Stephanie Syjuco, Assistant Professor, Sculpture, UC Berkeley
STEPHANIE SYJUCO creates large-scale spectacles of collected cultural objects, cumulative archives, and temporary vending installations, often with an active public component that invites viewers to directly participate as producers or distributors. Working primarily in sculpture and installation, her projects leverage open-source systems, shareware logic, and flows of capital. Born in the Philippines, she received her MFA from Stanford University and BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. She is the recipient of a 2014 Guggenheim Fellowship Award and a 2009 Joan Mitchell Award. She has exhibited at MoMA/P.S.1, the Whitney Museum of American Art, SFMOMA, ZKM Center for Art and Technology and the California Biennial at the Orange County Museum of Art, among others.
An Assistant Professor at UC Berkeley, she is working to expand a conceptual and materials-based pedagogy, combining methods of the handcrafted with digital technologies and social engagement in order to speak of the frictions within late-capitalist society. Recent projects include a collaboration with the FLACC Workplace for Visual Artists in Genk, Belgium, on a new body of work utilizing 3-D scanning of Belgian and Congolese antiquities to produce hybrid ceramic objects addressing the legacy of colonialism, empire, and trade routes.
“Empire/Other,” 2013 – present
Tests for digital sequencing: mathematically forcing two 3D scanned ceramic antiquities to “become like” each other, resulting in fractured, iceberg-like shapes.