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BREAKING CODES

Join us for the return of BREAKING CODES, a weekend-long event that highlights emerging moving image makers who are building radical, expansive, and wholly new definitions of cinematic form. This year we are thrilled to welcome Nick Briz, NIA JUNE, and Amina Ross and explore their work over the course of four free events.

SCHEDULE

Friday, December 9 at 7 pm
NIA JUNE

For the first program of the weekend, Baltimore artist NIA JUNE will present an evening of video works alongside a conversation with her collaborators Kirby Griffin and APoetNamedNate. A poet and performer, NIA JUNE creates moving image works that incorporate spoken language and music to lovingly document the people around her. Using constructed and found environments as backdrops, NIA JUNE invokes tableau and employs choreography to create an evocative connection between viewer and subject, leaving an impression of closeness between those in front of and behind the camera in her works.

Saturday, December 10 at 4 pm
Nick Briz

Chicago artist and technologist Nick Briz joins the SNF Parkway Theatre from Chicago to present a performative lecture and screening on a topic synonymous with our digital age: online surveillance. Often discussed as solely an issue of digital privacy, Briz illustrates how deep the rabbit hole truly goes through his digital artworks, showing the audience how tech companies might know much more about you than you might realize. Although Briz’s works are critical of many contemporary tech and internet-based companies and their practices, he doesn’t cross the line into digital nihilism—instead he offers practical solutions for caring for oneself online, and posits how our hyper-connected overlords might better use their tools to help mankind, as opposed to doing what capitalists do best: making money off of their users. Through artful visualizations, videos, and informed discussion, Briz helps his viewers to understand and contend with the current online surveillance state.

Saturday, December 10 at 7 pm
Amina Ross

The SNF Parkway Theatre is proud to present eight short video works by artist Amina Ross as part of Breaking Codes 2022. Amina’s work comes from a place of acute sensitivity. Sensitivity to images, sounds, feelings, histories, and fellow artists and collaborators. Ross’s work encompasses oceans of emotional and spiritual connections, all while working in what can otherwise be considered cold and unfeeling digital space. Combining new media and digital video tactics, Ross confidently weaves stories, songs, poems, and dreamscapes into moving experiential artworks that posit new modes of relating to oppressive power structures big and small.

Sunday, December 11 at 2 pm
Tactical Misuse Workshop led by Nick Briz

Join new media artist and technologist Nick Briz for a workshop discussing “tactical mis-use” of internet applications, social media websites, and more.

“We don’t just use these online platforms, we live online. these are not just tools, this is our environment, && “as human discourse adapts to its new home, everything we do and think as human beings will be and is being shaped by new values” (Virginia Heffernan). these new norms + values are increasingly being influenced by the logic of surveillance capitalism, && when we use these online platforms we, consciously or not, perpetuate these new values. but there are ways of using (or misusing) these online platforms in a manner that undermines the exploitative algorithms + dark patterns designed by the data barons of surveillance capitalism: the practice of tactical misuse, here’s how.”
— Nick Briz

MEET THE ARTISTS

NIA JUNE is a Baltimore native, author, filmmaker, performer, arts educator, and dancer. Her short film work combines original poetry, portraiture, movement, and music collaborations to document and celebrate the Black diaspora of Baltimore and beyond. JUNE’s debut film, A Black Girl’s Country, appeared in national and international film festivals and was acquired by The Baltimore Museum of Art as a part of their permanent collection in 2021. JUNE’s writing has been published in Obsidian: Literature and Arts in the African Diaspora, Lullwater Review, and FIYAH Lit Mag. JUNE graduated from Towson University, where she was awarded the Presidential Scholarship from SWI for ‘Excellence in Poetry.’ She was recognized by Baltimore Magazine as Best Poet of Baltimore 2020.

Nick Briz is an internationally recognized new-media artist, educator and organizer. His work investigates the promises and perils of living in an increasingly digital and networked world. He is an active participant in various online communities and conversations including glitch art, net art, remix culture, digital literacy, hacktivism and digital rights. He’s co-founder of netizen.org a nonprofit focused on digital literacy and digital culture, he’s Associate Professor Adjunct at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Lecturer at the University of Chicago, and a freelance Creative Technologist.

Amina Ross is an artist, educator, and lifelong learner. Ross makes videos, sculptures, sounds, and situations that consider feeling, embodied knowledge, and intimacy as survival technologies for black, queer, trans, and feminine-spectrum people. Their work questions how systems of power condition reality and how communities facing oppression navigate, resist, reimagine, and refigure these systems to thrive in safety. Ross worked as an educator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, was a lecturer at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a critic at Rhode Island School of Design. They received a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA from the Yale School of Art. They have recently exhibited work at Sentiment (Zurich, CH), Wave Hill (Bronx, NY), The Luminary (St. Louis, MO), Iceberg Projects (Chicago, IL), M23 (New York, NY), Springsteen Gallery (Baltimore, MD), and Centro De Cultura Digital (Mexico City, MX) among other venues. Ross was a recent artist-in-residence at Skowhegan School of Sculpture and Painting (Madison, ME), Wave Hill (Bronx, NY), Abrons Art Center (New York, NY), and Harvestworks (New York, NY). 

Breaking Codes is made possible by a generous contribution from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.