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Christina McPhee
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From 9th May to 5th September 2006, CARTES Centre for Art and Technology presents a video retrospective installation at WeeGee, Tapiola, Finland, together with the debut of three new films, by multimedia artist Christina McPhee (US).

"As in a dream, the camera in media artist Christina McPhee's video.. roams across an enigmatic landscape gathering disparate images that tangle together as loosely twisted threads of a story. They never fully knit together, but that's the point. Her themes are memory, trauma and the tumult of earthquakes, and the video functions as a dreamscape of layered and moving frames that mimic the way slips of imagery flutter through our psyche, one quickly replaced by another..."
Holly Willis, "Carrizo-Parkfield Diaries," LA Weekly, March 2005

The current geologic epoch is sometimes called 'anthropocene' to emphasize the force of human-induced ecological and geologic changes. In response to the global crisis of climate change and environmental risk, contemporary media art moves across the liminal edges of landscapes, linking human perceptions with natural forces, in a cybernetic embrace. Along the San Andreas Fault in California, Christina McPhee explores topologies of memory, trauma and geologic presence, like a field guide in a psychogeographic landscape. She tracks seismic presence through intimate studies of site. Combining performance and documentary, her experimental films meditate on the hidden and invisible forces of seismicity, and the shock of unpredictable trauma. Her topologic site studies hauntingly combine the poetics of memory with flashes of documentary and performance. Her work lives at the strange crossroads of scientific visualization and imaginative narrative in new media.

Christina McPhee's recent videos have shown this year in installation at Bildmuseet, Umea, Sweden and screened at the Pacific Film Archive, University of California, Berkeley, for the centennial of the San Francisco earthquake and great fire of 1906 Her new work in video installation and digital large format photography, "La Conchita mon amour' will open at Sara Tecchia Roma New York in October 2006. She created video installation for Pamela Z's "Wunderkabinet", a multimedia opera based on stories from the Museum of Jurassic Technology (Los Angeles) in debut at the LAB, San Francisco in 2005. She collaborates with the cyberfeminist collective for an installation of Naxsmash, on traumatic memory and disappearance at the Hochschule for Median Kunst Koln in 2007. Her films, digital print installations and net art have shown in festival venues and museums internationally since 2000, including FILE Sao Paulo, prog:me Rio de Janeiro, Cybersonica at the ICA London, Digital Arts and Culture Melbourne, and the Royal Academy Copenhagen. Cornell University Electronic Media Archives, the Pandora Archive at the National Library of Australia, the Whitney Museum of American Art Artport, and the New Museum of Contemporary Art / Rhizome Artbase. Her paintings and drawings are found in American museums including the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. She is moderating a series of discussions for the Documenta 12 Magazine Project, online at

The exhibition is curated by Maria Tjader-Knight, Director, Cartes.

The exhibition is sponsored in part by the American Scandinavian Foundation N.Y.

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