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Sophie Kahn
Brooklyn, NY

ARTIST STATEMENT: "Every point of contact between a body and its media extension marks the site of some secret burial." - Laurence Rickels, Aberrations of Mourning My work addresses the resonances of death in the still image. It owes its fragmented aesthetic to the interaction of new and old media, and the collision of the body with imaging technology. I combine cutting-edge means of reproduction, like 3d laser scanning and 3d printing, with ancient bronze casting techniques. Using damaged 3d data, I create sculptures and video works that resemble de-constructed monuments or memorials.  The precise 3d scanning technology I use was never designed to capture the body, which is always in motion. When confronted with a moving body, it receives conflicting spatial coordinates, generating a 3d ‘motion blur’. From these scans, I create videos or 3d printed molds for bronze sculptures. The resulting sculptures bear the artifacts of all the digital processes they have been though. The scanning and 3d printing process strips color and movement from the body, leaving behind only traces of its form – a scan of the face resembles nothing more than a digital death mask. I scan my own body frequently, but what I end up with is a series of digital doppelgangers with a (n after-) life of their own. These scans, realized as life-size 3d printed statues and installed in darkened rooms as a damaged ancient artifact might be, serve as a incomplete memorials to the body as it moves through time and space.  I work with this deathly imagery not because I want to be morbid, but because I am interested in the ways that technology can fail to capture life – and what the poetics of that failure might look like.

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2013 MFA, Art & Technology Studies, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Full graduate school Trustee scholarship

2003 Graduate Certificate , Spatial Information Architecture, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia

2001 BA (Hons) Fine Art/Art History, Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK


NARS Foundation, Brooklyn, NY, 2014

Open Studio residency, Museum of Arts & Design, New York City, NY, September-December 2010

EMPAC (Experimental Media & Performing Arts Centre), Rensselaer Polytechnic, NY, January 2009

Art/Science residency, Mothers & Babies Research Center, John Hunter Hospital, Newcastle, Australia, March 2009

Australia Council Tokyo Studio Residency, Japan, June-August 2008

Studio Artist, Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Melbourne, Australia, 2003-5

Awards & Honors

NYFA (New York Foundation for the Arts) Digital/Electronic Arts Fellow, 2011

Japan Media Arts Festival Jury Recommended Work, 2010

William & Winifred Bowness Photography Prize Shortlist, 2009

Wynn Newhouse Award Shortlist, 2009

Selected Exhibitions (solo where indicated)


New Romantics, Eyebeam Center for Art and Technology, New York, NY


Shards, Connecticut College Cummings Galleries,CT (2-person)
​Technoromaticism, Jean Albano Gallery, Chicago, IL
Re:Formed, Westbeth Gallery, New York, NY
Now13, Dark Horse Experiment, Melbourne, Australia
The Loft Show, FeelTrip Studios, Chicago, IL
Artifact, Leroy Neiman Center Gallery, School of the Art Institute of Chicago (solo)


​Improbable Objects, What It Is Gallery, Chicago, IL
Prospectives, Sheppard Gallery, University of Nevada, Reno, NV
People vs. Space, Richard Grey Gallery, Chicago
NYFA Digital/Electronic Arts Fellows, NYFA Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
LBI Digital 2012, Long Beach Island Foundation for the Arts & Sciences, NJ
3D Print Show, London, UK
VoidObject, ISEA, Albuquerque, NM


TedXBrooklyn, Pratt Institute Faculty Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
DigitalArt.LA, Dance Camera West/LACDA, Los Angeles, CA
New Media Art Show, The Last Supper Salon, 3rd Ward, Brooklyn, NY
Outdoor projection at Downtown Art Walk (solo) and media installation at Timothy Yarger Fine
Art, Los Angeles, CA
The Armory Show, VSA, New York City, NY
Revealing Culture, Smithsonian Institution: International Gallery, Washington DC


The Armory Show, VSA, New York City, NY
Trace Elements: spirit and memory in Japanese & Australian Photomedia, Performance Space,
Sydney, Australia
William & Winifred Bowness Photography Prize Shortlist, Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne,
Offerings, Space 414, Brooklyn, New York City, NY


Trace Elements: spirit and memory in Japanese & Australian Photomedia, Tokyo City Opera
Gallery, Japan
Australie: Mythe et Realité, Maison des Sciences de l'Homme, Paris
Derivative Composition, Kennedy Center, Washington DC


Sophie Kahn, Martine Corompt, Van Sowerwine, Stills Gallery, Sydney
Bitmap International Digital Photography Project, Loop Alternative Art Space, Seoul. South Korea
The Waxen and the Flesh, Spacement Gallery, Melbourne (solo), Australia
Greetings, Ocular Lab, Melbourne, Australia


Strange to Inhabit the Earth No Longer, Spacement Gallery, Melbourne (solo)
Through a Stranger’s Eyes – Australian photographers, Designfesta, Tokyo/Arts Aporia, Osaka,


Graphite digital art exhibition, Graphite, Singapore
Contemporary Collection Benefactors Auction, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize, Sydney

Transparency, West Space Inc., Melbourne (solo)

Festivals and screenings:


Zero1 Biennale, San Jose, CA
Transmediale, Berlin, Germany
Cyborg Alarm, Big Screen Plaza, NY; touring to urban screens in Australia, Asia and the Middle East in 2012-13


Trampoline, UK
Frequency, Lincoln, UK
Leaders in Software & Art, Big Screen Plaza, NY


Dance Camera West, Los Angeles
International Video Dance Festival of Burgundy, France
Internationales Videofestival Bochum, Germany
Cinedans, Amsterdam
Japan Media Arts Festival, Tokyo, Japan


Sans Souci, Boulder, CO, and Barcelona, Spain
DANSCAMDANSE, Ghent, Belgium
Dance Movies , EMPAC, Troy, NY


Private collections in Britain, the US and Australia

Teaching experience

Visiting Artist, Connecticut College, CT, 2013
Visiting Associate Professor, Pratt Institute, NY, 2010-11
3d Modeling for Artists, Department of Digital Arts
Instructor, Photomedia, Monash College, Monash University International, Australia 2003-5

Lectures/Artist Talks

3d printing panel discussion, Columbia College, Chicago, IL, 2013
Artist talk to Contemporary Practices class, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 2012
Cyborg Alarm, NYFA Fellows panel discussion, Big Screen Plaza, NY, 2011

Conference presentations

​Labino Lecture (with Norwood Viviano), Glass Art Society conference, Chicago, IL, 2014
3d printing panel discussion, College Art Association New Media Caucus event at Columbia College, Chicago, IL, 2014
Prospectives 2012 International Festival of Digital Art, Reno, NV
Leaders in Software and Art Conference, 2012, Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
Graphite 2004, Singapore

Professional Memberships

College Art Association


“Diving into the Static of Some Recent Digital and Electronic Arts”, Allison Meier,, 2012
Blog coverage on The Creators Project,,,, & others, 2011-13
Interview with Ashley Crawford, Photofile 85, 2009
Profile, Chris Grayson, H+ Magazine, August 2009
“Time Shifts in Another Place,” Gail Priest, Realtime Australia 88, December-January 2009
“Indecisive Moments,” Ashley Rawlings, Japan Times, August 28, 2008
“Artistic Movement,” Stephanie Merry, Washington Post, June 27 2008
“Life Focus,” Tess Hewson, Jmag, February 2006
“Between Magic and Reality”, Robert McFarlane, Sydney Morning Herald, February 21, 2006
Preview, The Age, August 1, 2005
“Sophie Kahn and Joel Zika, Darren Tofts, Photofile 75, November 2005

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