Emily Martinez


Emily Martinez is a new media artist, designer, and digital strategist based in Los Angeles, CA. Her current art practice and research interests center around issues of economic justice and digital labor. Recent works consider: subjectivity and cooperation under platform capitalism; class struggle in the age of the algorithm; the ambiguous politics of Open Source culture; artistic entrepreneurship as a critical framework; and speculative business model design methodologies for a post-capitalist future. Her work has been exhibited at: Transmediale (Berlin, DE), Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (San Francisco), MoMA PS1 (New York), V2_ Lab for the Unstable Media (Rotterdam, NL), Media Art Biennale WRO (Wroclaw, Poland), and The Luminary (St. Louis, MO).


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 began a new body of work exploring economic inequality and workplace technologies. During this initial research phase, I built a digital archive of corporate management tools, workplace surveillance videos, and stock photography depicting corporate culture, aesthetics, and values. In 2015, my learnings would evolve to inform my latest 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 thankful to SFAI for granting me the time, resources and support to realize this new direction.


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