museum is my medium
Larissa Nickel is an artist, designer, educator, and curator whose work integrates Philosophy, Art, Visual Culture, and Design with an emphasis on identity, narrative place, and subculture. She applies a transdisciplinary approach focused on the interrelationship, negotiation, collaboration, engagement and possibility of cultural coproduction. Her work explores the synthesis of architecture and the body, and interactive technology investigating links between identity and place, collective identity, memory and the archive. Using the museum as an active methodology for practice, she creates works that address the museum as an artistic medium to engage a new architecture of creative practice and cultural exchange that embraces mobility and the synaptic connectivity between object and concept, personal identity and the social collective.
Her research is situated at the intersections of contemporary social and cultural theory, new media, narrative theory, museum studies, architectural & placemaking design, and philosophical issues of memory, aesthetics, educational theory, and database ecosystems. She founded Hinterculture, an arts collaboration that explores cultural mapping stories in the Mojave desert through research, physical and digital intervention, interpretation and presentation.
Her work has been shown at the Armory Center for the Arts, For Your Art, Greene Exhibitions, Antelope Valley College Art Gallery, the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, the Lancaster Museum of Art and History, and in numerous public art settings outside galleries and museums. She has published articles as an arts journalist for KCET Artbound, the peer reviewed ARID: A Journal of Desert Art, Design and Ecology, and the Journal of Aesthetics and Protest.
She is currently an instructor in the Arts and Humanities Division at Antelope Valley College also serving as the AVC Art Gallery Co-Director, and has organized numerous museum exhibitions and public engagement programs for the Lancaster Museum of Art and History. She has served as a volunteer for numerous nonprofit organizations such as the Museum of Contemporary Art, the J. Paul Getty Museum, the OUTreach Center, and is committed to diversity as part of the Hispanic Outreach Committee at the City of Palmdale.
She currently resides in a government drone corridor, and represents the US Department of Art and Technology as the Deputy Secretary of the Bureau for Recombinant Body and Collective Intelligence to report on unmanned design and technology.