Nina Sobell

Weaving Sun and Moon

ParkBench Kiosk

ParkBench Kiosk

Weaving Sun and Moon

Weaving Sun
and Moon

ArTisTheater Performance Archive

ArTisTheater Performance Archive

Nina Sobell E-mail Web Nina Sobell is a pioneer video artist whose improvisational time-based sound and image Web performances are embedded with her drawing, sculpture and video background. She is inspired by the collaborative process that evolves from crossing the lines of music, art and technology, and opening up these channels interactively to the public, initially through interactive video installations, and more recently on the Web. Sobell is primarily interested in non-narrative work that leaves open the possibility for multiple interpretations. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including grants from the NEA and NYSCA for her pioneering video performance art. She received a BFA sculpture and printmaking from Tyler School of Art, Temple University, and an MFA in sculpture from Cornell University. Her sculptures, installations, and video art have been shown internationally. Professional Recognition and Appointments
Artists Choice, Location One Gallery, New York, NY
BrainChat Patent Pending Visiting Lecturer, Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK
Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship Nominee in Media Arts
New York State Council on the Arts, Artist’s Fellowship
Webby Award Nominee, ParkBench On-Line Collective
Artist-in-Residence, Banff Centre for the Arts, Canada Commission, with S. Allin and J. Gilbert Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship Nominee Artist-in-Residence, Center for Advanced Technology, New York University
Artist-in-Residence, Interactive Telecommunications Program, Tisch School of the ArtsNYU Solo Shows and Collaborations


, Video Collaboration, Anne Bean Matt’s Gallery, London, UK


, Whitechapel Gallery, London UK / Sidney, Australia


, Video Documentary of Zambian Street Theater Group with Anne Bean

Weaving Sun and Moon

, Château de Sacy, Sacy-le-Petit, France

Brainwave Drawing

, performance/installation, Banff Centre

Ebb and Flow

, Web performance, Morton Studio, (J.Gilbert/S.Allin)

Interactive Installations, 1974 - 1998

, DAAD Studios, Berlin with Emily Hartzell Group Shows and Collaborations

Art Sound

, Frontroom Gallery, Williamsburg NY


, Institute of Contemporary Art, London UK

Art/Women/California 1950-2000

, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, California

Sharing a Shadow

, Three Colt Gallery, London

Streaming: A Laboratory

, with E. Hartzell / Sonya Allin, W. Phillips Gallery, Banff

Sunshine & Noir: Art in Los Angeles 1960-1997

, UCLA at The Armand Hammer Castello di Rivoli, Italy, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Louisiana MOMA, Denmark

Dance in a Moving Mirror

, streaming with Hartzell/Gilbert, RAT, Aix-en-Provence


, web performance, Ars Electronica with Gilbert, Hartzell, Thorington, Wolsak

Pink Wink

, New Image Art Gallery, Los Angeles

Pasarse de la Raya

, Expoarte, Guadalajara, VI Feria Internacional de arte Contemporaneo


, four-screen web projection performance, MIT List Visual Arts Center


, Time Curators and web/video installation (ParkBench), Sandra Gering Gallery

Art on the Web (ParkBench)

, Whitney Museum of American Art

Language and Disorder

, videotapes, New Langton Arts, San Francisco

Alice Sat Here

, telerobotic installation w/Hartzell in CODE, Ricco/Maresca Gallery, New York

LA Sampler 1970-1993, Hey, Baby Chicky!

, P.McCarthy curator, David Zwirner Gallery, New York

Scratching the Belly of the Beast, Brainwave Drawings

, Los Angeles Film Forum
Installation: painting, sculpture, and 2 channels of video, Granary Books Gallery, New York

Brainwave Drawing Installation

, Bronx River Arts Center, Bronx, New York


, Elston Fine Arts Gallery, New York, New York

Cori: Struggle for Life

, video work, Speaking Out: Art Against AIDS, Museum of Modern Art, NY 1990

Cori: Struggle for Life

, Video Against AIDS, Institute of Contemporary Art, London

The Indomitable Spirit

, video work, International Center for Photography, New York

Beyond Boundaries: Paintings

, Black and White in Color Gallery, Bronx, New York Bibliography

Art/Women/California 1950-2000

, editors Burgess/Salvioni, University of California Press and the San Jose Museum of Art (2002), p.326

Streaming the Brain

by N. Sobell, MultiMedia, Artful Media ed. Doree Duncan Seligmann IEEE Computer Society, Vol. 9, No. 3 (July-September, 2002), pp.3-8.

Info Arts-Intersections of Art, Science, and Technology

by S.Wilson, MIT Press (2002).

Sculpting in Time and Space: Interactive Work

by Nina Sobell and Emily Hartzell, Leornardo, MIT Press, Vol.34, No.3 (2001).

Robot in the Garden

by Ken Goldberg, MIT Press (2000), p. 15.

Going Virtual

by Martha Wilson, CAA Art Journal, Summer, 2000.

Artful Media

by Kathy Brew, IEEE Multimedia, 1999.

Women in Art and Technology

edited by Judy Malloy., MIT Press 1999

A Brief History of Outrage: The 51 (or So) Greatest Avant-Garde Moments

by C. Carr, Village Voice, September 22, 1998.

On Edge: The Heart of the Web

by C. Carr, Village Voice,Vol. 42, No. 25 (June 24, 1997), p.50.


by Sobell and Hartzell, Ylem, Vol. 17, No. 9, (September/October, 1997), p. 5.

Telepresence Art

by Eduardo Kac, Art Journal, College Art Association, 1997.

Naked to the Bone

by Betty Ann Kevlis, Rutgers University Press, 1997.

Postmodern Currents: Art and Artists in the Age of Electronic Media

by Margot Lovejoy, Prentice Hall, 1996 (second edition).


- interview with Doug Grunther, WDST Woodstock Radio, October, 1996.

ParkBench Public Access Kiosks

, Visual Proceedings, Siggraph ’96.

ParkBench Sculpting Performances

, The Acid-free Paper (web journal), edited by Kevin Smith, Vol. 1, No. 4 (January, 1996), Net Culture section.

Deviant Eyes, Deviant Bodies

by Chris Straayer, Columbia University Press, 1996

The Buzz

by Sobell and Hartzell, TalkBack! journal on the Web, edited by Robert Atkins. Issue #1 (December, 1995).

Art Online

by Robert Atkins, Art in America, Vol. 83, No. 12 (December, 1995), p. 64.

Technology: Do You Mind if I Sit Here?

by Kimberly Neuhaus, I.D.,Vol. 42, No. 2 (March-April, 1995), p. 24.


Artists’ Pages by Emily Hartzell and Nina Sobell, Felix: Landscape(s) Vol. 2, No.1 (1995), pp. 302-5. Interactions, Vol. IV, No. 2, June, 1992. Interactions, Vol. III, No. 1, April, 1991 Felix (review of

EXHUMED & Video 1972-90

), Vol. 1, No. 1 (Spring, 1991), p. 71-73. Collections Archivo Storico delle Arti Contemporane; La Bienalle di Venezia, Italia; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, California; Whitney Museum of American Art; Banff Centre for the Arts, Canada; deSaisset, Museum of Art; Manchester Museum of Art, England; Reading University, England; Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TexasArts; Zentrum fur Kunst Und Medien Technologie, Karlsruhe, Montevideo, Amsterdam; Institute of Contemporary Art, London; Western Front Video, Vancouver; DIA Foundation, Cologne; Kramlich Video Collection, and other private collections and academic institutions. Education BFA Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania MFA Cornell University, Ithaca, New York