield Diaries”, Signal to Noise, LA Weekly, March 2005

2005 Ryan Griffis, “Tragic Travelogue: A Consideration around Christina McPhee’s Carrizo-Parkfield Diaries at Transport Gallery, Los Angeles,” in print for USArt, Los Angeles, online for, archive, September 2005

2004 “Net Baroque,” in Life in the Wires: The CTheory Reader, Kroker, A+M, eds.  Victoria: New World Perspectives/CTheory Books 2004. First published online at

Selected Public Collections

Center for Visual Music, Los Angeles
Experimental Television Center, New York
Cornell University Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media Art, Ithaca
Whitney Museum of American Art / Artport, New York
United States Art in Embassies, Department of State, Washington DC
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas CIty
Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery University of Nebraska-Lincolcn
Open University, Milton Keynes, England
Thresholds New Media Collection, Perth, Scotland

Rhizome Artbase, New York


Recent Exhibits

Christina McPhee participated in these exhibits:

Jul, 2014 Up All Night
SF Camerawork
Mar, 2014 (en) Gendered (in) Equity-The Gallery Poster Project
Sep, 2012 Markers: Christina McPhee & Ryan Chard Smith
Jan, 2012 Headlands Center for the Arts presents De-Mobbing: Landscape, Structure, Bioform
Headlands Center for the Arts
Jan, 2011 Domains, Parameters and Wanderings
Acadiana Center for the Arts
Jessica Silverman Gallery
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