Artist Statement (for yr first-person needs.)
My work combines pop culture, classical tragedy, and speculative autobiography to explore ways in which technology and mass media teach us to view ourselves and each other. I use a pastiche‐driven practice to create videos, performances, texts, sound compositions, images, and new media projects.
I focus on celebrity worship, the ubiquity of technology, the cult(ures) of the Internet, and how these impact our experience of the physical human body and our sense of self. I then blend in elements of classical tragedies and historical epics, particularly those of classical Greece. I draw out parallels across the two regarding mental illness, ability, gender, and the encouragement and exploitation of destructive behavior. Within this mixture, I try on different performative personas and write imagined futures for myself, ranging from the fantastic to the tragic to the mundane.
Bio (for yr third-person needs. feel free to replace she/her with they/them depending on your mood or mine.)
Sid Branca is an artist, writer, and performer based in Chicago and Los Angeles. She uses video, performance, sound, text, and new media to blend contemporary pop culture, classical tragedy, and speculative autobiography. In addition to current projects across the United States, she is an upcoming recipient of the Neo Future Residency at Arteles Creative Center in Hämeenkyrö, Finland. She is also a contributing writer for Bad at Sports, for which she has published interviews and articles on programming by the College Art Association Conference, EXPO Chicago, and Illinois Humanities, among others. Branca holds degrees from the University of Chicago and Columbia College Chicago, and is a Lecturer at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is a member of the New Media Caucus, the College Art Association, and First Floor Theater.
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