What name do you go by, and what kind of artist are you?
My name is Sophia Oppel. I am a multi-media, concept-oriented artist. While the medium of my work largely depends on the argument I am trying to make, I tend to work in digital media and installation. My work typically addresses the manifestations of insidious hegemonic power in an online/ networked environment.
Describe your artistic process or practice with three - five words
Who are some visual art influences that impact your craft?
Hito Steyerl, John Rafman, Laurie Kang, VSVSVS, Olga Balema, Nadia Belerique, Lili Huston-Herterich, Andrea Fraser. Kaari Upson, Anne Imhof
Who / what are some non-visual art influences that impact your craft?
Theorists: Leigh Star, Scott Lash, James Tully, Gilles Delueze, Felix Guattari, Jacques Derrida, Michael Foucault, Donna Harraway, Claire Bishop
Musicians like Arca
What are some habits you cultivate to get you into the work groove?
Reading theory, going to galleries around the city (such as 8/11, Daniel Faria, TPW, Bunker2 etc..), creative writing or note-taking, walking.
If you could see one piece of art right now, which one would it be?
The first thing that comes to mind is Factory of the Sun, an Installation by Hito Steyerl about image circulation and surveillance. The space looks incredible; something that needs to be experienced in person.
Describe your residency experience so far.
My experience at Roundtable has been really great! It has been wonderful to have a free studio space for 6 weeks and have a group of intelligent people to bounce ideas off and chat with! I have gotten useful feedback during critiques and I am really grateful to have gotten to know my fellow artists in residence!
Talk a bit about what you’ve been working on the last few weeks?
I have been making work about supposed “self-care” applications and the illusions of agency we associate with them. I am influenced by Foucault’s concept of disciplinary biopower, and lateral exertions of control; I am applying this theory to networked applications and algorithmic living. I have been using self-tracking applications to track my own bodily statistics, which I am then using as the subject matter of an installation. Right now the installation is comprised of laser-cut acrylic, an auto-tuned spoken-word piece, and a video piece with animated 3D scans of me exercising.
Beverage of choice while working
Coffee? Water? Kombucha?
Where will we find your work on opening night?
I am on the second floor, in the room next to the patio!!
Draw a representation of what you look like while you’re working.