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Ken Feingold

Ken Feingold
"Self Portrait as the Center of the Universe" (2001, detail)
Born 1952
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Nationality American

Antioch College

CalArts B.F.A., M.F.A
Known for Media Art

Kenneth Feingold (USA, 1952 - ) is a contemporary

  • Interview with the artist
  • Artist's website

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, Hamburg; Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporáneo, San Jose, Costa Rica; Museo Palazzo Fortuny, Venice; Pacific Film Archive/ UC Berkeley Art Museum, among others. Hamburger Kunsthalle [23] His works are held in the collections of the


The book “KEN FEINGOLD: Figures of Speech”, a compilation of essays on Feingold's artwork by Ryszard W. Kluszczyński, Ken Feingold, Errki Huhtamo, Edward Shanken, and Ewa Wójtowicz, published 2015 by Laznia Centre for Contemporary Art, Gdańsk as part of their "Art + Science" series.

A solo show of his installation work "Eros and Thanatos Flying/Falling" (2006)was held at Mejan Labs, Stockholm in 2006, and his work "Box of Men" (2007) was included in "Kempelen - Man in the Machine" at Műscarnok, Budapest and traveled to ZKM Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe later that year. "JCJ-Junkman" (1995) was included in "Imagining Media @ ZKM" at the ZKM Karlsruhe in 2009 and "Eros and Thanatos Flying/Falling" was exhibited in the Mediations Biennale in Poznan, Poland in 2010. "Head" (1999) was included in "VIDA 1999-2012", Espacio Fundación Telefónica, Madrid in 2012-2013[16] and in "Kiasma Hits" at Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, 2013-2014.[17] "Lantern" was included in "thingworld: International Triennial of New Media Art" [18] at the National Art Museum of China, Beijing, 2014

A selection of his early films and video works was screened at Museum of Modern Art, New York as part of “TOMORROWLAND: CalArts in Moving Pictures” in 2006.

ACE Gallery, Los Angeles, presented a mid-career survey of his work in 2005-2006.[15]

His work "Self Portrait as the Center of the Universe" (2001) was included in the historical overview exhibition “Art, Lies, and Videotape: Exposing Performance” at the Tate Liverpool in 2004. "The Surprising Spiral" was included in “Masterpieces of Media Art from the ZKM Collection” at the ZKM Karlsruhe in 2005.

Feingold participated in the 2002 Whitney Biennial,[12] and in 2003 he received a Rockefeller Media Arts Fellowship (now part of the Tribeca Film Festival[13]) and a Guggenheim Fellowship.[14]


He participated in documenta X in a curated program titled "Beware".[11]

In 1999 he was awarded a prize by Fundación Telefónica; Vida 3.0[10] (Life 3.0), Madrid.

In 1997 he created the interactive installation “Interior” for InterCommunication Center, Tokyo, “ICC Biennale ‘97” [7] and was awarded the DNP Internet ‘97 Interactive Award;[8] Dai Nippon Printing, Tokyo. The Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, commissioned the interactive work “Head” for the exhibition "Alien Intelligence"[9] in 1999. He maintained a studio in Buenos Aires and developed his first interactive conversation works.

He won the Videonale-Preis at BonnVideonale, Bonn Kunstverein, for his work Un Chien Délicieux and received funding from the New York State Council on the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Teaching posts in the 1990s included Princeton University, Cooper Union and the School of Visual Arts (until 1998).

During the 1990s Feingold exhibited in America, Europe and Japan. Nagoya City Art Gallery, Nagoya, Japan, held a retrospective video screening of his work in 1990. Feingold’s first interactive artwork “The Surprising Spiral” was completed in 1991. It was first exhibited at Kunsthalle Dominikannerkirche, "European Media Art Festival", Osnabrück, Germany and then traveled widely throughout Europe. In the early 1990s he created interactive works with speaking puppets connected to the Internet. His first web projects were REKD and JCJ Junkman. An account of Feingold's interactive and media artwork can be found in SurReal Time Interaction or How to Talk to a Dummy in a Magnetic Mirror? by Erkki Huhtamo, artintact3 (ZKM Karlsruhe).


He received funding from New York State Council on the Arts, The Contemporary Art Television(CAT) Fund, and The McKnight Foundation Fellowship for Artists, New York Foundation for the Arts, The Jerome Foundation, Checkerboard Foundation. In 1989 he received a US/Japan Friendship Commission Creative Artists Exchange Fellowship (through National Endowment for the Arts).

In the 1980s he gave lectures at the Museum of Modern Art, and from 1989 to 1994 he taught on the Visual Arts program at Princeton University.

His three-year project of videotaping in South Asia resulted in the Distance of the Outsider series of video works. Among these were "India Time" (1987) and "Life in Exile" (1988), a series of interviews with Tibetan philosophers and former political prisoners living in exile in India.

Feingold's video installation “Sexual Jokes” was exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art and he received a National Endowment for the Arts Visual Art Fellowship, and later a Media Arts Fellowship. Taking a sabbatical from teaching, he travelled India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. He participated in the 1985 and 1989 Whitney Biennial and exhibited widely in America and Europe.


In 1976 he moved back to New York and worked as a studio assistant for Vito Acconci. In the following year he took up a teaching post at Minneapolis College of Art and Design. He had a film screening at The Kitchen, New York and an article on his work was published: “Six Films by Ken Feingold” by David James published in Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art (LAICA) Journal, LA. He participated in a survey of his 16mm films at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis and exhibited an installation in the Project Room at Artists' Space, New York.

In 1971 he moved to San Francisco. Later he transferred to CalArts and moved to Los Angeles. His teachers at CalArts included John Baldessari, Allan Kaprow, Michael Asher (artist), David Antin and Pat O'Neill. He worked as studio assistant for John Baldessari until 1976, when he graduated from CalArts with an MFA. His first solo exhibition of 16mm films was held at Millennium Film Workshop, New York, and he was included in the group exhibitions “Text & Image” and “Stills” at the Whitney Museum of American Art, NY. Other solo exhibitions in the early 1970s included Gallery A-402, CalArts, Valencia and Claire S. Copley Gallery, Los Angeles. Three video works were included in the "Southland Video Anthology”, a group exhibition at Long Beach Museum of Art.


Feingold was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1952 and moved to New York with his family in 1956. He studied at Antioch College, Yellow Springs, Ohio under Paul Sharits, making experimental 16mm films and film installations and working at The Film-Makers' Cooperative in New York.

Life and work


  • Life and work 1
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    • 2000s 1.4
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New York, and many other museums. [6][5],Whitney Museum of American Art the [4],Tate Liverpool Paris; [3][3]

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