Natalie Bookchin’s artwork explores some of the far-reaching consequences of digital technologies on a range of spheres, including aesthetics, labor, leisure, and politics. It addresses the ramifications of mass connectivity and global flows of media on the truths we tell about ourselves and the world. Recent videos and video installations explore the relationship between so-called participatory culture and the public sphere, investigating how the concepts of public and private space and identity are transformed in an era of ubiquitous connectivity and small screens.
Her work is exhibited widely including at MoMa, LACMA, PS1, Mass MOCA, the Walker Art Center, the Pompidou Centre, MOCA Los Angeles, the Whitney Museum, the Tate, and Creative Time. She has received numerous grants and awards, including from Creative Capital, California Arts Council, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Durfee Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, California Community Foundation, the Daniel Langlois Foundation, a COLA Artist Fellowship, the Center for Cultural Innovation, and most recently, the MacArthur Foundation. After teaching at CalArts in Los Angeles for 16 years, Bookchin lives in Brooklyn and teaches in the Media Area of the Visual Arts Deprtment at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.