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Human Connections in a Digital World: Lani Asuncion, Christina Balch, and Keaton Fox

  • Artisan's Asylum 10 Tyler Street Somerville, MA, 02143 United States (map)
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Join Boston-area artists Lani Asuncion, Christina Balch, Keaton Fox and moderator Jesa Damora in a discussion about using art and technology to bring people together in today's digital world. Combining the messiness of technology with their bodies and experiences, these women artists explore and question the relationships between people, technology, and nature.

About the artists

Christina Balch is a Somerville-based, multi-media artist interested in the way people define themselves digitally, especially through the use of mobile technology and self-documentation. Process and experimentation play an important role in Christina’s practice. Her latest project titled Extensions explores digital memory and personal data by creating both physical and digital objects. Christina recently curated two exhibitions at the Nave Gallery titled AVATARS exploring artist representations in the digital, information age.

Keaton Fox is a multidisciplinary artist, educator, and curator who uses art and technology to reflect the digital disarray of the modern world. Fueled by child-like fascination and frustrations, Fox combines the natural with the virtual to create visual experiments that playfully explore the varied realities of our time. She has exhibited nationally, internationally, physically, and digitally. She is currently the Assistant Director at Boston Cyberarts as well as a Teaching Media Artist at Cambridge Community Television. The overarching goal of her multiple creative endeavors is to use art and technology to bring humans together.

Jesa Damora will be the moderator, she runs FunnelCake Marketing, an arts marketing and business development consulting firm, out of Somerville’s Artisan’s Asylum. Her clients include artists of all stripes. She also provides arts event development and execution (TED talks, Somerville Open Studios). She offers curation services, helps with crowd-sourced funding, develops publicity campaigns, and she gives arts marketing presentations and workshops in Boston and in Brooklyn. She produced a long-running vlog/TV show on the arts, was the executive director of a consortium for the US Department of Energy, a championship speedskater, and is a recovering architect. As an artist, she specializes in enormous graphite drawings on Mylar that are about the wildness in both nature and ourselves that we think we have tamed.