SARA SCHNADT

NETWORK

SARA SCHNADT NETWORK

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Work: (site-specific installation for a storefront space in downtown Chicago) Visualizing the idea that we simultaneously live in a real and virtual world, and that the virtual is infinitely expansive, ‘Network’ uses large quantities of electric yellow twine (tied in patterns based on both social network structures and Internet network infrastructure) to suggest a virtual network landscape cutting through an otherwise ordinary space.
Statement: Sara Schnadt explores technology in her work both as subject and media. Her installations and performances use found objects, interactivity, projection, spatial illusions, and movement derived from common gestures. Much of her work involves representations or data that translate large quantities of socially resonant information into poetic forms, including data visualization. Schnadt often performs within accompanying sculptural environments, or sites works within functioning everyday spaces, attempting to articulate the personal within virtual and technological innovation.
Photographer: John W. Sisson, Jr.
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Sara Schnadt explores technology in her work both as subject and media. Her installations and performances use found objects, interactivity, projection, spatial illusions, and movement derived from common gestures. Much of her work involves representations or data that translate large quantities of socially resonant information into poetic forms, including data visualization. Schnadt often performs within accompanying sculptural environments, or sites works within functioning everyday spaces, attempting to articulate the personal within virtual and technological innovation.

Sara’s art practice is informed by her work in technology, which is a constant research resource, and drives her interest in the cultural impacts of technology innovation. Sara works as a designer and community liaison for CensusReporter.org, a new site that is creating a visualization-based interface for census data to assist journalists with their stories. She is also project manager for OpenElections.org, the first comprehensive web site for local and national US election results. Previously, Sara co-founded the Chicago Artists Resource web site, where she was chief technologist. Through this ongoing work, Sara is often ‘at the table’ for a range of innovative national and international forums for dialogue around the most pressing new concerns for our technology moment. Much of her work is motivated by a desire to translate this vantage point into tangible material and live experiences.

Based in Chicago for many years, and recently re-located to LA, Sara Schnadt’s US projects include: ‘Drafting Universes’ at Perform Chinatown and Adjunct Positions in LA, ‘Travelogue’ at Torrance Art Museum; MCA Chicago’s ‘12×12: New Artists New Work’ and ‘Without You I Am Nothing: Interactions’, Hyde Park Art Center, ‘Pop-Up Art Loop’ temporary gallery series, ‘Looptopia’, ‘Site Unseen’ Performance Festival, What It Is project space, Balloon Contemporary, and Antena Gallery (all in Chicago); ‘Spatial City, An Architecture of Idealism’ at MOCAD Detroit; ‘Travel Patterns’ at Counterpath in Denver; and ‘Exchange Rate’ public projection series in LA and NY. International projects include: ‘Upgrade! – Chain Reaction’ in Skopje, Macedonia; ‘Upgrade! Soft Borders’ in Sao Paulo, Brazil; CINEA Paris; FreeManifesta, Frankfurt; and the Busan Biennale in South Korea.
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Sara Schnadt is Director of Communications and Outreach at 18th Street Arts Center. She is an arts administrator, technologist, curator and artist. Sara is a curator for, and co-founded the IN>TIME Performance Series in Chicago, and is co-founder and was previously Chief Technologist for Chicago Artists Resource website at the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs. She has also served on the Artists’ Advisory Board for the Chicago Artists Coalition, the planning Committee for Carnegie Mellon University’s Technology in the Arts Conference, as Marketing Co-Chair for Illinois Arts Alliance’s One State Together in the Arts Conference, as a founding member of Chicago’s SpareRoom Performance Collective, and as co-chair for the Chicago chapter of Upgrade!, an international network of new media artists.

In her art practice she works in new media, installation and performance art. Recent shows include: 12×12: New Artists New Work and Without You I Am Nothing: Interactions at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; Spatial City: An Architecture of Idealism at Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit; Upgrade! Beyond Borders at UNESP Gallery Sao Paulo, Brazil; and the Busan Biennial in South Korea.