James Coupe

James Coupe is an artist whose practice spans a broad range of media, platforms, and sites including installation, video, internet, and public art. Making substantial use of face profiling and surveillance technologies, his work is concerned with questions of power, observation, and visibility. Whether this means overlaying fictional narratives onto real-world events (recollector, 2007), algorithmically generating communities (Swarm, 2013), or hiring Mechanical Turk workers to document their working days (General Intellect, 2015), his interest is always in making visible people, places, systems, and landscapes that for various reasons are hidden, ignored, or unseen. Recent projects include commissions from the Toronto International Film Festival, the Henry Art Gallery, and the Abandon Normal Devices Festival. He has received grants and awards from Creative Capital, the Prix Ars Electronica, and New Contemporaries. His work has been exhibited worldwide including venues such as Camden Arts Centre, Parsons The New School for Design, and ZKM. He is an associate professor at the Center for Digital Art and Experimental Media (DXARTS), University of Washington, Seattle, USA. Further information and documentation of his work can be found at http://www.jamescoupe.com.