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ISEA2015: The 21st International Symposium on Electronic Art
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Kevin Day

Kevin Day’s practice explores the materiality and body of immaterial data in the age of flickering signifiers. His work examines issues such as algorithmic culture, digital memories, cyber control, post-human concerns, communicative capitalism, and online subcultures, focusing on the effects the digital interface has on human relations, perception, and cognition, specifically the obligatory mediation through coded language and signals. Through his work, the production and consumption of digital materials is framed as subjugation through language, the digital language of code.

In his sound, drawing, text, photo, graph, and installation work, the body persists as a medium through which signals must pass, resisting the notion in information theory that data are free floating and decontextualized, and insisting instead on a situated and embodied spatio-temporality. Day’s practice seeks to resist the codification of Being through an insistence on the presence of noise in the interface, which persists within the signals in the capitalist communication industry. As such, the body is the necessarily mediated materiality in the production of immaterial labour, insisting on its position between immediacy and hypermediacy.

Day was born in Taiwan, a country that rose to economic prosperity and global prominence in the post-war era due to its dominance in manufacturing and exporting electronic products. He received his MFA from the University of British Columbia and is currently based in Vancouver. He has presented his works and research nationally and internationally, at locations such as the Free Word Centre (London), University of Hamburg (Hamburg), Qubit (New York), and Gallery 1313 (Toronto). He is a contributing author in an anthology on digital memories published through Interdisciplinary Press, London, and is currently working on a project generously funded by the Canada Council for the Arts.

Day is represented by Robert Lynds Gallery, Vancouver.