CONTACT

isla.hansen@gmail.com

Isla's work reenacts forms of popular media, play, and systems of production, recreating ways in which bodies connect to technologies in the world around us. Her work sets in motion new and sometimes crude means of image-making in order to break down or convolute processes of technological mediation. Recently, Isla has focused on the way in which camera and robotic systems in the gaming, medicine, food, and sports industries have developed by tracking and positioning the human body as analogue. Evoking the association of image to desire, idolatry, ideology, and learning, these absurd systems reinterpret and complicate the relationship between the human body and technological progress.

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b. Philadelphia, PA 1987

EDUCATION


2015 MFA, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
2010 BA English & Comparative Lit, Columbia University, New York, NY
2010 BA Visual Art, Columbia University, New York, NY

GRANTS / AWARDS / RESIDENCIES

2015
Visiting Artist in Residence, UCLA Game Lab
Dedalus Foundation Master of Fine Arts Fellowship
GuSH Graduate Research Funding Grant (Carnegie Mellon University)

2014
The Sprout Fund Seed Award Fund for Community Innovation in Pittsburgh (as part of the collaborative group Dadpranks)
Frank-Ratchye Fund for Art @ the Frontier microgrant (the Studio for Creative Inquiry)
Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Arts Seebacher Fellow
American Austrian Foundation Seebacher Prize for Fine Arts
Best in Show, Three Rivers Arts Festival Juried Exhibition (as Dadpranks)

Konrad and Gisela Weis Fellowship (Carnegie Mellon School of Art)


2013
Frank-Ratchye Fund for Art @ the Frontier microgrant (the Studio for Creative Inquiry)

GuSH Graduate Research Funding Grant (Carnegie Mellon University)

Tough Art Residency, Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh (in collaboration with Luke Loeffler)


2011
VCU Summer Studio Practicum in Sculpture + Extended Media


2009
Williams Traveling Fellowship (Columbia University)

2005
Maine Governor’s Young Writer of the Year Award

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS / PERFORMANCES

2016

Hervisions, The Standard Downtown, Los Angeles, CA (with Dadpranks)
Wish You Were Here: Department of Art Faculty Exhibition, Urban Arts Space, Columbus, OH
Sidewalk Empire Sunset Select (two person show), Dedalus Foundation Gallery at Industry City, Brooklyn, NY
The Last Game Ever (with Downtown Girls Basketball), PS 142 Gym, New York, NY
Play Dead (solo show), ThreeFourThreeFour Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Felt Book, The Institute for New Feeling (online publication), the internet

2015

UCLA Game Arts Festival, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
VIA Festival Games Salon: Rules For Another Self, Boom Projects, Pittsburgh, PA
How to Remain Human, MOCA Cleveland, OH (w/ Dadpranks)
Sensory3 at the Century III Mall, Open Engagement 2015, Pittsburgh, PA
MFA Thesis Show, Miller Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
Unloaded, SPACE, Pittsburgh, curated by Susanne Slavick (w/ Dadpranks)
IFNF Felt Book group show, Spaces Gallery, Cleveland, OH (w/ Dadpranks)

2014

Encountering the Unseen: Puppet-Actualized Lectures on Microbiology, Phipps Conservatory, Pittsburgh, PA (in collaboration with Tucker Marder)
The Non-Human, Festung Hohensalzburg, Salzburg, Austria
Galapagos, Parrish Art Museum, Watermill, NY (Adapted from the Kurt Vonnegut novel and Produced / Directed by Tucker Marder and Christian Scheider)
Broke Baroque, Sanctuary Project Space, Pittsburgh, PA (w/ Dadpranks)
Three Rivers Arts Festival Juried Exhibition, Pittsburgh, PA (w/ Dadpranks)
Day of The Painter, 5139 Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
Club Puppet, Howe St. Project Space, Pittsburgh, PA
Performing Under Surveillance, Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH

Gross Domestic Product, The Mine Factory, Pittsburgh, PA

H3O, The Drift, Pittsburgh, PA (w/ Dadpranks)
Acid Rain Productions, EXHIBITION001, the internet (w/ Dadpranks)
Dadpranks solo show, Mote 078 Gallery, Columbus OH (w/ Dadpranks)
T.GIF Tournament, presented by VIA, http://tgif.via-pgh.com (w/ Dadpranks)

2013

Tough Art, The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA (in collaboration with Luke Loeffler)
Live Archive, The Crucible Building, Pittsburgh, PA


2011

VIS-À-VIS, Back Yard Projects, New York, NY 

Between The Eyes, FAB Gallery, Richmond, VA
Anthropogeneal Gristmill, Old Dominion Iron Company, Belle Isle, Richmond, VA

2010

Montrose Initiative for the Arts: Bike In, Haggerty Hall, Brooklyn, NY 

Columbia University Thesis Exhibition, LeRoy Neiman Gallery, New York, NY

TEACHING / TALKS / WORKSHOPS

2016
Assistant Professor of Art, Department of Art & ACCAD, The Ohio State University

2015
Guest Lecturer (as artist in residence), UCLA Game Lab
Graduate Teaching Assistant, Activated Anamorphs: Performative Inhabitables and Interactive Prostheses, Carnegie Mellon U. School of Art

2014
Guest Lecture for seminars “The Amateur” and "Art & Biology" Carnegie Mellon U. School of Art
Talk & Workshop: “Performing Under Surveillance,” Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH
Graduate Teaching Assistant, Senior Studio, Carnegie Mellon U. School of Art
Graduate Teaching Assistant, Electronic Media Studio I, Carnegie Mellon U. School of Art

2013
Carnegie Mellon School of Art Graduate Student Presentations, Kresge Theater, Pittsburgh, PA
Workshop: mediated motor skills & play, Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, PA
Artist in Residence, The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
Artist’s Talk, Sculpture Center, Cleveland, OH
Artist’s Talk, Creative and Performing Arts High School of Pittsburgh, PA
Graduate Teaching Assistant, Electronic Media Studio II, Carnegie Mellon University School of Art
Graduate Teaching Assistant, 3D Studio: Wearables, Carnegie Mellon University School of Art


2012
Artist’s Talk, OSHER, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
Carnegie Mellon School of Art Graduate Student Presentations, Doherty Hall, Pittsburgh, PA
Graduate Teaching Assistant, Advance Studio: Sequential Narrative, Carnegie Mellon U. School of Art