HOW OUR PSYCHOLOGY HAS WARPED IN THE POST-INTERNET CONTEXT? MY PRACTICE SURVEYS THE FETISHES, PHOBIAS, MANIAS, AND NEUROSES THAT AROSE FROM OUR EVOLVING RELATIONSHIP WITH MEDIA TECHNOLOGY. I INTERPRET THESE CONDITIONS WITH CRAFT, CONSTRUCTION, STAGE TRICKS AND SPECIAL EFFECTS INTO ARCHITECTURES THAT UPEND EXPECTATIONS ON HOW WE USUALLY INTERACT WITH MEDIA PLATFORMS AND COMMUNICATIONAL/INFORMATIONAL TECHNOLOGY. 

 

WITH MY BACKGROUND IN MEDIA STUDIES, JOURNALISM, AND FASHION MAGAZINE EDITORIAL, I’VE WITNESSED, SINCE THE 2010S, THE INDUSTRY CONFLATES MEDIA PRODUCTION AND CONSUMPTION; VOYEURISM AND EXHIBITIONISM; EMPATHY AND APATHY; THE IDEAS OF PUBLIC AND PRIVATE; TRUE AND FALSE; REAL AND VIRTUAL, AND OUR MEDIA DIET MORPHS AND FOLLOWS SUIT. IT’S A LOT LIKE SADOMASOCHISM OR STOCKHOLM SYNDROME, IN WHICH PLEASURE IS TAKEN FROM THE BIND AND THE DEPENDENCY. EACH PROJECT IS THUS MY ATTEMPT TO ILLUSTRATE HONESTLY AND CRITICALLY WHAT I EXPERIENCED IN ORDER TO MAKE MY AUDIENCE MORE AWARE OF THE WAY WE INTERACT WITH THESE DEVICES.

 

I'M INTERESTED ALSO IN THE BUILD OF THINGS AND THEIR ARCHETYPES. FROM CONSTRUCTION, BOOKBINDING, CARPENTRY, ELECTRONICS HACKING, THE FABRICATION OF WORKS ACHIEVES A LEVEL OF SUSPEND BELIEVES THAT STRIPS THE CONVENTIONAL PASSIVITY IN SPECTATORSHIP. THE WORKS THUS UNNERVE AND TRIGGER ON A PSYCHOLOGICAL LEVEL, TO EXAMINE THE VALIDITY AND SOURCE OF THE VIEWER'S FEARS AND FETISHES, AND TO SHED LIGHT ON THE LONG-TERM EFFECT MEDIA AND TECHNOLOGY HAS HAD ON THE USER'S MENTAL HEALTH AND SELF-IDENTITY.  

ALEXANDER SI IS A NEW YORK-BASED MULTIDISCIPLINARY ARTIST, CURATOR, AND PUBLISHER.

ALEX@24EBROADWAY.COM 

24EBROADWAY.COM

 

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Lives and works in New York, NY

 

EDUCATION

2021    MFA Fine Arts, School of Visual Arts, New York

2018    BA in Architecture Studies with High Distinction, University of Toronto, Canada

            BA in Book and Media Studies with High Distinction, University of Toronto, Canada

 

EXHIBITIONS

2021    "Consuming Entities", SVA Gallery, New York, NY (upcoming)

2021    Tutu Gallery, Brooklyn, New York (upcoming, solo)
2021    “The holder, the story”, Pfizer Building, Brooklyn, NY (group, upcoming)

2021    “Postcards From the Edge”, Visual Aids, New York 

2020    “Atlas”, BOND International Performance Festival, New York

2020    “Performance Anxiety”, curated by Ventiko, Chinatown Soup, New York

2020    “red pulses”, SVA Flatiron Gallery, New York

2020    “SVA Spring Open Studio Exhibition”, New York

2020    “http://localhost, #abundance router", Spring/Break Art Show, New York

2019    “SVA Fall Open Studio Exhibition”, New York

2019    “http://localhost, #abundance router", Spring Break Art Show, Miami

2017    “Us Against the World”, 187 Augusta, Toronto (two-person)

 

CURATORIAL PROJECTS

2020    “Reclaim Her”, 24EBroadway, New York 

2020    “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Staying Afloat”, Tutu Gallery, New York

2017    “Midnight Hunger”, 187 Augusta, Toronto

 

PUBLISHING PROJECTS

2020    “Whiskery Squid (Memoirs)”, lyrical poems collection by Olakiitan Ade, published by 24EBroadway, New York

2017    “Midnight Hunger”, a curated magazine, self-published, Toronto.

 

AWARDS/FELLOWSHIP 

2021    Dual Program Fellowship, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, New York, NY

2021    Alumni Scholarship Award, School of Visual Arts

2019 - 2021     MFA Fine Arts Award, School of Visual Arts

2014 - 2017    Merit Scholarships, University of Toronto

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2020    Art-handler, “Abortion is Normal”, curated by Jasmine Wahi and Rebecca Jampol, Arsenal Contemporary, New York

2019    Editorial Intern, Monocle Magazine, Toronto, Canada

2018 - 2016    Editor, i-D Magazine China (Vice media), Toronto, Canada

2016 - 2014    Contributing Writer, Demo Magazine, Toronto, Canada.

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