Isla Hansen

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  • University of California, Los Angeles, Design Media Arts, Assistant Professor


  • Los Angeles, California, United States of America



  • Isla Hansen’s work reenacts forms of popular media, play, and systems of production, recreating ways in which bodies connect to technologies in the world around us. Her work sets in motion new and sometimes crude means of image-making in order to break down or convolute processes of technological mediation. Recently, Isla has focused on the way in which camera and robotic systems in the gaming, medicine, food, and sports industries have developed by tracking and positioning the human body as analogue. Evoking the association of image to desire, idolatry, ideology, and learning, these absurd systems reinterpret and complicate the relationship between the human body and technological progress.

    Isla currently lives and works in Los Angeles where she is an Assistant Professor at UCLA Design Media Arts. Her solo and collaborative installations, systems, and performances have been exhibited at the ‪Columbus Museum of Art‬, MOCA Cleveland, ‪Industry City‬ Gallery, the Parrish Art Museum, the Hammer Museum, Miller Gallery, and the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. Isla has been the recipient of the Daedalus Foundation fellowship, the American Austrian Foundation Seebacher Prize, and Frank-Ratchye Fund for Art at the Frontier Grants from the Studio for Creative Inquiry. She received her MFA from Carnegie Mellon University and her BA from Columbia University.