b. Vancouver, Canada 1978
Erik Hoff Zepka is a conceptual media artist, curator, poet, scientist, educator and theorist who critically explores the practice and consequences of science and technology. His art engages with the cultural products of technoscience and rethinks them in terms of exhibition and display. Zepka's work has been showcased at The Tate Modern, The Whitney Museum, HUMlab, ISEA (Scotland and Canada), Nabi Museum, Coaxial Arts (LA), Bronx ArtSpace, The Western Front, Pikselfest, SPAMM Cupcake (Paris/New York), Videographe, and Interactive Futures. He's collaborated with groups including The Avatar Orchestra Metaverse, R3//1X//0RX in addition to artists such as Pauline Oliveiros and Stelarc.
Zepka's theory, teaching, and curating, focus on a creative and critical approach to cultural spaces that provide insight into the fragmenting and alienating quality of new media environments. As a scientist Zepka has engaged in years of interdisciplinary laboratory Graduate work, working in labs from Immunology to Pathology to Environmental Health and Chemistry, in order to gain both hands on and contextual knowledge of institutional science practice. He conceived and co-founded the Open Science Network, a Vancouver-based laboratory dedicated to democratizing and rethinking scientific communication and engagement.
Zepka's interdisciplinary works are heavily related to biological and cultural alterity (intersectionality, disability, otherness), where he continues to explore the embodied ramifications of progress tied closely in practice to process and performance.