My work is fundamentally concerned with the complex relationship between society and its technologies. Trained first as a scientist and only recently as an artist, my practice represents an uneasy balance of eager technological optimism, analytical processes, deep-rooted skepticism and intuitive engagement. Much of this practice is inspired by the visible and invisible interconnectivities present in the modern urban landscape. I am energized by the diversity of human expression that continuously activates our vast communication networks. I am awed by the scale and varied histories of the built environment and urban infrastructure.
As technologists make daily promises to improve our lives by uniting these physical and digital worlds, I attempt to make work that examines the practical implications of our increasingly networked lifestyles. Primary to this task is an exploration of the ways we imagine and represent ourselves before (potentially massive) audiences and the ways we navigate and abide in public space. Thus, architecture and place figure heavily into my often site-specific practice. With these interests at heart, large-scale video projections allow me to create works that fuse existing physical spaces with more ephemeral digital elements, resulting in revelatory and sometimes disorienting forms.
Christopher Baker (Chicago, IL) received his MFA in Experimental and Media Arts from the University of Minnesota in 2008. Christopher’s work has been presented in festivals, galleries and museums nationally as well as internationally at venues including The Pace Gallery, The Museum of the Moving Image (both in NYC), the Saatchi Gallery (London, England), Laboral (Gijon, Spain), Centro di Cultura Contemporanea Strozzina (Florence, Italy), and Alta Technologia Andina (Lima, Peru). Christopher’s work has been published and reviewed widely, recently appearing in Sculpture Magazine, and Data Flow: Visualising Information in Graphic Design. Baker has held visiting artist positions at Kitchen Budapest, an experimental media lab in Hungary, and Minneapolis College of Art and Design. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Art and Technology Studies department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.