Artist website: http://alyssestepanian.com
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Alysse Stepanian is a Los Angeles-based transmedia artist, independent curator and “animal” rights advocate (human and not). She has exhibited in 48 countries and her writings have been translated into Spanish, Finnish, and French. Current projects include Autonomous Agency, a newly formed team of creatives and thinkers, highlighting the necessity of creative action against various expressions of bigotry and oppression, and a series of 3D animations titled #MemoryoftheUniverse, which was reviewed by Kelly Blunt in Brooklyn & Boyle in 2018. Her creative work, research and writings are focused on the effects of nationalism and politics of fear, the importance of intersectionality in fighting injustices such as racism, sexism and speciesism, the concept of global collective consciousness in a digital age, and the struggle against the homogenization or Westernization of consumer culture. Stepanian thinks that art is about creative problem solving and figuring out the relationships between concepts and events, and she is interested in the use of technology in ethical and creative ways that help expand human consciousness. She has lectured about interconnected oppressions at the Pori Art Museum in Finland (2015), Malmö Konsthall in Sweden (2014), and Museo Ex Teresa Arte Actual in Mexico City (2013), concurrent with her co-curated exhibition of video art by 20 Iranian women, "Nietzsche Was A Man". The title of this show points to the prevalent dualistic patriarchal worldview that subordinates and exploits nature and the powerless, separates men from women, and humans from "animals". Stepanian is the creator and curator of Manipulated Image video art screenings and multimedia events, and URBAN RANCH PROJECT, an "animal" advocacy and social and environmental activism arts venue based on Facebook. Her collaborations include multimedia installations created with Philip Mantione under the name BOX 1035 in Kunsthaus Tacheles/Berlin, Imagine Gallery/Beijing, and Islip Art Museum/New York. Their works are multi-sensorial, with social, political, psychological and philosophical references, and an emphasis on post-911 color-coded politics of fear. Beijing’s City Weekend Magazine featured their work, "Don't be afraid, be ready" as number one of the top 5 art exhibits. Their collaborative performance, #MemoryoftheUniverse | Bayesian Poisoning will be presented at Coaxial Arts Foundation in LA (Sept 15, 2018), and at the Instants Vidéo Numériques et Poétiques Festival in Marseille in November.
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