Anna Huff Mercovich

Anna Huff Mercovich works across performance, sound, technology, mixed media, and interactivity. In her work, she creates intersections of body, object, and ritual to reveal and examine social structures that tie individuals to communities. She uses a variety of tools including collaboration, costume, narrative, and physical parameters to inform and manipulate ways groups are guided into action. She also frequently collaborates as a founding member of the media performance collective Cloud Eye Control, creating interactive and time-based work that addresses, among other things, how the human psyche might coexist with technology. She was a recent 2017 performance fellow at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Additional performances and presentations include the New Museum (2015); Redcat, Los Angeles (2015); MoMA PS1 (2008); Festival A Mil, Chile (2012); and EXIT Festival, Paris (2009), among others.

Mercovich holds an M.F.A. from California Institute of the Arts, and a B.A. from the Evergreen State College.

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Classes (Selected)

  • ART 2701 Digital Media: Introduction to Digital MediaThis course explores the use of digital technology in contemporary art making. Students approach software programs by researching historical and contemporary art issues, with emphasis on how to differentiate between analog and digital forms. Through the investigation of the history of digital technology students will gain an understanding of digital culture and its correlation to social, aesthetic and theoretical issues. Topics explored include time-based art, network culture, image resolution, computational techniques, virtuality, and interactivity.
  • ART 4001 Senior ThesisThis course continues the independent studio research and production of the Advanced Practice course to prepare students for ART 4002: Thesis II.  During Thesis I, students begin to research, develop, and clarify their thesis proposals through dialogues, readings, and critiques with members of the Core Thesis Faculty. Emphasis is on deepening awareness of the intention and reading of the work and situating individual interests within and against historical, theoretical, and conceptual contexts.

Awards, Grants, and Fellowships (Selected)

  • New England Foundation for the Arts National Theater Project Grant (2013)
  • Mapfund Recipient (2013)
  • Center for Cultural Innovation ARC Grant (2012)
  • Headlands Center for the Arts Residency Fellowship (2011)
  • Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Leslie Durst Commission (2008)

Exhibitions and Presentations (Selected)

  • San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (2017)
  • Handwerker Gallery, Ithaca College (2017)
  • The New Museum, New York City (2015)
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