A Nuclear Happening at Site A (2013)

 Alicia Chester 

Photographic media artist
Arts and culture writer
PhD candidate 
in visual and cultural studies
at the University of Rochester
Dissertation:
"Study Nature, Not Books:
A Genealogy of Photography
from Psychiatric Portraiture to Brain Imaging"
Current Exhibition:
At, For, By, Of, About
group exhibition of work by ACRE alumni in
Artists Run Chicago 2.0 at the Hyde Park Art Center
Sept. 1 – Nov. 1, 2020
 
 

Experience

Summer 2020

Assisted grant-funded audit of the film collection. Self-checked over 6,000 cans of nitrate film: inspected film and can conditions, identified and noted levels of decomposition, removed foreign objects from cans and identified which of these items to archive, cross-referenced and corrected accession and location number discrepancies, updated nitrate film master list, identified film preservation priorities.

Fall 2018-Spring 2020

Nitrate Picture Show film festival archival researcher and volunteer coordinator, conduct long-term project research, write texts for the Dryden Theatre, inspect archived nitrate motion picture film

Fall 2020

Create and teach an introductory topics course (GSWS 100): 

“Robot Love: Decoding Gender in Technology” questions assumptions underlying how technology is built and operates regarding gender, race, and sexual orientation. It examines the relationship of technology to society and our everyday, embodied lives while also considering cultural imagination about technology and its oppressive or emancipatory possibilities.

2016-2018

Trains humanities PhD students to integrate digital technologies into innovative research programs

Research assistantships

Architectural Biometrics, principal investigator Dr. Peter Christensen

The Lazarus Project, principal investigator Dr. Gregory Heyworth

2013-PRESENT

Dissertation in progress

Study Nature, Not Books: A Genealogy of Photography from Psychiatric Portraiture to Brain Imaging

Research interests: Photography history and theory, media archaeology, science and technology studies, medical humanities, modern and contemporary art

2012-2014

Art criticism: exhibitions reviews & artist interviews

2011-2012

Position funded by the Donnelley Foundation to research and write texts on artists and artworks in the permanent collection and Midwest Photographers Project to be published online in the collections database

2009-2013

Taught five sections per year of digital photography and supervised independent study students

 
 

PORTFOLIO

A Nuclear Happening at Site A

A Nuclear Happening at Site A

On July 14, 2013, Alicia Chester and Amber Ginsburg held an experimental happening at Site A in the Red Gate Woods just south of Chicago. Site A is the burial ground of the first nuclear reactor, CP-1 (Chicago Pile 1). The site where its radioactive waste was buried is nearby in Plot M, which is simply marked by a white stone cube. We deployed a 14’ x 14’ inflatable room at Site A in the form of the cubed memorial marker at Plot M and held a picnic inside with invited guests.

A Nuclear Happening at Site A

A Nuclear Happening at Site A

On July 14, 2013, Alicia Chester and Amber Ginsburg held an experimental happening at Site A in the Red Gate Woods just south of Chicago. Site A is the burial ground of the first nuclear reactor, CP-1 (Chicago Pile 1). The site where its radioactive waste was buried is nearby in Plot M, which is simply marked by a white stone cube. We deployed a 14’ x 14’ inflatable room at Site A in the form of the cubed memorial marker at Plot M and held a picnic inside with invited guests.

A Nuclear Happening at Site A

A Nuclear Happening at Site A

On July 14, 2013, Alicia Chester and Amber Ginsburg held an experimental happening at Site A in the Red Gate Woods just south of Chicago. Site A is the burial ground of the first nuclear reactor, CP-1 (Chicago Pile 1). The site where its radioactive waste was buried is nearby in Plot M, which is simply marked by a white stone cube. We deployed a 14’ x 14’ inflatable room at Site A in the form of the cubed memorial marker at Plot M and held a picnic inside with invited guests.

A Nuclear Happening at Site A (2013)

A Nuclear Happening at Site A (2013)

On July 14, 2013, Alicia Chester and Amber Ginsburg held an experimental happening at Site A in the Red Gate Woods just south of Chicago. Site A is the burial ground of the first nuclear reactor, CP-1 (Chicago Pile 1). The site where its radioactive waste was buried is nearby in Plot M, which is simply marked by a white stone cube. We deployed a 14’ x 14’ inflatable room at Site A in the form of the cubed memorial marker at Plot M and held a picnic inside with invited guests.

A Nuclear Happening at Site A

A Nuclear Happening at Site A

On July 14, 2013, Alicia Chester and Amber Ginsburg held an experimental happening at Site A in the Red Gate Woods just south of Chicago. Site A is the burial ground of the first nuclear reactor, CP-1 (Chicago Pile 1). The site where its radioactive waste was buried is nearby in Plot M, which is simply marked by a white stone cube. We deployed a 14’ x 14’ inflatable room at Site A in the form of the cubed memorial marker at Plot M and held a picnic inside with invited guests.

A Nuclear Happening at Site A (2013)

A Nuclear Happening at Site A (2013)

On July 14, 2013, Alicia Chester and Amber Ginsburg held an experimental happening at Site A in the Red Gate Woods just south of Chicago. Site A is the burial ground of the first nuclear reactor, CP-1 (Chicago Pile 1). The site where its radioactive waste was buried is nearby in Plot M, which is simply marked by a white stone cube. We deployed a 14’ x 14’ inflatable room at Site A in the form of the cubed memorial marker at Plot M and held a picnic inside with invited guests.

A Nuclear Happening at Site A

A Nuclear Happening at Site A

On July 14, 2013, Alicia Chester and Amber Ginsburg held an experimental happening at Site A in the Red Gate Woods just south of Chicago. Site A is the burial ground of the first nuclear reactor, CP-1 (Chicago Pile 1). The site where its radioactive waste was buried is nearby in Plot M, which is simply marked by a white stone cube. We deployed a 14’ x 14’ inflatable room at Site A in the form of the cubed memorial marker at Plot M and held a picnic inside with invited guests.

A Nuclear Happening at Site A video stil

A Nuclear Happening at Site A video stil

On July 14, 2013, Alicia Chester and Amber Ginsburg held an experimental happening at Site A in the Red Gate Woods just south of Chicago. Site A is the burial ground of the first nuclear reactor, CP-1 (Chicago Pile 1). The site where its radioactive waste was buried is nearby in Plot M, which is simply marked by a white stone cube. We deployed a 14’ x 14’ inflatable room at Site A in the form of the cubed memorial marker at Plot M and held a picnic inside with invited guests.

A Nuclear Happening at Site A video stil

A Nuclear Happening at Site A video stil

On July 14, 2013, Alicia Chester and Amber Ginsburg held an experimental happening at Site A in the Red Gate Woods just south of Chicago. Site A is the burial ground of the first nuclear reactor, CP-1 (Chicago Pile 1). The site where its radioactive waste was buried is nearby in Plot M, which is simply marked by a white stone cube. We deployed a 14’ x 14’ inflatable room at Site A in the form of the cubed memorial marker at Plot M and held a picnic inside with invited guests.

A Nuclear Happening at Site A

A Nuclear Happening at Site A

On July 14, 2013, Alicia Chester and Amber Ginsburg held an experimental happening at Site A in the Red Gate Woods just south of Chicago. Site A is the burial ground of the first nuclear reactor, CP-1 (Chicago Pile 1). The site where its radioactive waste was buried is nearby in Plot M, which is simply marked by a white stone cube. We deployed a 14’ x 14’ inflatable room at Site A in the form of the cubed memorial marker at Plot M and held a picnic inside with invited guests.

Looking Back

Looking Back

Installation view, Co-Prosperity Sphere, Chicago (2013)

Looking Back

Looking Back

Installation detail, Co-Prosperity Sphere, Chicago (2013)

Looking Back

Looking Back

Still from Super 8 footage shot at ACRE residency (2012)

Looking Back

Looking Back

Still from Super 8 footage shot at ACRE residency (2012)

Looking Back

Looking Back

"Boscobel," still from Civil War reenactment Super 8 footage shot in Boscobel, Wisconsin (2012)

Trou (True)

Trou (True)

Photo series shot at the ACRE residency (2012)

Sounding Board

Sounding Board

Video still from Sounding Board (2011) in the Acconci Redux series

Open Book

Open Book

Grid of video stills from Open Book (2012) in the Acconci Redux series

Pryings

Pryings

Video still from Pryings (2012) in the Acconci Redux series

Theme Song

Theme Song

Video still from Theme Song (2012-2013) in the Acconci Redux series

The Swap (2014)

The Swap (2014)

Portrait swap with Regina Mamou

This is...Terry Gross

This is...Terry Gross

Or, love letters to anonymous people. For a group exhibition, Edmund Chia, founder of PEREGRINEPROGRAM, gave me the prompt, "this is . . . Terry Gross." In response to the testimonial and confessional tone of Terry Gross's interview-based NPR radio show, I composed a letter sourced from personal reflections and letters written intermittently over the past decade, but mostly from 2011-2013. Edition of 250 letters mailed by request.

Forest for the Trees (2010-2011)

Forest for the Trees (2010-2011)

October 17, 2013, Buffalo, NY

October 17, 2013, Buffalo, NY

Beginning of the Instagrammar series (2014-ongoing). "Beehive," Moholy-Nagy study for Douglas Crimp

October 25, 2014, Detroit, MI

October 25, 2014, Detroit, MI

Instagrammar series (2014-ongoing)

March 20, 2016, Rochester, NY

March 20, 2016, Rochester, NY

Instagrammar series (2014-ongoing)

October 17, 2016, Indian Lake, NY

October 17, 2016, Indian Lake, NY

Instagrammar series (2014-ongoing)

November 7, 2017, Rochester, NY

November 7, 2017, Rochester, NY

Instagrammar series (2014-ongoing)

March 14, 2018, Santa Fe, NM

March 14, 2018, Santa Fe, NM

Instagrammar series (2014-ongoing)

March 23, 2018, Rochester, NY

March 23, 2018, Rochester, NY

Instagrammar series (2014-ongoing)

September 15, 2018, Rochester, NY

September 15, 2018, Rochester, NY

Instagrammar series (2014-ongoing)

March 24, 2019, London, UK

March 24, 2019, London, UK

Instagrammar series (2014-ongoing)

March 23, 2019, London, UK

March 23, 2019, London, UK

Instagrammar series (2014-ongoing)

Experiments with Joy: "Fuzz" (2017)

Experiments with Joy: "Fuzz" (2017)

Experiments with Joyce Neimanas

Experiments with Joy: "Wonder Women"

Experiments with Joy: "Wonder Women"

Experiments with Joyce Neimanas (2017)

 

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Instagrammar series (2014-ongoing)