Hiba Ali

Hiba Ali is a new media artist, writer, DJ, experimental music producer and curator based across Chicago, IL, Austin, TX, and Toronto, ON. Her performances and videos concern music, labour and power. She conducts reading groups addressing digital media and workshops with open-source technology. She is a PhD candidate in Cultural Studies at Queens University, Kingston, Canada. She has presented her work in Chicago, Stockholm, Toronto, New York, Istanbul, São Paulo, Detroit, Dubai, Austin, Vancouver, and Portland. She has written for THE SEEN Magazine, Newcity Chicago, Art Dubai, The State, VAM Magazine, ZORA: Medium, RTV Magazine, and Topical Cream Magazine.

Chicago / Toronto / Austin

EDUCATION

2022
Queens University, Kingston, ON
PhD in Cultural Studies
2018
University of Austin - Texas, Austin, TX
Masters in Fine Arts in Transmedia
2013
School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film, Video, New Media and Animation
2012
Bachelor of Arts in Visual, Critical Studies

RESIDENCIES

2019
Images Festival Forum, Images Festival, Toronto, ON
Video Art Residency, Trinity Square Video, Toronto, ON
2018
CONNECT Curatorial Residency, Roots and Culture Contemporary Art Center, Chicago, IL
2017
Welcome to my Homepage, Museum of Human Achievement, Online & Austin, TX
ACRE – Session 1, Steuben, Wisconsin
Residency: Digital Mapping and Politics of Place, Modern Fuel, Kingston, ON
Arranged by Modern Fuel & South Asian Visual Art Centre (SAVAC)
2016
ACRE – Session 2, Steuben, Wisconsin

DISTRIBUTION

VTape

PRESS

2019
Interview: Meet Peccy, the bizarre, beloved mascot you didn’t know Amazon had, Henry McCracken, Fast Company
Review: Autotheory: Hiba Ali, Madelyne Beckles, Thirza Cuthand, Andrew James Paterson, Evan Tyler, Allyson
Mitchell, Deirdre Logue, Chelsea Rozansky, C Magazine, Issue 141, Graphic Design, Spring 2019
2018
Interview: Hiba Ali Worked at an Amazon Fulfillment Center and Makes Art About it, Drew Zeiba, Vulture
Review: Femme new media cause for 'Palpitations', KT Hawbaker, Chicago Tribune
Review: Between the Body and the Touchscreen: A Review of “Her Environment #7: Murmurs and Palpitations” at TCC Gallery, Luke Fidler, Newcity
Episode 649: Hiba Ali, Bad at Sports Podcast, Chicago, IL

CURATORIAL

2018
i/C/U: Connection & Control exhibition, S1, Portland, OR
U.N.I.T: MUSIC, Roots and Culture Contemporary Art Center, Chicago, IL
U.N.I.T, Roots and Culture Contemporary Art Center, Chicago, IL
homeschool pdx: i/C/U Reading Group 2, Yale Union, Portland, OR & online
homeschool pdx: i/C/U Reading Group 1, Yale Union, Portland, OR & online
VYTYDYGYTY PREZENCE(S) Performance evening, Chaired by Rachael Milton and Hiba Ali, MOHA, Austin, TX
VYTYDYGYTY Workshop: Making video-games with Unity, ATM Gallery, Austin, TX; Curated and led by Hiba Ali
VYTYDYGYTY Workshop: Digital Sculpture with Blender, ATM Gallery, Austin, TX; Curated and led by Hiba Ali
VYTYDYGYTY Reading Group, ATM Gallery, Austin, TX; Curated and led by Hiba Ali

WORKSHOPS

2019
Autodesk Maya Workshop Part 1 & 2, Trinity Square Video, Toronto, ON
Adobe After Effects Workshop Part 1, Charles Street Video, Toronto, ON
Adobe After Effects Workshop Part 2, Charles Street Video, Toronto, ON
Hack Your Home Archive: Archiving, DigiLab, The Isabel Bader Centre for the Arts, Queens Film and Video, Kingston, ON
Hack Your Home Archive: Digitizing, DigiLab, The Isabel Bader Centre for the Arts, Queens Film and Video, Kingston, ON
Hack Your Home Archive: Hacking, DigiLab, The Isabel Bader Centre for the Arts, Queens Film and Video, Kingston, ON
Multi-media Storytelling Workshop: Wix &, Winter 2019, Queens Film and Media, STSC 339 Film and Performance, Keren Zaiontz, The Isabel Bader Centre for the Arts, Kingston, ON, CA
Blender Workshop, Winter 2019, Union Gallery, Queens University, Kingston, ON
2018
Video I Course (Emily Pelstring) Blender Workshop, Isabel Bader, Queens Film and Video, Kingston, ON
i/C/U: Connection & Control Blender Workshop, Portland Northwest Art College, Portland, OR
Con-tain-er Installation, Digital Carnival, Vancouver, BC; Curated by Cinevolution Media Arts Team
NET NEUTRALITY READING GROUP 2: Surveillance and Agency (organized in conjunction with Welcome to My Homepage Residency,) Museum of Human Achievement, Austin, TX
NET NEUTRALITY READING GROUP 1: Fiber Optics, Gender and Race (organized in conjunction with Welcome to My Homepage Residency,) Museum of Human Achievement, Austin, TX
2017
Blender 3D Sculpture Workshop, Modern Fuel, Kingston, ON
Interconnectivity and Affect Walking Tour (Collaboration with Stefy McKnight), Modern Fuel, Kingston, ON
Animaps Workshop, Modern Fuel, Kingston, ON
Digimagine: Constructing 3D Sculpture, Nadi Al-Quoz, Dubai, UAE; Arranged by Alserkal Avenue

LECTURES

2019
UPCOMING Tell-A-Star, Radical Networks Conference, New York, NYC
Amazonification: Decoding scarcity as weaponized precarity, Our Networks Conference, Toronto, CA
Amazonification of Bodies: Labor and Facial Recognition, Scan the Difference: Gender, Surveillance, and Bodies Series, VBKÖ (Association of Austrian Women,) Vienna, AU, Curated by Vanessa Gravenor, Nina Prader, and e. bonhomme
Multiplatform Storytelling Lecture, Winter 2019, Queens Film and Media, STSC 339 Film and Performance, Keren Zaiontz
2018
Hiba Ali: Fluidabilities: On Internet, Digital Art and the Law, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Capital Factory, Austin, TX
CIRCUIT_FLO-ID_SYSTEMS: HOW_ART_HACKX_THRU_BINDS workshop-lecture with Evelyn Contreras, Making Art, Shaping Society Conference, Feminist Action Project, UT-Austin SAC Center, Austin, TX
TFAP Meeting, The Feminist Art Project @ Rutgers University College Art Association, Los Angeles, CA
TalkAbout: Printmaking & Technology (Hiba Ali in conversation with Evelyn Contreras,) Women & Their Work Gallery, Austin, TX
Go Amazonify Yourself!! Skype Lecture (in conjunction with Her Environment #7: Murmurs and Palpitations exhibition,) Online, Chicago, IL & Austin, TX
2017
Virtualities and Realities: Open Fields Conference: Lecture - Deconstructing Network Visualities, Art Academy of Latvia, National Arts Museum and RIXC Gallery, Riga, LV
Hemi GSI Convergence Conference: Experimental Collectivities, Collaborations, and (Dis)embodied Digital Experiences, York University and NYU, Toronto, ON
Artist Lecture, COMMONS, SAVAC, Toronto, ON
2016
Taxi Driver Justice Project (Collaboration with Project Prospera), Allied Media Conference, Detroit, MI

PERFORMANCES

2019
Ariel’s Party: H1BA and Itsi, Hideout Inn, Chicago, IL
H1BA with Nada El Shazly, Grad Club, Kingston, ON
2018
H1BA - Alienated Rhythm Performance, Ori Gallery, Portland, OR
Her Environment Fundraiser - Night Light : H1BA (Live set,) Digital Art Demo Space, Chicago, IL
Boulevard Dreamers Showcase: HIBA (Live set,) Fullerton Hall, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
DISCWOMAN - Technofeminism: H1BA & Thoom (Live & DJ Set,) Bossa Nova Civic Club, NYC
DISCWOMAN - Technofeminism: H1BA & Thoom (DJ set,) Lot Radio Mix, Lot Radio, NYC
To Be a Box (performance with Lilia Taboada,) 2018 Studio Art MFA Thesis Colloquia: Part II, Austin, TX
In Session: Migration as a layer, a food recipe as a layer, collage as a layer, a conversation as a layer, performance with Joel Mercedes, Threewalls, Chicago, IL
H1BA Set, Story Bar, Native Hostel, Austin, TX
H1BA: DRMIX, EXP 0001_01 Music Festival, ATM Gallery, Austin, TX; Arranged by JP/p1nkstar/iLOVEYOU
H1BA: DRUM, EXP 0001_01 Music Festival, 21st Street Co-op, Austin, TX; Arranged by JP/p1nkstar/iLOVEYOU
2017
Con-tain-er, Conflict Situations/Situational Conflict Performance Festival, 13th Street Repertory Theater, New York, NY; Arranged by Nick Faust, ACT UP
I hate America, I love America: Discussion Forum, Defibrillator, Chicago, IL; Organized by Lucky Pierre

EXHIBITIONS & SCREENING

2019
CURSES screening, Interference: Women Making Noise Fest 2019, North Door, Austin, TX, Curated by Tara Reed
Con-tain-er Screening, Video Art Program, FILE-2019(Electronic Language International Festival), SESI Gallery of Art, Sao Paulo, BR
H1BA: CURSES Screening, Sistership TV, Bump Television, Toronto, ON
To Be A Box Screening, Scan the Difference: Gender, Surveillance, and Bodies Series, VBKÖ (Association of Austrian Women,) Vienna, AU, Curated by Vanessa Gravenor, Nina Prader, and e. bonhomme
Abra Screening, Scan the Difference: Gender, Surveillance, and Bodies Series, VBKÖ (Association of Austrian Women,) Vienna, AU, Curated by Vanessa Gravenor, Nina Prader, and e. bonhomme
Postcolonial Language, Autotheory Screening, Horse Hospital, London, UK, Curated by Laura Fournier
Abra screening, Video Fever 2019, Trinity Video Square, Toronto, ON
2018
Tell A Star Installation, BOSSBABESTX Festival, Museum of Human Achievement, Austin, TX
To Be A Box Screening, Women of the Global South and its Diasporas: Rights, Representation, Activism Symposium, University of Leeds, ENG
Postcolonial Language_, Back by popular demand...Autotheory: The Screening, VTape, Online & Toronto, CA
Untitled (grls) screening, ExTV September 2018 Monitor Programming, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Alienated Labor (with Jonathan Chacon), Ori Gallery, Portland, OR; Curated by Yun Chiu
i/C/U (with homeschoopdx,) S1, Portland, OR, Curated by Hiba Ali
U.N.I.T., Roots and Culture Contemporary Art Center, Chicago, IL, Curated by Hiba Ali
Tell A Star Installation, Affordable Dreamhouse, MFA 2018 UT-Austin Thesis Exhibition, Visual Art Center, Austin, TX
Postcolonial Language, Autotheory Screening, VTape, Online, Curated by Laura Fournier
THINKING OUTSIDE THE ‘NET: THE BOX THAT COULD TALK, Museum of Human Achievement, Austin, TX; Organized by Welcome to My Homepage Residency
Her Environment #7: Murmurs and Palpitations, TCC Gallery, Chicago, IL; Curated by Her Environment
2017
Satellites Screening, Room before, Visual Art Center, Austin, TX; Curated by Veronica Roberts
Con-tain-er Installation, An Elsewhere Within Here, ACRE Projects, Chicago, IL; Curated by Josh Rios
Hiba Ali: Modern Fuel Screening and Panel, Modern Fuel, Kingston, ON 2017 Moderated by Keren Zaiontz and Miranda Ramnares, Queens University, KIngston, ON
Satellites, Whippersnapper Gallery, Toronto, ON
The Dangerous Professors, Triumph, Chicago, IL
New Normal, The Hangar – UMAM D&R, Istanbul, TR; Curated by Hiba Farhat and Murat Adash
Property, Roman Susan, Chicago, IL; Curated by Nathan Smith
Electric Women, Curated by Lauren Valley, Online
The Feminist Art Project @ Rutgers University, Online
2016
Take this Gum And Stick It (Collaboration with Diamond Antoinette Stingily), Ellis King, Dublin, Ireland; Curated by Nasrin Leahy
PLAYSCAPES (Collaboration with Amina Ross), Chicago Artists Coalition, Chicago, IL
ON OFF SHORE (Commission for Vanessa Gravenor), Helmut Newton Foundation, Berlin, Germany; Curated by Paul Feigelfeld
A Screening Program, The Biopolitical Image (Commission for Vanessa Gravenor), CCA, ujazdowski castle, Warsaw, Poland
CODE/SWITCH, Woman Made, Chicago, IL; Curated by Kayla Anderson
Screening Series No. 1: In the Name of the Media, 456 Forum, New York, NY; Curated by William Song
The Set Speaks ACRE TV (acretv.org), Chicago, IL; Curated by Amina Ross
2014
Systema, Zhulong Gallery, Dallas, TX; Curated by Aja Martin
#EverythingAllAtOnce, White Cube, London, UK; Curated by 15 Folds
Satellite, Zhulong Gallery, Dallas, TX; Curated by Aja Martin
Streetlight: Hiba Ali, Roman Susan Gallery, Chicago, IL
DRONES (Collaboration with Asher J. Kohn), Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor, MI; Curated by Gallery Project
2013
SCII TV: Neiman Center Debut, SAIC LeRoy Neiman Center, Chicago, IL Curated by EX TV and SUGS Projects
The Wrong: The New Digital Art Biennale, Online; Curated by The Wrong
versus Reality, SUGS LeRoy Neiman Center Gallery, Chicago, IL; Curated by Snow Yunxue Fu and Hiba Ali
DRONES (Collaboration with Asher J. Kohn), Eastern Market, Detroit, MI; Curated by Gallery Project
Murmuration Drone Festival: Shura City, The State, Dubai, UAE

PUBLICATIONS

2019
Feature: Amazon’s Surveillance System Is a Global Risk to People of Color, ZORA: Medium, Online
Review: Mapping Psycho-Social Connections: A Review of Jonathas de Andrade at the MCA, Newcity Magazine, Online
Review: New Age, New Age: Strategies of Survival, DePaul Art Museum, Chicago, IL, Online
Feature: Facial Recognition, Peccy, Precarious Labour: The Human Cost of Amazon, RTV Magazine, PL, Online & PL
Poetry: No Connections, Flatpack Publications, Online & Austin, TX
Feature: Syphon 5.1: My Life is Not Your ______., Modern Fuel Artist Run Centre, Kingston, ON, Online & Print
2018
Review: An Expression of the Divine: A Review of Martine Syms at the Graham Foundation, Newcity Magazine, Online
Review: The Personal and Private Collapse in the Digital Age: A Review of “Let Me Consider it From Here,” Newcity Magazine, Online
Feature: Seasonal Associate, The Human Cost of Amazon, Topical Cream Magazine, Online
Essays: i/C/U: Connection and Control, Letra Cheucha, homeschoolpdx, edited by Hiba Ali & Manuel Arturo Abreu
Review: The Long View On Chicago’s Artistic History, A Book Review of “Art in Chicago: A History from the Fire to Now,” Newcity Magazine, Online
Review: Contending With The Internet As Medium And Infrastructure: A Review of “I Was Raised on the Internet” at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Newcity Magazine, Online
Feature: Issue 7: On, Under and Between the Border// Navigating the Carceral State, THE SEEN Publication, Print
Review: Clarissa Tossin: Meeting of Waters, Blanton Museum, Austin, TX, THE SEEN Publication
Review: IRL: Computer P$yentology, Museum of Human Achievement, Fusebox Festival, Austin, TX, Conflict on Interest Publication
Feature: TELL A STAR Zine, Austin, TX and Online
2017
Feature: Placeholder Publication, Victor Pérez-Rul; curated by Leslie Moody Castro
2016
Review: Like Flesh, Film is Frail: A Review of Luther Price at Mana Contemporary, Newcity, Chicago, IL
Review: MICHAEL RAKOWITZ // GRAHAM FOUNDATION & RHONA HOFFMAN GALLERY, The SEEN Magazine, Chicago, IL
Review: GEORGE KUCHAR // ICEBERG PROJECTS, The SEEN Magazine, Chicago, IL
Book: THE SEEN - Issue 03, Stephanie Cristello (Ed.), EXPO CHICAGO, Motto Distribution
Review: Rodrigo Lara Zendejas: La Paz, Hyde Park Art Center, VAM Magazine
Interview: Borderland Collective: Northern Triangle, Threewalls, VAM Magazine
Review: Austin Brown: MUDROOM, THE MISSION, THE SEEN
Review: Century Safe, Roman Susan, Newcity
Review: Home Ground: Contemporary Art from the Barjeel Art Foundation, Aga Khan Museum, THE SEEN
Review: Weight of Rage, Hyde Park Art Center, Newcity
Interview: #NewGlobalMatriarchy with Mackrandilal and Stephanie Graham, Chicago Artists Coalition, VAM Magazine
Review: Nexo/Nexus: Latin American Connections in the Midwest, DePaul Art Museum, THE SEEN
Review: the pasts they brought with them, moniquemeloche, Newcity
2014
Review: PROFILE OF THE ARTIST // LATIFA ECHAKHCH, The SEEN Magazine, Chicago, IL
Review: White Feelings at the Franklin, VAM Magazine, Chicago, IL
Review: White Feelings at the Franklin, Third Coast Review, Chicago, IL
Review: Nora Schultz, parrottree – building for bigger than real, The SEEN Magazine, Chicago, IL
Review: Wangechi Mutu/Block Museum of Art, New City, Chicago, IL
Review: How to Make A Hood/Arts Incubator, New City, Chicago, IL
Review: Fires Will Burn/DePaul Art Museum, New City, Chicago, IL
Review: Unbound at the MCA, The SEEN Magazine, Chicago, IL
Review: MISTAKES HAVE HIDDEN INTENTION // DEVENING PROJECTS + EDITIONS, The SEEN Magazine, Chicago, IL
Review: MARCO BRAUNSCHWEILER // DOCUMENT, The SEEN Magazine, Chicago, IL
Review: HELSINGISTÄ // WESTERN EXHIBITIONS, The SEEN Magazine, Chicago, IL
Review: Interview with FLOW/IM FLUSS // LUFTWERK, The SEEN Magazine, Chicago, IL
Review: PROFILE OF THE ARTIST // MONA HATOUM, The SEEN Magazine, Chicago, IL
Feature: Methods II (Collaboration with Diamond Stingily), EXPO Chicago, Chicago, IL
Feature: Postcolonial Language, SAIC VCS Department, Flaxman Library, Chicago, IL
2013
Feature: Posting Ramadan 2013: Cooking in Diaspora, Art Dubai Blog, Dubai, UAE
Feature:Viridian Retrospective: Viridian Note 00003, The State, Dubai, UAE
Feature: Concepts from Desire, a dialogue between Hiba Ali and Ale Ale, 3rd Language Issue #4 Never Satisfied, Chicago, IL