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Nancy Paterson

INTERVIEW: Nancy Paterson

Tell us a little bit about yourself as an artist. What is your practice like; how do you work?

Very focused but undisciplined.

Please describe your work, The Stock Market Skirt, from your point of view.

Stock Market Skirt was acquired by the Surrey Art Gallery in Surrey, British Columbia [Liane Davison, Director] and thus is part of the permanent collection in Canada. According to the development notes which form part of the 'Installation Guide' for the artwork - Stock Market Skirt was first started to be worked on in 1995 when I started sewing the dress - blue taffeta and black velvet and also started working on the stepper motor. In 1995 I was looking forward to the time when stock market quotes would be available over the Internet. This happened around 1998 and Yahoo.com was the first to do this. Out of gratitude, Stock Market Skirt tracked YHOO as the first ticker symbol at start up.

Have you had any memorable responses to this piece? And if yes, please describe.

Stock Market Skirt did not receive curatorial approvals to exhibit in a couple of important exhibitions after it was completed and this was devastating. I quit making media art and started a Ph.D. program. The Ph.D. is partly based on the Internet research conducted during the making of Stock Market Skirt. My scholarly papers can be found at http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/cf_dev/AbsByAuth.cfm?per_id=2016282

Please name artists you are influenced by and why.

Ai Weiwei - because he is very tenacious.

Berenice Abbott - because she is very tenacious.

What are you currently working on?

My interests are in metadata mining and the surveillance that is employed to do this. As you may know meta-information has traditionally assisted in routing, to ensure packets take the best path over various intersecting networks. Advanced use of metadata today includes additional information in the header/tail, which provides the ability of the packet to tunnel through the communications path. As these packets traverse the Internet they are afforded specialized individual service. This individual service is at the heart of the changeover from edge wireline to wireless networks. I think all commercial Internet networking transport protocols and procedures rely increasingly on detailed end user metadata tracking and advanced analytics applied to end user’s information/profile for transport and quality of service.

What is your dream project?

I live my dreams.

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