Natalie McKeever
Since 2008
Works in Santa Cruz, California United States of America

I am a video and digital media artist pursuing artistic research to develop an understanding of the self, and the dynamic between physical and mental perception and experience.

I received my MFA in Digital Arts/ New Media, from University of California Santa Cruz, and my BFA in Visual Arts/Video from Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts. My work has been exhibited internationally, including Media 1×1 at the Jersey City Museum, Women in Magmart in Naples, Italy, and the Athens Video Art Festival in Greece.

In past work I have focused on the aesthetics of memories, the kind of meditative thought produced by the imagery and movement of the road, and hypnotic and durational works that create an atmosphere for contemplation.

My current artistic pursuit considers our perception of selfhood as it fluctuates, both consciously and unconsciously, influenced by the feedback loop of body and mind. I examine the hidden relationship between our involuntary autonomic processes and (ostensibly) voluntary cognitive processes by integrating biosensor technology into interactive works to create a layered affective experience. In furthering my MFA Thesis research, I am interested in developing interactive works that allow the participant to compare their human selves with the physical structures of non-human animals in order to gain an acute understanding of the mechanisms within the human body, their relationship to cognitive selfhood, and the intertwined existence with other beings around them.
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Architectures of Memory - Performative Technologies Event

Fri Oct 21, 2011 19:00 - Fri Oct 21, 2011

Santa Cruz, California
United States of America

“Architectures of Memory” is a site-specific, multi-channel video projection event situated within the ocean inlet at West Cliff Drive and Sunset Avenue in Santa Cruz, California. Through personal recollections and the dynamic cohesion of video projection design, this public artwork will explore the many complexities and poetics of the construction of memory and its erosion within the human brain. Content has been created from interviews with individuals about personal memory, its emotional correlations, and sensory characteristics. The ultimate goal of this piece is to create a public artwork that is dynamic and sensory, and that provides the viewer with a space for individual contemplation and collective experience. This particular outdoor site offers a wealth of exciting opportunities for this work, with its combination of man-made structures and the natural erosion of the cliffs and surrounding area that has occurred over time. These very elements join to create a natural theater of sorts, a space beckoning for activation, exploration, and experience. At night, the site takes on a heightened sense of mystery and magic, with the sounds of the ocean amplified through the darkness, and the outlines of the ocean tide and outlying cliffs just visible to the eye. Please join us at sunset on October 21st at Mitchell's Cove for the Performative Technologies Project Group event.
Helen Hyun-Kyung Park and Natalie McKeever are second year MFA students in the Digital Arts and New Media program at UCSC.
Many thanks to Lyle Troxell and our supervising professors, Jim Bierman, David Cuthbert, and Kate Edmunds.
*This event is subject to cancellation if the weather does not permit us to use the projectors outside! A rain date will be added if this occurs.


how do you remember?

Thu Mar 17, 2011 00:00

United States of America

As part of the Performative Technologies research group at UC Santa Cruz, we plan to design a site-specific, multi-channel video and audio installation that explores the complexities and poetics of memory and its erosion within the human brain.
We want to know how you remember.  Since we can only see inside our own memories, we need help from you to develop a broader understanding of what memory looks like, feels like, and what memories remain in our primordial safe-vault when all others are gone. When answering, try to stay away from turning your memory into an anecdote or reconstruct it as a clear narrative, and really focus on how it looks and feels as a memory in and of itself.
Answer any or all of the survey questions we will post here by sending your responses to
Answers to this survey will be used as research for content in UCSC’s Digital Arts and New Media MFA Performative Technologies project.  Answers may be used in part or in whole, but will remain anonymous.  By submitting answers to this survey you are granting permission for the submitted information to be used in our project.
Many thanks,
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Our questions for you: (if you only want to answer one or two that is just fine)
- What is strongest when you recall a memory - visuals, sounds, emotions?
- Take a moment and recall the happiest moment of your life. Describe this memory. Tell us what happened and how you felt. Also be as sensorially descriptive as you can – what did you see, hear, smell, taste, sense? 
- Do the same for the most painful moment of your life. Describe this event as visually and sensorially as you can. And what made this event so painful?
- Do you often recall experiences from the past? How do you think your memories affect your understanding of your present self and how you see yourself in the future?
- What memory do you never want to lose?
- How do you navigate through your memories?  What kind of movement do you feel when you are recalling them?  Are you a character observing, on the inside, or something completely different?
- Have you ever been completely blindsided by a memory?  What was the catalyst or trigger for the rush of remembering?
- Have you ever experienced a fragment as a memory, a single image loaded with feelings and time? What was the short image and what was buried underneath it?


Call for Videos: Investigations of Place

Fri Mar 06, 2009 00:00

United States of America

Call for Videos: Investigations of Place
For the Jersey City Museum's Media 1x1 Series

Author and theorist Lucy Lippard defines "place" as "space plus memory." Separate from landscape art, investigations of place explore how the landscapes of personal places such as homelands, childhood homes, and ancestral spaces take on new forms when combined with memories and individual experiences. We are asking for submissions that successfully use video to illustrate personal narratives imprinted on landscapes, and landscapes imprinted on personal narratives, videos that use experimental imagery to explore how spaces are remade once they are remaining in the mind, and videos that strive to define and delve into the concept of place.

Three to Nine videos will be chosen for participation in the Jersey City Museum's Media 1x1 series. The videos will play on three screens on the first floor of the museum from May - September 2009. Please submit unformated DVD's, NTSC format only, preferably .MOV, and include a short synopsis of the work and your contact information. Please send entries, postmarked by March 6, 2009, to:
Investigations of Place Video Program
Jersey City Museum
P.O. Box 428
Jersey City, NJ 07303-0428

DVD's can not be returned, so please do not send your only copy. Please email if you have any questions.

Thank you for participating, and I am looking forward to seeing your work!
Natalie McKeever, Curator of "Investigations of Place