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Zander Porter is a US-American, Germany-based artist working between liveness and onlineness, manifesting physical, virtual, theatrical, and curatorial performances from mediated experiences of togetherness, identification, and (dis)embodiment. In their practice, Zander negotiates attention, gender, affect, subjectivity, and participation through an approach to popular/internet culture and commodity detritus with a mixture of curiosity, reverence, and skepticism. Materials develop from contexts of alias roleplay, including online reality TV competition games, MMOGs (massive multiplayer online games), Berghain, the (Californian) nuclear family, and anonymous-online intimacies. Zander is part of XenoEntities Network (XEN), a platform for discussion and experimentation focusing on intersections of queer, gender, and feminist studies with digital technologies.


“b.” Los Angeles
live/work Berlin
@email

education
2017     Bachelor of Arts, High Honors, Art Studio // Wesleyan University // Middletown, CT
2017     German // UCLA // Los Angeles, CA
2015     Game Development // DIS // Copenhagen, DK

solo/duo
2020     Zander Porter, James Batchelor: Alien Intimacy // Studio ALTA // Prague, CZ
2020     The Berlin Sessions: ClumpTV // KW Institute for Contemporary Art // Berlin, DE
2020     Alien Intimacy // 289E // Ho Chi Minh City, VN
2020     the Zero // Vorspiel / transmediale & CTM 2020 // Berlin, DE
2017     I'm your pixelpleasure // Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery // Middletown, CT

group
2020     Melbourne Fringe Festival // Dancehouse // Melbourne, AU
2020     PROXY // Centro Cultural de España en Costa Rica // San José, CR
2020     What Remains // DFBRL8R // Chicago, IL
2020     New Sensibilities // Federal University of Santa Catarina // Florianópolis, BR
2020     Presentness // Estación Terrena // Bogotá, CO
2019     Natascha Sadr Haghighian presents Bad Muskau // Muskauer Straße // Berlin, DE
2019     Revis(ualis)ing Intersectionality // Humboldt Univ. + DeZIM-Institut // Berlin, DE
2019     What Do We Do Now? // Casino Notabile // Rabat, MT
2019     bitch2bitch // kit ket // Lisbon, PT
2019     Bring back reality, bring it back to you and me // AKC Medika // Zagreb, HR
2019     Digital Analogous // Spazio Tondelli // Riccione, IT
2019     Unsettling Time // Vanderbilt University // Nashville, TN
2019     User Preferences // the wrong biennale // London, UK
2019     #nfcdab // Recepcja // Wrocław, PL
2019     This is Not a Map // The Virtual Salon // Jerusalem, IL
2019     Clump International: Night of the Living Clump // TV // Berlin, DE
2019     Fierce Festival // Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery // Birmingham, UK
2019     Futures of Sexuality // TIFA Working Studios // Pune, IN
2019     Fuchsbau Festival // Lehrte // Hanover, DE
2019     Performing Arts Festival Berlin // Alte Münze // Berlin, DE
2019     Queer Intimacy and States of Emotion // Human Resources // Los Angeles, CA
2019     Psychedelic is the New Childhood // Pugnant Film Series // Athens, GR
2019     Trashxploitation Festival // Glory Hole 003 // Paris, FR
2019     Art, Not Apart // National Film & Sound Archive of Australia // Canberra, AU
2019     Queer B-Cademy: B-ing is B-lieving // Kampnagel // Hamburg, DE
2019     Creating Empathy // transmediale + Spektrum // Berlin, DE
2018     Dirty Debüt #3-snickers // Sophiensæle // Berlin, DE
2018     scopes. driven by Porsche // Gartenstraße 6 // Berlin, DE
2018     Welt ohne Außen // Gropius Bau // Berlin, DE
2018     Personae – Behavior and Authenticity // 48 Stunden Neukölln // Berlin, DE
2018     Olympia Bukkakis presents Fancy: Hope // LUDWIG // Berlin, DE
2018     Rabbit Hole presents: Y2K+18: the millennium bug reaches majority // Anjos70 // Lisbon, PT
2017     Weirdo Night! with Dynasty Handbag // Zebulon // Los Angeles, CA
2017     TransFest // The Byre Theatre // St. Andrews, UK
2017     Out There // Los Angeles Art Association/Gallery 825 // Los Angeles, CA
2017     Thesis Art Exhibition // Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery // Middletown, CT
2017     Metamorphoses // Davison Art Center // Middletown, CT
2016     Kembra Pfahler presents Incarnata Social Club // Berlin // New York City, NY
2015     CHANA//刹那 // Eclectic Society // Middletown, CT

talking/sharing
2020     “Codpiece: Artists Discussion w/ Sandra Johnston & Zander Porter” // University of Warwick // Coventry, UK
2020     “Workshop with James Batchelor / Alien Intimacy Performance” // Bangkok Dance Academy // Bangkok, TH
2019     “Rethinking Ecological Practices” // SPACE10 // Copenhagen, DK
2019     “27 Thoughts on Climate Change and Technology” // Fuchsbau Festival // Hanover, DE
2019     “Politics of Love #5: Accountability / Verantwortung” // Sophiensæle // Berlin, DE
2019     “Queer Rave-Time: DJ Sezzo & Brooke Powers” // Hares & Hyenas // Melbourne, AU
2019     “Cinema Conversación LGBTQ* – Zander Porter” // SomoS // Berlin, DE
2019     “Do you see me?” // University of the Arts Bremen // Bremen, DE
2018     “Future Memories” // Institute for Art & Art Theory of the University of Cologne // Cologne, DE
2018     “Trans*/Matter/Realities and Queer Political Imaginings” // Gropius Bau // Berlin, DE

writing
2020     “the Zero TreeMap” // This Container
2017     “[ A conversation* with Gregg Bordowitz ]” // tir journal
2017     I-Be Area / Eye-Was Camera: Dancing Identities and Other Edits” // Intercut

curatorial
2019     Chaat Meets… with Shraddha Borawake // SomoS // Berlin, DE
2019     Anti-hijacking Dream Lab // Uferstudios für zeitgenössischen Tanz // Berlin, DE
2019     Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin // ACUD MACHT NEU // Berlin, DE
2019     Affect/Effect: Performance Prosthesis // Vorspiel / transmediale & CTM 2019 // Berlin, DE
2018     Infrared Dreams in Times of Transparency // Spektrum // Berlin, DE
2018     Prototypes: Quantum leaps in trans-semiotics // Spektrum // Berlin, DE
2018     (A) Dark Room Space // Agora // Berlin, DE
2018     queer_tech_camp: Strategies in Techno-performance // Spektrum // Berlin, DE
2018     Inhumanism: Anil Bawa-Cavia & Patricia Reed // Spektrum // Berlin, DE
2017     Donna Haraway: Story Telling for Earthly Survival // Spektrum // Berlin, DE

award + residency
2021     SACi-E / National Institute for Space Research
2020     Atelierhaus Prenzlauer Promenade
2020     Trauma Bar und Kino Movement Residency
2020     Cité internationale des arts
2019     Akademie Schloss Solitude Web Residencies Shortlist
2018     Dirty Debüt
2017     Elizabeth Verveer Tishler Prize
2017     Phi Beta Kappa
2008     Virtual Magic Kingdom Best Guest Room Award

bibliog.
2020     James Batchelor: An Evening-length Performance // Bruges Royal City Theatre
2020     Jeremy Wade: Oh Lovely Appearance of Death // HAU Hebbel am Ufer
2020     Alien Intimacy – Doteky z jiného vesmíru // Taneční aktuality
2020     Various Artists – Transcendental Movements Vol. 1 // IDO Records
2020     “Fierce Festival 2019 the Movie” // Fierce Festival TV
2019     “Comment le « collectif » change l'art d'aujourd'hui” // Le Quotidien de l’Art
2019     “Let the Sunshine In” // The Indian Express
2019     Jeremy Wade: Technologies of Impossible Repair // Haus der Kulturen der Welt
2019     Britta Thie: Favorites // Kunst im öffentlichen Raum Wien
2019     The Parliament of Bodies: Jeremy Wade // Bergen Assembly
2019     HIAP Open Studios: Andrey Bogush // Helsinki International Artist Programme
2019     ADHD Penetration [trailer]” // Contemporary Cruising
2019     Max Göran: TRUE FOX/when foxes die they go wild wild west // Berlin University of the Arts
2019     Maciej Sado: Anydog cont. // STUDIO teatrgaleria
2019     “XenoEntities Network, Collective practice towards the digital future” // CLOT Magazine
2019     “Sophiensæle Panel on Diversifying Berlin’s Art Scene” // KALTBLUT Magazine
2018     James Batchelor: Cosmic Ballroom // CSC Centro per la Scena Contemporanea Bassano del Grappa
2018     Ewa Dziarnowska: pearls before swine // PS120
2018     “Or Food That is Not for Thought” // Max Wallenhorst
2018     Holly Herndon & Mathew Dryhurst: Chain Opera // The New Infinity – New art for planetariums
2018     Reza Mirabi: PURPOSE next // Agora
2018     Kristian Vistrup Madsen: "Why I Can't Write Fiction" // Biskops Arnö Nordens
2018     Singularity (And Ready to Mingle) // Olympia Bukkakis
2018     Prototypes // Doireann O’Malley
2018     Reza Mirabi + Roland Walter: Immersive Mediation // Sophiensæle
2017     Sasha Rudensky: Acts and Illusions // Davison Art Center
2017     “Tawksick (feat. Z)” // umami goddess™
2017     “I'm your pixelpleasure review” // Greg Goldberg
2017     Triple Cone Magazine // Emily Monforte & Alex Pabarcius
2017     “Week 1 of Art Theses Experiments with Concrete, Light, and Scent” // The Wesleyan Argus
2016     This is Intentional // Keren Alshanetsky & Rick Hong Manayan
2015     Limanora // Zach Carlson
2014     Analog // Kaitlin Chan
2008     “VMK Club 33 Parties – Prediction & Freshy” // Cherishina

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