Tanya Gayer is a curator and writer based in Oakland, CA. Her curatorial projects and research examine the state of the archive in digital technologies, algorithmic culture, and performance art within virtual reality. Gayer received her dual masters degree in Curatorial Practice and Visual + Critical Studies from California College of the Arts and her BFA from University of Nevada, Reno.
Her previous curatorial projects have been exhibited at CTRL + SHFT, Embark Gallery, Hayes Valley Art Works, Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, Pro Arts Gallery, Some Thing Spacious, Adobe Books Backroom Gallery. She has held curatorial-assistant positions at Richmond Art Center (Richmond, CA), Arlington Public Art (Arlington, VA), Gallery Hijinks (San Francisco, CA), and Espacio Minimo (Madrid, Spain); currently she works at Brian Gross Fine Art and 6th on 7th Gallery.
Contact: tanya.gayer (at) gmail (dot) com
About Tanya Gayer’s Thesis Project
Archives and Algorithms: Compressing Sociohistorical Distance
In the early 2000s mobile applications began organizing user data similar to archives of the early 1900s. If there is a correlation between these categorical methods, what does this mean for identity and culture that is constructed through these digital platforms? In a compression of theoretical distance between Archive theory and Media Studies, the mobile app Timehop will be analyzed within this thesis to uncover its relationship to preservation tactics associated with archives. My theoretical framework negotiates software development and algorithmic design to question systems of categorization that write our histories for us, and thus our beliefs, customs, and values. By analyzing these systems and their intentions, this thesis advocates for the individual to take part in digital processes to generate information that is more personalized and representative of the self.