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Zander Porter

Artistat XenoEntities Network
Focus area: Art Theory, Critical Theory

Zander Porter (ザンダー・ポーター) is a US-American artist-cyborg based primarily in Berlin. Working between liveness and onlineness, ze interpolates (dis)identification and (dis)embodiment as phenomenological inquiries between surface, soma, portal, and psyche. Zander’s practices dissect and recompose attention and identity through gamification of gender, affect, interlocution, and subjectivity. Citing internet semiotics, hormonal technologies, corporeality, and surveillance paradigms with a mixture of curiosity, reverence, irony, and skepticism, Zander’s research critically exposes neoliberal orders of hyper-individualization and reimagines staged/documented ceremonies of the techno-social. Ze articulates byproducts (expressions, performativities) of this negotiation as (technogenetic, neuroatypical) matrices of queerer relationality.
Zander has been a core member of XenoEntities Network (XEN), a platform for discussion and experimentation focusing on intersections of queer, gender, and feminist studies with digital technologies. Holding a high-honors BA in Art Studio (with additional coursework in Computer Science and Performance Studies) from Wesleyan University and an MA in Choreography from DAS Graduate School – Amsterdam University of the Arts, ze has worked or participated in residencies at Swiss Institute / Contemporary Art (New York), Cité internationale des arts (Paris), Trauma Bar und Kino (Berlin), ACUD MACHT NEU (Berlin), the Saison Foundation (Tokyo), and National Institute for Space Research (São José dos Campos), alongside reception of disparate production and research grants or awards and participation in various exhibition and festival contexts internationally.