b. 1982 USA
Rebecca Weisman’s experimental multi-media practice uses video, sound, performance, and installation grounded firmly in discourses of critical theory to create rigorously conceptual as well as viscerally pleasurable experiences that call into question issues of subjectivity, the body, language, systems of power, and environment(s). Her work examines subconscious and psychological spaces in order to challenge notions about the stability of personal identity, “Nature”, and time, often asking the viewer to travel on a journey where the need for literal meaning is temporarily suspended and the internal logic of the self or site is allowed to emerge from hiding. Through putting text and electronics in an environment her work examines how that environment is altered or mediated by these representative technologies, and how meaning is created or dismantled. Weisman lives and works in Vermont, a site that offers a fluid context in which to investigate boundaries—between self, nature, and others-- and how technology renders these boundaries permeable and transgressible.
Weisman uses many mediums/media in site-specific installations and films, often self-producing shows in unlikely venues and locations: the Oregon desert, vacant urban buildings, a Vermont mountaintop, her home. She has shown work nationally and internationally, most recently Misbookings, an intervention performed at the Deleuze, Guattari, and the Arts conference at King’s College, Ontario, Excavations, a site-specific sound and architectural projection at the Design Center, Goddard College, and Ethan Allen Nights, a film and sculptural installation at McCarthy Art Center, Saint Michael’s College. She has published articles in Namarupa magazine and C Magazine, and in 2014 will present a paper on “Dark Ecology and the Abject” at the International Zizek Studies conference, Cincinnati. She holds a BA in Studio Art from Reed College and an MFA in Interdisciplinary Art from Goddard College and currently teaches courses in Experimental Film, Video Art, Installation, and Art History at Saint Michael’s College and Burlington College.