Emily Bivens is an artist using video, performance and sound to reveal ever-shifting narratives, provoke or encourage interaction and conflate fictional and non-fictional mysteries. In her work, sets become installations and objects shift from prop to artifact to evidence. Characters or identities are created to act as subjects, authors, inventors and curators of the work. The audience’s presence and interactions irrevocably changes the outcome of the work as their voices and bodies are captured and played back in the environments she creates.
She teaches classes on time-based art in video, sound, performance and installation. Students in her classes gain the technical ability to execute content that each student develops while expanding their understanding of contemporary and historical context.
She is a member of The Bridge Club, a four-member collaborative art and performance group established in 2004. The Bridge Club’s interdisciplinary installation, video, live performance and digital media works incorporate and respond to sites such as a hotel room, a city bus or an abandoned storefront in addition to the traditional gallery or museum space.