How Food Moves: Edible Logistics

MARCH 27 – MAY 27, 2017

Excited to have “Garden of Virtual Kinship” featured in this group exhibition curated by Daniel Tucker at Rowan University Art Gallery.

In How Food Moves, artists explore how food transits through complex patterns of distribution in between the point of origin (the farm) and its point of consumption (the plate). Increasingly, contemporary artists are creatively grappling with the complexity of food’s trajectory in this regard through research-based and participatory practices. Mr. Tucker, Graduate Program Director in Social and Studio Practices at Moore College of Art and Design, has brought together 10 multidisciplinary artists projects that grapple creatively with the complexity of food’s trajectory using research-based and participatory practices, community actions, video and photo documentations, interactive objects, digital technologies, and newly-commissioned pieces by artists who focus their inquiry from the regional context of Philadelphia and southern New Jersey.

Economia Conference

APRIL 28-30, 2017
Eindhoven, Netherlands

Looking forward to participating in this 3-day festival exploring art, nature and economics. Part of Economia is the second Renewable Futures Conference, aiming to push the boundaries of our thinking about economy. The conference is organized in close collaboration with RIXC and the Renewable Futures program.

Eastern Bloc Sight & Sound Festival

SEPT 28-OCT 2, 2016

I will be part of this year’s Eastern Bloc Sight & Sound Festival: Per Capita happening Sept 28-Oct 2, 2016 in Montreal. I’ll be exhibiting “Planthropy” along with my collaborative project “Laborers of Love/LOL.”

CCA Santa Fe “Land Mark Show”

OCT 9 – DEC 27, 2015

Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Excited to launch a new collaborative project that examines the use of biomimicry to rethink distribution networks. Working with permaculture designer Amy Pilling, the “Myco-planning Network” will use mapping, live data feeds and mushroom mycelium to explore natural and manmade distribution networks within the context of food justice issues in New Mexico. The exhibition curated by Grace Kook-Anderson “views of our current ecology–documentation of our marks on the land, land use, and the fractured reality of utopian visions. ”

The Lowry Manchester “Right Here, Right Now”

NOV 14, 2015 – FEB 28, 2016
“Planthropy” makes it debut in the UK at the electronic exhibition “Right Here, Right Now,” This group show co-curated by Annet Dekker and Sarah Cook at The Lowry Arts & Entertainment Center also features works by Eva and Franco Mattes and Daniel Rozin.

MONEYLAB READER: An Intervention in Digital Economy

A publication of the Institute of Networked Cultures
My essay “Reversal of Fortune: Visualizing Marketized Philanthropy” has just been published in the this new volume of the MoneyLab Reader which focuses on the implications of the current architecture of global finance and its impact on ever-growing income disparity. The reader includes essays by Franco ‘Bifo’ Berardi, Jim Costanzo, Renée Ridgway, Andrew Ross, Saskia Sassen and Tiziana Terranova. Edited by Geert Lovink, Nathaniel Tkacz, and Patricia de Vries.

ZKM “Globale: Infosphere”

SEPT 4, 2015 – JAN 31, 2016 — Very excited for the official debut of “Reversal of Fortune: Garden of Virtual Kinship” at ZKM Center for Art & Media in the exhibition “Globale: Infosphere” in Karlsruhe, Germany opening September 4, 2015 through January 31, 2016. The exhibition features a diverse array of works by artists/collectives including Bureau d’tude, Blast Theory and Julian Oliver that expose the underbelly of our data driven culture.

2015 Santa Fe Art Institute Residency

JULY 2015 — For the month of July, 2015, I will be in residence at the Santa Fe Art Institute (SFAI) in sunny New Mexico for their 2014-2015 residency theme on food justice. I’m excited to be back after having lived there in the mid 1990’s. In addition to drinking margaritas and eating green chilies, I’ll be working with Amy Pilling, local permaculture expert and landscape designer, to develop a series of data visualizations created with gardens that map out local and regional food insecurity areas.

No Longer Empty “Bringing the Reality”

MAY 13 – SEPT 11, 2015 — “10 Simple Steps to Your Own Virtual Sweatshop” co-created with Jeff Crouse will be on exhibit in a group show curated by No Longer Empty embodying the rhetorical role of parrhesia. Artists include Mel Chin, Melanie Crean, Tim Rollins and K.O.S and Dread Scott!
Nathan Cummings Foundation, 475 Tenth Avenue, 14th Floor, New York, NY

2014-2015 Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace Residency

Very excited to be a 2014-2015 Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace artist-in-residence! Please come visit my studio at 315 Hudson St!

Interview on

LAUNCHED MAY 2015 — “Garden of Virtual Kinship” is featured in curator Xiaoying Juliette Ying’s 4-part series that explores the creative process of artists who utilize new technologies.

Watch the interview here:

House of Electronic Arts Basel

MAY 24 – JUNE 24, 2014 — I will be showing with Jeff Crouse, our project “Labors of Love (LOL)” in the the exhibition “Perspectives on Imaginary Futures” at the House of Electronic Arts in Basel, Switzerland. The exhibition presents different artists’ concepts of how to take into our own hands the shaping of the future with the help of creative inventions, the potential of the internet and the possibilities of science. The show opens May 24th as part of Oslo Night 2014 and runs parallel with Art Fair Basel.

Other artists in the show include Revital Cohen & Tuur Van Balen, Neïl Beloufa, Michael Burton & Michiko Nitta, Markus Kayser, Julia Minnig, Marisa Olson, Reinigungsgesellschaft, Tobias Revell, and Addie Wagenknecht

Performing Economies colloquium

APRIL 4 -6, 2014 — Performing Economies was a 3-day colloquium event I co-organized with artist/scholar Paige Sarlin at the University at Buffalo. The event investigated the renewed interest in alternative economic models that have emerged in response to the devastating effects of the global economic downturn. Juxtaposing concerns for financial viability with the value of cultural activity and the necessity for environmental sustainability, Performing Economies focused on the performative, social, and political dimensions of urban revitalization initiatives. Questions as to how these increasingly visible systems of exchange build on earlier forms of barter, local currency, worker cooperatives, and mutual aid were brought to the forefront. The colloquium highlighted a range of projects and practices that re-evaluate older strategies of urban development and survival and suggest progressive and radical approaches to supporting the lives of individuals and communities.

Invited guests included international feminist scholar Silvia Federici, environmental artist Mary Mattingly, activist writer Renee Ridgway and Andrew Herscher, author of “The Unreal Estate Guide to Detroit.” University at Buffalo faculty included critical geographer Marion Werner and Miriam Paeslack, author of “Ineffably Urban: Imaging Buffalo.” Local organizations included PUSH Buffalo, Go Bike Buffalo, Partnership for the Public Good, Massachusetts Avenue Project, Clean Air Coaliton and the Breadhive Workers Cooperative Bakery.

FACT (Foundation for Art & Creative Technology)

DEC 12, 2013 – MAR 9, 2014 — Laborers of Love (LOL) featured in the exhibition “Time & Motion: Redefining Work Life” at FACT (Foundation for Art & Creative Technology) in Liverpool, England. The exhibition uses artworks, research projects, archival materials and interventions to track our journey through the world of work, from clocking on at the factory gates to checking in online from our home office. Artists include Cohen van Balen, Harun Farocki, Oliver Walker, Blake Fall-Conroy, Sam Meech, Molleindustria, Andrew Norman Wilson and The Creative Exchange.


MAY 3-5, 2013 — For  MediaCities this May 3-5, 2013 at SUNY Buffalo I will be showing the first version of a commissioned artwork entitled “Reversal of Fortune: The Garden of Virtual Kinship.” I will also be presenting a paper discussing the artworks relationship to crowdsourcing and the digital commons. 

Econotopias theme leader at 2012 ISEA Machine Wilderness (Sept 2012)

Very happy to announce that I will be theme leader for the ECONOTOPIAS symposium track at the 2012 ISEA Machine Wilderness in Albuquerque, NM this September. The “Econotopias” theme engages a critical dialogue around the challenges and excessive demands of the global marketplace and its impact on everyday life. It explores the future of creative economies as drivers of possibility in diverse communities and environments and through new technologies. By bringing local and international artists, engineers, economists, labor specialists and community organizers together, “Econotopias” focuses on the need for more sustainable social and production practices through programs on topics such as open-source ideologies, the gift economy, micro-credit, the culture industry and global outsourcing. Featured participants include Caroline Woolard (, Jaromil (, Ted Howard (Evergreen Cooperatives), Amanda McDonald Crowley (curator), Stephanie Pereira (Kickstarter) and Renee Ridgeway (curator/artist)

2013 Transmediale BWPWAP

Very excited to announce that Jeff Crouse and I will be presenting “Laborers of Love/LOL” at the 2013 Transmediale BWPWAP (Back When Pluto Was A Planet). We will do a performative lecture for the festival’s Desire thread on Saturday, Feb 2nd. “Laborers of Love/LOL” is a crowdsourcing project that explores how sexuality and desire are mediated through new technologies, specifically new models of global, outsourced labor. The project takes the form of an Internet service that uses anonymous online workers to create “customers” video fantasies.

13:30 TO 15:30 – AUDITORIUM


Regeneration, New York Hall of Science

“World’s Fair 2.0” is a collaboration between myself and Marisa Jahn for REV- that will be exhibited at the New York Hall of Science as part of the “Regeneration” exhibition curated by Steve Dietz and Amanda Parkes. In posing the question of what a “democracity” would look like today or in the very near future, REV- partners with youth reporters to create a virtual “augmented-reality” vision of a 2012 World’s Fair located on the former fairgrounds. The goal—a World’s Fair created not by corporations or the government, but by the community of Queens. 

516ARTS, ISEA 2012: Machine Wilderness (Sept 2012-Jan 2013)

“The Secret to Eternal Levitation”, an installation and augmented reality mobile tour examining the relationship of luxury gated communities to resource extraction and allocation willl be exhibited at 516ARTs in Albuquerque, NM as part of ISEA 2012: Machine Wilderness.

Art Environment Action!, Sheila C. Johnson Design Center-Parsons/New School (Sept-Dec 2012)

“Coming Soon!” will be part of the “Art Environment Action!” exhibition and workshop series at the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center’s at Parsons/New School. The project is a mixed-reality urban walking tour enabled through smart phones and iPads that explores the visible and invisible traces of urban renewal in the West Farms neighborhood of the Bronx.


Virtual/Monumental, Bronx River Arts Center (Aug 2012-ongoing)

I will be showing a new project called “Coming Soon!” ,  a mixed-reality urban walking tour enabled through smart phones and iPads that explores the visible and invisible traces of urban renewal in the West Farms neighborhood of the Bronx. The focus of the tour is a recently rezoned area, one of the largest in the borough, slated for redevelopment into a $350 million mixed-use planned community encompassing over 5-acres of land.

Coming Soon! is part of the Bronx River Art Center’s “Virtual/Monumental” exhibition program investigating the shifting landscape of the West Farms neighborhood in the Bronx.

2011 Harpo Award

I am very honored to have received a Harpo Award to create a new project called “The Secret to Eternal Levitation” examining the relationship of luxury gated communities to resource extraction and allocation.

The Workers, MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA (May 2011-April 2012)

I’m very excited to be in The Workers an exhibition at MASS MoCA expanding on the recent exhibition “En Cada Instante, Ruptura” at Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros in Mexico City curated by Carla Herrera-Prats. With the aim of questioning the representation of the contemporary worker immerse in a global economy, the exhibition features the work of artists Haroun Farocki and Sam Durant. Exhibition runs May 29, 2011–Apr 14, 2012.

En cada instante, ruptura, Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros, Mexico City (Nov 2010)

Curated by Carla Herrera- Prats, the group exhibition explores the archetypical image of the worker as it was presented by Siqueiros in his post- revolutionary murals, and also, the transformation and fragmentation that this iconic vision has suffered through the years.
With the aim of questioning the representation of the contemporary worker immerse in a global economy, the exhibition features the work of artists such as Allan Sekula, Hugo Hopping, Laboratorio 060, Yoshua Okon and Sergio de la Torre.

Residency at HomeShop in Beijing (April-July 2011)

From April to July, 2011 I developed a new project called The Journey West through an artist residency at HomeShop in Beijing ( in conjunction with REV- ( The project, in collaboration with artist & writer Dan S. Wang (, is the creation of a temporary travel agency located in the recently gentrified neighborhood of the Dongcheng District near Tiananmen Square. The travel agency sold critical tours of “America” created by US artists and tour guides including Trevor Paglen, Ryan Griffis, Sarah Kanouse and “Wildman” Steve Brill. Images and further details on the project coming soon.

Residency at Shan Studio, Beijing (July 2010)

Residency at Shan Studio ( in Beijing. Collaborated with media artist Sheng (Gogo) Jie, Founder and Director of Shan Studio, on the project “One Step Beyond Shanzhai: Virtually Fake”. The project explores China’s knock-off/ fake (shanzhai) consumer culture through the creation of a virtual “Shanzhai” Village in Second Life.  The virtual village-cum-store called “Shan Villa” was used to conduct market research in the local hutong community. Participants were asked to comment on the use-value of new utopian consumer products in their virtual state that would be coming to consumer markets in the near future.

01SJ Biennial, San Jose, CA (Sept 2010)

“Best Practices in Banana Time with Doctor Rodenberger”, a mixed reality live talk show that takes place in both Second Life and real life, will be part of the upcoming 01SJ Biennial festival programming. Based on the Biennial’s theme “Build Your Own World”, Doctor Rodenberger (Rothenberg’s virtual doppelganger) will interview architects, urban planners and city activists  that are currently performing their jobs in both Second Life and real life. The show explores the virtualization of the workplace and the exchange of values, behaviors and ideologies between “worlds”.

Common Wealth for Common People, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece (ongoing)

Invisible Threads is featured in “Esse, Nosse, Posse/Common Wealth for Common People” – an online exhibition by the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Athens, Greece. Curated by Daphne Dragona, the show aims to focus on the new forms of labor as well as on the new values and costs emerging in the new connected reality it represents.

Contributing artists and theorists include Burak Arikan & Engin Erdogan, Nicholas Knouf, Jamie Wilkinson , Aaron Koblin & Daniel Massey, Geert Lovink, MediaShed, Molleindustria, Kate Rich and Trebor Scholz.

Moscow International Biennale for Young Art (July 2010)

WorldXDiagnostics will be featured in the “Qui Vive?” Moscow International Biennale for Young Art opening July 3, 2010. The installation will be exhibited at the Artplay-on-Yauza Design Center.

In conjunction with the Moscow International Biennale, WorldXDiagnostics will also be concurrently exhibited at Buffalo Arts Studio in Buffalo, NY opening June 18th. Gallery visitors in Moscow will be able to activate the diagnostic machine (that crazy organ thing) at Buffalo Arts Studio through a telematic interface. Thank goodness Stalin couldn’t get his hands on it!

New York Arts Magazine

Interview with Stephanie Rothenberg, Sept/Oct 2006 issue

Eyebeam Roadshow, Version>07

Chicago, Saturday, May 5, 2007

Dorkbot, NYC

Wednesday, May 2, 2007, 7pm

2007 Bent Festival, NYC

Usernomics 1.0 Workshop
Saturday, April 28 at 12pm at Eyebeam

Tickets are $10 bucks donation but you can participate for FREE!


Usernomics 1.0 Workshop
The Change You Want to See
84 Havemeyer Street in Williamsburg
Saturday, Sept 15th from 11:00am-1:00pm

2007 Eyebeam Artist-in-Residence

Stephanie Rothenberg joined Eyebeam in NYC as a 2007 Artist-in-Residence.

Beyond/In Western New York Regional Exhibition and Hallwalls

The School of Perpetual Training at Hallwalls, Buffalo, NY
Hallwalls Cinema Sept 14-Oct 20, 2007

Society for Cinema & Media Studies Conference

Digital Games & Labor Panel
Sunday, March 9, 2008,12:00pm, Philadelphia

Synthetic Times Beijing Media Art Festival

Symposium closing event in conjunction with MOMA and Parsons featuring Invisible Threads – Virtual Sweatshop @ Eyebeam
540 West 21st, NY, Tuesday, April 15, 2008

2008 Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival (FLEFF)

Visiting artist Stephanie Rothenberg ,Ithaca College, NY
March 31-April 6, 2008

The First International Symposium on Smart Living Technologies, Cross-Disciplinary Education and Sustainable Culture

Tainan City, Taiwan, August 15-17, 2008

October 2009, Fastfoward: Angel of History, LABoral, Gijon Spain (10/09-4/10)

OCT 2009 – April 5, 2010
LABoral Center for Art, Gijon, Spain
Exhibition of Invisible Threads. Curated by Steve Dietz and Christiane Paul. FEEDFORWARD – The Angel of History addresses the current moment in history where the wreckage of political conflict and economic inequality is piling up, while globalized forces—largely enabled by the “progress” of digital information technologies—inexorably feed us forward.

Changing Labor Value, Vera List Center for Art & Politics at The New School (8/29/09)

Exhibition and panel in conjunction with the conference Internet as Factory and Playground, Novemeber 12-14 at Eugene Lang College The New School. Organized by Trebor Scholz.

TURN*ON, Artivistic, Montreal, Québec, Canada (10/15-10/17)

TURN*ON is the fourth edition of Artivistic, an international transdisciplinary three-day gathering on the interPlay between art, information and activism.

Feedfoward: Angel of History, LABoral, Gijon Spain (Oct 2009-April 2010)

FEEDFORWARD – The Angel of History addresses the current moment in history where the wreckage of political conflict and economic inequality is piling up, while globalized forces—largely enabled by the “progress” of digital information technologies—inexorably feed us forward. Curated by Steve Dietz and Christiane Paul.

Sign, Art in Odd Places, with Retail Action Project, NYC (10/1-10/26)

I am collaborating with the activist group RAP on public art projects as part of Art in Odd Places 2009: SIGN, an annual festival exploring the odd, ordinary, and ingenious in the spectacle of daily life.

Conversation Pieces, CEPA Gallery, Buffalo, NY (9/11-12/1/09)

Conversation Pieces is an exhibition that brings together projects by artists who stage, subvert, provoke, intervene in or dt public dialogues. Curated by Miriam Ghani and Sean Donaher.

Cybersex: What’s Art got to do with it?, New Media Caucus panel, 2010 College Art Association Conference (2/13/10)

Chaired by Vagner Whitehead with panelists Barbara DeGenevieve, Doug Ischar, Stephanie Rothenberg & Jeff Crouse. Jeff and I presented “Laborers of Love”

Olympiad, Eyebeam Mixer, NYC (3/13/10)

“The Great Avatar Challenge” with Scott Kildall – a mixed reality race with runners in real life and you guessed it, Second Life. The Mixer is Eyebeam’s acclaimed event series dedicated to showcasing leading artists in the fields of live media performance, interactive and participatory art.

Ecstatic, Round Robin Collective group show, NYC (3/12-4/4/10)

The Round Robin Collective is pleased to announce ECSTATIC, an exhibition and series of events to be held in the former convent of St. Cecilia’s Parish in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

Precious Cargo, University at Buffalo Art Gallery (March-May 2010)

Precious Cargo is an exhibition of contemporary art and design projects addressing the flow of goods and services in an interdependent post-global world. Organized by multidisciplinary artist Paul Lloyd Sargent, works in this exhibition critique and complicate such binary oppositions as: inter/national vs. regional/local transport, [interdependent] global trade vs. [self-sufficient] local trade, supply chain vs. disposal chain, resource exhaustion vs. sustainable culture, consumption vs. reuse, resource vs. commodity, and more.

Outlook: Untitled, WHITNEY.ORG Internet Art Project (2010-2011)

A series of Internet art projects commissioned by the Whitney specifically for mark sunset and sunrise in New York City every day.

2009 Creative Capital Award in Emerging Fields

Award in Emerging Fields received for Reversal of Fortune

2008 NYSCA New York State Council on Arts Award

Funding received for new project Kinomic Redistribution System in collaboration with Megan Michalak

2008 Sundance Film Festival

New Frontier Theater exhibits Invisible Threads
Jan 15-27, 2008, Park City Utah

ZER01 Festival San Jose

June 4-7, 2008
Artist for Global Youth Exhibition with SFAI City Youth Program + NexMap

2008 ISEA Singapore

Symposium Presentation
July 25-31, 2008

Banff New Media Institute 2008 Interactive Screen

Keynote Speaker
August 24-30, 2008

Amsterdam International Film Festival

School of Perpetual Training exhibited
October 15-19, 2008
click under “Mafia” program

M:ST – Mountain Standard Time Performance Arts Festival

Zero Hour performance w/ Suzanne Thorpe
Oct 3-5, 2008 Calgary, Alberta Canada

Dumbo Arts Festival/Video Dumbo

“10 Simple Steps..” video screening
September 26-28, 2008, Brooklyn, NY

“Service Aesthetics” Artforum September 2008

“Invisible Threads” reviewed by Steven Madoff

Turbulence@Pace Digital Gallery, Pace University, NYC (4/09)

Exhibition of School of Perpetual Training webcam website. Project commissioned through a

Residency at Sumu/Gallery Titanik, Turku, Finland (8/09)

Residency and exhibition for new project World X Diagnostic

2009 ISEA Belfast Juried Exhibition, Golden Thread Gallery

Manifestios! Revolutions!, Terminal, Austin Peay State University (ongoing)

The manifestos and revolutions found here are rife with language, overflowing with meaning whether social, personal, technological, environmental, or political. Curated by Jillian McDonald.

2009 Turbulence New Radio and Performaning Arts Commission

Funding received for School of Perpetual Training webcam website

Cities of Tomorrow, Performa 09, with Lize Mogel/Jen Kaminsky, NYC (11/09)

Storefront for Art and Architecture
Saturday, November 7 3:00pm

A playful tour of the New York City of the future that merges urban geography, science fiction and guerilla street theater. Four short sci-fi scenes about New York City’s political, spatial, and social futures were produced in an afternoon workshop.

2009 Harvestworks Artist-in-Residence

Residency for new project Kinomic Redistribution System