Petra Cortright

Posted by Fabio 16 April 2012

Petra Cortright is a Santa Barbara, California based Internet artist. She studied at Parsons The New School for Design in New York and California College of the Arts in San Francisco. Her work has been shown at the New Museum in New York, the Venice Biennale and the 2010 01SJ Biennial in San Jose, California.

vvebcam (2007), one of her early works, relates to the activity of looking at a video online. Instead of being a simple consumer of YouTube, Cortright films herself while weaving into her video animations that both interrupt the experience of watching and question the entire physical process of sitting on front of a monitor. On Saturday December 10th 2011, vvebcam was removed by YouTube because of Cortright’s extensive use of “offensive” key words.