Amy Alexander
Since the beginning
Works in San Diego - Los Angeles United States of America

BIO
Amy Alexander is a software and performance artist and software-yapper (occasional speaker, writer, curator, etc.) who has worked in film, video, performance, music and UNIX systems administration as well as in digital media art. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Visual Arts at the University of California, San Diego. Since 1996, when she launched The Multi-Cultural Recycler, she has been working primarily in net art and software art. Much of her recent work has been in public performance and software art (often at the same time), playing with the juxtaposition of geek culture, business culture and leisure life.

Amy is one of the founder/developer/administrators of the runme.org software art repository (2003-present). She's also a member of the TOPLAP livecoding audio-visual performance group (2004-present). Her latest project (as of June 06) is SVEN - Surveillance Video Entertainment Network (aka "AI to the People"), with Wojciech Kosma, Vincent Rabaud, Nikhil Rasiwasia, and Jesse Gilbert. http://deprogramming.us/sven

When not doing that stuff, Amy combines software art with VJ'ing and musical performance, in projects that muck with the endless-workday assumptions of contemporary leisure culture and private life. She performs text (net and otherwise) and Linux shells in nightclubs as VJ Ubergeek, the geek VJ (CyberSpaceLand, extreme_whitespace, and the livecoding VJ tool, The Thingee), as well as performing as an acoustic-electric computer musician in "The Typewriter." In her quest to avoid the clerical, she has also founded the FIFOSY movement (Fifosy Is Foot-Operated Software You-know.)

As Cue P. Doll, she authored the barcode-scanning-for-corporate-dirt software CueJack and co-authored the website stealing software Reamweaver with The Yes Men. She was one of the founder/developer/administrators of the Discordia public weblog (2003-2004.) Her older software performance projects include B0timati0n and Netaesthesia. Her net art projects include plagiarist.org, deprogramming.us, theBot, netsong (with Peter Traub), and The Multi-Cultural Recycler.

Amy's work has been exhibited on the Internet and at venues including Read_Me, Sonar, SIGGRAPH, Ars Electronica, ISEA, Steirischer Herbst, Transmediale, Read_Me, The Webby Awards, disinfo.com, Borderhack, Net.congestion, the European Media Arts Festival, Next 5 Minutes, Whitney Museum Artport, New Museum, Slashdot, Wired, New York Times and USA Today. She was a co-organizer of Runme-Dorkbot City Camp at the Read_me 3.4 software art festival. She was on the software juries of Read_me 1.2 and Transmediale '03, as well as a feature-writer for Read_me 2.3. She curated the show "Softside: a selection of projects from Runme.org" at Sonar 2004. Amy enjoys the intersections of software art and everything else.

A reasonably up-to-date and completely listing of Amy's projects and relevant activities can be found at http://plagiarist.org/bragsheet2.html

All projects:
http://plagiarist.org
http://deprogramming.us

Latest release:
http://deprogramming.us/sven

Current group projects:
http://runme.org
http://toplap.org

Performance projects:
http://cyberspaceland.org
http://deprogramming.us/perfs

Past group projects:
http://discordia.us
http://reamweaver.com
http://netsong.org

Past solo projects:
http://scream.deprogramming.us
http://cuejack.com
http://b0timati0n.org
http://thebot.org
http://recycler.plagiarist.org