Zander Porter is a visual artist, performer, and curator from Los Angeles, who is currently based in Berlin. In his artistic work, Porter employs media such as photography, digital media, performance and video. His work is based on his interest in social and collective vs. individuated identity in the digital age. His interest focuses on virtual spaces of both sexual and nonsexual roleplay, including online reality TV (Survivor, Big Brother), competition games, MMOGs (massive multiplayer online games), and anonymous camsex, among others. In times of increasing internet surveillance and globalized networking, Porter is working to understand the dynamics of queerness within these certain sub- or countercultural online spaces, particularly in the ways they resist late capitalist orders of individuation or, for example, Instagram-enforced self-branding.
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Born 1994 in Los Angeles, Porter received his Bachelor of Arts in Art Studio with high honors from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, USA in 2017. He was a recipient of the Elizabeth Verveer Tishler Prize from Wesleyan University. He also holds degrees in Game Design from DIS Copenhagen and in German language from UCLA.
Porter is a member of the Xenoentitites Network (XEN) which is a platform for discussion and experimentation focusing on intersections of queer, gender, and feminist studies with digital technologies, initiated by Pedro Marum and expanded to a collective including Porter, Lou Drago and Rita Macedo. The XEN-curated programs comprise events with performances, screenings, and panels. Programs revolve around contemporary art and philosophical-theoretical themes such as posthumanism, xenofeminism, cyborgs and prosthetics, surveillance technologies, virtual reality, amongst others. Earlier this year, with Xenoentities Network, Porter co-curated Queer_Tech_Camp: Strategies in Techno Performance at Spektrum, Berlin as well as (A) Dark Room Space at Agora Collective, Berlin.
Zander Porter’s homepage: www.zanderporter.com.