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Caroline Langill, Shifting Polarities

Interview with Nancy Paterson

Interview with Nancy Paterson
Nancy Paterson, Stock Market Skirt, 1998
Nancy Paterson is a Toronto-based artist who teaches in Integrated Media at the Ontario College of Art and Design (Toronto, Ontario). Well-known for her interactive media installations, Paterson’s early works incorporated images and machines (appliances) associated with domestic environments of the 1950s. Her explorations into interactivity in the 1980s were significant for women entering early new media art practice. An active writer Paterson continues to explore digital art and its interfaces. Her often anthologized article “Cyberfeminism” (1996) is considered a germinal paper in the field of new media art history. Paterson continues to exhibit internationally and her inclusion in the 2007 exhibition Cyberfeminism Past Forward in Vienna (Austria) is evidence of her continuing importance to the field.

Caroline Langill © 2009 FDL