Zander Porter is an artist, performer, and curator from Los Angeles, based currently in Berlin. Zander’s moving image and liveness work develops from interest in social and collective vs. individuated or persona-based investigation. Social research moves between virtual and physical spaces of roleplay, desiring more nuance for embodiment and disembodiment. Such spaces include online reality TV competition games, MMOGs, and (anonymous) intimacies. Zander graduated with high honors in Art Studio from Wesleyan University with additional attentions in Computer Science and Performance Studies and works in and outside of Berlin individually as well as part of XenoEntities Network. Zander’s solo or collaborative projects have been presented at transmediale + Spektrum Berlin, Gropius Bau, Sophiensæle, Agora, Los Angeles Art Association, Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, SomoS, and the Institute for Art & Art Theory of the University of Cologne, among others.
I work individually producing my own works in and around/outside of Berlin as well as within a curatorial collective called XenoEntities Network (XEN). XEN is a platform for discussion and experimentation focusing on intersections of queer, gender, and feminist studies with digital technologies, organized by Lou Drago, Pedro Marum, and Zander Porter.
The XEN-curated programs comprise events with performances, screenings, and panels. Programs revolve around contemporary art and philosophical-theoretical themes such as posthumanism, xenofeminism, cyborgs and prosthetics, surveillance technologies, and virtual reality, amongst others. Collaborations between XEN (or its members) and other spaces and institutions include Agora, Faculty of Fine Arts | ULisboa, Gropius Bau, Institute of Art & Art Theory @ University of Cologne, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Mimosa House, Rabbit Hole, Rama em Flor, Room E-10 27, SomoS, Spektrum, Unsound, and Zé dos Bois Gallery.
Apart from curated programs, XEN organizes “Assemblages,” free-access gatherings with the purpose to (discuss) research where participants propose topics and ideas within the scope of the platform. We invite speakers from different fields to our sessions and organise round-table discussions complete with readings of relevant materials as well as discussions of texts and artworks.
XEN speculates about new forms of existence and explores the expansion of bodies and subjectivities within the digital realm. XEN is an open-community platform for anyone from any background who has interest and curiosity in these topics and/or is willing to expand/corrupt/disrupt/explode them in safe(r) contexts.