Sarah Friend (Canada) is an artist and software engineer, specialising in blockchain and the P2P (peer-to-peer) web. She is a participant of the Berlin Program for Artists, co-founder and co-curator of Ender Gallery (an artist residency taking place inside the game Minecraft), alumni of Recurse Centre — a retreat for programmers — and an organiser of Our Networks, a conference on all aspects of the distributed web. Recently, she has exhibited work at the Illingworth Kerr Gallery in Canada, the Kunstverein in Hamburg, the Oökultur in Linz in Austria, Galerie Nagel Draxler in Cologne, suns.works in Zurich, and Floating University in Berlin.
During her time at Rupert, she will be working on finishing the screenplay and other preliminary work for a transmedia short film project that explores climate change anxiety and coming-of-age under the watchful eye of social media. Shot entirely within social media apps, as the narrative arc of the story and the characters in the film become more surreal, the mediated nature of online content will be used to encourage a fertile slippage between what is ‘real’ and not.
Image: Documentation of Panarchist’s Dinner at Floating University, Sarah Friend and Kathryn Tyndall, 2021