Kayla Anderson participates in the art world as an interdisciplinary artist, a critical writer, a sometimes-curator, a precarious administrator, and an aspiring educator. Their visual practice is time-based, spanning video (single channel, and multi-channel installation), interactive virtual environments (video games), as well as performance, installation, and publication. Their work explores the ways that subjectivity shapes, and is shaped by, technology. Growing up under the influence of US working-class capitalism, they value art as an arena for non-strategic modes of thinking, feeling, and communing with others. Through art, they practice ways of being with the world: uncovering its curiosities and rubbing up against its contradictions. Their work has been shown at Currents International New Media Festival (Santa Fe), HTMlles Festival (Montreal), Australian Centre for the Moving Image ART+FILM Festival (Melbourne), MELT: Festival of Queer Arts and Culture (Brisbane); as well as galleries and itenerant spaces throughout the US. They have juried exhibitions of contemporary media art for Woman Made Gallery, IEEE Vis Arts Program, and SIGGRAPH. They received their MFA from Northwestern University, and is a Visual Arts Fellow of the Luminarts Cultural Foundation.
Secondary Image: Kayla Anderson Stay With the Body, single channel video, 16:42, 2019. An off-screen narrator searches for accidental fragments of photographer’s bodies on Google street view panorama, certain that their visual evaporation will help her solve her own childhood fantasies of disembodiment.