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Marie Sester is a media artist currently based in Los Angeles. Born in France, she began her career as an architect. Her interest, however, shifted from how to build structures to how place, cultural values, and political ideas are intertwined and affect our understanding of the world. Her work particularly questions the societal perspective of the West.
In her work she intends to reveal the ambiguity of the cultural representation dedicated to the new technologies / entertainment / information / consumables / politics, and the values and cultural codes that underlie them.
The work is concerned with issues of surveillance and subjection, but it's not making a statement about surveillance and subjection or manipulation, it intentionally stays on the edges between playful and scary to reveal the underlying perversion.
Her installation work has exhibited internationally. She had recently residencies at the Institute of Advanced Media Arts and Sciences (IAMAS), Japan; Eyebeam, New York, and the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) and has received grants including from the Creative Capital Foundation, New York); New York State Council for the Arts (NYSCA), LEF Foundation), and Franklin Furnace Fund. Her work is mentioned in several academic books and more to come in 2008.
Related project/installation by Marie Sester: ACCESS, threatbox.us