Sharon Daniel’s work is located at the nexus of art and activism, theory and practice. Over the course of her career she has produced two distinct but related forms of internet art – participatory media platforms and interactive new media documentaries. While this work is often expanded into interactive installations, which have been exhibited and published internationally, Daniel’s core practice is the development of innovative online interfaces to databases of original interviews and participant-generated content. Her work is exhibited internationally in museums and festivals as well as on the internet. Most recently, her solo exhibition, “Convictions” at STUK Kunstcentrum, Belgium, presented a body of new media documentary work, which Daniel has produced over the last 14 years. These projects address the troubled intersection of criminal and social justice. Each of the five works in CONVICTIONS examines various aspects of the criminal justice system through first hand testimony and evidence given by impacted individuals. Detailed descriptions and links to these works can be found here.
Other international exhibitions include: BLOOD SUGAR at the WRO media art biennial 2011 (Poland) and the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival Open Digital Spaces exhibition 2010 (NY/USA); PUBLIC SECRETS at Artefact 2010 (Belgium) and Transmediale 08 (Germany); PALABRAS at the ISEA/ZeroOne festival 2006; NAME YOUR PRICE at the 01SJ Festival of Art on the Edge 2010, SUBTRACT THE SKY at the Dutch Electronic Arts Festival 2003 (Netherlands) and the University of Paris I (France) 2002; THE BRAIN OPERA at Ars Electronica (Austria) and the Lincoln Center Festival (NY/USA) 1996; NARRATIVE CONTINGENCIES at the Corcoran Biennial 2001 (Washington DC). Daniel's essays have been published in books including Context Providers (Intellect Press 2011), Database Aesthetics (Minnesota University Press 2007) and the Sarai Reader05 as well as in professional journals such as Cinema Journal, Leonardo and Springerin. Daniel was awarded the prestigious Rockefeller/Tribeca Film Festival New Media Fellowship in 2009 and honored by the Webby Awards in 2008. She is a Professor in the Film and Digital Media Department and the Digital Arts and New Media MFA program at the University of California, Santa Cruz where she teaches classes in digital media theory and practice.