Nina Sobell

Nina Sobell is a New York-based artist who has produced a broad body of work embracing various themes, strategies, and mediums, including video, performance, installation, sculpture and live TV.  A participant in the feminist performance movement of the 1970s, her conceptually-based work ranges from taboo performances and museum installations to interactive video matrixes for public participation.

Sobell began using video in the 1970s as a way to study spectators' interactions with her sculptures, which were placed anonymously in public areas. Exploring video-sculpture, Sobell was intrigued with creating psycho-social transformations via video technology, making environments and mobile structures to physically engage the viewer. Pursuing video’s relation to the subconscious led Sobell to her well-known Brainwave Drawing piece, in which a screen monitor registered the brainwaves of two people and their silent attempt to communicate with each other. Most recently, she has been an AIDS activist, producing the first live viewer-directed AIDS information telecast for TV. She is in the process of creating an interactive AIDS information CD, a virtual brainwave drawing reality, and animating her neo-primitive sculptures via video computer.

“Working with time, perception, exploring cognitive theories as art, led me further into the non-static world of video. At this point, I needed to retreat into an intimate personal dialogue, making sculpture for video camera space only, compressing time and private experience.”

— Nina Sobell




Available Titles by Nina Sobell

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Chicken on Foot 1974 Early Video Art, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Hey, Chicky!!! 1978 Early Video Art, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Nina Sobell