Claudia Hart leverages simulation technologies to collapse the false binaries between human and avatar, artificial and real, mind and body. With a background in architecture and writing, Hart emerged in the 1990s as part of a generation of multimedia artists exploring issues of identity and representation. Drawing on computing, virtual imaging, and 3D animation technologies, Hart weaves together topics from art history, philosophy, and cultural studies to explore themes of feminism, embodiment, and temporality through symbolic poetics that stitch onto real-world politics.
Born and based in New York, Hart (b. 1955) earned her BA in Art History from New York University (1978) and her MS in architecture at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture (1984). From 2018 – 2022, Hart taught the graduate seminar at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC).
Recent solo presentations include A CHILD'S MACHIAVELLI at EXPANDED.ART in Berlin (2023), THE MEMORY THEATERS OF CLAUDIA HART at Scope.bln, Berlin (2023), MY TRAVELS IN HYPERREALITY at ANNKA KULTYS GALLERY, London (2023) in collaboration with EXPANDED.ART, DIGITAL COMBINES at bitforms gallery, San Francisco (2022), Honor Fraser, Los Angeles (2022). Hart has undertaken prestigious fellowships and residencies including the Apex Arts Fellowship (2019/21) and the Technology Residency at Pioneer Works in New York (2018), and an Honorary Fellowship at Eyebeam Center for Art + Technology (2013-2014). She is the recipient of awards including the Esports Digital Art Prize, Hong Kong (2021), Moving Image Art Fair Acquisition Prize, NY Moving Image Art Fair (2017), and a Gameon Studios Production Grant (2016). Her work is held in the collections of numerous museums and institutions including The Whitney Museum of American Art; the Museum of Modern Art; the Metropolitan Museum; the National Gallery, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin; the Albertina Museum, Vienna; the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego; the Vera List Center Collection; the New York Public Library; as well as various private collections.
Group exhibitions include Nikolaj Kunsthal, Copenhagen, Borusan Contemporary, Istanbul, Vellum/LA, Feral File, Transfer Gallery, LUX, Mozilla Hubs, and more. The artist has been featured in international art publications including Artnet News, BOMB Magazine, The Brooklyn Rail, Burlington Contemporary Journal, Digicult, Hyperallergic, Right Click Save, X-TRA, Village Voice, and others.