Ceci Moss
Since 2005
Works in Oakland, California United States of America

Ceci Moss is the Assistant Curator of Visual Arts at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco and an Adjunct Professor at San Francisco Art Institute. She is responsible for coordinating several exhibitions (both solo and group shows) each year, special projects, public art commissions, and public programs for YBCA. Highlights include solo exhibitions by Jacqueline Kiyomi Gordon, Lucy Raven, Nate Boyce, Shana Moulton, and Brenna Murphy, a large scale public art installation by Kota Ezawa in YBCA’s sculpture court, and YBCA’s signature triennial Bay Area Now 7 co-curated with Betti-Sue Hertz. She also co-curated with Astria Suparak the exhibit Alien She that examines the lasting influence of the punk feminist movement Riot Grrrl on contemporary artists, and toured to five venues nationwide.

She has a MA and PhD in Comparative Literature from New York University, and a BA in History and Sociology from U.C. Berkeley. Her academic research addresses contemporary internet-based art practice and network culture. Her PhD dissertation "Expanded Internet Art and the Informational Milieu" examines the expansion of internet art beyond the screen in the 2000’s, especially towards sculpture and installation, as a product of what theorist Tiziana Terranova called an “informational milieu.” Combining art history and media theory through the analysis of case studies that range from internet art and social media in the 2000’s to Jean-François Lyotard’s groundbreaking new media exhibition at the Centre Pompidou in 1985 Les Immatériaux, her dissertation asks how the widespread technological capture of information affects cultural production, specifically contemporary art, and the kind of critical response it necessitates.

Her writing has appeared in Rhizome, Art in America, ArtAsiaPacific, Artforum, The Wire, Performa Magazine, New Media & Society and various art catalogs. Prior to her position at YBCA, she was the Senior Editor of the art and technology non-profit arts organization Rhizome, Special Projects Coordinator for the New Museum/Rhizome and an Adjunct Instructor at New York University in the Department of Comparative Literature. From 2000-2014, she programmed a radio show dedicated to experimental music, Radio Heart, on the independent radio stations KALX, East Village Radio and Radio Valencia.

Oh Yeah I Love You Baby

Oh Yeah I Love You Baby"(2007) is an album by Marisa Olson based on the most significant lyrics in pop music history.


NMR Commission: “My Space Sound” by Sawako Kato


My Space Sound by Sawako Kato [Requires Mac OSX, Flash Player, and a fast Internet connection] - My Space Sound is an audio popup book about the village called MySpace. The story starts like this: "Once upon a time there was a village called MySpace. It is the era when so-called 'Web 2.0'is still a novelty..." Users can participate in the story by entering their MySpace URL, as well as by just browsing the story. In a world composed of both facts and fictions extracted from the database, the audience gets a chance to rethink the chaotic social network space.



Mader Stublic Wiermann

I first encountered the work of Mader Stublic Wiermann when Alexander Stublic did a talk at the MediaArchitecture Conference earlier this year. He presented four projects by the group in different technical environments focusing on correlations of space by extending and transforming architectural structures. I won’t cover the entire scope of their work here but their website has more detailed descriptions of what they’ve been up to in recent years. Below was one project in particular that I like as it starts to transform the rigid structure of an architecture into a dynamic fluid skin.

The exterior of the Uniqa Tower in Vienna has been equipped with a LED-grid, a wide-meshed net of picture elements capable of receiving video-data, which are fitted into the building's facade. At first, the electronic data corresponds to the architectural structure of the tower, but during the course of its choreography, repeatedly detaches itself from the concrete shape of the building, establishing new spaces which dynamically interweave.


Ola Pehrson - Desktop

Some interesting work by Ola Pehrson is Desktop (image above), an installation consisting of a 10:1 scale model of the Windows 95 interface. The setup is as follows:

The two parts of the installation face each other ten metres apart. Plastic sculptures are suspended on fishing line in front of a Windows green monochrome painting.

The arrangement is filmed and presented in real-time on a computer screen on the other side of the room and gives the impression of a Windows desktop size 1:1.

Obviously what’s particularly interesting here is the layout of the installation which allows the gallery goer / installation user to pass in front of the windows ’set’ and become both observer and observed.



bodies and code / detroit digital

Albert Kahn / The Packard Plant / Detroit

[albert kahn / the packard plant - 2005 / photo: patrick austin]

Over the past few days, I've been spending some time with Detroit Digital: On Tourists in the Apocalypse, an essay by Marcel O'Gorman that was published on Ctheory last week. The writing project adds another link in the chain of texts which delineate the history of the Motor City as a discourse of automation, urban void and locked grooves. The essay discusses some strategies for reconsidering Detroit through techno, translation into code and as a destination for urban exploration.