January 2023
American artist Katherine Behar will be in Tunis for a research visit at the INTERFERENCE RESIDENCE in the Medina. Her artistic practice explores the digital culture in objects, installation, and performance.

8 January 2023, 4:00 pm
Dar Interference
“What’s Automation Between Friends?”

Would you ask a friend to do work you don’t want to do yourself? In automation, robots and other nonhuman devices perform labor that would otherwise have to be done by humans. This continues troubling histories of offloading unwanted work onto those considered less-than-human, including exploited people. Acknowledging these legacies, this lecture brings together examples of Behar’s artwork alongside episodes from media history and popular culture, all of which compel us to approach automation differently – as a matter of friendship.


BIO Artist’s Info

Katherine Behar is an interdisciplinary artist and critical theorist of new media whose works exploring gender, race, class, and labor in contemporary digital culture have appeared throughout North America and Europe. She is known for projects that mix low and high technologies to create hybrid forms that are by turns humorous and sensuous. Pera Museum in Istanbul presented Katherine Behar: Data’s Entry | Veri Girişi, a comprehensive survey exhibition and catalog, in 2016. Additional solo exhibitions include Backups (2019), E-Waste (2014, catalog/traveling), and numerous others collaborating as “Disorientalism.” Currently, Behar is developing an ambitious interactive robotic installation, Anonymous Autonomous, which received work-in-progress solo exhibitions at Robert Morris University and University of Michigan and will premiere in an upcoming solo exhibition at the Beall Center for Art and Technology in 2024. Behar is the editor of Object-Oriented Feminism, the coeditor of And Another Thing: Nonanthropocentrism and Art (with Emmy Mikelson), and the author of Bigger than You: Big Data and Obesity. Fellowships and residencies include MacDowell, Santa Fe Art Institute, Nida Art Colony, Pioneer Works, Art Journal, Wassaic Project, Franklin Furnace, and others. Behar is based in Brooklyn and is Associate Professor of New Media Arts at Baruch College, CUNY.


Katherine Behar: Knock Knock (2019).
Amazon Echo devices with custom Alexa Skills. Dimensions variable. ´
Image courtesy of the artist.

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