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Shona Kitchen: Foraging the Everyday07:26

Artist, designer, and educator Shona Kitchen uses digital, analog, and biological elements to forage through different technological landscapes. In her work, Kitchen explores the psychological, social, and environmental consequences of technological advancement and failure. Whether creating a surveillance system for a school of fish or a tidal monitoring sign for a creek bed, she uses her work to provocatively critique our relationship with natural and technological worlds in order to speculate about what could be. Kitchen’s work spans public art, conceptual narrative proposals, book works, exhibitions, and interactive sculpture/installation. Her practice is frequently collaborative, research-based, and site-specific. Her projects often function as imagined propositions, and/or alternate or future histories. Kitchen’s work reveals and subverts the unseen technological forces in the world around us to expose our shifting role as creators, consumers, and unwitting victims of technology.

Kitchen’s work has been exhibited internationally at such venues as the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Kelvingrove Museum, Vitra Museum, Montalvo Arts Center, Center for Contemporary Art (Warsaw), Zero1 San Jose, and the International Symposium on Electronic Art. She has completed a number of public art projects at such venues as the San Jose Mineta Airport; Kielder Castle, Northumberland; the Science Museum, London, and Deptford Creek, London.

Kitchen has taught at Stanford’s Institute for Creativity and the Arts, California College of the Arts, Art Center College of Design and the Royal College of Art and has lectured at MIT Media Lab and Leonardo International Society for Art, Sciences and Technology, among others. She was a research fellow at the Royal College of Art in the Computer Related Design Studio from 1997–2002. From 1997–2004 she had a successful interaction design practice as part of Kitchen Rogers Design, London. She has worked with clients such as Comme des Garçons, BMW, Science Museum (London), and Samsung. In 2013 she founded the Technological Landscapes Research Group at Rhode Island School of Design where she works as an associate professor.

Crew Credits:

Creator and Executive Producer - Hernán Díaz Alonso
Producers - Marcelyn Gow/Reza Monahan
Segment Producer/Interviewer - Vivian Charlesworth

Story Producer - Vivian Charlesworth
Editors - Mariana Curti/Reza Monahan
Sound Mixer - Christina Nguyen

Soundtrack: "First Light" and "Crystals" by Xylo-Ziko

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