Fissure-Mending Socio-Cultural Algorithms

“Building community is to the collective that spiritual practice is to the individual”

User-Makers develop actuation vs. representation through digital platforms and tools to deliver polyvocal +spatial content/community development.

Perpetual Flowering is a multi-disciplinary offering/sanctuary/portal, mixing video art, digital imagery, and interactive elements to create an environment that encourages intimacy, contemplation, and altered states of awareness. It foregrounds the importance of self–care and reflects an intersection of various sectors the artist engages with including art practice, community organizing, therapy, ceremony, healing practices, and spirituality, rooted in the sacred knowledge of their indigenous heritage. Their installation encourages the dissolution of boundaries between these areas, weaving together personal and collective narratives. A descendant of the Wixarika, Frías organizes the installation utilizing colors associated with the sacred directions, and also re-interprets ancient ceremonial songs into contemporary music videos.

She creates the things that would have better sustained her younger self–simulations of a more livable future, and the obstacles that intervene. These look like: fictive text, video games, cosplay, and earnest rites of suburban occult…she hopes you’re doing ok.

“In reflecting on the limited power of digital systems to create intimacy, we consider the gift economy. For us, early file-sharing platforms were a formative experience of seeing a wider world, discovering others who felt and thought like us, and glimpsing a reality beyond false scarcity and toward cooperation. The media we exchanged grew within us in unforeseen ways, and gave us the digital tools to reinscribe ourselves upon our world.”

The Institute for Mediated Intimacy explores intimacy, isolation, and connection through digital roleplay sessions that attempt to bridge the distance between strangers. Audience members engage with each other through remotely controlled human avatars whom they instruct to speak and act on their behalf. As different participants direct the avatars, the performance oscillates between sentimentality, vulnerability, and absurdity.

Collective fissure-mending (emergence) within digio-physical relationships carves new pathways for user-maker self-determination.

Routine Maintenance

Blue image with text Routine Maintenance. inence

On view at the UNF Gallery of Art until 10.01.2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted our normal routines, blurred the lines between work and home, and required us to adapt to new cycles.  This portfolio offers a document of this upheaval. Each artist was assigned an hour of the day and produce a print in response to that time.  These 24 images represent one day, fractured and reconfigured, reflecting the diversity of experience in how we now conduct our days. 

-Andrew Kozlowski


This project was supported by a Research Enhancement Plan Grant Awarded by the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of North Florida

Art + Feminism Class Artwork at UNF Library

Black and white photograph of a body wrapped in fabric in a bathtub under water.

On view now; reception TBD

Experience student-driven art and research at the Cynthia & Walter R. Graham Jr. M.D. Student Art Gallery located on campus at the Thomas G. Carpenter Library this summer! 
Students enrolled in the Art, Art History, and Design Department course Art + Feminism will showcase final projects, in a variety of media beginning July 26th. Reception on October 29th, 2021 from 5-7 p.m.

This event is free and open to the public. Campus visitors will need to pay for parking.


Edgar's face and head at the bottom of the image. Cloaked figured in pink, turquoise, and saffron surround Edgar.

AUGUST 13, 2021 – FEBRUARY 13, 2022

Opening Reception: August 27th, 2021

Shown at the UNF Gallery at MOCA Jacksonville, Techno-Intimacy showcases the work of artists Lena Chen, Myra Lilith Day, deSolidState, Edgar Fabian Frias, Michael Neumann, and Tabitha Nikolai. Through the use of digital and internet platforms, these artists attempt to carve out new pathways for knowledge-production, aesthetics, cognition, spirit, and viewership. Techno-Intimacy invites the visitor to consider a porous boundary between the digital and physical–or “Away from the Keyboard” (AFK)–realms. By dissolving these barriers, the artists suggest a new form of connection: a connection both at corporeal and communal level, where limitlessness is possible. Curated by Jessica Borusky, UNF Gallery Director and Instructor.

Image: EDGAR FABIÁN FRÍAS, Kauyumari Tatewari, duration 10′ 52”, 2019. Still from Video. Image courtesy of the artist.