The Void

voidLab: a collection of videos by voidLab members

Time reveals the surface | Elí Joteva  (US/BG)

What lies beneath the surface? When will all the ice melt?

Time speeds up, entropy increases and crystalline structures release an entropic potential of frozen materiality. ‘Time reveals the surface’ is a digital memory of a deteriorating organic sculpture made of ice, moss and soil. It questions the containment of earth-sourced matter within the boundaries of the tangible, visible and virtual. As depths of hidden layers unravel, uncertain substances release their effect into the globe. Perhaps not all cycles call be contained.  

Elí Joteva is a media artist and researcher working at the intersection of science and art through the use of new imaging tools and biofeedback technologies. Working with various photographic, digital and sculptural mediums to amplify the invisible, inaudible and intangible, her work often aims to extrapolate the ephemeral realms of human perception. Joteva received a B.A. in Fine Arts from USC Roski and is currently an M.F.A. candidate at UCLA Design | Media Arts as well as a graduate student researcher at UCLA Art | Sci. She has exhibited solo shows in North America, Europe and Australia.

Your choice | Amanda Stojanov (US)

Your Choice is a video and animation piece that visualizes a fictional world. It is an introduction to a world by a woman’s voice, processed in a way to feel post-human, disembodied from anything they might hear IRL. The voice is speaking directly to the audience asking them to make a choice. Their ability to make this choice is never fulfilled and they are instead taken on a journey by a human voice. The images of the bodies in the film are 3D scanned from two women interacting, using 3D scanning technology. The animation and textures imposed are reminiscent of other cyborg representation of women in artificial intelligence and science fiction narratives. This video addresses the issues of gender representation in uses of technology. Physical powers of the body are manipulated through the scans by exploring the translation of real bodies into emerging technologies and then into popular media outlets. Your choice reproduces these stereotypes and represents them in an extreme, uncomfortable context attempting to address the implications that these images have on cultural production in the development of technologies and media. Most importantly my intention is to direct the critique from the consumers to the people who are developing these visions, asking for an explicit acknowledgment, discussion or address of their implicit biases.

Amanda Stojanov, born in Ottawa, ON, Canada is an artist and designer with a professional background in visual communication. She has experience working with design teams in large design studios, independent agencies, non-profit organizations and have worked as a freelance designer. She is a recent graduate of the MFA Design Media Arts department at UCLA. Her work is centered around creating interactive video/animation, sculpture, and narratives that interrogate gender identity, agency / body politics, and visibility in virtual spaces. The subjects of her work focus on sci-fi narratives and world-building themes around gender expression and transformation.

A real body | Yuehao Jiang (CN)

What is a real body? The artist tries to solve the question by sampling her body as a case study. When her body is watched under close investigation, pores, hairs, rashes, and cuticles are enlarged. Her view of her body is microscopic. It doesn’t align with the common social rules. Her body was documented by the camera lens and turned into video clips and 3D models. She believes both forms represent her body relatively true to the experiences she has had so far with her body.

Yuehao Jiang is a heterosexual-Chinese-born-in-the-90s-female-self-defined-interdisciplinary artist. She calls herself an image, sound and object maker. Considering digital media as a crucial subject that shapes people’s perceptions, she is interested in displaying new media work in non traditional gallery settings. Her work explores the intimate relationship between the body, the space, and the recognition. She holds an MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles and a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

BLOOM | Sanglim Han (SK)

BLOOM is a single channel video work, which consists of the image of the artist. The image is female face upside down and the woman in the video looks up and blinks her eyes. Fluids, which look like thin slimy paint, starts to drip down her face. Fluids of various colors keep dripping down on her face and it creates a sort of abstract painting on the screen. At the end of the video, it is hard to recognize the female face; it seems she has become a painting.

Sanglim Han explores disembodied, fragmented, interstitial, and emergent bodies. Through performative media, she creates sites for fluctuating identities where personal and social experiences are revisited and boundaries are convoluted. Her works have been presented internationally at various venues from Netherlands, Germany, Spain, Bulgaria, Portugal, India, Ethiopia, South Korea to the USA. She received her BFA from SAIC and MFA from UCLA (2017).

I haven’t told anyone about you | Christina Yglesias (US)

I haven’t told anyone about you explores possibilities for emotional connection in a hyper-networked culture. Using the online service ‘Invisible Girlfriend’, the artist exchanged 100 text messages with the woman of her design. The text messages were then interpreted by an actress and the artist herself, embodying the emotional labor of crowdsourced intimacy.

Christina Yglesias is an artist and curator working in video, web, and installation. She is implementing and theorizing a networked social practice, in which social interactions filtered through technology make up the material for her work. She received her BFA in 2014 from Mills College and is an MFA candidate at University of California Los Angeles Design Media Arts department. Her work has been exhibited in the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, and internationally in Europe and Asia.

ATL II | Sarah Brady (US)

ATL II is a generative visualization of fading algorithms of sound and light recorded in real time. Ephemeral figures emerge out of a colourful void and fade into a surreal environment where movements of shape and color change to the evolving soundscape.

Sarah Brady is an artist working in new media, sculpture, and sound based in Los Angeles. Her work explores alternative structures using digital technologies to reimagine and refigure objects under colonization. She focuses on generative sound and the interaction between body and architecture. She implies a different contextual environment that is transformative and transformational: a shapeshifter.  Her work has been presented at San Francisco Cinematheque, Gray Area Art and Technology,  SOMArts Cultural Center,  Fylkingen (SE),  Northwest Film Forum, and the deYoung Museum. She is in the MFA Design Media Arts Program at UCLA.