Maria Antelman: Mechanisms of Affection

Merging the digital and analog through photomontage, sound installation, sculpture, and animation, New York-based artist Maria Antelman probes the intersections between the body, photography, computers, and cyberspace. Drawing on the aesthetics of early IBM advertising, which marketed machines and women as objects of desire, Antelman explores the space between the real and its representation in the digital age. In her work, machines observe, adapt, and respond to the conditions of human nature, reflecting those conditions back onto their users. Looking at digital space as an extension of ourselves, Mechanisms of Affection examines the cultural impulse to anthropomorphize technology, automate sensation, simulate connection, and impersonate vision.

Maria Antelman: Mechanisms of Affection is organized by Taylor Bradley, PhD Candidate in Art History and 2018-19 Visual Arts Center Curatorial Fellow.



All programs are free and open to the public.

Curator Tour with Taylor Bradley
October 23   /   12 PM   /   Visual Arts Center

Artist-Curated Film Series
All screenings at 5:30 PM in Art Bldg, Rm 1.102. Light refreshments served.
October 24   /   Alphaville (1965), directed by Jean-Luc Goddard
November 21   /   Stalker (1979), directed by Andrei Tarkovsky
December 5   /   Videodrome (1983), directed by David Cronenberg

Language Arts: Readings in the Galleries
November 13   /   5 PM   /   Visual Arts Center


Maria Antelman (b. 1971, Athens, Greece) is based in New York. She studied Art History at the Complutense University in Madrid and received her MFA from Columbia University (2011). Her work has been included in solo and group exhibitions at Helena Anrather Gallery, NY (2019); Pioneer Works, Brooklyn (2018); National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens (2018); Benaki Museum, Athens (2018); John Jay College, NY (2018); Marinaro Gallery, NY (2018); Melanie Flood Projects, OR (2017); Kunstmuseum, Bonn (2017); Stony Brook University, NY (2014); ApexArt, NY (2014); The Agency, London (2013) amongst others. She has been awarded production grants from the Onassis Foundation USA, the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens, and J.F. Costopoulos Foundation. She has held residencies at Pioneer Works, Brooklyn and International Studio and Curatorial Program, NY.

About the Curator

Taylor Bradley (b. 1986, Los Angeles, CA) is a PhD candidate in Art History writing her dissertation on the critical reception of photography in the sixties. Her research concentrates on such artists as Anna Atkins, Eugène Atget, Eleanor Antin, Bernd and Hilla Becher, and Edward Ruscha. Taylor received her BA in Art History from Boston University (2008) and her MA from the The University of Texas at Austin (2012).

Friday, December 6, 2019 at 10:00am to 5:00pm

Visual Arts Center, Art Building (ART)
2300 Trinity St, Austin TX 78712

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Arts & Humanities, Science & Tech


College of Fine Arts, Department of Art & Art History, Visual Arts Center



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