Francis Kussatz

Francis Kussatz lives and works in Berlin/Hamburg. She is studying time based media at HFBK - Hochschule für bildende Künste in Hamburg where she is attending the Class of Simon Denny. In her works she addresses being a person in a female body and questions existing gender constructs. With this background she is exploring what it means to be female or rather what it seems to be. Using the creation of different personas with the combination of new media forms and her environment she is drawing on deep rooted prejudices to put them in a new context. Her works were exhibited for example at curated by GIRLS, the Anomalie Art Gallery or at the 2OG Art Space in Berlin.

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fragile construct

The video work ’fragile construct’ is about creating a unit. It combines several emotional / social interfaces such from platforms like Instagram, Tinder or even music platforms like Soundcloud and Bandcamp. The idea for video work of my website was created by my fluid instagram account 'fragileconstruct', which is managed by changing personae. Since 2017, there are 7 different characters. Currently, Jana is the active actor and creates the content with her personal life. She also shows herself outside the digital world. Through her performative nature, she seeks dialogue with her viewers. These dialogs are happening online and offline.The other half of the website is provided by Beatrice, who also has her own Instagram account ’beatricealive'. She forgot her past and is trying to explore it through the internet and by traveling to different countries, such as Ukraine. The screencast is intended to reflect different emotions, worries, pleasures of everyday life as well as the self-portrayal of the two characters. This is done by an overstimulation, but also selected breaks for the viewer. I wanted to create a place where you can understand all the feelings of these women and where you can feel your own feelings.

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Quinn Scargill

Quinn Scargill is a multidisciplinary artist based in Milwaukee, WI. Scargill currently studies New Studio Practice at Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design as a Senior. Through time-based media, installation, sculpture, and painting she often explores the themes of narrative, relationships, absurdity, culture, and coming of age throughout. The characters and forms portrayed in Scargill’s work are abstracted versions of herself. With every new piece she challenges the concept of space and changes the narrative it is intended for. All of Scargill’s work shares an underlying commentary on her part Ojibwe Native American identity and the anxieties she faces on the daily. Scargill plans to bring her work outside of the midwest after graduation.

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MY INTERNET

MY INTERNET explores the frustrations, displacement, community, and awkwardness I experience on the daily from an online format. Being a bisexual indigenous woman, there aren’t many outlets for me to express myself in the real world that I feel safe in. MY INTERNET shows the space I manifest through online communities and digital spaces. Coping mechanisms for emotional discomfort and anxiety is somewhere I come to in this digital interface. The video showcases my ups and downs through a chaotic overwhelming plotline and highlights who I am on a digital platform. The abstracted and personified imagery represent various real-life raw moments. I wanted to approach this piece with an underlying message that it’s okay to be in touch with your emotions, it’s okay not to be okay.

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