Emery C. Martin is a Los Angeles based artist, educator and technologist. Martin received a MPS from the Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and a BFA in Experimental Animation from California Institute of the Arts. Martin’s work deconstructs abstract and invisible ideologies embedded within the socio-technological landscape to create localized experiences that are accessible to a broad audience to spur critical reflection and discourse about the use, influence, and implications of technology in modern life. As we live in an age steeped with technology that is rapidly seeping into every aspect of our existence it is paramount that we are conscious of how it subtly exerts control at the hardware, software, and protocological levels. To forefront these issues Martin extracts the underlying abstract logic from these systems and recontextualizes them into forms that people can see, hear and interact with. He often uses site specific data sets to drive these experiences and engender cultural resonance that can convert a viewer into a stakeholder with a voice and viewpoint on issues that had previously been opaque and inaccessible.
These works have included data collection, data visualization, film, performance, sculpture, and software that tackle topics such as climate change, domestic surveillance, end user license agreements, games, network topologies, transportation and the “War on Terror.” His work has been shown at various institutions including the 18th Street Arts Center, Anthology Film Archive (NY), Electrofringe Festival, Eternal Telethon, Family Business, Hunter College, LA Road Concert, Le Cinématographe Nantes, Milano Film Festival, Printed Matter: New York Art Book Fair, New York University, No Space, Sheila C. Johnson Design Center at the New School, Taiwanese International Animation Festival, and The Contemporary Austin. As a technologist he has contributed to NYC’s Taxi of Tomorrow initiative, the rebranding of the Queens Museum of Art, and Samsung’s Television of Tomorrow project. Martin currently teaches as adjunct faculty for the Media Technology program at Woodbury University’s School of Media, Culture, and Design and previously served as adjunct faculty for the Experimental Animation program at CalArts’ School of Film/Video. Martin co-founded and serves as the Technical Director for the creative coding, interaction design, and video design startup Electronic Countermeasures, LLC a firm that works with artists, immersive environments, and live performance to create custom technology systems for creative endeavors.