Recent Work

I am a Santa Cruz artist working in the Digital Art and New Media MFA program at the University of California Santa Cruz. This is an opportunity to fill in the huge gaps in my art knowledge, meet mentors, and work with talented peers.

It is a busy and exciting time, with work continuing on several serious projects scheduled to debut in the next few months. I’m simultaneously pursuing several small projects on the side. All this on top of my coursework and MFA thesis work.

The Secret History of American River People
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The Secret History of American River People

Secret History is an ongoing research effort and mobile archive to discover, present, and connect the lost narratives of working class river communities from the deck of a recreated shantyboat serving as the project library and archive. Secret History will archives and present the lost stories of river people, river communities, and the river itself, as well as the personal chronicle of my research journey.

In July, I am launching an expedition on the Upper Mississippi River from Minneapolis, Minnesota to St. Louis, Missouri.

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Co-related Space

Co-related Space

Co-related Space is a digitally-enhanced environment that immerses participants not in digital space, but embodied space, highlighting the spatiality of participants, their behavior and their relationships with others within that space.

In June, Co-related Space will debut at the Leonardo Art Science and Tech Festival at Zer01 in San Jose.

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FOMOphobia

FOMOphobia

FOMOphobia is a network-connected installation that immerses the viewer in a visualization of the artist’s real-time social networking anxiety, sounding alarms and keeping count of unhandled content.

In December, FOMOphobia debuted at the UCSC Digital Art and New Media Fall Open Studios.

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For more about my visual art, digital and new media art, performance and social practice, community organizing, teaching, technology work, as well as employment and education history, check out the overview.

The Art and Work of Wes Modes