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Robert Spahr
ROBERT SPAHR
Parsons School of Design, M.F.A
Art Academy of Cincinnati, B.F.A

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Biography

I make visual art that focuses on data traveling through the Internet as material to be appropriated, taken apart, recycled, juxtaposed, and interrupted to reveal a relationship in which we don't simply consume this information, but are also consumed by it. My creative research explores networked culture, and includes code-based generative art, live art performance, as well as drawing, painting and sculpture. This work is organized under the umbrella concept of Cruft, automated computer code that scrapes the digital residue from the Internet to produce digital collage in a variety of forms. Much of this work is automatically uploaded to my web site for distribution to the viewing public.

My arts practice makes use of chance, indeterminism, automation, and iterative processes which question our assumptions about originality, creativity, craft, and the role of the artist within the creative act. My work contributes to the visual arts by creating an interdisciplinary practice that explores the nature of the Internet, it's strengths and failures, allowing me to produce a post-Internet art that reflects the networks effect on our society and culture.

International: The 20th International Generative Art Conference, Exhibition & Live Performances, at the MAR, Museum of Art and Classense Library in Ravenna, Italy 2017; Artist Statement: Exhibition and Publication at Czong Institute for Contemporary Art , CICA Museum, South Korea, 2016; InterArtive, Culture + Urban Space, Issue #65, Barcelona, Spain 2014; Hz Journal #19, Stockholm, Sweden, 2014; Generative Art International Conference, Milan, Italy 2013; Generative Art International Conference, Lucca, Italy 2012; iV2012, Digital Art Gallery, an Int'l Conference on Information Visualization, Univ. Montpellier II, Montpellier, France; Generative Art International Conference, Rome, Italy 2011; iV2011, Digital Art Gallery, an Int'l Conference on Information Visualization, London, England 2011; Nictoglobe Online Magazine: Friction Research Issue #4 (Reclaim the Mind), Amsterdam, The Netherlands 2011; Generative Art International Conference, Milan, Italy 2010; DRHA 2010 Conference: Digital Resources for the Humanities and Arts, London, England, 2010; Generative Art International Conference, Milan, Italy 2009; Computer Art Congress 2008, CAC.2, Mexico City and Toluca City, Mexico, 2008; Media Exchange 2, VT Art Salon, as part of the ACIA, Taipei, Taiwan 2008; Generative Art Conference, Milan, Italy 2007; Online Gallery D-ART 2006, London, England and the CGIV 2006, Sydney, Australia; Trampoline Event #19, Nottingham, United Kingdom; 6th International Salon of Digital Art, Havana, Cuba.

National: TrumpTHIS!, The Art Car Museum, Houston, Texas, 2017; Unauthorized SFMOMA Show, San Francisco, CA 2017; Art2Code Exhibit and Catalog, College Art Association and Arts Collective V1B3, Washington D.C. 2016; Unknown Territory Exhibition: New Art From The Hacktory, Grey Area Gallery, Crane Arts, Philidelphia, PA, 2014; Synthetic Zero Event, Bronx Art Space, Bronx, NY; PRISM Breakup @ Eyebeam, NY, NY; ReFest / Art+Tech Festival 2013, organized by CultureHub at La Mama, NY, NY; Neuromast: Certain Uncertainty and Contemporary Art, Franklin Street Works, Stamford, CT 2013; Interrupt II Festival and Conference - Brown University, Providence RI 2012; From Atoms to Bits: Traces From Inside Plato's Cave, Peer reviewed essay accepted for publication. INPA1, International Photography Annual 1, exhibition-in-print, Manifest Creative Research Gallery and Drawing Center, Cincinnati, OH 2012; 10 Years + Counting (10YAC), an online exhibit to mark the 10 year anniversary of our nation at war, September 2011; SOS ART, Creative Expressions for Peace and Justice, 2011; "Urban Interventions", at the College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning, University of Cincinnati; "ubuntu.kuqala" an online digital media/art/video exhibition curated by Dale Hudson & Sharon Lin Tay, Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival, Ithaca College; "Adding Insult to Imagery? Artistic Responses to Censorship and Media" at Indiana University of Pennsylvania which then traveled to Central Missouri State University; recent edition of the refereed on-line journal DrainMag.com; Solo show 'CRUFT' at Manifest Gallery; festival and symposium "2006 Perform.Media" hosted by Indiana University in Bloomington.

I was the co-founder and artistic director of the critically acclaimed theatre company, Expanded Arts, where I produced and/or directed over 300 productions, including the "Free Shakespeare in the Park(ing) Lot" series presented on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. The successful off-broadway "Shakespeare's R&J" was first produced by Expanded Arts and is now the longest running Romeo & Juliet in the history of Broadway.

My past technical work includes over 10 years of web development and design experience, at various companies in New York City, including About.com, Global Education Network, and the branding firm of Siegel+Gale.

I am currently an Associate Professor in the Cinema and Photography Department at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Past teaching experience includes the University of the Arts, Hartford Art School, State University of New York, Purchase College and Dowling College. I have been a visiting artist at the Art Academy of Cincinnati, and Xavier University.