Berwick Research Institute
Heather Kapplow is a media, performance and installation artist, living in the United States. Her artistic focus is on the formal characteristics and textures of digital media, and on investigating very simple philosophical questions about the workings of daily life through performance. These investigations are generally playful, requiring audiences to be active agents in the exploration and art-creation process. Kapplow’s video projects are of low resolution and short. Her work has received government and private grants, and has been included in film and performance festivals in the US, Finland, and China. She also engages in curatorial work/runs an artist residency program with a collective known as the Berwick Research Institute. Professionally, Kapplow works full time in public television as Managing Editor for a website that showcases the work of emerging documentary filmmakers.
Kapplow holds a Masters Degree in Anthropology from the University of Chicago where her thesis work focused on artist networks and information warfare; and a Bachelor of Arts in Discourse Studies from the University of Massachusetts, where her honors thesis looked at technologically rooted performance art, fantasies of virtuality, and technophobia.
Images and video shown here are from site-specific projects including "H&L Restoration Services", a health clinic established at MEME Gallery (Cambridge MA, USA) that aimed at curing everyday life; a short duration cult called "Everything Arrives, Everything Departs" established on Bumpkin Island (Boston MA, USA); a week-long apologetic silence called "Olen Pahoillani" at ANTI Festival (Kupio, FI); and a series of work and non-work stations installed at the Berwick Institute as a part of a project called "Help Wanted" (Roxbury MA, USA.)