Marie Sester is a media artist based in New York. Born in France, she began her career as an architect, having earned her master's degree from the Ecole d' Architecture in Strasbourg in 1980. Her interest, however, shifted from how to build structures to how architecture and ideology affect our understanding of the world. Her work questions the societal perspective of the West and the "New World Order." She has received grants and residencies most recently from the Institute of Advanced Media Arts and Sciences (IAMAS), in Gifu, Japan; Creative Capital Foundation, New York; and Eyebeam, New York. Ms. Sester has taught in France, Japan, and the United States and she has exhibited internationally. Her installations have been recently shown at SIGGRAPH 2003 and Ars Electronica 2003, where her project ACCESS received an Honorary Mention in Interactive Art. ACCESS also received the 2004 Webby Award for Net Art and was listed in the "50 Coolest Websites" in the Time Magazine Online Edition, June, 2004. In early 2004, she had a one-person show at the Kitchen, New York. During the summer and fall of 2004, Ms. Sester is in Residence at te ZKM (Center for Art and Media), Karlsruhe, Germany.

Project Description:

"Be[am]ing" is a web and performance based interactive public art installation using advanced technologies (including robotic video projection, robotic audio beaming, robotic laser beaming, computer-vision tracking, real-time image processing, and the Internet) to explore the coalescence of surveillance and mass entertainment and its impact on contemporary life.