In Nina Katchadourian's work, Technology comes into play in ways that are strongly connected to her processes of dissection, restoration, and translation. The technological realm is conventionally thought of as a place where translation happens seamlessly and without residue, but Katchadourian seeks out places that hold the promise of minor breakdowns and potential misunderstandings. Her diverse practice includes photography, sound, video and sculpture. Katchadourian often locates her subject matter in the colloquial; in recent years she has also looked to "nature" as concept, construct and site. Activities which engage technology, in both low tech and hi tech ways, have included mending broken spider webs; restoring loose, discarded audio and video tape found on the streets of different cities; creating car alarm systems based on bird sounds; and inventing a talking popcorn machine that uses a Morse Code program to translate the sounds of popping popcorn and turn it into spoken language.
Nina Katchadourian lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She exhibits with Debs and Co. gallery in New York and Catharine Clark Gallery in San Francisco, where her exhibition "Animal Cross dressing, Uninvited Collaborations with Nature, and One Small Act of Endurance" will be on view until January 3, 2004. She has exhibited at PS1/Moma, Sculpture Center and Artists Space in New York, the Berkeley Art Museum, the Serpentine Gallery in London, and she is currently developing a new piece with Vivid, Birmingham's Center for MediaArts. She has been the recipient of awards from the Tiffany Foundation, the Peter S. Reed Foundation, and most recently from the Anonymous Was a Woman Foundation. She is currently Adjunct Professor in the visual art department at Brown University.
-- As of 11/24/03