@Platea is a global collective of individuals interested in the power of public art carried out in the digital megacity of social media.
Some of the projects can be subversive, tucked away in hidden locales in online space for only the most dedicated to find. Others can be overt (but not obvious), causing most daily users to pause and take notice. Some can be playful. Some can be serious. Some "local", some "city-wide". Almost all, we hope, will challenge members of the digital city in the same way the best public art does.
These are our stories, our tales from the stweets.
Who Are We?
@Platea is founded and directed by artist An Xiao (New York, NY), a photographer and digital media artist exploring issues in contemporary social media. Recently listed in The Guardian's "who's who" of the Twitter art world, she has shown her social media art projects with the Brooklyn Museum, Yale/Haskins Laboratories, The New York Times, ARTNews and others.
The @Platea steering committee consists of artists and arts professionals in three countries:
Aaron Chen (Sussex, UK) Aaron is a photographer who also looks into the various technical solutions to the @Platea projects.
Jonny Gray (Carbondale, IL) Jonny is associate professor of Communication Studies at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He works in both performance studies and visual rhetoric with a particular focus in environmental communication. He is a director, performer, and member of the artists' community/collective 'BAR Corporation'.
Ingrid Murnane (Portsmouth, UK) Ingrid is a maker of things, textile artist, craft skills researcher and teacher, museum interpreter and writer. She serves as freelance features writer and editorial assistant for knitonthenet.com and Arbour House Publishing.
Christi Nielsen (Los Angeles, CA) Christi is a multimedia artist with a background in photography and video. She created and directs inter.sect Art Collective, a group of artists using new media platforms to explore digital exhibition spaces outside the traditional gallery model.
Jennifer Ng (Lugano, Switzerland) By-product of gig-based economy. Trained for museum work, but making a living as blogger, web editor, freelance translator and writer.
Joanie San Chirico (Toms River, NJ) Joanie creates abstract paintings and textiles. She is a Signature Artist Member of the Noyes Museum of Art, and is represented by several galleries. In addition to commissions and exhibitions, Joanie is frequent judge, juror and an independent curator who has created exhibits of contemporary mixed media and fiber art in New Jersey, Texas and New York City.
Our resident designer is Courtney Bryan, an artist, printmaker and graphic designer based in Canyon, TX.
What Does "Platea" Mean?
"Platea," from the Latin for "street", came to signify in medieval theatre a neutral space on stage. It morphed and changed as necessary, depending on the actors' actions and the assumed setting.
We find it a fitting analogy for the swiftly-evolving, redefining nature of social media, whose tenors change with the tide of user activity but whose effect--discussion and connection--remains overall the same.
@Platea is a not-for-profit performance art group. The material in this blog and during the performance is a work of parody. We are not responsible for the actions of individual performers.