Joan Heemskerk works in photography, video, software, games, websites, performance and installations. She is a member of the art collective JODI, which pioneered web-based art in the mid-1990s. Their practice investigates conventions of the internet, computer programmes and video games, disrupting the languages of these systems: from visual aesthetics to interface elements, from codes and features to errors and viruses. They challenge the relationship between computer technology and users by subverting our expectations about the functionalities and conventions of the systems that we depend upon in our everyday lives.
Joan Heemskerk was awarded the inaugural edition of Collide Copenhagen for her project proposal Alice & Bob after Clay +=-> Hello, world. She will complete a two-month residency, which will be split between CERN and Copenhagen Contemporary and dedicated to artistic research and exploration. She will work side by side with physicists, engineers and laboratory staff. With the support of the curatorial teams of Arts at CERN and Copenhagen Contemporary, the residency will be followed by a phase of designing and producing a new artwork that will become part of an exhibition at Copenhagen Contemporary in 2025, which will examine the impact of technology on humanity.