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 xyr 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 // Choreography (MA) // DAS Graduate School – Academy for Theater and Dance – AHK // Amsterdam, NL
2017 // German Language // UCLA // Los Angeles, CA
2013-2017 // Art Studio (BA) // Wesleyan University // Middletown, CT
2015 // Game Development // DIS // Copenhagen, DK
2009-2013 // College-preparatory // Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences // Santa Monica, CA
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solo/duo
2021 // Emoji-bot [Du{think}BTTR_off_alleine?] // ACUD Galerie // Berlin, DE
2020 // Alien Intimacy // Studio ALTA // Prague, CZ
2020 // The Berlin Sessions: ClumpTV // KW Institute for Contemporary Art // Berlin, DE
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 // Momentum Gallery 05: Traces of the Future // AP KunstArt Fund // Kraków, PL
2021 // Restless Waiting // IAVPOA // Kaunas, LT
2021 // Puntomov Fest // Autonomous University of Mexico State // Toluca, MX
2021 // studio 2.06 // DAS Choreography + the wrong biennale // Amsterdam, NL
2021 // Changwon National University Intl. Exchange Exhibition // Cho Hyun-wook Art Hall // Changwon, KR
2021 // Ejercicios de Apertura // Perfolink // Santiago, CL
2021 // ESSENCE/ABSENCE // New Art City // Milan, IT
2021 // it’s so simple yet nobody does it // Đurđija Vučinić // Belgrade, RS
2021 // Encounters with Incomprehension // Are.na // Portland, OR
2021 // Borderless // Reconnect Festival // Tehran, IR
2021 // Tender Hotel // Grand re Union // Warsaw, PL
2020 // Melbourne Fringe Festival // Dancehouse // Melbourne, AU
2020 // PROXY // Cultural Center of Spain // San José, CR
2020 // What Remains // DFBRL8R // Chicago, IL
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 // Maria Cynkier // London, GB
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, GB
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
2019 // Affect/Effect: Performance Prosthesis // Vorspiel / transmediale & CTM 2019 // Berlin, DE
2018 // Dirty Debüt #3-snickers // Sophiensæle // Berlin, DE
2018 // Porsche SCOPES // Julia Stoschek Collection + Secret Garden Berlin // Berlin, DE
2018 // Welt ohne Außen // Gropius Bau // Berlin, DE
2018 // Olympia Bukkakis presents Metamorphosis/Liberation II // LUDWIG // Berlin, DE
2018 // Personae – Behavior and Authenticity // 48 Stunden Neukölln // Berlin, DE
2018 // Olympia Bukkakis presents Fancy: Hope // LUDWIG // Berlin, DE
2018 // (A) Dark Room Space // Agora + ROOM E-10 27 // Berlin, DE
2018 // queer_tech_camp: Strategies in Techno-performance // Spektrum // Berlin, DE
2017 // 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, GB
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
2022 // “Emoting[webcam*webcam](^z)” // The Saison Foundation // Tokyo, JP
2021 // “SNDO-DAS Lab” // School for New Dance Development // Amsterdam, NL
2021 // “Visit to Emoji-bot by Zander Porter at ACUD Galerie” // Berlin Art Institute // Berlin, DE
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, GB
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” // University of Cologne // Cologne, DE
2018 // “Trans*/Matter/Realities and Queer Political Imaginings” // Gropius Bau // Berlin, DE
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curatorial
2021 // studio 2.06 // DAS Choreography + the wrong biennale // Amsterdam, NL
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 + ROOM E-10 27 // 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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writing
2021 // An Evening-length Performance: A Provocateur’s Perspective” // Magazin im August
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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award + residency
2022 // SACi-E / National Institute for Space Research (INPE) // São José dos Campos, BR
2022 // DAS Research Development Fund // Amsterdam, NL
2021 // The Saison Foundation Online Research Residency // Tokyo, JP
2021 // DIS-TANZ-SOLO // Berlin, DE
2021 // ACUD MACHT NEU // Berlin, DE
2020 // Up People’s Choice Award Melbourne Fringe // Melbourne, AU
2020 // Atelierhaus Prenzlauer Promenade // Berlin, DE
2020 // Trauma Bar und Kino Movement Residency // Berlin, DE
2020 // Cité internationale des arts // Paris, FR
2019 // Akademie Schloss Solitude Web Residencies Shortlist // Stuttgart, DE
2018 // Dirty Debüt // Berlin, DE
2017 // Phi Beta Kappa // Middletown, CT
2017 // High Honors (Wesleyan University) // Middletown, CT
2017 // Elizabeth Verveer Tishler Prize // Middletown, CT
2013 // Cum Laude (Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences) // Santa Monica, CA
2008 // Virtual Magic Kingdom Best Guest Room // Lake Buena Vista, FL
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bibliog.
2021 // “I’m your pixelpleasure | Zander Porter” // Digital America
2021 // Juan Pablo Cámara: The Many Dramas of J. Diablo // T.E.N.T.
2021 // “5. Termine:” // KubaParis
2021 // “THE WEEK Aug. 2-8, 2021” // Berlin Art Link
2021 // James Batchelor and Collaborators: An Evening-legnth Performance // Tanz im August
2021 // “Exhibitions - INDEX Berlin” // INDEX Berlin
2021 // Kristian Vistrup Madsen: Doing Time, “ALEX” // Mousse Magazine
2020 // “Welcome to Heaven: I’m your pixelpleasure [Ich bin ihr Pixel-Vernügen] // nextmuseum.io
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
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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