Gallery Talk on Instagram
CHiKA x Liz Slagus
Join us for a conversation between CHiKA and Liz Slagus, the Director of Public Programs for New York Hall of Science (NYSCI). They'll be discussing the 'GO02' exhibition currently on view at NowHere in SOHO. CHiKA will explain the concept behind the exhibition and the technical aspects of her virtual sculptures and the overall AR experience she is trying to create. They will also introduce a future collaboration between CHiKA and NYSCI that will be on view this summer.Information:
The gallery talk will be broadcast live via NowHere's Instagram account (@nowhere_newyork) on Thursday, June 10th, 6:30-7:30pm.
Liz Slagus is the Director of Public Programs + Residencies for the NY Hall of Science (NYSCI), where she engages audiences of all ages in STEM using workshops, festivals, art projects and artist-scientist collaborations as platforms for exploring new technologies, current scientific research and innovative design thinking. As a cultural producer, Slagus founded SexEd (www.sexedproject.org) with a background in art and technology education, public programming and community engagement. The collaborative art project allows Slagus to engage communities in dialogues about sexual health, and serves as the cornerstone of her social practice as a curator/artist. Between 2011-2019, Slagus collaborated with students at The New School. In 2014, Slagus was awarded the prestigious A Blade of Grass Fellowship with SexEd’s Co-director, Norene Leddy, for their project, “Wearing Consent,” a collaboration with an NYC high school and health center. In 2009, the State Library of Queensland awarded her the Creative Fellowship for Art & Technology to develop the programming and outreach strategy for Brisbane’s new digital culture center, The Edge. During 2008, she produced the global youth exhibition component for the 01SJ Biennial in San Jose, CA, and co-curated “1800 Frames” for City Without Walls in Newark, NJ, beginning her long-term collaboration with artist/curator, Norene Leddy. Between 1998-2008, Slagus developed and managed Eyebeam’s education and public programs, exploring new teaching and learning techniques and models for engagement. Slagus holds a BA in Art History and Anthropology from Bucknell University and an MA in Visual Arts Administration from NYU.
CHiKA is a multifaceted artist who works with augmented reality, light sculptures, audiovisual performances, and emerging technology. Her experience working as a real-time visual artist—VJing with sound composers, 8-bit musicians, and club DJs, and experimenting with improvisational communication with an audience—influences her desire to connect directly with the public via interactive technology. She received her BFA from the School of Visual Arts and her Masters from the Interactive Telecommunications Program at New York University, Tisch School of the Arts. As an educator, she is the founder of the projection-mapping and LED pixel-mapping workshop, Mappathon™. Since 2017, she has been part of the PASEO Project’s advisory council, and she took part in the Designers-in-Residence program at the New York Hall of Science in 2020. She is also the recipient of numerous other residencies and fellowships. CHiKA’s work has been shown globally, including exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the New York Hall of Science, the Bronx Museum, the Centre d’Art Contemporain, the Museo Regional de Guadalajara, Mapping Festival, MUTEK, the DUMBO Arts Festival, Arcadia Earth, and more.