Addie Wagenknecht is an Austrian based American artist, her work explores the tension between expression and technology. She seeks to blend conceptual work with forms of hacking and sculpture and deals primarily with ideas relating to pop culture, feminist theory, and hardware. Wagenknecht is the founder of Deep Lab and Chair of the Open Hardware Summit at MIT. She holds a Masters degree from the Interactive Telecommunications Program at New York University and has previously held fellowships at Eyebeam Art + Technology Center in New York City, Culture Lab UK and The Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon University among others.
Wagenknecht works with Stefan Hechenberger, as the production studio Nortd. Their collaboration launched in 2007 from a small project space in the Lower East Side, New York and has since moved to Innsbruck, Austria. Their work has been featured in major biennials (Vienna, Moscow, and Istanbul) and acquired by the Whitney Museum of American Art. They have collaborated with Chanel and i-D magazine on a series exploring the sixth sense and recently held solo exhibitions at Bitforms gallery in New York City, MU in Eindhoven, Netherlands and Haus der elektronischen Künste in Basel, Switzerland.
After its inaugural year in 2017, Wagenknecht was AND’s second artist to be commissioned for COSMOS, AND’s flagship international artists commission and residency for the Lovell Telescope at Jodrell Bank Observatory. Wagenknecht and Hechenberger created Hidden in Plain Sight as part of COSMOS.
Read about the themes behind the work of Hidden in Plain Sight in our journal post with Addie here.