Danielle Roney’s artistic practice navigates virtual and physical migrations, displacing communicative infrastructures to expose the impact and potentialities of our technological society. Working with sculpture, time-based media and interactive media architecture, the artist interweaves the duality of isolation and connectedness, redefining the spatial relationship of encounters to transcend geographical, political and ideological barriers.
Developed through a research driven process, Roney’s projects reflect the theoretical influences of Chantal Mouffe, speaking to perspectives of pluralism and the role of conflict in democracy, and Vilém Flusser’s overarching views including the migrant condition, self-determination and the role of singularity and difference, and the impact of technology on a mechanized cultural identity.
Engaging liminal spaces where we negotiate our place in the world, our migrant condition is emphasized through layered proximities. Simultaneous and infinite within a cyclical relationship, bifurcating movements between time and space are deconstructed and our fragmented reality is negotiated through the lens of a participatory experiential continuum.
Roney’s project, Global Portals, presented concepts in transnational, networked public spaces at TEDGlobal 2005 in Oxford, England; with subsequent live interactions from Johannesburg, South Africa to Atlanta 2007. She has worked and exhibited in Beijing, Johannesburg, Venice, Sao Paulo, Istanbul and US venues and has permanent public art commissions across the US. Her recent project, Opposing Views, was presented by the International Symposium of Electronic Arts Istanbul 2011, in conjunction with the Istanbul 12th Biennale and explored the visualization of conflict through biofeedback sensors and the interactive media façade of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb. Roney performed with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra 2014 and will present Refugee Conversations at the Zuckerman Museum of Art 2016.
Her work has been reviewed in Art in America and ArtPapers and featured in Noplaceness: Art in a Post-Urban Landscape and Dislocations, by Leonardo Electronic Almanac. She has received numerous grants including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Georgia, Sony Electronics and the National Endowment of the Arts and awards from the Loridans Foundation. Roney was the designer of the U.S. Pavilion, Venice Biennale of Architecture 2010 with the High Museum of Art. She studied sculpture and digital media at the University of Georgia and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.