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
Turbulence.org 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
, performance/installation, Banff Centre
Ebb and Flow
, Web performance, Morton Studio, turbulence.org (J.Gilbert/S.Allin)
Interactive Installations, 1974 - 1998
, DAAD Studios, Berlin with Emily Hartzell
Group Shows and Collaborations
, Frontroom Gallery, Williamsburg NY
, Institute of Contemporary Art, London UK
, 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
, 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
, 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.
by Martha Wilson, CAA Art Journal, Summer, 2000.
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.
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
by Sobell and Hartzell, TalkBack! journal on the Web, edited by Robert Atkins. Issue #1 (December, 1995).
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.
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.
BFA Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
MFA Cornell University, Ithaca, New York