ITP Alum Camille Utterback was interviewed by Oklahoma Contemporary for her recent work.
We spend most of our waking life in front of screens, and Camille Utterback would like us to consider our place in this arrangement. Computer monitors didn’t occupy much of her field of vision growing up in Boston, but today the San Francisco-based artist creates software to produce interactive digital environments that explore the possibilities and problems within the pixels that color our world.
“In the end, it’s not really about the technology or computers for me,” Utterback said. “It’s about how you think about yourself in relation to systems. The code I’m writing is a set of rules. And it’s interesting for me to create a situation where you are the participant in that system. Because it’s reacting to you, you have to kind of think about why you might be doing this or that: ‘What happens if I stick my hand out, or touch something? How is my presence having an impact on this system?’”
Utterback’s Entangled (2015) is among the works exploring light and place in Oklahoma Contemporary’s inaugural Bright Golden Haze exhibition, opening March 13. In today’s #ThursdayThree installment, she talks about making space for the body in a digital age.
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