Lisa Marie Patzer, still from Semi-Transparent, 2016. Image courtesy of the artist.
“By exposing and making visual the aesthetic rules of technologies, I aim to shine light on the language of these hidden structures.”
Lisa Marie Patzer’s new media installations interrogate how emerging technologies—and the ideologies that inform their production—shape our lives and influence visual culture. Processing foundational components of technology like pixels, algorithms, and glitches as aesthetics unto themselves, Patzer explains that her work “reflects what it means to think, see, and filter experience” through these often-unseen mechanisms. Recent projects have explored subjects that include “operational images” (those produced by and for machines), crowdsourced content and data collection, and artificial intelligence. Her recent installation A Reasonable Expectation of Privacy examined the interpretation of privacy laws in the digital age and invited viewers into an immersive video surveillance environment at Philadelphia’s Icebox Project Space. Patzer’s work has also been shown at the Philadelphia Museum of Art; Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; the International Symposium of Electronic Arts in Vancouver; and The Lab, San Francisco; among other venues. She holds an MFA in film and media arts from Temple University.