Amy Alexander
Since 2009
Works in United States of America

Amy Alexander is a new media, audiovisual and performance artist who has also worked in film, video, music and information technology. Her current and recent work approaches digital media art from a performing arts perspective, often sitting at the intersection of art and popular culture. Amy’s projects have been presented on the Internet, in clubs and on the street as well as in festivals and museums. She is an Associate Professor of Visual Arts at the University of California, San Diego. In summer and fall 2012, she'll be Artist-in-Residence at iotaCenter in Los Angeles.

Amy – who has also worked under the names Cue P. Doll and VJ Übergeek – was a dinos^H^H^H pioneer in the development of software-based net art, beginning in 1996 with the Webby-nominated Multi-Cultural Recycler, a project that spoofed both net celebrity and faux multi-culturalism on the web. In addition to her art projects, she was also a co-founder and moderator of the software art repository and has been active in software art curation.

Amy’s projects have been exhibited at venues ranging from The Whitney Museum, Prix Ars Electronica, Transmediale, SIGGRAPH, and the New Museum to club performances at Sonar (Barcelona), First Avenue (Minneapolis) and Melkweg (Amsterdam). She has performed on the streets of Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose, Zürich, and Aberdeen, Scotland. Her work has been discussed in publications including Wired, The New York Times, Slashdot, Ecrans, Leonardo, The Boston Globe and the Washingon Post.

Amy’s work has been influenced by her background in musical performance, and she’s recently expanded her performance endeavors by studying and performing standup comedy. Besides continuing her VJ performances, she’s recently published texts on audiovisual performance history. In collaboration with Annina Rüst and composer Cristyn Magnus, she created Discotrope, an audiovisual performance involving solar energy and various histories of dance in cinema. She is currently working on a research and performance project that combines performative cinema with various forms of percussion gestures.
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Call for Works: Enhanced Vision Digital Video (SIGGRAPH DAC)

Wed Dec 10, 2014 11:59

Enhanced Vision – Digital Video will be an online international survey of today’s most exciting and innovative digitally-enhanced video art works, presented by the ACM SIGGRAPH Digital Art Community (DAC.)

An Open CALL for Video
The application is free of charge, and no royalty will be paid for the inclusion the work in the exhibition.

Video and software art specialists will review works submitted, and announce artists selected for inclusion and exhibition online beginning Spring 2015. Approximately
30 video art works will be selected for online exhibition, hosted on the ACM SIGGRAPH website.

Enhanced Vision – Digital Video will focus on digital methodologies that enhance the moving image, and how these effects can reveal specific meaning and content. Each work selected will bring its own unique, artistic style to reveal socially significant issues.

Video has experienced a long and celebrated history that has developed technically, as well as with critical, social and culturally important development. Our belief is that video and computer/digital technology have merged seamlessly: what once was considered pure video art and what was once simply known as “computer graphics” now often intertwine.
Digitally enhanced video, using open source, individually coded, or commercial software, has the capability to reveal what the camera alone cannot capture. The resulting enhanced vision reveals inventive ways of expressing significant, socially relevant ideas that bring what otherwise would not be possible to online audiences.

Works accepted must have been created between: 2009-2014. Works should be 10 minutes (or less) in length. All music, as well as images used (such as film segments or off-air television) must be clear of copyright restrictions. Proof of permission can be required.
Selections will generally be considered ‘video’ rather than
‘computer’ art (although the boundaries may be very blurred) and can use a variety of approaches including time-based animation programs, special effects, innovative graphics and visual effects.

Your work will be evaluated using the following criteria:
• The content is the key. Selected works will employ digital effects not for their own sake, but because without the digital augmentation the work would be incomplete
• The work uses digital graphics in a manner appropriate to the subject of the work
• Works can be silent, but when sound is used, it should augment the message and be original
• The use of stock footage and off-air material will be subject
to copyright free/rights clearance. Copyright is an issue and no works that have copyright restrictions will be accepted for review.

Please evaluate your own work in advance of submitting. The following are some examples of
the types of work that will be included:
• It reveals a normally “invisible” aspect of the visual scene
• It creates a metaphoric interpretation from the natural world
• It is a visual interpretation of a socially engaged or politically charged event
• It observes that which is an otherwise obscured scene

Membership in the ACMSIGGRAPH DAC is encouraged, but is not required. for membership information


Storysharing @ Videos by People: Please send your voting stories by 12/1.

Sat Dec 01, 2012 13:55

I just posted my final voting story. Would be great to have yours. Voting Stories will close to new postings on 12/1.

Voting Stories is the first project of Videos by People - a storysharing site. The idea is to create ad hoc channels where people can post stories on a given theme. After a certain amount of time, the project stops, and we go back to what we were doing until the next storysharing idea comes along.


Videos by People: Ad hoc social channels for individuals

Sat Oct 27, 2012 00:35 - Sat Dec 01, 2012

Hi! I've launched a new site called Videos by People - . It's motivated by a few ideas:

  • Sometimes you want to tell a story anonymously, or semi-anonymously.
  • You don't want it showing up next to your name in online searches forever, or maybe it just doesn't match the rest of the content on your YouTube channel.
  • Launching or participating in a social media site is like having a pet. It needs ongoing care and nurturing. Sometimes an ad-hoc social media site would be more efficient.

Sites like YouTube are all but unavoidable in getting your word out these days, but their structures favor getting people to perpetuate social media, not letting individuals get a message out when they have something to say.

Videos by People is a prototype for an alternative structure: The creation of ad-hoc channels to which individuals can post their stories on a given topic for a limited period of time. The theory is that by having multiple people posting to the same channel, the individuals could get some critical mass which would help them get their stories out in the "popularity contest" structured social media environment. It uses YouTube API to allow users to post to a communal YouTube channel, rather than to individual ones.

Since I'm starting the channel and I'm not terribly well-connected, considering this an experiment in building critical mass is a dodgy proposition - there's an inherent bootstrapping problem. So I'm thinking of it more as a prototype - so we can see where the ideas behind the structure might lead. But if you like it, please do share, contribute, etc. (That's how that whole "critical mass" thing works! :-))

Our first topic is Voting Stories. Please read/watch/post more about it, and Videos by People, at And please feel free to get in touch via the feedback form on the site (That's the most reliable way to reach me.)



Videos by People: Voting Stories (Submit or Just watch!)

Sat Dec 01, 2012 23:05

Will you share your Voting Story on Videos by People?

Videos by People is an experiment to see if not-so-well-connected individuals can band together get their video stories told. Will you help by submitting a short video (and sharing the link)? The first topic, which inspired the project, involves voting. A lot of us have had problems voting that you don't hear about in the media because we're outside of (Presidential) swing states. How to get those stories heard? But also - a lot of people have stories to tell about other aspects of voting (in the US and elsewhere). But nobody asks. So - the first topic is Voting Stories.

Videos can be short and simple, and it's (I hope) very easy to upload a video directly to the votingstories YouTube channel. Just go to for more info. It'd be awesome if you'd send a video, and if you'd also help by sharing that'd be überwonderful... Thanks!!!! -Amy


Discotrope performance at ISEA Block Party

Sun Sep 23, 2012 19:45 - Sun Sep 23, 2012

Albuquerque, New Mexico
United States of America

Here's where you can find us at ISEA. More info on our Facebook event page.

More info on Discotrope: The Secret Nightlife of Solar Cells at