Katherine Sweetman

Member Since August 14, 2007

Katherine Sweetman is a nationally and internationally exhibited artist in the fields of both new media art and documentary video. Her current work deals with online social networking sites and the issues surrounding personal disclosure in the public realm of the World Wide Web.

Her major areas of research involve public disclosure of private information in both online and offline environments. Katherine is currently working independently on YouTube Relevance Projects for her MFA thesis show and collaboratively two large projects with artist Felipe Zuniga and the artist collective The Infinity Lab.

Some major themes in Katherine’s work are:
-Disclosure of secrets
-YouTube video trends and response mechanisms
-The forgotten online artifact, for example, the forgotten YouTube video or Flickr photograph or text-based blog
-The idea of internet users seeking “divination” when they query a word in a search engine
-Video blogging for video bloggers, “Why do people video blog?”
-Public, performative interventions using private thoughts

Katherine has a B.A. from Cal-State San Marcos and is currently in her final year at the Masters of Fine Arts program at the University of California, San Diego. She is also currently a part-time instructor at Cal-State San Marcos and has recently been awarded a summer teaching fellowship to teach Intro to Computing in the Arts at the University of California, San Diego after her graduation.