Lori Hepner will speak on

"Light, Code and Technology: Photography in the 21st Century"

Digital Imagers Meeting

Sunday May 6, 2012 at 1:15, Pitt Scaife Hall, Room 1102


Status Symbols is a series of abstracted light portraits that are studies of identity in the digital age of social media. Textual updates from Twitter are converted into bursts of light in a spinning 8-LED light array. The eight small lights allow the text to be translated into binary code, (the ones and zeros at the base level of computer language), which blink out each status update. Each portrait represents a fleeting moment of identity in the digital world. Lori will be speaking about her work and the methods and inspirations behind it. A special focus will be given to the technicalities behind the creation of the work and how both analog and digital means are necessary to explore the digital world around us.


Lori Hepner, is an American, Interdisciplinary artist working primarily in conceptually based fine art photography and photo installations. Her work has been exhibited widely in the United States including exhibitions at Duke University, Houston Center for Photography, and the Brooklyn Museum's @1stsfans project, the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Westmoreland Musium of American Art, among others. Her work has been featured in Exposure Magazine and the Center for Photography at Woodstock's PQ#99. She was awarded an Honorable Mention in the Silver Eye Center for Photography's Fellowship Competition in 2008 and was selected to participate in Descubrimientos PHE at PhotoEspana 2010 in Madrid Spain. This exhibit subsequently traveled to other southern cities in Spain. She is a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design, earning the MFA in Digital Media in 2005 and BFA in Fine Art Photography from Rochester Institute of Technology in 2003. She lives in Pittsburgh and teaches as a faculty Assistant Professor of Integrative Arts at the Penn State local campus.