Cindy Konits explores the complexities of family history, memory, and identity in the face of evolving technologies.
“My first projects in photography became solo traveling exhibitions with National Endowment for the Arts grants to the sponsoring museums: “The Best Woman for the Job: Portraits of Non-Traditional Working Women” at The Baltimore Museum of Industry, Baltimore MD (1992), The Slater Mill Historic Site, Pawtucket R.I. (1995), and The American Labor Museum, Heldon N.J. (1996). “Now I See Kiev in My Dreams: Words and Pictures of New Americans” at The Jewish Historical Society, Baltimore MD (1994), and The Weiner Judaic Museum, Washington D.C. (1995).
While a graduate student at the Maryland Institute College of Arts with a full Graduate Fellowship, I created the CD-ROM “The I For Pleasure” (1995) selected for The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore MD exhibition “Going for Baroque”. After the censorship of the work two weeks prior to the opening of the show, I produced, directed, and screened a Documentary Short at the Maryland Institute College of Art about concurrent censorship incidents at MICA and the Walters Art Gallery entitled “The Veil of Intent” (1996).
In 2005 I produced and directed the Documentary Short “The Way I See It” about my mother’s cousin, Dr. Henry Abrams, Albert Einstein’s ophthalmologist and friend. The morning after Einstein’s death on April 18, 1955, Dr. Abrams removed the eyes from Einstein’s corpse. “The Way I See It” is an exploration of the legacy of this decision by the adult who was haunted and disturbed when learning of it as a young child. Henry Abrams retained the eyes in his dresser drawer until his death in November 2001. “The Way I See It” screened at 19 film festivals including Mumbai India, Eberswalde Germany, San Miguel de Allende Mexico, Swansea, United Kingdom, Washington D.C., Hollywood California, and four screenings in New York City.
As the indexical relationship of the photograph to physical reality continues to slip with a conflation of time and space to bits of code, the “Bits of Us” game addresses self-reflection in family memories as technical images. Sponsored by the New York Foundation for the Arts, the game experiments with a new visual medium of global collaborative video art online to engage our encoded memories in a collective family film.” Fundraising activities to bring the Bits of Us project to fruition are temporarily suspended.
The Digital Intimacy project addresses issues of sharing, security, and privacy and is championed by security experts in government, academia, and private corporations including Jeremy Epstein, senior computer scientist and program officer in the Information Innovations Office in the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Dr. Richard Forno, Jr. Affiliate Scholar, Stanford Law School Center for Internet and Society, and Vaibhav Garg, Technology Director of Cybersecurity Industry & Policy Affairs at Comcast. Fundraising activities to bring the Bits of Us project to fruition are temporarily suspended.
About Cindy Konits
New Media Artist and Photographer