Sleight of Hand is an artist book that captures the theory and practice of Liat Berdugo's work from the years 2011-2013. In 300 pages of projects and texts, Berdugo unpacks the promises and vows of technology to present-day society. In all these projects, Berdugo works from the technological, but more so she works from the logos of the tehknē: from a principle of art (tehknē) that creates its own, often absurd discourse (logos) between technology’s vows and its reneges, between what the digital world promises us, and where those promises fall short. Berdugo revels in these utopic promises and these dystopic failures equally, and her work transposes and transforms them, as if by sleight of hand.
Liat Berdugo is an American-Israeli artist whose work focuses on the strange, delightful and increasingly ambiguous terrain between the digital and the analog, the online and the offline, and the scientific and the literary. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and festivals internationally, including The Simultan Festival in Romania, STIGMART/10 in Italy, Athens Video */ Art Festival, and DysTorpia Media Project in New York. She is the 2012 winner of the Anomalous Press Chapbook Competition and her book, The Everyday Maths, was published in 2013. She holds a BA in mathematics from Brown University and an M.F.A. in Digital + Media art from the Rhode Island School of Design. Her recent work explores the totemic and fetishized sides of technology and the gestures surrounding its condensation to the surfaces of touch-screens. She lives and works in Tel Aviv. More at http://digikits.ch.