Sharon Daniel is a digital media artist who creates interactive and participatory documentary artworks addressing issues of social, racial and environmental injustice, with a particular focus on mass incarceration and the criminal justice system. Her 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 has been exhibited in museums and festivals internationally - most recently; in a solo exhibition Secret Injustices, at the Schmidt Center Gallery (US, FL, 2017), as an official selection in the Alternate Realities exhibition at Sheffield Doc|Fest (UK, 2016), and in a solo exhibition titled Convictions at STUK Kunstencentrum, (Belgium, 2013). Daniel’s works have also been shown in museums and festivals such as WRO media art biennial 2011 (Poland), Artefact 2010 (Belgium), Transmediale 08 (Germany), the Dutch Electronic Arts Festival DEAF03 (Netherlands), Ars Electronica (Austria), the Lincoln Center Festival (NY/USA), the Corcoran Biennial (Washington DC) and the University of Paris I (France). Her essays have been published in books, including Female Authorship and the Documentary Image (Oxford University Press, in press), 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, Studies in Documentary Film and Springerin. Her writings and projects have also been published in online journals such as Stretch, Thresholds and Vectors. Daniel was honored by the Webby Awards in 2008 and the Rockefeller/Tribeca Film Festival New Media Fellowship in 2009. In 2015-16 She was named in the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts “YBCA 100” – a list of “the creative minds, makers, and pioneers that are asking the questions and making the provocations that will shape the future of American culture”. She was a 2017 Fulbright Scholar at Ulster University in Art, Design and the Built Environment. Documentation of exhibitions and links to projects can be found at




Sharon Daniel - Abbreviated Résumé



1996 –             Professor, Film and Digital Media, University of California, Santa Cruz

1994 – 1996    Assistant Professor, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, Maryland

1991 – 1994    Lecturer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


1985       Master of Fine Arts, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

1979       Masters of Music, University of Texas, Austin

1977       Bachelor of Music, Baylor University


2018      Installation of “Undoing Time | Pledge” and “Amends | Civil Death” in exhibition Take Action/For Freedoms, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA (October – November)

2018      Installation of “Undoing Time | Pledge” in exhibition of the Museum of Capitalism, Grossman Gallery & Anderson Auditorium, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Tufts University, Boston, MA (September – October)

2017      Installation of “Undoing Time | Pledge” and “S.O.S” in the inaugural exhibition of the Museum of Capitalism, Oakland, CA (June – August)

2017      Solo Exhibition: Secret Injustices – Schmidt Center Gallery, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL (February 3 – April 1)

2016      Installation of “Undoing Time | Pledge” and “S.O.S” and launch of “Undoing Time” website at Sheffield Doc|Fest Alternate Realities exhibition (June)

2015      “Inside the Distance” in Interventions exhibition at the Electronic Literature Organization Festival “The Ends of Electronic Literature”, Bergen, Norway (August) INVITED

2013      Solo Exhibition: Convictions, at STUK Kunstencentrum, Leuven, Belgium (Sept – Nov)

2011      “Blood Sugar”, at the 14th WRO Media Art Biennial Wroclaw, Poland (May-September)

2010      “Name Your Price: tracking the social cost of consumer culture,” at ZerO1SJ biennial exhibition, (September)

              “Public Secrets” at the Artefact Festival Expo, STUK center, Leuven, Belgium (February)

2009      “Blood Sugar” at Steven Spielberg gallery in the School of Cinematic Arts at University of Southern California. Exhibition for Visible Evidence X (August)

2009      “Public Secrets,” in Real Emergency, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, University of New South Wales, Paddington, Australia (Aug-Sept)

2009      “Blood Sugar + Public Secrets” in Scalable Relations, UCLA Art|Sci Center/Nanosystems Institute (Jan-Feb)

2008      “Public Secrets,” at Transmediale08 Festival, Berlin, Germany (Jan-Feb)

              “Public Secrets,” at The Lab, San Francisco, CA (May)

2007      “Palabras_” special project exhibition in online journal Stretcher, “Palabras_” in Dispatx SHOW, Dispatx Art Collective

2006      “Palabras_” installation in juried exhibition, ZeroOne/ISEA2006 San Jose, CA (August)

2005      “Improbable Monument to the end of the Prison Industrial Complex,” Subrealities exhibition at University of Texas, Dallas (March-April)

2004      “Improbable Monument to the end of the Prison Industrial Complex,” Improbable Monuments exhibition at CameraWork, San Francisco. (October-November)

2004      “Need_X_Change,” Anthology of Art exhibition at the Gropius-Bau, Berlin. (April-August)

2003      “Subtract the Sky,” DEAF03 – the Dutch Electronic Arts Festival, V2 Institute, Rotterdam, Holland (February-March) 2002    “Subtract the Sky,” at Université de Paris I Gallery, Panthéon, Sorbonne, (November)

2001      “Narrative Contingencies,” FILE-2001 festival, Museu da Imagem e do Som, São Paulo, Brazil (August-September) “Narrative Contingencies,” Mediateca of the Fundació “la Caixa,” Barcelona (February-July)

2000      “Narrative Contingencies Installation and Community Site,” Corcoran Biennial 2000, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., (December, 2000-March, 2001)


2018      “More than One – The Female Author and Voice: A personal context”, in Female Authorship and the Documentary Image: Theory, Practice and Aesthetics, Oxford University Press

2015      Exhibition Catalog and essay collection: Art and Justice: Inside the Distance - a Catalogue and essay collection related to the 2013 solo exhibition Convictions and culmination of the two-year Art and Social Change research collaboration with STUK Kunstencentrum and Leuven Institute for Criminology, Leuven, Belgium

2014      "Sobre politica y estética en Public Secrets y Blood Sugar", in Artes Mediales/Convergencias y Technologías, Instituto Distrital de Las Artes/Cinemateca distrital-Gerencia de artes Audiovisuales del Idartes

2012      “On politics and aesthetics,” in iDocs Special Edition of Studies in Documentary Film, Intellect Journals (Spring)

“Case Study: Public Secrets and Blood Sugar,” in Database/Narrative/Archive – a peer-reviewed web publication on the SCALAR platform – USC and Concordia University. (Summer) secrets-and-blood-sugar

2012      “Blood Sugar,” in Vectors Journal of Culture and Technology in a Dynamic Vernacular, Volume 3, Issue 2 Memory

2011      Essay: “Public records/Secret publics: information architecture for new political subjects,” in special issue of Leonardo Electronic Almanac

2010      “Systems and Subjects: Redefining Public Art,” in Context Providers, Victoria Vesna, Margot Lovejoy and Christiane Paul editors, Intellect Press

2009      “Hybrid Practices” part of In Focus: Digital Scholarship and Pedagogy edited by Tara McPherson, Cinema Journal 48, No. 2, (Winter)

2008      “Public Secrets/Secret Publics” in Springerin Magazine, Berlin, (Spring)

2007      “The Database: an Aesthetics of Dignity” in Database Aesthetics, Minnesota University Press (Sept).

2007      “Public Secrets,” in Vectors Journal of Culture and Technology in a Dynamic Vernacular, Issue 4, Perception,

2007      “The Public Secret: Information and Social Knowledge + forum texts,” Documenta 12 Magazine Project,

2007      “Palabras_: Improvised Maps,” in Dispatx vol. 6, Dispatx Art Collective,

2006      “The Public Secret: Information and Social Knowledge,” Intelligent Agent, vol. 6 no. 2,, the NetArt Initiative.

2005      “ An Improbable Monument to Witnessing and the Ethics of Trespass”, Sarai Reader 05 Bare Acts: Tresspassers and Enforcers in Precarious Times published by The Sarai Programme of the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS) Delhi, India

2004      “Mapping the Database: Trajectories and Perspectives,” co-authored with Karen O’Rourke, Leonardo 37:4, MIT Press



2017 - Fellowship: Fulbright Scholar Fellowship: University of Ulster, Belfast, UK

2011 - Artist Residency: Emily Harvey Foundation Artist’s residency program Venice, Italy.

2011 - Award: Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival Design Award for Blood Sugar

2008 - Fellowship: Rockefeller/Tribeca Film Institute New Media Fellowship (35,000.00)

2007 - Award: Webby Award, category activism: Webby Awards Honoree for Public Secrets

2005 - Fellowship: Vectors Fellowship, Annenberg Center, University of Southern California

2001 - Fellowship: California Arts Council Artists Fellowship ($5,000)

2000 - Artist Residency: The Banff Centre for the Arts (July-August 2000)

1999 - Artist Residency: The Banff Centre for the Arts (July-August 1999)