My studio is a laboratory where I test biometric and sensory technologies. I’ve worked with eye-trackers, Geo-location mapping, computer-mouse movement recordings, and most recently facial recognition. These technologies translate the physiological and behavioral characteristics of an individual into readable data for a computer. The collected data sets are visually rich for artistic appropriation: Eye-trackers reveal gradient heatmaps; facial recognition uses graphic lines and shapes overtop photographs; and computer-mouse movements create abstract line drawings. I make artworks to reveal what these complex processes look like because they are an invisible presence in our everyday life through touchpoints such as mobile phones, internet connection, and CCTV cameras. Translating these invisible forces into physical objects makes the reality of surveillance feel present and personal. The digital frontier is a capitalist one, social media platforms are the factory farms, and our individual profiles are harvesting grounds for data.
Dana Potter is an artist and educator specialized in two fields: printmaking and digital studies. Recently hired as a Professor of Interactive Digital Studies at the University of Northern Iowa, her students create digital projects to illustrate and inform public dialog. Potter maintains an active, vocal presence in the national arts and printmaking communities. In 2020 Potter received her Master of Fine Arts in printmaking from the University of Knoxville, TN. 2019 was a particularly advantageous year for Potter: she organized the first laser-cutter and printmaking specific portfolio, “The Laser-Printmaker” for the Southern Graphics Council International Conference, Dallas, TX; and attended international, inter-media art residencies at The Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Art and Design in Wrocław, Poland, and Arts Quarter Budapest in Hungary. Recently Potter’s work has been in both national and international exhibitions “9th International Printmaking Bienal Douro,” Douro, Portugal 2018; “2017 Beyond Printmaking 5,” Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas; and “Stand Out Prints 2016,” Highpoint Center for Printmaking, Minneapolis, MN. Recent solo shows include “Coherent Shadows”, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis, MN, 2019; and “Public Information Only” Ewing Gallery of Art, Knoxville, TN.