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Nina Sobell: Biography

Professional Recognition and Appointments

2011 Artist-in-Residence, Emily Harvey Foundation, Venice, Italy

2010 BrainChat  U. S. patent pending

2007-08  Artist-in-Residence,Location One, New York, NY

2005-06 Visiting Lecturer, Goldsmiths College, University of London UK

2002 Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship Nominee in Media Arts     

2001 New York State Council for the Arts, Artist Fellowship

1999 Webby Award Nominee, ParkBench On-Line Collective

1998 Commission, with S. Allin and J. Gilbert

1998 Artist-in-Residence, Banff Centre for the Arts, Canada

1994-98 Artist-in Residence, Center for Advanced Technology, Courant School of Computer Science, New York University

1991-93 Artist-in-Residence, Interactive Telecommunications Program, Tisch School of the Arts NYU

Solo Shows and Collaborations

2008 Internal Message Search solo show, Gallery Area 53, Vienna, Austria

2008 Not About: Is, solo show, Location One Gallery, NY

2006 Reap Video Collaboration, Anne Bean Matt's Gallery, London, UK, Video    Documentary of Zambian Street Theater Group with Anne Bean

2001 Liwase,Video Documentary of Zambian Street Theater Group with Anne Bean

1998 Interactive Installations, 1974 - 1998, DAAD Studios, Berlin with Emily Hartzell

1998 Ebb and Flow, Web performance, Morton Studio,  (J.Gilbert/S.Allin)

Group Shows and Collaborations

 2015 Views, WMAT video commissioned and curated by Leo Kuelbs, IFP, Brooklyn, NY

          Views, WMAT LKC, Manhattan Bridge Projection, NY

          Views, WMAT curated by Leo Kuelbs, Fata Morgana Gallery, Berlin

          Form and Substance: Projection, Lighting and Mapping, WMAT, Art Basel Miami

          Poet Transmit, WMAT video, curated by Victoria Keddie and Cat Tyc, St. MarkÕs Church,

          NY and Wave Farm Radio


2014  L.E.S. Scene Then and Now, curated by Shalom Neuman, Fusion Art Museum, NY

          Drawings, curated by Anne Bean and Ezra Rubenstein, 80 Three Colt Street, London

          72 -82 Acme Gallery Film by William Raban, Hackney Picture House, London

          Performance Documentation of Acme Gallery, Whitechapel Gallery, London

          Personae, Emily Harvey Foundation Gallery, Venice, Italy

          S(he) is still Her(e), curated by Johnny Velardi, Rivington Music Studio, NY


2013   Not Only This:  New Language Beckons Us, curated by Andrew Blackley,

          Fales Collection, NYU

           Corps et Ames, prints, Atelier Galerie MLC, Vains, France


2012  Papyri, curated by Berty Skuber, Emily Harvey Foundation Gallery, Venice, Italy

          Housework, Gender, Subjectivity: Cultures of Domesticity, curated by Molly Hankwitz,

         The Reynolds Gallery, University of the Pacific, Stockton, California

         Another Vacant Space, curated by Adam Nankervis, Man Museum, Berlin, Germany

         WBAI Art Auction, curated by James Wintner, Steven Kasher Gallery, NY, NY


2011  Into the Pot You Go! curated by Carol Stakenas,  Pacific Standard Time, LACE, LA


2010 Glow, curated by Adam Nankervis, Z-Bar, Berlin, Germany
         A Feast for the Eyes, curated by Heike Epildauer, Bank Austria Kunst Forum, Vienna, Austria
2009 ArtFemTV, curated by Evelin Stermitz, Gallery Photon, Ljubljana, Slovenia 
         tina b. The Prague Contemporary Art Festival,Vernon Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic 
         Way Out, Pavilhao, Lisbon, Portugal
2008 Waves-The Art of the Electromagnetic Society, Hartware Medien Kunstverein, Dortmund, Germany
         Ca Video Show, Getty Museum, Los Angeles, California
2007 Evidence of Movement, Getty Research Institute, LA, Ca.
         Cyber Feminism Past Forward, Austrian Association of Women Artists, Vienna
         The Future of the History, Space Gallery, New York
         Slapstick, curated by C. Eammons, Lora Reynolds Gallery, Austin, Texas
2006 KISSS. Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK/Sidney, Australia 
2005 Art/ Sound,  curated by J. Slater, Front Room Gallery , Williamsburg,   NY

2004  Synaesthesia, Thinking of You, Institute of Contemporary Art, London  UK

2002 Art/Women/California 1950-2000, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, Ca.

2000 Sharing a Shadow, Three Colt Gallery, London

1999 Streaming: A Laboratory, with E. Hartzell/ Sonya Allin, W. Phillips Gallery, Banff

Sunshine & Noir: Art in Los Angeles 1960-1997, UCLA at The Armand Hammer

Castello di Rivoli, Italy, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Louisiana MOMA, Denmark

1997 Dance in a Moving Mirror streaming with Hartzell/Gilbert, RAT, Aix-en-Provence

Adrift (web performance), Ars Electronica with Gilbert, Hartzell, Thorington, Wolsak

Pink Wink, New Image Art Gallery, Los Angeles

Pasarse de la Raya, Expoarte, Guadalajara, VI Feria Internacional de arte Contemporaneo

PORT, four-screen web projection performance, MIT List Visual Arts Center

Blast5, Time Curators and web/video installation (ParkBench), Sandra Gering Gallery

1996 Art on the Web (ParkBench), Whitney Museum of American Art

Language and Disorder: videotapes, New Langton Arts, San Francisco

1995 Alice Sat Here, telerobotic installation w/Hartzell in CODE, Ricco/Maresca Gallery, NYC

1993 LA Sampler 1970-1993, Hey, Baby Chicky! P.McCarthy curator, David Zwirner Gallery, NYC

Scratching the Belly of the Beast, Brainwave Drawings, Los Angeles Film Forum

1992 Installation: painting, sculpture, and 2 channels of video, Granary Books Gallery, NYC

Brainwave Drawing Installation, Bronx River Arts Center, Bronx, NY

1991 Drawings, Elston Fine Arts Gallery, New York, NY

Cori: Struggle for Life, video work, Speaking Out: Art Against AIDS, Museum of Modern Art, NY

1990 Cori: Struggle for Life, Video Against AIDS, Institute of Contemporary Art, London,

The Indomitable Spirit, video work, International Center for Photography, NY

Beyond Boundaries: Paintings, Black and White in Color Gallery, Bronx, NY


"A Feast for the Eyes/ Augenschmaus Vom Essen im Stilleben" by Heike Epildauer and Ingried Brugger,Prestel Verlag 2010 Berlin, Bank Austria Kunstforum

"tina b. Prague Contemporary Arts Festival" edited by Monika Burian,curated by Blanca de la Torre Garcia, Vernon Fine Art, Czech Republic 2009

"Nina Sobell at Gallery Area53" by Gesche Heumann, Art Magazine, Austellungkritik, 25.07.08

"California Video:  Artists and Histories", edited by Glenn Phillips, Getty   Research Institute; 2008

"Allure of the Raw: Ca Video" by Hollis Willis, Modern Painter,  March 2008

"Interview with Nina Sobell" by Evelin Stermitz, published by Marisa Olson,, August 21, 2007

"Video Art": Michael Rush, Thames and Hudson, 2006

"Feedback": editors Horsfield /Hildebrand, Temple University Press, 2006

"Closed Circuit": by Slavko Kacunko, Logos Verlag, Berlin, Germany 2006

"Digital Art": , by Christiane Paul, Thames and Hudson, London

"Art/Women/California 1950-2000" editors Burgess/Salvioni, University of California Press and the San Jose Museum of Art (2002), p. 326.

"Streaming the Brain" by N. Sobell, MultiMedia, Artful Media ed. Doree Duncan Seligmann IEEE Computer Society, Vol. 9, No. 3 (July-September, 2002), p. 3—8.

"Info Arts-Intersections of Art, Science, and Technology" by S.Wilson, MIT Press (2002).

"Sculpting in Time and Space: Interactive Work" by Nina Sobell and Emily Hartzell, Leornardo, MIT Press, Vol.34, No.3 (2001).

"The Robot in the Garden" by Ken Goldberg, MIT Press (2000), p. 15.

"Going Virtual" by Martha Wilson, CAA Art Journal, Summer, 2000.

"Artful Media," by Kathy Brew, IEEE Multimedia, 1999.

"Women in Art and Technology" edited by Judy Malloy., MIT Press 1999

"A Brief History of Outrage: The 51 (or So) Greatest Avant-Garde Moments," by C. Carr, Village Voice, September 22, 1998.

"On Edge: The Heart of the Web," by C. Carr, Village Voice,Vol. 42, No. 25 (June 24, 1997), p.50.

"VirtuAlice," by Sobell and Hartzell, Ylem , Vol. 17, No. 9, (September/October, 1997), p. 5.

"Telepresence Art," by Eduardo Kac, Art Journal, College Art Association, 1997.

"Naked to the Bone",by Betty Ann Kevlis, Rutgers University Press, 1997.

"Postmodern Currents: Art and Artists in the Age of Electronic Media", by Margot Lovejoy, Prentice Hall, 1996 (second edition).

"ParkBench," interview with Doug Grunther, WDST Woodstock Radio, October, 1996.

"ParkBench Public Access Kiosks," Visual Proceedings, Siggraph '96.

"ParkBench Sculpting Performances," The Acid-free Paper (web journal), edited by Kevin Smith, Vol. 1, No. 4 (January, 1996), Net Culture section.

"Deviant Eyes, Deviant Bodies" by Chris Straayer, Columbia University Press, 1996

"The Buzz" by Sobell and Hartzell, TalkBack! journal on the Web, edited by Robert Atkins. Issue #1 (December, 1995). <>

"Art Online" by Robert Atkins, Art in America, Vol. 83, No. 12 (December, 1995), p. 64.

"Technology: Do You Mind if I Sit Here?" by Kimberly Neuhaus, I.D.,Vol. 42, No. 2 (March-April, 1995), p. 24.

"ParkBench," Artists' Pages by Emily Hartzell and Nina Sobell, Felix: Landscape(s) Vol. 2, No.1 (1995), pp. 302-5.

Interactions, Vol. IV, No. 2, June, 1992.

Interactions, Vol. III, No. 1, April, 1991

Felix (review of EXHUMED & Video 1972-90), Vol. 1, No. 1 (Spring, 1991), p. 71-73.


2007 IMHO with Heather Wagner, Location One, NY

2002 Artist Talk, SUNY Purchase, Department of Art, Purchase, New York

2001 Artist Talk, Computer Art Department, School of Visual Arts, New York

2000 Nina Sobell: Video Performances, NYU School of Food Sciences

1999 Artist Talk, Sony Wonder HD Theater and Technology Museum

1997 Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, Stevens Institute of Technology

Digital Landscapes of the Mind, London Institute

ISEA (International Society of Electronic Arts), Chicago Art Institute

Art Talk Art: Art, Anarchy, and the Web, Foundation for Art Resources, LA

LA Museum of Contemporary Art, Geffen Contemporary LA, Art Talks '97

Cornell University, Creativity Symposium

Art, Culture, and Technology, Teacher's College, Columbia University,

CHI '97 (Computer-Human Interaction), Atlanta

Central St. Martin's School of Art, London

1996 ParkBench, Artist's Presentation, Siggraph '96

1995 Art and Science Collaborations, Inc., Cooper Union Great Hall, New York

1993 Department of Fine Arts, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

1991 The Slade, St. Martins, Newcastle, Brighton Poly, E. London Poly, Brunel University, Reading,


Archivo Storico delle Arti Contemporane; La Bienalle di Venezia, Italia; Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA; Banff Centre for the Arts, Canada; deSaisset, Museum of Art; Manchester Art Gallery, England; Reading University, England; Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, Texas; Zentrum fur Kunst Und Medien Technologie, Karlsruhe, Montevideo, Amsterdam; Institute of Contemporary Art, London; Western Front Video, Vancouver; DIA Foundation; Cologne; Kramlich Video Collection; Blanton Library, Austin,Texas; Leo Kuelbs Collection, RJFleck, Gunther Broder and other private collections and academic institutions.


BFA Tyler School of Art 1969, Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Rome, Italy

MFA Cornell University 1971, Ithaca, New York

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