Artist Name:

Kayla Anderson

Title of Work:

SetOutputWorld (a world of the wrong size)

Country: USA
Year: 2016-17 (ongoing)

About This Work

A group of people decide to devote all of their energy towards recreating the world as a digital image.

SetOutputWorld (a world of the wrong size) is a navigable virtual terrain that plays with ideas of speculative archeology, material alchemy, and encapsulation. At the core of the work is a fascination with the double-edged sword of preservation and the history of plastic as a once utopian and now dystopian material.

*SetOutputWorld (a world of the wrong size)* grapples with the simultaneous influx of optimism and pessimism that comes with imagining a future from our present. At the core of the work is a fascination with the double-edged sword of preservation and the history of plastic as a once utopian and now dystopian material. Heather Davis’s writing on plastic, queer theory, and the literal queering of bodies through environmental toxicity has been inspirational to me while building the environment. What does it mean to imagine from a space where social progress is hopeful but environmental destruction seems inevitable? How do we live with and even embrace toxicity (as Alexis Shotwell would say) *against purity*? We have an incredibly rich history of femme and queer discourses around the body and technology. I’m interested in engaging with QueerTech to see what queer world-building and futurity looks like.


Kayla Anderson is an interdisciplinary artist, writer, organizer, and (reluctant) human based in Chicago, IL. Using a playful approach to methods of “excavation”, their work engages with cultural artifacts of the past in order to propose parallel worlds. Through the use of video, installation, sculpture, and interactive virtual environments, they create propositional spaces for questioning our present image-scape and imagining otherwise. They have participated in artist residencies and incubators at the Chicago Artists Coalition and Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL; Elsewhere, Greensboro, NC; ACRE, WI, and Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers, Paris, and are Visual Arts Fellow of the Luminarts Cultural Foundation. Their work has been exhibited in venues throughout the United States and abroad including Currents International New Media Festival, Santa Fe; Urban Institute for Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids; Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography; West Virginia Mountaineer Short Film Festival; Regis Center for Art at the University of Minnesota; Grey Projects, Tiong Bahru, Singapore; Nối Projects, Hanoi, Vietnam; Johalla Projects, Tritriangle, Comfort Station, Woman Made Gallery, The Nightingale Cinema, Efrain Lopez Gallery, Roman Susan, and LVL3, Chicago, IL. In their spare time, they organize a monthly critique group for feminine spectrum media artists called Media Grrrl. They position themself as a thing-among-things, and act as an intermediary between objects and ideas.

Shown IRL at

31 January - 22 March 2018
RMIT Bld 94 Lv 2 Rm 2, 23-27 Cardigan St, Carlton
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6:30pm Friday 2 February 2018
Federation Square
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