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Chat Room

is a quarterly in-person forum about how the internet has changed art, with a specific topic each time. Artists, thinkers, non-artists, and non-thinkers come together each edition to tackle the fundamental questions around art and its relationship to broader society.

Hosted by Northwest Film Forum in Seattle, Washington.


TBA. Check back in the Fall.


May 18, 2016 - Net Art Aesthetics (Facebook) (Northwest Film Forum)

Nebulous in its shape, net art encompass digital work distributed through or in reference to the internet. Net art’s emergence can be traced back to the 90s when artists were experimenting with websites and new softwares, such as’s deconstructionist approach to HTML. In 2016, "net art" may evoke for most slick 3D-rendered objects and assertively vivid colors.

How has net art complicated the notions of beauty? What can the aesthetic circulation of net art tell us about identity, power and privilege within the US and worldwide?

This Chat Room’s discussion features:

Professor Matthew Sparke, scholar in digital geography, in conversation with Tabita Rezaire's film Afro Cyber Resistance about global internet access’s effect on cultural production;

Professor Caroline Simpson, scholar in politics of visual culture, with a focus on race and gender.

Mario Lemafa, new media artist, on creating online indigenous visual "landscapes."

Also featuring recorded clips from Jennifer Chan, Tabita Rezaire, Terrell Davis, Jeremy Scott and Mike Grabarek, segments of local street interviews, and more.

February 11, 2016 - Value and Labor (Facebook) (Northwest Film Forum)

What are the trade-offs for artists, creative freelance workers, and other independent contractors in an economy altered by the internet? How are artists responding to these issues in their practices? How does art and the internet perpetuate the gravely unequal compensation standards across workers of different races, genders, classes, and abilities?

Join Chat Room for discussion with:

James Coupe, an artist who works with installation, video, internet and public art, exploring themes of surveillance, privacy, and most recently, crowdworking. His work has been exhibited worldwide, including venues such as Camden Arts Centre, ZKM and the Henry Art Gallery.

Dorothy Howard, a researcher and writer on digital and immaterial labor, a former Wikimedia-in-Residence, and the founder and editor-in-chief of Arachne, a webzine about mythology and the internet.

Christopher Paul Jordan, a PNW born digital designer and muralist specializing in large scale public works and co-director of Tacoma based youth organization Fab-5.

Christ Bell and Sienna Shields, members of HOWDOYOUSAYYAMINAFRICAN, a collective of artists, writers, composers, academics, filmmakers and performers from around the world who collaborate across disciplines and cities.

(pre-recorded) Working Artists of the Greater Economy (W.A.G.E.), A New York-based activist organization focused on regulating the payment of artist fees by nonprofit art institutions.

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