Tiffany is 2022 Artist-in-Residence at SHACK15 at top of SF Ferry Building


Before Covid, I had been working with my team on a new type of experience I call “Spoken Cinema”: a “live film” about the history of the internet and the relationship between humans and technology. The Museum of Modern Art premiered Dear Human in New York on Feb 15, 2020. The response was super exciting and we planned to take it on tour. Weeks later the whole world shut down. And while the past two years have been an intense and challenging time, the silver lining was that it forced us all to focus on asking the big questions:  What’s important? How do I want to live my life? Who do I want to spend my time with? I spent a lot of time at home with my family, or out in nature. I loved the scale of the redwoods, the solitude, the sense of connectedness, and the feeling of humility and awe as part of something larger than oneself. 

I started creating sculptures and photographs and an experimental film trying to convey that feeling. I wanted to evoke the effect of our size and scale in nature—our sense of smallness, escape, refuge, realignment, humility, perspective, healing and awe that vast vistas and towering trees that have stood for thousands of years bring. Covid reminded us all that we can’t control everything and that we are part of a much larger narrative of interdependent forces.

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The Brain Portrait (2014): UCSF’s Sandler Neurosciences Center premiered the art installation Brain Portrait as part of the Mind Matters art exhibition. Watch a short clip about it here.

The Brain Portrait: How do the images around us affect our brains? How do they influence the ghost in the machine? In this exhibit, visitors will enter a photo booth and put on a portable brain scanner — a low resolution EEG that “uses sensors to tune into electrical signals produced by the brain.” They will then be shown film sequences of both compassion and violence. We will take the data from the scanner and create artistic interpretations of the patterns our brains experience for each. Visitors will leave with a unique photo strip from: The Brain Portrait. Read the press release.

More about the show: “Mind Matters: Mapping the Human Mind through Neuroscience” is organized by the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience in collaboration neuroscientists and area artists. Mind Matters is an interactive, visual and educational art exhibit. As an interdisciplinary exhibit at the intersection of arts, technology and science, it is designed to stimulate intense interactions between art and science, allowing each to follow its own route, from start to finish, in a rich and full-fledged manner, both artistically and scientifically. It comes to life as a fruit of the collaboration of small groups of artists and scientists—in many cases just duos or trios—working together. Find out more at



The National Museum of American Jewish History premiered
Tiffany Shlain & Ken Goldberg's Film and Participatory Art Project


This film and participatory art project by Tiffany Shlain and Ken Goldberg ran at the  National Museum of American Jewish History December 2016 – March 2017.

Cinema: A sequence of images wound onto a reel and unwound to tell a story.
Megillah: A sequence of words wound onto a scroll and unwound to tell a story.

How has the American Jewish experience been represented in film and television? The Cinemagillah project,  a 12-minute film and art installation by Emmy-nominated filmmakers Tiffany Shlain and Ken Goldberg, offers some answers.  The project was part of their OPEN for Interpretation Artist-in-Residence program, and includes contributions from the public collected via social media, a “cloud-sourcing” method Shlain and Goldberg have used in award-winning films such as The Tribe (2005) and The Making of a Mensch (2015).  More info on the OPEN program here.

You are invited to share your favorite Jewish moments from TV and film history in the Museum’s recording booth or on Facebook.

Press Articles:

Jewcy (Arts & Culture) – Jewcy Interviews: The (Whole) Cinemagillah

eJewish Philanthropy – “The (Whole) Cinemagillah” premiers at National Museum of American Jewish History

The Leonardo DaVinci Museum premiered an art installation of Tiffany's films and work - focusing on her films on gender equity.

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Smashing Video Art Installation 

Premiered at The Contemporary Jewish Museum and was acquired by 21c Museum Hotels


An interactive art installation with video projection, step plate, custom electronics, and software.

Ken Goldberg and Tiffany Shlain (electronics design by Danny Bazo)

Smashing is an interactive new media installation where motion triggers audio and video. Visitors are invited to make a silent vow and then to stomp on a floor plate. The impact triggers a projected slow-motion video of breaking glass accompanied by a musical track that responds to the quality of each impact.

Shattered glass has punctuated crises and transformations through history and across cultures from Kristallnacht to the Watts Riots to the breaking of a glass at the conclusion of the Jewish wedding ceremony.

Smashing debuted on opening night of the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco on June 7, 2008. It was exhibited at the Pulse NY Contemporary Art Fair, in New York on March 5-8, 2009. The first edition was acquired by 21C, the contemporary art museum in Louisville, Kentucky supported by Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson.

Sample installation photos:

Edition of 3. Represented by the Catharine Clark Gallery, SF, CA

Watch video highlights from the premiere.