Janet Biggs | HyphenHub Community

Janet Biggs is a research based, interdisciplinary artist known for her immersive work in video, film and performance. Biggs’ work focuses on individuals in extreme landscapes or situations, navigating the territory between art, science and technology. Her work has taken her into areas of conflict and to Mars (as a member of crews at the Mars Desert Research Station and Mars Academy USA). Biggs has worked with institutions from NOAA to NASA and CERN. She has collaborated with high energy nuclear physicists, neuroscientists, Arctic explorers, aerospace engineers, astrophysicists and a robot named Shimon. Recently, Biggs sent a project up to the International Space Station as part of MIT Media Lab’s Space Exploration Initiative.

In addition to videos, her work includes multi-discipline performances, often including multiple large-scale videos, live musicians, athletes, and artificial intelligence.

Biggs has had solo exhibitions and film screenings at the Spencer Museum of Art; Boca Raton Museum of Art; Museo de la Naturaleza y el Hombre and the Museo de la Ciencia y el Cosmos de Tenerife; Neuberger Museum of Art; SCAD Museum of Art; Blaffer Art Museum; Musee d’art contemporain de Montréal; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden; Tampa Museum of Art; Skulpturenmuseum Glaskasten Marl; Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art; and the Mint Museum of Art; among others.

Her work has been featured in the First International Biennial of Contemporary Art of Cartagena, Colombia; the Musée d’art contemporain de Lyon, France; Vantaa Art Museum, Finland; Linkopings Konsthall, Passagen, Sweden; the Oberosterreichisches Landesmuseum, Austria; Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany; Museo d’arte contemporanea Roma, Italy; and the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan.

Reviews of her work have appeared in the New York Times, the New YorkerArtForumARTNews, Art in America, Flash Art, Artnet.com, and many others.

Biggs is the recipient of numerous grants and awards including the 2018 John Simon Guggenheim Foundation fellowship, the Visionary Woman Award, the Electronic Media and Film Program at the New York State Council on the Arts Award, the Arctic Circle Fellowship/Residency, Art Matters, Inc., the Wexner Center Media Arts Program Residency, the Anonymous Was a Woman Award, and the NEA Fellowship Award.

Her work is in collections including JPMorgan Chase, New York City; La Collezione Videoinsight®, Turin, Italy; Fonds Régional d’Art Contemporain (FRAC), Languedoc-Roussillon, France; Zabludowicz Collection, London, England; Figge Art Museum, Davenport, Iowa; Barry Lopez Foundation for Art & Environment, Santa Fe, New Mexico; the Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, FL: the High Museum, Atlanta, GA; the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY; Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, NC; and Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston, NC.; and the New Britain Museum of Art, New Britain, Connecticut.

As a part of HyphenHub Salon Series, Janet Biigs presented her new collective work with mathematician Agnieszka Międlar and physicist Daniel Tapia Takaki, leader of the University of Kansas’ team for the ALICE collaboration at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider. Their work uses time-based media to explore questions in high energy physics and applies novel mathematical techniques to the production of video and performance.