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Tiffany Trenda is a new media performance artist based in 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 in the 2010 World Expo, in Shanghai, China at ­the British Pavilion. She has 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. More recently, 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 a part of the special projects for Context Art Miami 2016.

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

Awards and Recognitions

2016 and 2015 Special projects for Context Art Miami during Art Basel, Miami, FL
2015 Co-curator for Beyond Graffiti at the Architecture and Design Museum in Los Angeles, CA
2014 Highlight for Art Silicon Valley, Art Hamptons, Silicon Valley Contemporary Art Fair, Palm Springs Fine Art Fair,
2012 Cover of the Miami Herald for Art Basel
2012 Feature for Art Miami Context during Art Basel, Miami, FL
2009 Highlight for Artist Installation at 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 Art Fair Photo San Francisco

Teaching Experience, Presentations, and Lectures

09/14/2016 Lectures on the Future Body of Performance at Dorkbot, San Francisco, CA
05/06/2016 Lecture on The Future Body: Fusing Technology with the Body to Create 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
04/17/2015 Lecture at 3D Print Show for Conference Fashion: Digital Fashion New York, NY
03/24/2015 Lecture for FashionTech: Intersection of Style and Software Mindshare at Cross Campus Santa Monica, CA
09/25/2014 Wearable Technology: Redefining the Future of Fashion, Social Media Week LA, Los Angeles, CA Spring
2011 UCLA Art and Design and Media Arts, DESMA 199, Created a collaborative studio workshop class that combined UCLA Art and UCLA Design and Media Art Departments
4/22/2011 UCLA Art and Design and Media Arts Departments, Created and presented a lecture titled, “Interaction / Intervention”, showing a parallel history and concepts of interaction and intervention art.
4/16/2011 Cal Mart, Los Angeles, Community Colleges Fashion Symposium, Presentation of work
2/17/2011 UCLA Art and Science DESMA 9 Lecture on Body, Pain, & Performance
6/10/2010 – 6/14/2010 EARTS, Shanghai, China Headed Lectures and Workshops on Body and Media
6/14/2010 EARTS, Shanghai, China Lectured on Body and Media
11/20/2009 UCLA Desma 10, Perloff Hall, Presentation of Work.

Solo Exhibitions

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

Selected Exhibitions

2017

01/17 – 01/28/2017 Uprise / Angry Women Exhibition at Untitled Space New York, NY

2016

12/08 – 12/31/2016 LACDA Video Art Group Exhibition at LACDA, Los Angeles, CA
12/05/ – 12/10/2017 Context Art Miami Special Projects curated by Valérie Lamontagne Miami, FL
10/15/2016 #GunControl exhibition along with LA Art Collective at LACDA, Los Angeles, CA
05/28/2016 Performance and presentation 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
04/14 – 05/06/2016 LACDA 12th Anniversary Members Exhibit Los Angeles, CA
04/06 – 04/09/2016 MWX16 exhibition curated by Rex Bruce for the Museums and Web Conference at the Biltmore Los Angeles, CA
04/06/2016 Ubiquitous States performance at The Broad Art Museum Los Angeles, CA

2015

12/01/2015 – 12/06/2015 Ubiquitous States performance as Special Projects at Context Art Miami in Miami, FL
11/17/2015 LA Auto Show Los Angeles, CA
10/22/2015 West Edge Design Fair Los Angeles, CA
6/20/2015 Proximity Cinema at Zhulong Gallery in Dallas, TX
6/18/2015 – 7/18/2015 Moving Images at the McLoughlin Gallery San Francisco, CA
5/31/2015 – 5/08/2015 Auto Body, Spinello Projects at Faena Art Center in Buenos Aires, Argentina
3/28/2015 A Piece of Me on a Piece of You, performance at Beyond Graffiti II at the Architecture + Design Museum Los Angeles, CA
02/14/2015 Proximity Cinéma at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions for Artillery Magazine event, Los Angeles, CA
02/12 – 2/15/2015 Palm Springs Fine Art Fair, Palm Springs, CA
01/15 – 1/18/2015 Photo LA, Los Angeles, CA
01/14-1/18/2015 Los Angeles Art Fair, Los Angeles, CA

2014

12/4 – 12/7/2014 Auto Body during Art Basel, Project by Spinello Projects, Miami, FL
10/16 – 12/17/2014 Private! Come In! Exhibition, Spare Change Artist Space, San Francsico, CA
10/09 – 10/12/2014 Art Silicon Valley, San Francisco, CA 09/25/2014 Wearable Technology: Redefining the Future of Fashion, Social Media Week LA, Los Angeles, CA
09/17 – 09/21/2014 New York Art, Antiques, and Jewelry Show at the Armory, New York, NY
07/23- 7/24/2014 Code, Canvas, Chow Pop-Up, The McLoughlin Gallery, San Francisco, CA
07/10 – 4/13/2014 Proximity Cinema and Body Code at Art Hamptons Art Fair, Bridgehampton, NY
06/31/2014 Zero Down at 1019 West Studios Inglewood, CA
04/25/2014 Proximity Cinéma 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 Scope Art Fair New York, New York, CA
02/13-16/2014 Proximity Cinéma at Palm Springs Fine Art Fair with McLoughlin Gallery, Palm Springs, CA
01/21 – 4/19/2014 La Petit Mort et la Grande Hystéri, London, England, Curated by Gabriella Daris

2013

12/2 – 12/7/2013 Proximity Cinéma at CONTEXT Art Miami, FL 11/7-10/2013 Proximity Cinéma at Boulder Contemporary Art Museum for Medialive festival
06/26/2013 Proximity Cinéma for Codame Fashion Tech + Music in San Francisco, CA
06/10-16/2013 Scope Art Fair in Basel Switzerland for Licht Feld Gallery
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
05/11/2013 Body Code Performance at A+D Museum Annual Gala Los Angeles, CA
04/23-24/2013 Body Code Performance at Design West, San Jose, CA
03/09/2013 Body Code Performance at Times Square New York, NY
03/6-10/3013 Body Code Performance at Scope Art Fair New York, NY
02/14 -18/2013 Body Code Performance at Wynwood Art Fair Miami, FL
01/17/2013 Body Code Performance at Photo Los Angeles, Santa Monica, CA
01/05/2013 Body Code Performance at Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Orange County, CA

2012

12/02/2012 – 12/9/2012 Body Code Performance for Licht Feld Gallery at CONTEXT Art Miami, Miami, Florida
11/09 – 01/13/2012 Body Code Performance at the Performance Art Institute along with the Zero1 Biennial, The Future Imagined What’s Next? San Francisco, CA
09/22/2012 Body Code Performance at Autumn Lights, Pershing Square, Los Angeles, CA
08/18/2012 Body Code Performance at the LA Mobile Arts Festival, Santa Monica Art Studios, Santa Monica, CA
07/21/2012 Body Code Performance at the 4th Annual Perform Chinatown, Charlie James Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
07/12/2012 Body Code Performance at the New Media Art Festival, LACDA, Los Angeles, CA 06/17/2012 Body Code Performance at the at Scope Art Fair, Basel, Switzerland
06/16/2012 Specular Performance at Filter 4 in Basel, Switzerland
06/08/2012 – 07/26/2012 Momentum: Women, Technology & Art, Mason Gross Gallery, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
04/28/2012 Create Fixate, Los Angeles, CA
04/14/2012 Religious Mantis Performance at the Insitituto Italiano di Cultura with UCLA’s Department of Italian, Los Angeles, CA
04/07/2012 Urban Devotion Performance at the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art (OCCCA) Orange County, CA
03/31/2012 Camera Obscura Performance at the Month of Photography Los Aneles (MOPLA), Bergamot Station, Santa Monica, CA
01/12/2012 – 01/16/2012 Urban Devotion Performance at 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 Video Mapping Project with the Los Angeles Art Collective (LAAC), A&D Museum, Eames Exhibit, Los Angeles, CA
08/04/2011 Urban Devotion Performance at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), Los Angeles, CA
07/23/2011 – 08/25/2011 Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Bergomot Station, Santa Monica, CA
07/09/2011 – 9/02/2011 Urban Devotion Performance at the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art (LACDA), Los Angeles, CA
06/21/2011 Urban Devotion Performance at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)’s Benefit at GUESS? Clothing Store, Santa Monica, CA
05/12/2011 – 05/23/2011 UCLA Design and Media Arts, Broad Art Center, Wright Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
04/2011 – 05/2011 18th Street Arts Center, Santa Monica, CA 04/20/2011 Trenda performed in Luigi Ontani’s Amen Hammer Ameno at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
03/05/2011 LACMA MUSE’s Young Director’s Night at the A & D Museum, Los Angeles, CA

2010

10/30/2010 Urban Devotion Performance at Los Angels County Museum of Art’s LACMA MUSE, Los Angeles, CA
10/14/2010 – 10/20/2010 I Am Here Now, UCLA, The New Wright Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 09/16/2010 Nine Show, West Los Angeles College, Los Angeles, CA 09/09/2010 Feed_Back Performance at the Digital Art LA apart of the Downtown Los Angeles Film Festival, Los Angeles, CA
07/30/2010 Terrarium Performance for Perform Now at Francois Ghebaly Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
07/08/2010 – 07/24/2010 Feed_Back Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, Los Angeles, CA
06/17/2010 Face Me Performance at the World Expo, UK Pavilion, Shanghai, China
04/03/2010 Entropy Performance at Month of Photography Los Angeles (MOPLA), Samuel Freeman Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
01/15/2010 – 01/18/2010 Photo Los Angeles, Frank Pictures Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

2009

08/28/2009 Entropy Performance at the Malibu Annual Contemporary Art Fair, Malibu, CA
08/13/2009 – 08/15/2009 Entropy Performance at Digital Art LA apart of the Los Angeles Film Festival
05/30/2009 Entropy Performance at the Los County Museum of Art, LACMA MUSE, Los Angeles, CA
04/18/2009 – 04/19/2009 Brewery Art Walk, Los Angeles, CA
01/08/2009 – 01/11/2009 Commissioned Artist Installation and Performance 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 The Museum of Hyperreal Art, Malibu, CA
08/14/2008 – 08/16/2008 Digital Art LA, LACDA, Los Angeles, CA
07/10/2008 – 07/31/2008 Death of an Icon Performance for Where The Girls Are 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 The Museum of Hyperreal Art, Malibu, CA
10/05/2007 Hopelessly Unconscious Performance for Tarfest, Korean Cultural Center, Los Angeles, CA
2/2007-03/2007 Connectivity Across: Time, Across Earth, Los Angeles Center For Digital Art (LACDA), Los Angeles, CA
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 Hive Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 2005 12/31/2005 Written Dream Performance for the Sea of Dreams Los Angeles Theatre, Los Angeles, CA

2005

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

2004

12/4/2004 Artist Bound at Soho Gallery, Studio City, CA 7/2004 Beau Damon Richard’s Gallery, San Pedro, CA
1/16/04 RAW WAR Performance for Cannibal Flower at Hanger 1018, Los Angeles, CA
2003
12/7/03 Breathe of Life Performance for 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
7/14/2003 Atomic Symphony Performance for HBO Sponsored Event Platinum Oasis for Outfest Film Festival, Hollywood, CA

2002

12/17/2002 Silent Nightmare Performance at Highways, Santa Monica, CA
7/14/2002 Water Dance Performance for HBO Sponsored Event Platinum Oasis for Outfest Film Festival, Hollywood, CA

2001

6/27/2001 Dancing on a Rainbow for Irrational Exhibitions at Track 16, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica, CA