Avital Meshi is a New Media Artist. She is an incoming PhD student of 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 AI technology. In her work she examines the influence of AI algorithms on our behavior and on our social environment. She invites viewers to intermingle with the technology and find out how they are seen through its lens. Inspired by ideas of Relational-Aesthetics and New-Aesthetics, Meshi’s goal is to allow viewers to reveal their own power to act upon the technology. Following ideas of Posthuman Performativity, Meshi believes that agency emerges within the entanglement between the human and the non-human.
Meshi’s artworks usually provoke conversations regarding identity and embodiment, identity transformation, social roles, role-playing, identity tourism, cultural appropriation, virtual communities, machine based surveillance, recognition and classification.
Meshi’s artworks were exhibited in 'Currents New Media' festival in Santa Fe, Root Division Gallery in San-Francisco, Sesnon Gallery in Santa-Cruz, ACM SIGGRAPH, NeurIPS, Woman Made Gallery in Chicago and more.
Avital Meshi was born and raised in Israel. She currently lives and works in the San-Francisco bay area.