SPAM is a Seattle based experimental arts festival which brings together practitioners working on the fringes and frontiers of new media art and knowledge production. Taking place at various venues across Seattle, the yearly festival consists of a program of exhibitions, performances, workshops and discussions rooted in, or emerging from, technology driven art and digital culture. This includes, but is not limited to, the projects of artists and researchers working within the fields of AI, robotics, sound, experimental video, VR, wearable technology, photogrammetry and radio.
We are calling upon the rebellious potential of the internet. We want to be a bug in the system, resisting the dominance of capital driven media culture through multiplicity and difference, through embodiment and critical practice. But SPAM is also about regrowth in the wake of ruin, reconstitution and persistence through hard times. We are interested in ideas of collectivity, possibility, commonality and queerness. As a collaboration of artists looking to address these ways of being, we hope to leave breadcrumbs, to create pathways of interconnectivity, and make traces for our future selves.
Sadaf Sadri is an Iranian new media artist, currently based in Seattle. They employ an array of methods to delve into questions surrounding surveillance and its impacts on society. Through creations, they examine the potential of weaving an alternative narrative that disrupts the dominant societal systems, using accessible technologies. They are currently a PhD student in the department of Digital Arts and Experimental Media at the University of Washington.
Sadaf is the co-founder of the SPAM new media festival.
Anna Skutley is an independent curator and researcher. Originally from Seattle, she works to facilitate collaborative projects which focus on the intersection of new media, fiction, and the role of the digital in cultural production. Her PhD research uses a Feminist Sci-Fi perspective to explore ideas of curatorial practice as one of writing and relation making.