Stephanie Syjuco creates large-scale spectacles of collected cultural objects, cumulative archives, and temporary vending installations, often with an active public component that invites viewers to directly participate as producers or distributors. Working primarily in sculpture and installation, her projects leverage open-source systems, shareware logic, and flows of capital, in order to investigate issues of economies and empire. She is the recipient of a 2014 Guggenheim Fellowship and a 2010 Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant. Exhibitions include the Whitney Museum of American Art, MoMA/P.S.1, SFMOMA, The California Biennial, ZKM Center for Art and Technology, the 2015 Havana Bienial, and others. She will be featured in the Museum of Modern Art’s exhibition “New Photography: Being” in 2018. At Berkeley she teaches classes in sculpture, social practice, photography, and experimental media, with a focus on material culture. http://www.stephaniesyjuco.com
Born in the Philippines, she received her MFA from Stanford University and BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. A long-time educator, she has taught at Stanford University, The California College of the Arts, The San Francisco Art Institute, Mills College, Carnegie Mellon University, and most recently joined the faculty at the University of California at Berkeley in January 2014 as an Assistant Professor in Sculpture. At Berkeley she is working to expand a conceptual and materials-based pedagogy, combining methods of the handcrafted with digital technologies and social engagement in order to speak of the frictions within late-capitalist society.