Education: BFA, Maryland Institute College of Art; MFA, UCLA Design Media Arts. Exhibitions and Performances: The Hammer Museum, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Bangkok Arts and Cultural Center, Ars Electronica in Linz, Austria, Museo Altillo Beni in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia, and FILE Festival in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Publications: Emergency Index 2017, 2018. Awards: Crosstown Arts Fellowship, Regents Fellowship, Sondheim Semifinalist, Light City Grant, Maryland States Arts Council Micro Grant in collaboration with Make Studio, Ignite Baltimore Grant.
Kristin McWharter is an artist whose practice uses multidisciplinary approaches to interrogate the relationship between competition and intimacy. She often integrates novel technologies and unexpected material forms to conjoin viewers within immersive sculptural installations and viewer- inclusive performances. Her work imagines new and alternative forms of social behaviors and relationships. Inspired by 20th century sorts and competition narratives as well as social/ psychology research concerning “the self”, collective decision making, and technology as a contemporary spiritual authority, her work blurs the boundaries of social intimacy and consumer culture in an effort to evoke the viewer's individual relationships to affection, antagonism, sincerity and discomfort within the larger social context.
Current Research Interests: Virtual reality, improvisational movement practices, 20th century sports entertainment, motivational speaking.
Kristin McWharter, Scope, 2017, Virtual Reality Installation
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