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Technology and the Human Body: The Portfolio of Sonya Stefan

An installation view of a film artworkPassé Composé (installation view), collaboration with Emma Roufs and and Mika Posen (Merganzer)

Sonya Stefan works at the intersection of technology and the human body, producing artworks that examine relationships between people and devices. Working primarily in performance, installation, and film, Sonya creates works that are easy to recognize and relate to on multiple levels.

A still image from a performance involving the dismantling of an LCD screenLCD Teardown, collaboration with Stephanie Castonguay


Many of Sonya’s installations, films, and performance projects involve the direct use of monitors, screens, and other viewing technology, either as a medium or as a prop -- and sometimes both. For example, in LCD Takedown, Sonya and fellow artist Stephanie Castonguay take apart an LCD video monitor, exposing the product’s inner workings and demonstrating the physical materials involved in producing a certain point of view or way of seeing.

A screen capture of Sonya Stefan's art portfolio


In other projects, like EAT, Sonya plays with fragmentation of the human form, through the use of video footage. In this installation, repeated images of the same form are spread across a system of 24 television screens, provoking tension between an intimate view of a human form, and the idea of passive or multiplicitous viewing.


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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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