A conversation with Stephanie Rothenberg and Claudia Pederson

Stephanie Rothenberg

Stephanie Rothenberg, Department of Art, University at Buffalo.  Her interdisciplinary art draws from digital culture, science and economics to explore relationships between human designed systems and biological ecosystems. Moving between real and virtual spaces her work investigates the power dynamics of techno utopias, global economics and outsourced labor.

She has exhibited throughout the US and internationally in venues including Eyebeam (US), Sundance Film Festival (US), Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art / MASS MoCA (US), House of Electronic Arts / HeK (CH), LABoral (ES), Transmediale (DE), and ZKM Center for Art & Media (DE). She is a recipient of numerous awards, most recently from the Harpo Foundation and Creative Capital. Residencies include ZK/U Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik in Berlin, TOKAS / Tokyo Art and Space, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace, Eyebeam Art and Technology and the Santa Fe Art Institute. Her work is in the collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art and has been widely reviewed including Artforum, Artnet, The Brooklyn Rail and Hyperallergic.

She is an ongoing participant and organizer in the MoneyLab research project at the Institute of Network Cultures and co-organizer of the 2018 MoneyLab 5 symposium that took place in Buffalo, NY. She is Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Art at SUNY Buffalo where she co-directs the Platform Social Design Lab, an interdisciplinary design studio collaborating with local social justice organizations.

Claudia Pederson

Claudia Pederson,  is Associate Professor of Art History and  New Media & Technology, Wichita  State University.  She writes on and lectures in modern and contemporary art, with a focus on technology, media theory, and social practice. She is the author of Gaming Utopia:  Ludic Worlds in Art, Design, and Media (Indiana, 2020)

Her writings on play, games, digital photography, and techno-ecological art are published in Afterimage, Intelligent Agent,  Eludamos, as well as the International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA), Design Automation Conference (DAC), and CHIconference proceedings. Her most recent essay on contemporary Latin American artists working with robotics is forthcoming in an anthology on Latin American Modernism. Other writings include two essays on contemporary Latin American practices in art and ecology in Review: Literature and Arts of the Americas,  and in art, feminism, and technology in Journal of Peer Production.  A co-authored chapter (with the film scholar Patricia Zimmermanm), on feminist engagements with post-cinematic media was published in the book  in Indie Reframed: Women Filmmakers and Contemporary American Cinema (Edinburgh University Press).