Meredith Drum creates videos and animations as single-screen shorts and multi-screen installations; in addition to her solo work she often collaborates with other visual artists as well as dancers, writers, urban planners, computer programmers and scientists on book projects, public art, movement research and augmented reality initiatives. Her work is influenced by intersectional feminism, urban planning, environmental justice, feminist science studies, game studies, science fiction, multispecies anthropology, and contemporary visual culture.

Drum’s work has been supported by grants and residencies from the Bronx Museum of the Arts AIM Program, the Atlantic Center for the Arts, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, iLand (Interdisciplinary Lab for Art, Nature + Dance), the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Wassaic Project, the Experimental Television Center, Wave Farm Transmission Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, ISSUE Project Room, HASTAC, and the University of California Institute for Research in the Arts. She exhibits frequently in NYC at a variety of venues including Anthology Film Archive, Microscope Gallery, Recess Art, the Film Society of Lincoln Center, Radiator Gallery, the Bronx Museum of the Arts, the Scope Art Fair, Galapagos Art Space, and other institutions. Internationally, her work has been included in exhibitions and screenings at ISEA 2017 in Manizales, Columbia; ISEA 2013 in Dubai, UAE; Rio de Janeiro’s Environmental Film Festival; Cinema Planeta Film Festival in Mexico City; Museo Valenciano de la Illustracion y la Modernidad in Valencia, ES among other places. Her research considering mobile media, somatic communication and social critique has been published in scholarly journals including Media-N, spring 2012 (CAA’s New Media Caucus).

With artist Rachel Stevens, she co-created The Oyster City Project – a constellation of projects and events that draw attention to relationships between urban marine ecology and urban planning, neighborhood life, politics, economics and environmental justice. One component of Oyster City is an AR walking tour and game that highlights the history and future of oysters in New York City. The app was constructed with a unique AR platform developed by their colleague Phoenix Toews, and features 3D objects and text in real space visible with an iOS device. Another initiative with Stevens is the Fish Stories Community Cookbook (2015) – a collection of seafood recipes, local histories, stories and drawings alongside ecological information contributed by people who live and work in NYC’s Lower East Side. Fish Stories was compiled and produced by the Oyster City Project for Paths to Pier 42 and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council in 2015.

Drum is an Assistant Professor of Intermedia at Arizona State University. With her husband, artist Mitch Miller, and their cats, Cleo and George, she splits her time between Phoenix, AZ and Wassaic, NY.

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