Larissa Nickel
Larissa Nickel

Larissa Nickel is an artist, designer, educator, and curator whose work spans Philosophy, Art and Design with an emphasis on identity, place, and subculture. She applies a transdisciplinary approach focused on the interrelationship, negotiation, collaboration, engagement and possibility of cultural coproduction. Her work explores the synthesis of architecture and the body, and interactive technology investigating links between identity and place, collective identity, memory and the archive. She represents the US Department of Art and Technology as the Deputy Secretary of the Bureau for Recombinant Body and Collective Intelligence, and is a cofounder of Hinterculture, an arts collaboration that explores cultural mapping stories through research, physical and digital intervention, interpretation and presentation. Her research is situated at the intersections of contemporary social and cultural theory, new media, museum studies, architectural & placemaking design, and philosophical issues of interfaciality, aesthetics, ecology and computational ecosystems. She currently teaches at Antelope Valley College, and has organized numerous museum exhibitions and programs while at the Lancaster Museum of Art and History.

Recent Articles
Addressing the Ephemeral: David Babb's Secret Garden
Addressing the Ephemeral: David Babb's Secret Garden
David Babb's digital series, "Secrets," features nocturnal photographs of the flowers from his desert garden, compiled into illustrations that explore the ambiguity between place and memory.
Being Here and There: Ambiguous Boundaries and Contested Terrains
Being Here and There: Ambiguous Boundaries and Contested Terrains
In a new photographic exhibition, twenty-six artists capture the landscapes of Southern California through their lenses as places of contradictions and complexities.
The Antelope Valley Film Trilogy: Close Up with Mike Ott and Atsuko Okatsuka
The Antelope Valley Film Trilogy: Close Up with Mike Ott and Atsuko Okatsuka
Director Mike Ott and collaborative partner Atsuko Okatsuka's new film "Lake Los Angeles" is the third film in their trilogy set in the Antelope Valley.
Paradise Lost: The Portal in California City
Paradise Lost: The Portal in California City
German artist Dennis Rudolph erected The Portal -- a gateway to Heaven or Hell -- in California City, the lost paradise of Los Angeles' future.
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