Amanda Dawn Christie

Artist résidency
June 18 to July 18, 2018

During the course of this residency, Amanda Dawn Christie will begin researching and developing a new body of work that delves into the realms of biometrics, self-surveillance, medical imaging, social media, and both the commodification and the reclamation of personal data. It has become common place for corporations to capitalize on the sale of personal information and biological data, from social media sites and fitness trackers, to ad agencies and insurance companies.  She will be endeavoring to reclaim and repurpose her own personal data from these sites by writing computer algorithms that will generate new works in audio, video, text, and print. 

While her past work has tended to explore the relationship between the human body and analogue technology in a digital age, this new body of work will begin to look at the analogue relationship between the human body and digital technology in the commodified online arena. Even though this work delves deeply into the realm of commodified online personal data, her primary interest is still in its relationship to the lived human body.  As such, in addition to her heartrate, pulse, body temperature, and sleeping patterns logged by the fitness tracker, she will also be working with her personal MRI brain scans, X-rays, ultrasounds, and biopsied tissue samples.  

This project is in the early conceptual stage, and so the residency will be used for research and development, building the code, and testing out what is and is not possible, as well as what is and is not interesting in terms of application of the data.  Exploration will also be made as to how to best translate these works into physical space through spatialized sound, video projection, and printed images.






Amanda Dawn Christie is an interdisciplinary artist working in film, video, performance, photography, audio, transmission art, and electronics.  Hailing originally from New Brunswick, she has lived and worked in Halifax, Vancouver, Amsterdam, Sackville, Moncton, and now Montréal.  

Since 1997, she has been actively involved with artist run centres, in both volunteer and staff positions: serving on various boards, working as both a technician and later as a director, teaching workshops, publishing articles, and serving on juries across Canada. She has exhibited and performed in art galleries across Canada, and her films have screened internationally from Cannes to Korea to San Fransisco and beyond. Concepts and themes explored in her work focus primarily on the relationship between the human body and analogue technology in a digital age. 

Her most recently completed works include an experimental landscape film about shortwave radio towers, called Spectres of Shortwave / Ombres des ondes courtes, (which is accompanied by various radio simulcasts, photo series, and sculptural installations), as well as a large scale performance called Requiem for Radio: Full Quiet Flutter (which involves an interactive scale model of the RCI site played by 3 musicians, a 5 channel international shortwave simulcast, and constructed instrument interfaces played in 13 movements).   

She recently moved to Montréal where she now continues her art practice while working as an assistant professor of Intermedia (Video, performance, and electronics) in the department of studio arts at Concordia University.