Avital Meshi is a New Media Artist. She is a Ph.D. student in the Performance Studies Program at UC Davis, and she holds an MFA from The Digital Arts and New Media program at UC Santa Cruz and a BFA from the School of The Art Institute of Chicago. She also holds a BSc and an MSc in Behavioral Biology from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.
Meshi's practice focuses on performance and artificial intelligence. In her research, she examines the impact of AI algorithms on our behavior and society. She invites viewers to interact with the technology and discover how they are viewed through its lens. Inspired by ideas of Relational-Aesthetics and New-Aesthetics, her goal is to allow viewers to reveal their own power to act upon the technology and to collaborate with it. Following ideas of Posthuman Performativity, Meshi believes that agency emerges within the entanglement between the human and the non-human.
Meshi's artworks were exhibited at The Great Hall Exhibitions of NYU's Institute of Fine Arts, Currents New Media Arts Festival, Root Division Gallery in San Francisco, Sesnon Gallery in Santa Cruz, ACM SIGGRAPH, NeurIPS, Woman Made Gallery in Chicago, and more.
Avital was born and raised in Israel, and she currently lives and works in the San Francisco bay area.