Emily Martinez


Emily Martinez (b. 1977, Havana) is an artist working with digital and networked media. Her recent practice and research interests examine the relationship between media, memory, and catastrophe; post-representational forms of subjectivity, emancipatory practices, and the digital archive. Her work has appeared recently in EMMEDIA (Calgary, CA), Transmediale (Berlin, DE), Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (San Francisco), MoMA PS1 (New York), V2_ Institute for the Unstable Media (Rotterdam, NL), and The Luminary (St. Louis, MO). Currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California.


Our collaborative practice emanates from forms of embodied knowledge that leads us to employ different methods and approaches in our work. This allows us to tackle issues such as citizenship, border-politics, mobility justice, processes and histories of colonialism, and militarism, while at the same time, foregrounding the ways we feel tied to very same narratives that we attempt to dismantle. Through humour and play we perform provocations that might lead to imagining new ways of being in the world, that gesture to the very ‘queer’ moments that emerge in unsuspecting spaces and places.


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While in residency at SFAI, I completed work on a two year project, and took advantage of the extra time to explore new conceptual, formal, and theoretical directions. I began researching digital and cognitive labor, corporate culture, and started an archive of corporate management tools and workplace surveillance videos I found on the Internet. While I didn’t know it at the time, this research would plant the seed for my most recent body of work and collaborative practice – Anxious to Make – which focuses on the so-called “sharing economy” and the contemporary artist’s “anxiety to make” in the accelerationist, neoliberal economic landscape. I am grateful and thankful to SFAI for granting me the time, resources and support to realize this new direction.


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