Zander Porter is a US-American, Germany-based artist working between liveness and onlineness, manifesting physical, virtual, theatrical, and curatorial performances from mediated experiences of togetherness, identification, and (dis)embodiment. In their practice, Zander negotiates attention, gender, affect, subjectivity, and participation through an approach to popular/internet culture and commodity detritus with a mixture of curiosity, reverence, and skepticism. Materials develop from contexts of alias roleplay, including online reality TV competition games, MMOGs (massive multiplayer online games), Berghain, the (Californian) nuclear family, and anonymous-online intimacies. Zander is part of XenoEntities Network (XEN), a platform for discussion and experimentation focusing on intersections of queer, gender, and feminist studies with digital technologies.

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education
2021-2023 // Master of Arts, Choreography // DAS Graduate School – AHK // Amsterdam, NL
2017 // German // UCLA // Los Angeles, CA
2013-2017 // Bachelor of Arts, Art Studio // Wesleyan University // Middletown, CT
2015 // Game Development // DIS // Copenhagen, DK
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solo/duo
2021 // [Upcoming] // ACUD Galerie // Berlin, DE
2020 // Alien Intimacy // Studio ALTA // Prague, CZ
2020 // Alien Intimacy // 289E // Ho Chi Minh City, VN
2020 // the Zero // Vorspiel / transmediale & CTM 2020 // Berlin, DE
2017 // I’m your pixelpleasure // Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery // Middletown, CT
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group
2021 // Borderless // Reconnect Festival // Tehran, IR
2021 // Tender Hotel // Grand re Union // Warsaw, PL
2020 // Melbourne Fringe Festival // Dancehouse // Melbourne, AU
2020 // PROXY // Centro Cultural de España en Costa Rica // San José, CR
2020 // What Remains // DFBRL8R // Chicago, IL
2020 // New Sensibilities // Federal University of Santa Catarina // Florianópolis, BR
2020 // Presentness // Estación Terrena // Bogotá, CO
2019 // Natascha Sadr Haghighian presents Bad Muskau // Muskauer Straße // Berlin, DE
2019 // Revis(ualis)ing Intersectionality // Humboldt Univ. + DeZIM-Institut // Berlin, DE
2019 // What Do We Do Now? // Casino Notabile // Rabat, MT
2019 // bitch2bitch // kit ket // Lisbon, PT
2019 // Bring back reality, bring it back to you and me // AKC Medika // Zagreb, HR
2019 // Digital Analogous // Spazio Tondelli // Riccione, IT
2019 // Unsettling Time // Vanderbilt University // Nashville, TN
2019 // User Preferences // the wrong biennale // London, UK
2019 // #nfcdab // Recepcja // Wrocław, PL
2019 // This is Not a Map // The Virtual Salon // Jerusalem, IL
2019 // Clump International: Night of the Living Clump // TV // Berlin, DE
2019 // Fierce Festival // Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery // Birmingham, UK
2019 // Futures of Sexuality // TIFA Working Studios // Pune, IN
2019 // Fuchsbau Festival // Lehrte // Hanover, DE
2019 // 12 // Online Performance Art Festival // Belgrade, RS
2019 // Performing Arts Festival Berlin // Alte Münze // Berlin, DE
2019 // Queer Intimacy and States of Emotion // Human Resources // Los Angeles, CA
2019 // Psychedelic is the New Childhood // Pugnant Film Series // Athens, GR
2019 // Trashxploitation Festival // Glory Hole 003 // Paris, FR
2019 // Art, Not Apart // National Film & Sound Archive of Australia // Canberra, AU
2019 // Queer B-Cademy: B-ing is B-lieving // Kampnagel // Hamburg, DE
2019 // Creating Empathy // transmediale + Spektrum // Berlin, DE
2018 // Dirty Debüt #3-snickers // Sophiensæle // Berlin, DE
2018 // SCOPES // Julia Stoschek Collection + Secret Garden Berlin // Berlin, DE
2018 // Welt ohne Außen // Gropius Bau // Berlin, DE
2018 // Personae – Behavior and Authenticity // 48 Stunden Neukölln // Berlin, DE
2018 // Olympia Bukkakis presents Fancy: Hope // LUDWIG // Berlin, DE
2018 // Rabbit Hole presents: Y2K+18: the millennium bug reaches majority // Anjos70 // Lisbon, PT
2017 // Weirdo Night! with Dynasty Handbag // Zebulon // Los Angeles, CA
2017 // TransFest // The Byre Theatre // St. Andrews, UK
2017 // Out There // Los Angeles Art Association/Gallery 825 // Los Angeles, CA
2017 // Thesis Art Exhibition // Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery // Middletown, CT
2017 // Metamorphoses // Davison Art Center // Middletown, CT
2016 // Kembra Pfahler presents Incarnata Social Club // Berlin // New York City, NY
2015 // CHANA//刹那 // Eclectic Society // Middletown, CT
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talking/workshop
2020 // “Dance (Lens) – Dance Films with Artist Q&As” // Dancehouse // Melbourne, AU
2020 // “Codpiece: Artists Discussion with Sandra Johnston & Zander Porter” // University of Warwick // Coventry, UK
2020 // “Workshop with James Batchelor / Alien Intimacy Performance” // Bangkok Dance Academy // Bangkok, TH
2019 // “Rethinking Ecological Practices” // SPACE10 // Copenhagen, DK
2019 // “27 Thoughts on Climate Change and Technology” // Fuchsbau Festival // Hanover, DE
2019 // “Politics of Love #5: Accountability / Verantwortung” // Sophiensæle // Berlin, DE
2019 // “Queer Rave-Time: DJ Sezzo & Brooke Powers” // Hares & Hyenas // Melbourne, AU
2019 // “Cinema Conversación LGBTQ* – Zander Porter” // SomoS // Berlin, DE
2019 // “Do you see me?” // University of the Arts Bremen // Bremen, DE
2018 // “Future Memories” // Institute for Art & Art Theory of the University of Cologne // Cologne, DE
2018 // “Trans*/Matter/Realities and Queer Political Imaginings” // Gropius Bau // Berlin, DE
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writing
2020 // the Zero TreeMap” // This Container
2017 // “[ A conversation* with Gregg Bordowitz ]” // tir journal
2017 // I-Be Area / Eye-Was Camera: Dancing Identities and Other Edits” // Intercut
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curatorial
2020 // The Berlin Sessions: ClumpTV // KW Institute for Contemporary Art // Berlin, DE
2019 // Chaat Meets… with Shraddha Borawake // SomoS // Berlin, DE
2019 // Anti-hijacking Dream Lab // Uferstudios für zeitgenössischen Tanz // Berlin, DE
2019 // Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin // ACUD MACHT NEU // Berlin, DE
2019 // Affect/Effect: Performance Prosthesis // Vorspiel / transmediale & CTM 2019 // Berlin, DE
2018 // Infrared Dreams in Times of Transparency // Spektrum // Berlin, DE
2018 // Prototypes: Quantum leaps in trans-semiotics // Spektrum // Berlin, DE
2018 // (A) Dark Room Space // Agora // Berlin, DE
2018 // queer_tech_camp: Strategies in Techno-performance // Spektrum // Berlin, DE
2018 // Inhumanism: Anil Bawa-Cavia & Patricia Reed // Spektrum // Berlin, DE
2017 // Donna Haraway: Story Telling for Earthly Survival // Spektrum // Berlin, DE
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award + residency
2021 // SACi-E / National Institute for Space Research (INPE)
2020 // Up People’s Choice Award Melbourne Fringe
2020 // Atelierhaus Prenzlauer Promenade
2020 // Trauma Bar und Kino Movement Residency
2020 // Cité internationale des arts
2019 // Akademie Schloss Solitude Web Residencies Shortlist
2018 // Dirty Debüt
2017 // Elizabeth Verveer Tishler Prize
2017 // Phi Beta Kappa
2008 // Virtual Magic Kingdom Best Guest Room Award
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bibliog.
2020 // James Batchelor: An Evening-length Performance // Bruges Royal City Theatre
2020 // Jeremy Wade: Oh Lovely Appearance of Death // HAU Hebbel am Ufer
2020 // Alien Intimacy – Doteky z jiného vesmíru // Taneční aktuality
2020 // Various Artists – Transcendental Movements Vol. 1 // IDO Records
2020 // “Fierce Festival 2019 the Movie” // Fierce Festival TV
2020 // “The Zero: Performance by Zander Porter & Juan Pablo Cámara (Vorspiel 2020)” // ArtRabbit
2019 // “Exploring sexuality and identity through art” // STIRworld
2019 // “Comment le « collectif » change l’art d’aujourd’hui” // Le Quotidien de l’Art
2019 // “Let the Sunshine In” // The Indian Express
2019 // Jeremy Wade: Technologies of Impossible Repair // Haus der Kulturen der Welt
2019 // Britta Thie: Favorites // Kunst im öffentlichen Raum Wien
2019 // The Parliament of Bodies: Jeremy Wade // Bergen Assembly
2019 // HIAP Open Studios: Andrey Bogush // Helsinki International Artist Programme
2019 // ADHD Penetration [trailer]” // Contemporary Cruising
2019 // Max Göran: TRUE FOX/when foxes die they go wild wild west // Berlin University of the Arts
2019 // Maciej Sado: Anydog cont. // STUDIO teatrgaleria
2019 // “XenoEntities Network, Collective practice towards the digital future” // CLOT Magazine
2019 // “Sophiensæle Panel on Diversifying Berlin’s Art Scene” // KALTBLUT Magazine
2019 // Atelierstipendium: Jessyca R. Hauser // BKA Residency Tokyo
2019 // “Delegate Program” // Dance Massive
2018 // James Batchelor: Cosmic Ballroom // CSC Centro per la Scena Contemporanea Bassano del Grappa
2018 // Ewa Dziarnowska: pearls before swine // PS120
2018 // “Or Food That is Not for Thought” // Max Wallenhorst
2018 // Holly Herndon & Mathew Dryhurst: Chain Opera // The New Infinity – New art for planetariums
2018 // Reza Mirabi: PURPOSE next // Agora
2018 // Kristian Vistrup Madsen: “Why I Can’t Write Fiction” // Biskops Arnö Nordens
2018 // Singularity (And Ready to Mingle) // Olympia Bukkakis
2018 // Prototypes // Doireann O’Malley
2018 // Reza Mirabi + Roland Walter: Immersive Mediation // Sophiensæle
2017 // Sasha Rudensky: Acts and Illusions // Davison Art Center
2017 // “Tawksick (feat. Z)” // umami goddess™
2017 // “I’m your pixelpleasure University Honors Nomination” // Greg Goldberg
2017 // Triple Cone Magazine // Emily Monforte & Alex Pabarcius
2017 // “Week 1 of Art Theses Experiments with Concrete, Light, and Scent” // The Wesleyan Argus
2016 // This is Intentional // Keren Alshanetsky & Rick Hong Manayan
2015 // Limanora // Zach Carlson
2014 // Analog // Kaitlin Chan
2008 // “VMK Club 33 Parties – Prediction & Freshy” // Cherishina

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