Sophie Kahn is a Brooklyn-based Australian digital artist. She earned a BA (Hons) in Fine Art/History of Art at Goldsmiths College, University of London; a Graduate Certificate in Spatial Information Architecture from RMIT University, Melbourne; and an MFA in Art and Technology Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work owes its fragmented aesthetic to the interaction of new and old media, or the digital and the analog. She combines cutting-edge technology, like 3d laser scanning and 3d printing, with ancient bronze casting techniques. She creates sculptures and videos that resemble de-constructed monuments or memorials. They engage questions of time, history, vision, identity and the body. The precise 3d scanning technology she uses was never designed to capture the body, which is always in motion. When confronted with a moving body, it receives conflicting spatial coordinates, generating fragmented results: a 3d ‘motion blur’. From these scans, she create videos or 3d printed molds for metal or clay sculptures. The resulting objects bear the artifacts of all the digital processes they have been though. They also speak to the impossibility of ever capturing more than a trace of the past, or of a living, breathing body, despite our grandest efforts to fix it in place. She has exhibited her artwork in New York, Los Angeles, London, Paris, Sydney, Tokyo, Osaka, Seoul and Beijing. Sophie has taught in the Department of Digital Arts at Pratt Institute as a Visiting Associate Professor, and at Columbia College, Chicago, as a visiting instructor. She has recently completed residencies at the NARS Foundation and at the Museum of Arts and Design, both in New York City. Sophie is a 2011 New York Foundation for the Arts Digital and Electronic Arts Fellow.
Sophie's ArtPrize Entries
These are Sophie's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.
Sophie's Past Work
These are images of past work that Sophie has done.