The Upgrade! Vancouver

Nancy discussed her new work-in-progress FA$Ter, a new media performance and installation that moves across international borders freely trading personal belongings with people along the way. It uses the tracking technology of radio frequency identification to label all items and a commercial transport truck to travel between Canada, the United States and Mexico. This project engages the turbulent intersection of the political/economic, technological, and personal. It addresses problems with the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and issues of globalization, myths of increased security and protection through surveillance of people and commodities, and relationships between consumer goods and identity construction.

Nancy Nisbet is a Canadian artist working with new media, installation, performance and photography. Her artistic practice revolves around issues of digital technology as they relate to various systems of identification stemming from increasing surveillance, computer gaming, and the proliferation of computer-mediated communications. She received a Master of Fine Arts from The California Institute of the Arts and has degrees in Genetics and Education from the University of Alberta. She has taught Interdisciplinary Computing for the Arts at the University of California, San Diego and teaches in the Department of Art History, Visual Arts and Theory at the University of British Columbia.

Curated by Kate Armstrong, The Upgrade! Vancouver is a forum for artists and curators working with new media and technologies to informally present their work, and is meant to foster dialogue and create opportunities for collaboration within the media art community.

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