Profile: Carey Peppermint Artist Last Update:December 7, 2017

Image from BASECAMP.EXE, 2013-2014.

Cary Peppermint’s solo art performances were some of the first to examine the effect of online spaces on the ways we imagine the environment and have been exhibited by the Whitney Museum (New York), Moving Image Gallery (New York), Pace Digital Gallery (New York), M.I.T. Media Lab (Boston), International Symposium for Electronic Art (Chicago), Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), Center for Contemporary Art (Scotland), European Media Art Festival (Osnabrück), Itaú Culturales (Sao Paulo), the Kitchen (New York).

Described by Artforum as “twenty-first-century takes on Warhol’s Factory,” Peppermint’s early work has been chronicled in Alex Galloway’s Protocol (MIT Press, 2004), Jon Ippolito and Joline Blais’s At the Edge of Art (Thames&Hudson, 2006), and Mark Tribe and Reena Janna’s New Media Art (Taschen, 2006), among other critical texts. He is an Associate Professor in the department of Art and Art History at University of Rochester.

Leila Nadir and Cary Peppermint have been working together for over a decade to investigate contemporary experiences of digital media, food, ecology, and memory. Working simultaneously as artists, teachers, and critics, they create participatory situations and social sculptures that facilitate recovery from a cultural memory disorder that they call “industrial amnesia.” Through open-ended, experimental collaborations with the public, their projects bring endangered food and environmental practices into poetic visibility, feeling-perception, and the simple acts of everyday life and have taken form as networked (smart) architectural interventions and urban wilderness apps, internet art and public performances, scholarly articles and poetic essays.

Leila and Cary have earned support from Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Center for Land Use Interpretation, New York Foundation for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, K2 Family Foundation, Culture Push, Franklin Furnace Fund, and numerous academic fellowships. Their performances, exhibitions, and lectures have taken place at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Postmasters Gallery, New York University, 319 Scholes, Smackmellon Gallery, Exit Art, U.C.L.A., M.I.T. Media Lab, ISEA 2012, Banff New Media Institute, European Media Art Festival, Parsons The New School for Design, and the Neuberger Museum of Art, and their work is in the collections of the Whitney Museum, Walker Art Center, Rhizome.org, Turbulence.org of New Radio & Performing Arts, and Cornell University Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media Art.

Selected Work

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Microbial Selfies (prints), 20 Microbial Selfies Interface at CR10 Contemporary Arts Project Space, Hudson Valley, 2015. School of Live Culture, social practice artwork with Youth Leadership Team of Seedfolk City Farm and University of Rochester, 2016. Image from BASECAMP.EXE, 2013-2014.
Fir Tree Combinators, interactive ecological display created with recycled Nokia screens from BASECAMP.EXE, 2013-2014.