domicile - Photographic Series

Home is most often seen as a refuge, a place of respite, a destination, and a goal. Domestic spaces are some of the most familiar places we inhabit, but rarely are they deemed worthy of meticulously consideration. This work utilizes my own domestic life as source material for an intimate visual study of form and space using 3D scanning technology. domicile explores how the pandemic and the need to quarantine has changed our collective relationship to home, shifting it from a refuge to also that of a confine. The boundary of the home is one that protects, but also restricts. This work embraces the creative challenges and limitations of confinement by using an emerging form of technology for the hyper-documentation of what is seen everyday but rarely noticed.

This project was created using 3D scanning technology called LIDAR, a type of laser scanning that creates point clouds and mesh maps of surfaces or objects. Until recently, this technology was cost prohibitive for general use and reserved for commercial processes like architectural or landscape surveying. These tools have only recently been integrated into the next generation of smart phones and tablets, putting LIDAR into the mainstream. As an artist, I am interested in using these tools for archiving the commonplace while conceptually exploring the experience of stasis during a global crisis. These scans are intentionally abstracted and record the formal qualities of space and volume, as well as absence and presence. There is also an unexpected vulnerability in virtually allowing others inside of my home. This work shifts a space, my personal space, from one that was necessarily private and inaccessible to one that can be publicly viewed and explored.

  • Stefani Michele Byrd
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Camera:
    LIDAR Scanner
  • Student Project:
  • Scatter Terrain Exhibition - Ejecta Projects Gallery
    Carlisle, Pennsylvania
    April 8, 2021
  • Scatter Terrain Exhibition - John and June Allcott Gallery, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
    Chapel Hill, North Carolina
    August 24, 2021
Artist Biography

Stefani Byrd’s art practice includes video, new media, and interactive technologies. Her work has been exhibited at places such as the CICA Museum (South Korea), SONIC MATTER New Music Festival (Zurich), the Museum of Contemporary Art of San Diego (San Diego), the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia (Atlanta), San Luis Obispo Museum of Art (San Luis Obispo), Woman Made Gallery (Chicago), A.I.R. Gallery (Brooklyn), Last Projects (Los Angeles), Aggregate Space Gallery (San Francisco), Artist Television Access (San Francisco), PUNCH Gallery (Seattle), San Diego Art Institute (San Diego), and the Athens Institute for Contemporary Art (Athens). Byrd’s work is held in the permanent collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia and the Columbus Museum of American Art.

She received a BFA degree in Photography from Georgia State University. They hold a Masters Degree in Visual Art from the University of California San Diego. Byrd is currently Assistant Professor of Experimental Media in the Film Studies Department at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. She previously served as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Experimental Media Art at the University of Arkansas. They are a former Lecturer in the Digital Arts division of the Claire Trevor School of the Arts at the University of California Irvine and the Interdisciplinary Computing and the Arts (ICAM) major in the Visual Arts department at the University of California San Diego.

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Artist Statement

Stefani Byrd’s art practice includes video, new media, and interactive technologies. Byrd’s early work addressed social justice issues in the form of interactive temporary public art installations that created role reversal, or "empathy training,” experiences for the audience. Her current work focuses on creating psychologically charged immersive media environments addressing topics such as digital feminism, gun violence, and how technology impacts empathy in digitally mediated spaces. Their practice aims to shed light on the complicated nature of communication and emotional fluency in a networked culture where imbalanced power structures continue to shape our interactions. Often her work confronts or undermines these systems by turning the tables on traditional power relationships.