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Tiffany Trenda is a new media performance artist based out of New York and Los Angeles. She received her BFA from Art Center College of Design and her MFA from the University of California Los Angeles, Design and Media Arts program. Trenda won Artist of the Year at the London International Creative Competition Awards in 2008. Then, in 2009, she introduced “Entropy” at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. She was invited to perform at the 2010 World Expo, in Shanghai, China at the British Pavilion. She also performed at Art Hamptons, A+D Museum, Scope Art Fair, Los Angeles Contemporary Art Exhibitions, Boulder Contemporary Art Museum, the Italian Cultural Institute, and Art Miami Context, where she graced the cover of the Miami Herald for Art Basel 2012. Trenda was included in the performance program at the Metamorphoses of the Virtual – 100 Years of Art and Freedom during the 55th annual Venice Biennale. In 2016, Trenda performed at The Broad Art Museum in Los Angeles, exhibited at the Faena Art Center in Buenos Aires for the highly publicized show, “Auto Body,” and was apart of the special projects for Context Art Miami. Recently, she exhibited at Laboratorio Arte Alameda in Mexico City and was on a panel at this years South by Southwest.

Trenda’s performances and installations explore the relationship of the human body, particularly the female body, to technology. She interchanges her identity with screens to represent how we conceal and reveal ourselves through our devices (smart phones, computers, etc.). As these devices become an integral part of our daily lives, we relate to them as if they are part of our skin. Therefore, we are constantly choosing between the physical and the simulation of our bodies through virtual realities, social media, etc. We are no longer living in the present but through the screen. This changes how we form memories and how we interact with the outside world.

Education

2009 – 2011 Master of Fine Arts, UCLA, Design and Media Arts, Los Angeles, California
1998 – 2002 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, California

Recognitions

2017 Cover image for Perfect Bodies I Rebellious Machines at E-Body: International Meeting of Art & Technology Wearable at Laboratoria Arte Alameda, Mexico City, Mexico catalogue
2015 Special projects for Context Art Miami during Art Basel, Miami, FL
2015 Co-curator for Beyond Graffiti, Architecture and Design Museum in Los Angeles, CA2014 Highlight for Art Silicon Valley, Art Hamptons, Silicon Valley Contemporary Art Fair, and Palm Springs Fine Art Fair
2012 Cover image of the Miami Herald for Art Basel
2012 Feature for Art Miami CONTEXT during Art Basel, Miami, FL
2009 Highlight & Artist Installation for Photo Los Angeles, Barker Hanger, Santa Monica, CA
2008 Winner of the London International Creative Competition “Artist of the Year” London, UK
2005 Highlight for Photo San Francisco Art Fair

Teaching, Presentations, and Lectures

04/16/2017 Final reviews for Creatives and Entrepreneurship at Parsons School of Design, New York, NY
03/29/2017 Lecture The Future Body: Memory and Identity at Broward College, Coconut Creek, FL
03/12/2017 Crossover of Future in Art x Tech by Women in Design at SXSW
03/09/2017 Lecture The Future Body: Memory and Identity at Museo Soumaya in Mexico City, Mexico
09/14/2016 Lecture The Future Body: Memory and Identity at Dorkbot San Francisco, CA
05/06/2016 Lecture The Future Body: New Forms of Performance at Creative Tech Week with Hyphen Hub New York, NY
10/29/2015 Lecture at UCLA Department of Design Media Arts, DESMA 101 class, Intro to Media Arts
09/12/2015 Panel Discussion at 3D Print Show Los Angeles, CA
04/17/2015 Lecture at 3D Print Show Fashion: Digital Fashion Specialist Conference Series at 3D Print Show New York, NY
03/27/2015 Lecture FashionTech: The Intersection of Style and Software Mindshare at Cross Campus Santa Monica, CA
09/25/2014 Symposium, Wearable Technology: Redefining the Future of Fashion, Social Media Week LA, Los Angeles
11/09/2013 Panel Discussion MediaLive: Exploring Live Audiovisual Arts 2013, Boulder Contemporary Art, Boulder, CO
06/26/2013 Lecture at Codame Fashion Tech + Music in San Francisco, CA              
Spring 2011 Created collaborative studio workshop class that combined Departments at University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Art and Design and Media Arts Department, DESMA 199
4/22/2011 Created and presented a lecture titled, “Interaction / Intervention”, showing a parallel history of interaction and intervention art at University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), Art and Design and Media Arts Departments, Los Angeles, CA
4/16/2011 Presentation of work for Community Colleges Fashion Symposium at Cal Mart, Los Angeles, CA
2/17/2011 Lecture Body, Pain, & Performance at University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), Art and Science DESMA 9, Los Angeles, CA
6/10/2010 – 6/14/2010 Created and managed workshops Body and Media at EARTS, Shanghai, China
6/14/2010 Lecture Body and Media in Performance Art at EARTS, Shanghai, China
11/20/2009 Lecture at UCLA Department of Design Media Arts, DESMA 10 class
11/2009 – 6/2011 Teaching Assistant for Design I Media Arts at University of California Los Angeles

Performances

2017
05/06/2017 Ubiquitous States at Tech Sublime Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, AZ
04/14/2017 Proximity Cinéma at M.A.R.S. Festival, Los Angeles, CA
03/30/2017 Proximity Cinéma at STEAM Artist Series, Broward College, Coconut Creek, FL
03/07/2017 Body Code at Perfect Bodies I Rebellious Machines at E-Body: International Meeting of Art & Technology Wearable at Laboratoria Arte Alameda, Mexico City, Mexico

2016
05/28/2016 Ubiquitous States at Wearable Art Awards Holland WAAH! Amsterdam, Holland
05/06/2016 Body Code performance at Creative Tech Week with Hyphen Hub and DJ Spooky, New York, NY
04/06/2016 Ubiquitous States at MWX16, The Broad Art Museum Los Angeles, CA
04/07/2016 Body Code at MWX16, Museums and Web Conference at the Biltmore Los Angeles, CA

2015
12/01/2015 – 12/06/2015 Ubiquitous States, Special Projects at Context Art Miami, Miami, FL
11/17/2015 Body Code at LA Auto Show Los Angeles, CA
10/22/2015 Body Code at West Edge Design Fair Los Angeles, CA
6/20/2015 Proximity Cinéma at Zhulong Gallery in Dallas, TX
06/18/2015 Body Code, Moving Images, McLoughlin Gallery, San Francisco, CA
3/28/2015 A Piece of Me on a Piece of You, Beyond Graffiti II at the A+D Museum Los Angeles, CA
2/14/2015 Proximity Cinéma at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions for Artillery Magazine, Los Angeles, CA
2/12 – 2/15/2015 Proximity Cinéma at Palm Springs Fine Art Fair, Palm Springs, CA

2014
10/09/2014 Body Code The McLoughlin Gallery, Art Silicon Valley, San Francisco, CA
09/25/2014 Body Code at Wearable Technology: Redefining the Future of Fashion, Social Media Week LA, Los Angeles, CA
07/23/2014 Proximity Cinéma at Code, Canvas, Chow Pop-Up for The McLoughlin Gallery, San Francisco, CA
07/10 – 4/13/2014 Proximity Cinéma and Body Code, The McLoughlin Gallery, Art Hamptons Art Fair, Bridgehampton, NY
06/31/2014 Body Code at Zero Down at 1019 West Studios Inglewood, CA
04/25/2014 Body Code at Photo Independent, Los Angeles, CA
04/10 – 4/13/2014 Proximity Cinéma at Silicon Valley Contemporary Art Fair, San Jose, CA
03/06 -03/09/2014 Body Code, Licht Feld Gallery, Scope Art Fair New York, New York, CA
02/13-16/2014 Proximity Cinéma, The McLoughlin Gallery Palm Springs Fine Art Fair, Palm Springs, CA

2013
12/2 – 12/7/2013 Proximity Cinéma at CONTEXT Art Miami, Licht Feld Gallery, Miami, FL
11/08/2013 Proximity Cinéma at MediaLive Festival: Exploring Live Audiovisual Arts 2013, Boulder Contemporary Art Museum, Boulder, CO
06/26/2013 Proximity Cinéma for Codame Fashion Tech + Music in San Francisco, CA
06/10-16/2013 Proximity Cinéma, Licht Feld Gallery, Scope Art Fair in Basel Switzerland, Basel, Switzerland
05/27/2013 – 10/31/2013 Proximity Cinéma premiered for The Metamorphoses of the Virtual: 100 Years of Art and Freedom, during the 55th Annual Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
05/11/2013 Body Code at A+D Museum Annual Gala, Los Angeles, CA
04/23-24/2013 Body Code at Design West, San Jose, CA
03/09/2013 Body Code at Times Square, New York, NY
03/6-10/3013 Body Code, Licht Feld Gallery, Scope Art Fair, New York, NY
02/14 -18/2013 Body Code, Licht Feld Gallery, Wynwood Art Fair, Miami, FL
01/17/2013 Body Code at Photo Los Angeles, Santa Monica, CA
01/05/2013 Body Code at Orange County Center for Contemporary Art (OCCCA), Orange County, CA

2012
12/02/2012 Body Code, Licht Feld Gallery, CONTEXT Art Miami, Miami, Florida
11/09 – 01/13/2012 Body Code at Zero1 Biennial: “Future Imagined What’s Next?”, PAI The Performance Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
09/22/2012 Body at Autumn Lights, Pershing Square, Los Angeles, CA
08/18/2012 Body Code at the LA Mobile Arts Festival, Santa Monica Art Studios, Santa Monica, CA
07/21/2012 Body Code at the 4th Annual Perform Chinatown, Coagula Curatorial, Charlie James Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
07/12/2012 Body Code at the New Media Art Festival, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, Los Angeles
06/17/2012 Body Code Licht Feld Gallery, Scope Art Fair, Basel, Switzerland
06/16/2012 Specular at Filter 4 in Basel, Switzerland
04/28/2012 Camera Obscure Snap Flash at Create Fixate, Los Angeles, CA
04/14/2012 Religious Mantis, Women in Hell: Dante Alighieri’s Inferno, Insitituto Italiano di Cultura Los Angeles, CA
04/07/2012 Urban Devotion Mobile Photography Awards, Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Orange County, CA
03/31/2012 Camera Obscure at Month of Photography Los Angeles, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica, CA
01/12/2012 Urban Devotion at Photo Los Angeles in Santa Monica, CA

2011
08/04/2011 Urban Devotion, Decompositions, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), Los Angeles, CA
07/09/2011 Urban Devotion Analogue to Digital, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art (LACDA), Los Angeles
06/21/2011 Urban Devotion for Museum of Contemporary Art benefit at GUESS? Clothing Store, Santa Monica, CA
04/20/2011 When In Rome, Luigi Ontani’s AmenHammerAmeno performance at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA

2010
10/30/2010 Urban Devotion LACMA Muse at Los Angels County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
09/09/2010 Feed_Back collaborative performance with Rex Bruce at Digital Art LA for Downtown Los Angeles Film Festival, Los Angeles, CA
07/30/2010 Terrarium Perform Now at Francois Ghebaly Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
07/08/2010 Feed_Back collaborative performance with Rex Bruce at Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, Los Angeles
06/17/2010 Face Me at the World Expo, UK Pavilion, Shanghai, China
04/03/2010 Entropy at Month of Photography Los Angeles (MOPLA), Samuel Freeman Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

2009
11/17/ 2009 Specular at Frank Pictures Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
08/28/2009 Entropy at the Malibu Annual Contemporary Art Fair, Malibu, CA
08/13/2009 Entropy at Digital Art LA for the Los Angeles Film Festival, Los Angeles
05/30/2009 Entropy at LACMA Muse, Los County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA

2008
07/10/2008 Death of an Icon Performance for Where The Girls Are, Continental Building, Los Angeles, CA

2007
10/05/2007 Hopelessly Unconscious Performance for Tarfest, Korean Cultural Center, Los Angeles, CA

2005
7/22/2005 I Can’t Predict the Future of a Past I Never Lived, Brown Bag Contemporary Gallery, Photo San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
12/31/2005 Written Dream for the Sea of Dreams Los Angeles Theatre, Los Angeles, CA
12/14/2005 Written Dream for the Pool Trade Show, Los Feliz, CA
12/08/2005 Written Dream for the Fine Art Resources (FAR), Continental Building, Los Angeles, CA
11/19/2005 Condemned Opera, Irrational Exhibitions at Track 16, Bergamot Station, Los Angeles, CA

2001 – 2004
1/16/04 RAW WAR at Hanger 1018, Los Angeles, CA
12/07/03 Breathe of Life, Artist Bound at Soho Gallery Studio City, CA
7/14/2003 Performance for HBO Sponsored Event Platinum Oasis for Outfest Film Festival, Hollywood, CA
12/17/2002 Silent Nightmare, collaborative performance with Peter Schroff at Highways, Santa Monica, CA
7/14/2002 Performance at HBO Sponsored Event Platinum Oasis for Outfest Film Festival, Hollywood, CA
6/27/2001 Silent Nightmare, collaborative performance with Peter Schroff at Irrational Exhibitions at Track 16, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica, CA

Solo Exhibitions

03/13/2014 – 04/05/2014 Body Code, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, Los Angeles, CA
11/17/2009 – 01/02/2010 Specular, at Frank Pictures Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
9/16/2005 Electric, Farmani Gallery Beverly Hills, CA
05/2004 Plastic Rape, Gallery 4016 Los Angeles, CA

Selected Exhibitions & Art Fairs

2017
03/06/2017 – 04/16/2017 Perfect Bodies I Rebellious Machines at E-Body:  International Meeting of Art & Technology Wearable at Laboratoria Arte Alameda, Mexico City, Mexico
01/16/2017 – 02/17/2017 Uprise / Angry Women at The Untitled Space New York, NY

2016
12/8 – 12/31/2016 Featured Video Artists of 2016 at Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, Los Angeles, CA
11/29 – 12/4/2016 Special Projects at Context Art Miami, Miami, FL
11/29 – 12/4/2016 Context Art Miami Special Projects, Miami, FL
10/15 – 11/15/2016 #GunControl at Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, Los Angeles, CA
04/14 – 05/06/2016 LACDA 12th Anniversary Members Exhibit Los Angeles, CA
04/06 – 04/09/2016 MWX16 exhibition for the Museums and Web Conference at the Biltmore Los Angeles, CA

2015

6/18/2015 – 7/18/2015 Moving Images, McLoughlin Gallery San Francisco, CA
5/31/2015 – 5/08/2015 Auto Body, Spinello Projects at Faena Art Center in Buenos Aires, Argentina
1/15 – 1/18/2015 Photo LA, Los Angeles, CA
1/14-1/18/2015 Los Angeles Art Fair, Los Angeles, CA

2014
12/4 – 12/7/2014 Auto Body during Art Basel, Spinello Projects, Miami, FL
10/16 – 12/17/2014 Private! Come In!, Spare Change Artist Space, San Francisco, CA
10/09 – 10/12/2014 The McLoughlin Gallery, Art Silicon Valley, San Francisco, CA
09/17 – 09/21/2014 The McLoughlin Gallery, New York Art, Antiques, and Jewelry Show, Armory New York
07/23 – 7/24/2014 The McLoughlin Gallery, Code, Canvas, Chow Pop-Up, San Francisco, CA
07/10 – 4/13/2014 The McLoughlin Gallery, Art Hamptons Art Fair, Bridgehampton, NY
04/10 – 4/13/2014 The McLoughlin Gallery, Silicon Valley Contemporary Art Fair, San Jose, CA
03/06 -03/09/2014 Licht Feld Gallery, Scope Art Fair New York New York, CA
02/13-16/2014 The McLoughlin Gallery, Palm Springs Fine Art Fair, Palm Springs, CA
01/21 – 4/19/2014 La Petit Mort et la Grande Hystéri, London, England, Curated by Gabriella Daris, London, UK

2013
12/2 – 12/7/2013 Licht Feld Gallery, CONTEXT Art Miami, Miami, FL
06/26/2013 Art by Code, Public Works, San Francisco, CA
06/10-16/2013 Licht Feld Gallery, Scope Art Fair, Basel, Switzerland
03/6-10/3013 Licht Feld Gallery, Scope Art Fair, New York, NY
02/14 -18/2013 Licht Feld Gallery, Wynwood Art Fair, Miami, FL

2012
12/02/2012 – 12/9/2012 Licht Feld Gallery, CONTEXT Art Miami, Miami, Florida
11/09 – 01/13/2012 Zero1 Biennial:  The Future Imagined What’s Next? PAI Performance Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
07/12/2012 New Media Art Festival, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, Los Angeles
04/28/2012 Snap Flash, Create Fixate, Los Angeles, CA
01/12/2012 – 01/16/2012 Photo Los Angeles in Santa Monica, CA

2011
10/29/2011 LACMA MUSE, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
10/06/2011 Eames Exhibit, Video Mapping Project with Los Angeles Art Collective, A+D Museum, Los Angeles, CA
07/23/2011 – 08/25/2011 Chain Letter curated by Doug Harvey, Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica, CA
07/09/2011 – 9/02/2011 Analog to Digital, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art (LACDA), Los Angeles
05/12/2011 – 05/23/2011 Tell Them Nothing of the Things I thought About and Created While I was Sleeping, The New Wright Gallery, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
03/05/2011 LACMA MUSE’s Young Director’s Night at the A+D Museum, Los Angeles, CA
02/01/2011 – 04/24/2011 Have You Seen My Privacy, 18th Street Arts Center, Santa Monica, CA

2010
10/14/2010 – 10/20/2010 I Am Here Now, The New Wright Gallery, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles
09/16/2010 – 10/14/2010 Nine Group Show, West Los Angeles College, Los Angeles, CA
07/08/2010 – 08/07/2010 Feed_Back, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, Los Angeles, CA
01/15/2010 – 01/18/2010 Frank Pictures Gallery, Photo Los Angeles, Santa Monica, CA

2009
08/13/2009 – 08/15/2009 Digital Art LA apart of the Los Angeles Film Festival, Los Angeles
04/18/2009 – 04/19/2009 Brewery Art Walk, Los Angeles, CA
01/08/2009 – 01/11/2009 Special Projects Artist Installation for Photo Los Angeles, Barker Hanger, Santa Monica, CA

2008
11/01/2008 – 11/02/2008 Brewery Art Walk, Los Angeles, CA
09/20/2008 – 10/04/2008 Not Seen and/or Less Seen, The Museum of Hyperreal Art, Malibu, CA
08/14/2008 – 08/16/2008 Digital Art LA, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, Los Angeles, CA
07/10/2008 – 07/31/2008 Where The Girls Are FAR (Foundation for Art Resources) at the Continental Building, Los Angeles, CA
04/05/2008 – 04/06/08 Brewery Art Walk, Los Angeles, CA

2007
11/22/2007 – 23/2007 Untitled, The Museum of Hyperreal Art, Malibu, CA
10/13/2007 FFWD/RWD Hangar 1018, Los Angeles, CA
2/2007-03/2007 Connectivity Across: Time, Across Earth, Los Angeles Center For Digital Art (LACDA), Los Angeles
1/19/2007 – 1/21/2007 Photo Los Angeles, Santa Monica, CA

2006
4/21/2006- 5/13/2006 Queen of the Night Group Show, Berman/Turner Projects, Santa Monica, CA
3/4/2006- 4/4/2006 Group Show, Hive Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2005
7/22/2005 – 7/25/2005 Brown Bag Contemporary Gallery, Photo San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

2004
12/4/2004 Artist Bound at Soho Gallery, Studio City, CA
7/2004 Skin II Beau Damon Richard’s Gallery, San Pedro, CA

2003
12/7/03 Artist Bound at Soho Gallery Studio City, CA
9/2003 Brewery Art Walk, Los Angeles, CA
8/2003 Skin Show, Fine Artist’s Factory, Pasadena, CA