Artists Biographies:

Heather Cassils is a new media artist whose work addresses subjects of gender, feminism and queerness. Heather is a deep believer in the process of collaboration and currently works with a group called The Toxic Titties. She recently exhibited Micro Soft Me/ Click and Drag, a fake power point presentation in drag as cloned Bill Gates, at the Edith Russ New Media Haus in Oldenburg, Germany with Cathy Davis. She has presented work at the Shnitt Collective in Cologne, at PS122 in New York, and at several other venues in Canada and the States.

Lauren Hartman is a performance installation and video artist. Noted for her large-scale multi-sensorial performance environments, including The Girl Was Saved, (LACE,) 2003, Give and Take (Highways Performance Space, Santa Monica, CA, USA, 2002), Fairy: A Mass Human Installation for Transcendence (Side Street Projects, Los Angeles, CA, USA, 2001), The Winter Museum (Electric Lodge, Venice, CA, USA, 2000) and Lesbian Bordello (New Image Art, Los Angeles, CA, USA, 1999), Hartman╣s work dwells in the complexities of contemporary human relationships. Employing elements of performance, theater and technology, her environments challenge viewers to immerse themselves fully in performance landscapes, accepting confrontation and interaction, and renouncing their usual role as passive spectators. Hartman's film/video works have been screened at The Museum of Jurassic Technology, Recontres International Paris/Berlin, among other venues. Hartman is curator and co-founder ofCrazy Space in Santa Monica, California, where she produces Flophouse, an annual festival of durational performance art.

Sara Jorden÷ Sara Jordeno is an artist, filmmaker and writer and her work deals with the "dirty" document. Disregarding the notion of the privileged facts of a linear historic "truth", Sara Jordeno picks up the residues of media imagery - what can be called "information trash" - and puts it to use in experimental narratives. She is the cofounder of the Gallery Signal in Malmo, Sweden, and has participated in shows and screenings in Sweden and internationally. Her texts have been published in, among others, "We are all normal (and we want our freedom)", ed Katya Sander and Simon Scheik, Black Dog Publishing, 2001, and she is a recent MFA graduate from the Interdisciplinary Studio Program at the Department of Art at UCLA. She lives and works in Los Angeles, and Malmo, Sweden.

Curt Lemieux, a Los Angeles-based visual artist, holds a BFA degree in painting and an MA degree in sculpture from the University of Wisconsin at Superior and an MFA degree in drawing and istallation from the Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California. He has exhibited extensively throughout Southern California including works at the Santa Monica Museum of Art, LACE, Track 16 Gallery, Highways Performance Space, Side Streets Live, and Raid Projects. In addition, Lemieux has exhibited at Luna International in Berlin, Germany and was awarded a solo show at the Duluth Art Inststute in Duluth, Minnesota. Curently Lemieux co-directs Crazy Sapce Gallery in Santa Monica and works at an arts center for developmentally disabled adults, the First Street Gallery in Claremont.

Michael Mandiberg is an artist who uses the Net to explore identity, labor, and commerce. He recently completed his yearlong project, Shop Mandiberg (, which was a fully functional e-commerce web site that marketed and sold every one of his personal possessions. His work has been shown at the ZKM in Karlsruhe, Germany, the Transmediale Festival in Berlin, and the Moving Image Gallery in New York, and has been written about by The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Berliner Zeitung, and Wired, among others.

Melanie Nakaue is a sculpture/installation artist whose current body of work focuses on combating the problematic power relations of fetish through metaphor and figurative work. Melanie studied at the Glasgow School of Art in Glasgow, Scotland, and graduated from Scripps College in Claremont, California in May of 2001.

Amy Satterthwaite is an artist and educator based in Toronto, Canada. Since completing her BFA at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 1998, she has made her living as a cultural worker, primarily in artist-run centres and museums. Her photographs, installations and videos have been shown in Halifax, Toronto, Linz Austria, and Tirana Albania. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Education with specializations in visual art and media literacy.

Haruko Tanaka was born in New York and then raised in England and Japan. Haruko returned to the United States in 1992 to attend USC where she graduated from the School of Fine Arts in 1997. Since then she has continued to make photographic and video work involving stereography and self-portraiture. Most recently she has started production on her first 16mm experimental film I Love You.

Preparatory Emails

Curt and Lauren

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Amy and Michael

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   Amy's Post-its
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   Michael's Guide
   Amy's Revisions
   Michael's Post-its

Haruko and Melanie

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Heather and Sara


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