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An early iteration of the piece, “I Am Sitting,” performed at the Black Mountain College {RE}Happening biennial, 2017. Photo: Amy O. Pierce

Alicia Champlin is based in Orono, Maine, having also made homes of Portland, Maine; Boston, Massachusetts; Tokyo, Japan; and the American deep South. However, she is most at home while traveling the world in search of new experiences (and buried treasure). She is currently located in Orono, Maine, with frequent trips to Barcelona, while on the final stretch to defending her MFA thesis this summer.

Champlin has exhibited nationally and internationally, including solo shows in Orono (Maine, USA) and Barcelona (Spain). In addition to performing, she also presents her research and custom interfaces in hands-on workshops and demonstrations of open-source technologies.

Drawing upon an academic background in Critical Methodologies and Japanese/Buddhist Art History, and a professional history in data processing and web technologies, Champlin joined the University of Maine’s Intermedia MFA program in 2015. Much of Champlin’s research prior to 2015 centered around pilgrimage, travel, and landscape as ways to communicate identity and make sense of our social environments. Aiming to be more than a tourist, she has visited sacred and secular destinations, followed pilgrimage routes, and taken on the role of pilgrim, seeker, and pathfinder. Many images here document those journeys, and attempt to capture the experiential aspects of locations and icons along the way. A number of the writing samples included speak to the phenomenological aspects of place and movement.

Since beginning her MFA studies, Champlin’s research & creative practices have come to focus on feedback-driven, generative systems in pursuit of the phenomenological intersection of networked communication and identity. Drawing influence from the provocations of Alvin Lucier, Nam June Paik, Marina Abramovic, and mentor N.B. Aldrich, her work aims to explore issues of authenticity, neutrality, and truth with process-based, interactive methodologies. An MFA thesis based on this research will be submitted for defense in the summer of 2018.

Currently, Champlin is working with biometric data as an interventionary control mechanism in live video and audio feedback loops. During her 2017 residency at Hangar Interactive Labs, she developed EEG and ECG instruments with Max/MSP for use in generative performance installations.

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A word cloud generated from the entire text of Jean Baudrillard’s “Simulacra and Simulation,” (1994). Part of a larger study of social media texts. Champlin, 2017

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