Avital Meshi is a New Media Artist. 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 the way people connect with one another through new media and technologies such as video games, virtual worlds and artificial intelligence. She creates installations and performances where she implements elements of these new technologies and invites viewers to interact with them in an unusual way. Inspired by ideas of Relational-Aesthetics and New-Aesthetics, viewers intermingle with the technology and reveal their own agency to act upon it. Meshi’s goal is to create a space where questions can be asked and conversions can take place. Her artworks usually provoke conversations regarding identity transformation, social roles, role-playing, identity tourism, cultural appropriation, virtual communities, machine based surveillance, recognition and classification.
Previous exhibitions include a solo show at the 'Digital Art Demo Space' in Chicago and group exhibitions 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.