I am drawn to the most human of things; the mundane, the ordinary and the everyday that connect us to each other and to our visual world. It is within the frame of the everyday, that I explore the transformative poetic space of human experience. My visual language engages the world around us; the landscape and its people, the history and the potential become connections through technology. However, these connections are not without an impractical end as I seek to build a social utopia, that ideal perfect imagined space of the modernist ethos. It is a space where possibility occurs, and potentiality reigns, sites where history, and the present tense collide. In this space, peopled with the expanding playground of technology I attempt to explore the possibilities of our digital and social selves through. This is where I play.
Belinda Haikes is a conceptually driven interdisciplinary artist, designer, and writer whose work examines digital and social relationships. Her work has been included in exhibitions and screenings at the Bronx World Film Cycle (Manhatten), Lightworks (Grimsby, UK), New Museum's Flash:Light Festival, with Pilottone (New York), The billboard Project (Richmond,VA),The Asian Arts Initiative (Philadelphia), The Los Angeles Center for the Digital Art (L.A., CA), Village Nomad (France), Digital Fringe (Australia), The Weatherspoon Museum (North Carolina). Recent awards include a residency At Starry Night Residency in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, Jury’s Choice Award, Art, Everywhere 2011 Public Art Initiative with Video-Gang, and she was a 2012 finalist in Digital Graffiti in Alys Beach, Florida. She is a member of the experimental sound and multi-media ensemble group, Pilottone, the Video-Gang Collective. She also currently serves as a Board member for AIGA Philadelphia where she is Co-Director for SPACE Gallery, and recently curated an exhibition about viral image of the cat . Her writings on New Media have appeared in HZ Journal, and the New Media Caucus Journal. Belinda holds a PhD from VCU's Media art and text program and an MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. She is currently Assistant Professor in the department of Art + Design at West Chester University and has taught at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and Virginia Commonwealth University. She has also been a Digressor for UnderAcademy College, and anti-school that questions the academic model. She makes things everyday.