Laura Nova is a New York City based artist and educator who makes work that is action oriented and site specific, encouraging both activist and active audience participation.
Rooted in social relationships, her work examines the dynamics of social interaction. Interdisciplinary, participative, and collaborative, language and technology are central in mediating communication with traditional and digital methodologies (text, image, video, sound, sculpture, installation, and performance). Projects such as, "Feed Me A Story," focus on memory, identity, and immigration of senior citizens by sharing secret family recipes in a documentary - style video cookbook, "Limited Run," features a 20-meter indoor running track, "The Crescendo Project," utilizes RFID technology to create an automated praise-singing machine for disabled athletes during a road race, "On the Spot," invites the viewer into an interactive video installation that employs a karaoke style stage for one-liners and "Moving Stories: a senior-led walking tour," combines physical movement and memory. Viewers become part of her installations, as participation merges into performance and edges into everyday life.
Nova's work has been featured at the New Museum, the Museum at Eldridge Street, the Brooklyn Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Real Art Ways and many galleries including the Substation Gallery in Johannesburg, South Africa and the National Arts Center in Tokyo, Japan. She has received grants from the MAP Fund, National Endowment of the Arts, New York State Council of the Arts, PBS/POV and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. She has been published in MIT Docubase, DNAinfo, New York Magazine, Hyperallergic and WNYC. Her residencies include SPARC (Seniors Partnering with Artists Citywide), the Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island National Monument, Governors Island, Vermont Studio Center and LMCC Workspace.
Nova received a B.F.A. and B.A. from Cornell University and an M.F.A. from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is currently an Associate Professor of Expanded Media in the Creative Art and Technology program at Bloomfield College and the 2016 recipient of the LMCC President’s Award in Visual Art.