“In Human Nature, I explore what happens when we step back to view ourselves within the expansiveness of nature and time. I consider how this scale realignment can change our perspective, offer context, reveal absurdities, and evoke humility, insights and awe."
"In Human Nature, I explore what happens when we step back to view ourselves within the expansiveness of nature and time. I consider how this scale realignment can change our perspective, offer context, reveal absurdities, and evoke humility, insights, and awe.
- Tiffany Shlain
DENDROFEMONOLOGY (Feminist History Tree Ring)
60" x 55" x 3" | Reclaimed Cedar Wood Sculpture | 2022
PREVIOUS ART SHOWS + INSTALLATIONS
The Museum of Modern Art, New York
A live one-woman Spoken Cinema Performance
Premiered at The Museum of Modern Art New York
for one night to sold-out audience February 2020
This live "spoken cinema" performance by Tiffany Shlain takes the audience on a riveting and cinematic journey across the past, present, and future of the relationship between humanity and technology. Incorporating live narration, mesmerizing visuals, an evocative soundscape, and audience engagement, Dear Human is a one-of-a-kind experience that invites the audience to think deeply about how technology is both amplifying our humanity, and amputating it, and how to stay human in our 24/7 world.
The Brain Portrait (2014): UCSF’s Sandler Neurosciences Center partnered artists with neuroscientists. Shlain was partnered with Dr. James Doty from Stanford and 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 mind-matters.org
COLLABORATIONS WITH KEN GOLDBERG
THE WHOLE CINEMAGILLAH
Tiffany Shlain & Ken Goldberg were Artists-in-Residents at
The National Museum of American Jewish History
The Whole Cinemagillah by Tiffany Shlain and Ken Goldberg ran at the museum December 2016 – March 2017.
Below is the call for entries for this project.
The finished film showed at the museum and is not available online.
THE LEONARDO MUSEUM'S EXHIBITION ON SHLAIN'S WORK ON GENDER EQUALITY
Smashing Video Art Installation
Premiered at The Contemporary Jewish Museum
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 and was exhibited at the Pulse NY Contemporary Art Fair, in New York