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. 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 a journey to discover and collect the lost narratives of people who live and work on the river from the deck of a recreated shantyboat and present these stories through web-based digital archives and a touring art installation.

In the summer of 2014 as an MFA student at the University of California, Wes embarked on an epic journey across country to discover, present, and connect the personal narratives of river people from the deck of the shantyboat on the Mississippi River.

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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.

Co-related Space has shown throughout the Bay Area and continues to show in 2015.

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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.

FOMOphobia debuted at the UCSC Digital Art and New Media Fall Open Studios in 2013.

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Inspiration Comes in the Night

Inspire Blog

Inspiration Comes in the Night is a weblog about art, chronicling the uneven journey through the world of visual art, social practice, performance, and technology. Art ideas, inspirations, projects, proposals, and recent news.
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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