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Jessica Tucker, aka Fetter, is an artist and electronic musician who creates performances, video works, and multimedia installations that restage everyday virtual interactions as complex and unstable embodiments. Her work playfully examines how interactions between bodies, words, and technologies reshape our concepts of selfhood and connection. Composing with a sprawling collage approach, she samples tropes and trash from history, myth, current events, pop culture, her family, and the Internet, remapping this media debris across virtual and hands-on materials, including 3D simulations and interactive sculptures. By emphasizing experimental and physically performative use of digital tools, her work poetically disrupts our automated relationships to technology and to each other, ultimately rerouting mundane mediated interactions towards more expansive understandings of our place in reality.
Tucker received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she is currently a Lecturer in Film, Video, New Media, and Animation. She also completed undergraduate studies at Wellesley College, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. She has performed and exhibited her work throughout Europe and the USA, and has been supported by grants and scholarships from the Mondriaan Fund, the Amsterdam Fund for the Arts (AFK), the Prins Bernhard Culture Fund, and the Young Artfund Amsterdam. She is currently an artist-in-residence through the Monira Foundation New Media Residency Program at Mana Contemporary Chicago.
Secondary Image: Jessica Tucker, Keep In Touch, 2020, Participatory Performance and Immersive Video Keep In Touch is a score and cumulative, participatory performance that complicates the boundaries of connection in the virtual and real spaces our bodies and devices occupy together.
Julia Arredondo is an artist entrepreneur who recently concluded her MFA at Columbia College Chicago. Originally from Corpus Christi, TX; Julia is heavily influenced by the small, family-based businesses she grew up around. Formally trained in printmaking and specializing in artistic forms of independent publishing, Julia founded Vice Versa Press and Curandera Press as her entrepreneurial debuts. Having launched QTVC Live!, a DIY home shopping channel, in January 2020 - Julia is now collaborating with moCa Cleveland on six brand new episodes. Stay tuned.
Secondary Image: QTVC Live! Season 2 Episode 2 Behind-the-Scenes QTVC Live! filming featuring artist Aram Han Sifuentes, photograph by TJ Walker, 2021 Video
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