Dejha Ti and Ania Catherine are a Los Angeles-based artist duo whose collaborative practice spans fine art, nightlife, and commercial realms. Both conceptual artists, their expertise collide—Ti with an extensive background in immersive art and human and computer interaction (HCI), and Catherine a recognized choreographer and performance artist. The duo brings together environments, performance, and creative technology generating immersive experiences that draw audiences into their idiosyncratic worlds. Rooted in the understanding that immersion is not only a physical state, but also an emotional and psychological one, their work is defined by nuance within scale, producing a feeling instead of a spectacle.
Their recent exhibition, ‘On View,’ commissioned by the SCAD Museum of Art, focuses on the generational desire to be the subject of an art experience. The exhibition is laden with symbolic commentaries on not only social media’s impact on art engagement but also data brokering, gendered and extractive technologies, and the complex relationship between consumerist culture and selfie museums. While the audience-reactive exhibition appears to be non-digital environment, a complex network of technology, including facial recognition, kinetics, and environmental sensors, is embedded both conceptually and technically into the backdrop of the experience—a nod to ubiquitous computing.
Referred to as an “LGBT power couple” (Flaunt Magazine), Dejha Ti and Ania Catherine are recognized as critical voices shaping the future of digital art. They speak internationally at festivals and conferences, most recently Mutek (Montreal), the Contemporary and Digital Art Fair (NYC), Tech Open Air (Berlin), about a variety of subjects including: the choreography of viewing art; gendered technologies; the expected aesthetics of digital art; how mood boards foster an unfortunately referential creative economy; the conceptual use of the technology they implement; and their approach to experiential art—what they call durational immersion.
Ti and Catherine call for moving beyond the tricks and gimmicks of digital art (selfie) museums, instead focusing on how art and technology can be merged and harnessed to reflect on, understand, and form broader social realities.
The duo launched Operator, an art house that executes their large-scale multifaceted works and selectively that of like-minded cultural institutions and companies.