Transitional Objects: The 2021 Center for Integrated Media Exhibition

May 4–16, 2021

Transitional Objects is a collection of work from the 2021 Integrated Media class that engages in the interplay between technological turbulence and accelerated becoming. These sixteen artists from  have demonstrated incredible resilience during their recent moments of personal isolation, and social constriction. In spite of the abrupt temporal disruptions to their lives, they have persevered by making extraordinary work that interrogates the complexities of our twenty-first century with all its challenges and contradictions. Together, their work functions as a collective oracle, a virtual device that imagines future possibilities. However, this articulation does not predict a simple future, rather, it provokes an array of complexity by initiating critical discussions of identity, gender, surveillance, trauma, memory and time. They are tentacular investigations of automation, machine learning, sound, image and space—multimodal markings of the many voices and diverse personas that constitute our networked yet fractured world.

Artists: Fia Benitez Villanueva, Caleb Craig, Jing Dong, Brin Gordon, Brian Griffith, Tatum Howey, Zachary Kenefick, Sunny Kim, Ziyin Li, Dongpu Ling, Dylan Marx, Shan Ni, Matthew Pagoaga, Autumn Rogers, Kensaku Shinohara, and Gary Zhang

Presented at JACCC George J. Doizaki Gallery at the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center (JACCC) 

Fia Benitez

Rot Root

Caleb Craig

Unfurling Goddess

Jing Dong

The Hidden Space

Brin Gordon, Dylan Marx, and Zachary Kenefick

H’Wei Vondert

Brian Griffith

Network Daydream

Tatum Howey

The trans body is always spoken for/ Who breathes me out and away?/ You do.

Sunny Kim


Ziyin Li

Living in the space, I am standing here. Looking for the trace of you. But you only breeze through me. That makes me tremble

Dongpu Ling

Dark Matter


Shan Ni

Sound of Mermy


Matthew Pagoaga

Pop Song

Autumn Rogers


Do Androids Yiff with Electric Sheep

Kensaku Shinohara


Gary Zhang

The Whispering