Christina McPhee
Since the beginning
Works in United States of America

Christina McPhee
Discussions (160) Opportunities (2) Events (30) Jobs (0)

For Millie Niss

Thank you, Jim. It was amazing to hang out with Millie at the Nottingham Trent Trace conference (Incubation). I can't believe she is gone. Thank you so much for putting up this image diary of her life.


Tesserae of Venus: Christina McPhee at Silverman Gallery SF

Thu Oct 22, 2009 00:00 - Thu Oct 22, 2009

Silverman Gallery is pleased to present Tesserae of Venus, a new body of work by Christina McPhee (KCAI painting 76) on view from October 23 - December 5, 2009. Opening reception: October 23, 7-10 PM.

Tesserae of Venus imagines a strange future through dynamic photomontages of energy-producing landscapes and related drawings.

McPhee borrows from the tectonics of Venus-tesserae, or ‘complex ridged folds,’ in order to structure her images of imagined future sites and present a spatial and political critique of our toxic, increasingly-carbon saturated environment. The photomontages are sourced on location in remote parts of California where biological systems clash with technological landscapes, such as natural gas installations in the Sacramento River Delta, geothermal plants in the Salton Sea, and the San Ardo oil fields in the Salinas River Valley. Rendered through her fractured images these sites become haunting, science-fictive visions of a possible future.

As both futuristic fantasy and documentary reality, Tesserae of Venus proposes a disturbing and radical observation of contemporary and future landscapes in the transition from petroleum to alternative energy production. At the same time, McPhee’s works constitute compelling studies of the mechanics of abstraction in the age of computer technology.

Christina McPhee’s artistic practice is centered in and around landscapes where human and natural assemblages meet and clash. McPhee works across a number of media, including time-based media, site-specific sound, networked media, drawing, painting, photomontage, and performance. A native of Los Angeles, she lives and works in California’s central coast. After arts and literature studies at Scripps College Claremont, she studied painting at Kansas City Art Institute (BFA) and Boston University School for the Arts (MFA). Ongoing projects include “The Pharmakon Library,” a series of graphic folios and “Carrizo Diaries,” an exploration of earthquake terrains as seismic memory and “Flaming Debt,” performance collages about debt. Her films have screened nationally and internationally and are currently being showed at Cinema by the Bay (San Francisco Film Society) and VIBA Buenos Aires. Solo exhibitions include Carrizo-Parkfield Diaries at American Unversity Museum, Washington DC, Cartes Center Espoo (FI) and Bildmuseet (SE). Her most recent film commission is "La Conchita mon amour" for Thresholds Artspace, Horsecross, Perth (SCT) and is a featured artists studio on She was a participating editor and artist in Documenta 12 Magazine Project (2007). Museum collections of her prints, paintings and drawings include Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, University of Nebraska, Taylor Museum/Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center and Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City, Missouri. Her new media and video work has been commissioned for Thresholds, Scotland; and is in the collections of the Experimental Television Center (NY); Rhizome Artbase at the New Museum, Whitney Museum Artport, and the Rose Goldsen Collection of New Media Art at Cornell University.


The Internet as Playground and Factory

Thu Oct 08, 2009 00:00 - Thu Oct 08, 2009

United States of America


November 12—14, The New School, New York

New York, October 12, 2009—On November 12 to 14, Eugene Lang College The
New School for Liberal Arts will host an international conference, "The
Internet as Playground and Factory," which will explore the meaning and
changing face of labor in the digital era....

The conference will be comprised of discussions, panels,
presentations, a film screening, a playroom, a conference game, and a
re-enactment of Facebook by a performance artist...

Internationally visible authors, activists, and artists
including Mark Andrejevic, Michel Bauwens, Jonathan Beller, Patricia
Ticineto Clough, Gabriella Coleman, Sean Cubitt, Jodi Dean, Ursula
Endlicher, Alexander Galloway, Pat Kane, M. Christopher Kelty, Nick
Montfort, Lisa Nakamura, Christiane Paul, Howard Rheingold, Douglas
Rushkoff, Fred Turner, McKenzie Wark, and Jonathan L. Zittrain will
address issues of digital labor from various disciplinary standpoints.

The conference will take place at The New School campus in
Greenwich Village. On Thursday, November 12, the conference will begin
with a film screening of Sleep Dealers, a widely celebrated science
fiction film about virtual labor, followed by a discussion with the
director, Alex Rivera. The screening will begin at 5:00 p.m. in Room 404
of 66 W. 12th Street and be followed by a reception at the Eugene Lang
Café at 7:30pm. On Friday, November 13, at 10:00 a.m., New School
President Bob Kerrey will open the conference, which will run events in
three parallel tracks. At 6:00 p.m. on Friday, performance artist Ursula
Endlicher and Burak Arikan will perform “Facebook Re-enactments,” a
piece about networked structures, identities, and online behavior. On
Saturday at 10:00 a.m. at 66 Fifth Ave in Room 101, presenters include
Harvard Professor Jonathan Zittrain, cultural critic Brian Holmes, media
theorist Mark Andrejevic, and Jodi Dean, Professor of Political Science
at Hobart and William Smith Colleges and Erasmus Professor of the
Humanities in the Faculty of Philosophy at Erasmus University.

To view the full conference agenda and list of participants, please


digital "painting"

hi Jeffrey-- well sometimes they stay 'in' the computer, but, luckily sometimes they sneak out as photomontages , backmounted to dibond and facemounted to plexiglas....and end up 'sold'.

When i sell some work , i get to tear up my credit cards, in performance, then put the performance into a digital painting. I only get to make a 'flaming debt' when i've sold one.

Flaming Debt 2007 to present


Queer Relational

I just have learned that Judith Rodenbeck will be joining us this month, too. Judith Rodenbeck holds the Noble Foundation Chair in Art and Cultural History at Sarah Lawrence College. Her book, Radical Prototypes: Allan Kaprow and the Invention of Happenings, is forthcoming from MIT Press. A recovering performance artist, she last appeared in Jennifer Montgomery & Peggy Ahwesh's "Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms" at the Park Avenue Armory for the Whitney Biennial of 2008.