Darsha Hewitt, media artist

There is a lot to learn about the anthropocentric values in capitalist culture by critically investigating the materiality of machines and the processes and practices of technology that consumer society throws away. In its deconstructed form, everyday domestic technology exposes the confounding ways that humans treat one another and how we engage with our built and natural environments. In her online KISDtalk “Experimenting with Obsolescence”, Darsha Hewitt presents a “bottom-up” approach to art-making with generations of consumer electronic waste.

Darsha Hewitt’s art practice is situated across new media and sound studies and largely grows out of empirical material based experimentation with communication technology where she explores facets of obsolescence. She makes electro-mechanical sound installations, performances with hand-made electronics, video, drawing, and photography. Her studio practice and teaching methods alike take an adventurous hands-on /media-archeological approach to art making, where hidden systems within technology are de/re-mystified as a means to trace out structures of economy, power and control embedded throughout western culture.

Her artwork is presented internationally, with recent exhibitions at the Hong Kong City Hall (CH), Halle14 – Centre for Contemporary Art (DE), MU Artspace (NL), The Museum of Art and Design (NYC), Hartware MedienKunstverein (DE),Gaitée Lyrique (FR), Ottawa Art Gallery (CA), Modern Art Oxford (UK), The CTM Festival Berlin (DE), and WRO Media Art Biennale (PL). She has been awarded numerous commissions, grants and awards for her work. Within Germany, she was the recipient of an International Production Stipend from The Edith-Russ-Haus for Media Art and held a fellowship at the Berlin Center for Advanced Studies in Arts and Sciences at the University of the Arts in Berlin.

You can join the KISDtalk online via zoom.

The talk will start at 5:30 pm (CEST), the session is open from 5 pm on.
Meeting-ID: 955 5410 3781
Passwort: 089031

© Photo: Adam Janisch