Mare completed her undergraduate work at SUNY Buffalo’s Center for Media Study studying with Nam June Paik, Paul Sharits, Hollis Frampton, Tony Conrad, and the Vasulkas. In 1998 she moved to San Francisco to complete an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute, where she produced the film Saline's Solution, an experimental film about a late-term abortion. The film garnered support and awards internationally, exhibiting at The Cinematheque in SF, and at The Whitney Museum and the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.
Mapping/new cartographic tools like OpenStreetMap (collaborative mapping) & GoogleEarth/ GIS/GPS and the radical shifts taking place in our spatial, geographic and subjective perceptions as well as the expanded possibilities of interventions as the result of these changes.
I am interested in developing the dramatic and narrative capabilities of interactive 3D virtual reality installations as a medium for addressing social and cultural issues. I show my work internationally at conferences such as Siggraph and ISEA, and in venues such as the Fondazione Querini Stampalia in Venice, the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography and the International Center for Photography in New York. My work has been supported by awards such as the IBM Innovation Award, WIRED Magazine computer art award, a Japan Foundation Fellowship, Hauptstadtkulturfonds of Germany, MIT CAVS fellowship and the IAMAS media art academy in Japan.
Bay Area/Colombian Praba Pilar is a performance artist, technologist and cultural theorist exploring aspects of emerging technologies which generate new forms of economic, environmental and sexual exploitation and erasure. Deeply rooted in Latino communities, she has spent the last decade presenting site works, performances, street theatre, writing and websites which provide a counternarrative to the overarching rhetoric about the beneficence of biotechnology, information technology, and nanotechnology.