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Kelly Nipper: Public Space

Kelly Nipper’s evolving practice explores the relationship between physical intimacy and technological advancement. It draws from a network of interrelated research interests including the study and analysis of human movement, communication theory, geology as well as the production and organization of space. 

Working across disciplines of video, photography and dance, she pulls together connections, identifies patterns, develops associations, inviting leaps in logic and feeling. Nipper’s new single channel video, Public Space, is part of an ongoing performance project, Terre Mécanique, commissioned by Performa in 2017, and realized in collaboration with the Self-Assembly Lab at MIT.

Dancer: Marissa Ruazol
Electronics, Composition: Phillip Curtis
Camera Operator: Chris Orr
Assistant Video Editor: Sean C. Flaherty

Kelly Nipper’s work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York; Kunsthaus Zürich, Switzerland; Tramway, Glasgow, Scotland; and the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston. Her performances have been commissioned by The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, Poland; South London Gallery, UK; and Performa, New York. Her work has also been included in significant exhibitions including Danser Sa Vie at the Centre Pompidou, Paris, France (2011); 2010: Whitney Biennial, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2010); While Bodies Get Mirrored – An Exhibition about Movement, Formalism and Space, Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zürich, Switzerland (2010); and Dance with Camera, Institute for Contemporary Art, Philadelphia (2009). 

Nipper’s work is in the public collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Turin, Italy; and the Israel Museum, Jerusalem, among others. She received her MFA from California Institute of the Arts in 1995, and is currently based in Los Angeles.