Tommy Mintz and Stephanie Sydney
Techspressionist Salon #28 – October 12, 2021
Moderator: Davonte Bradley
My work draws upon the aesthetics of street photography, digital culture, mapping and performance. My most recent work is the Automated Digital Photo Collage (ADPC), an algorithmic time-lapse collage. Here are some installation views of past interactive installations of the ADPC. I’m a member of the Institute for Wishful Thinking, a loose collective of artists whose work focuses on social issues. An ongoing collection of my street photography is called Cheap Shots. I am also an Assistant Professor of Photography at CUNY Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn, NY.
Born in London, England, Stephanie Sydney moved to Malibu with her family as a teenager. She currently works in her studio in Santa Monica, California. While Stephanie was a painter from a very young age, because of her time constraints as a busy graphic designer, she picked up a camera to capture what she saw on the streets around her. She started exploring multiple exposures in camera, and with digital technology came new explorations of the transformative potential of imagery: painting with photographs. Her interest is in the perpetual cycles of life and the relationships we have with our environment and the transient nature of all phenomenon. Her influences range from Picasso and Dali, to Duchamp and Rauschenberg. She has shown her art in galleries and museums around the world, and is in many corporate and private art collections. Stephanie studied art at Santa Monica College and UCLA.
Techspressionist Salons are bi-weekly artist meetups where artists can present their work and discuss matters relating to art and technology. They are attended by artists listed in our Techspressionist Visual Artists Index and are also open to interested individuals on our mailing list. The First Techspressionist Salon was held on September 1, 2020, and included artists Colin Goldberg, Patrick Lichty, Steve Miller and Oz Van Rosen, as well as group advisor Helen Harrison. During this session, the working definition of Techspressionism was decided upon by the participants as: “An artistic approach in which technology is utilized as a means to express emotional experience.”