Miriam Simun is a visual artist whose multidisciplinary practice uses science, somatics, scent, power, poetry and humor to create art works in various formats, for example - video, installation, painting, performance, and communal sensorial experiences. Recurring questions revolve around interspecies relations and non-human intelligences; the relationship of technological innovation to mythology and desire; the construction of knowledge and the violence of categories; and radical reimaginings of life under ecological crisis.
Trained as a sociologist, Simun takes on the role of ‘artist-as-fieldworker,’ conducting first-person research with diverse places and communities: from scientific laboratories to rewilded forests, from freedivers to human pollinators. This in-depth and corporeal research dictates the form of the final artworks.
Simun’s work has been presented internationally, including Gropius Bau (Berlin, 2020), Momenta Biennale (Montreal, 2021), New Museum (New York, 2017), Himalayas Museum (Shanghai, 2017), MIT List Center for Visual Art (Cambridge, 2022), Ars Electronica (Linz, 2023), the Museum of Arts and Design (New York, 2014), The Contemporary (Baltimore, 2015), Rauschenberg Project Space (New York, 2013) and the Bogota Museum of Modern Art (Colombia, 2019). Simun is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, including the Creative Capital Foundation grant, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation grant, Onassis Foundation fellowship, and Gulbenkian Foundation International Artist grant, among others. Recognized internationally in publications including the BBC, The New York Times, The New Yorker, CBC, MTV, Forbes, Flash Art International, Art21 and ARTNews, Simun's works are included in private collections and in the public collection of FRAC-Bretagne.
Simun holds degrees from the MIT Media Lab (Design Fiction group), NYU's ITP Program, the London School of Economics and Political Science, and is currently an artist-in-residence with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council nd a fellow at Onassis Foundation’s ONX Studio.
2023 Artist Talk & Panel
MIT List Center for the Visual Arts
2022 Artist Talk
BIOART VISIONARY “Corporeal Entanglements All The Way Down" with Miriam Simun
Sanctuary for Independent Media & the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
2015 Creative Capital: Survival Trilogy
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Presenting my Creative Capital funded series Survival Trilogy
Creative Capital Retreat 2015
2013 Artist Talk
7 min /
Creative Capital Retreat 2013