Tiffany Trenda | HyphenHub Community

Tiffany Trenda is a performance artist born in 1979 in Los Angeles. Trenda earned a BFA from Art Center College of Design and an MFA from UCLA Design and Media Arts program. She was named Artist of the Year at the London International Creative Competition Awards. In 2009, she performed “Entropy” at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Trenda has performed at the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai, the Broad Art Museum, Architecture + Design Museum, Los Angeles Contemporary Art Exhibitions, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Italian Cultural Institute. She was included in the performance program at the Metamorphoses of the Virtual – 100 Years of Art and Freedom during the 55th annual Venice Biennale. Her work has been exhibited at the Faena Art Center in Buenos Aires, where she participated in the highly publicized show “Auto Body”, as well as at the special projects section for Context Art Miami. In 2017, Trenda exhibited at the Laboratorio Arte Alameda in Mexico City and was on a panel for SXSW. More recently, her work was included in exhibitions “Neotopia” at Art Center Nabi in South Korea, Brand Library and Art Center, and Art in Flux at the Barbican in London, UK. Furthermore, her work is part of the permanent collection of the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and Beinecke Library at Yale University.

Tiffany Trenda investigates the intersection of the human body, particularly the female body, and evolving technologies. She is interested in how our bodies are constantly shifting between the physical and simulated, and how this impacts our experience of the world around us.

Her work presents a dialogue between the performative body and the technological landscape. Through her work, she blurs the boundaries between the digital and physical, inviting the public to question phenomenology of the body and simulation. She is interested in how simulated experiences impact our intimacy, memory, and senses.

During HyphenHub’s New York Creative Tech Week 2016, Trenda performed “Body Code”, a unique performance in which the artist encourages viewers to scan her body with their smart phone. This scan from the printed QR codes found on the artist’s latex suit then takes them to a certain page found on the Body Code website. Depending on where the viewer scans, they will read searches consisting of two key words: man-made chemicals and the corresponding part of the body: eye, muscle, throat, etc.