Ruth Sergel harnesses technical prowess for community engagement and social transformation. Artist and agitator, her work explodes out conventional definitions to bridge art and technology, memory and wonder to create compassionate works that incite active civic participation.
Sergel’s films, public interventions and interactive installations have been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, Boston Museum of Fine Art, Corcoran Gallery of Art, National Museum of Women in the Arts, New-York Historical Society, Gray Art Gallery, Anthology Film Archives and 3LD Art + Technology Center. Her work has been shown internationally including Clermont-Ferrand (France), Shift Festival (Basel) and Théâtre de la Ville, (Paris) as well as broadcast on the Independent Film Channel (IFC) and PBS.
Sergel’s projects have been supported by the Jerome Foundation, New York State Council on the Arts, Experimental Television Center, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and the 21st Century ILGWU Heritage Fund. Sergel was the Resident Researcher in Video at New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) and a fellow in Public History at Brown University. Additional residencies include Yaddo, Squeaky Wheel, CESTA (Czech Republic), Digital Performance Institute, and Here Arts Center. Her work has been widely covered in the press including NY Daily News, NPR, CNN, and the Huffington Post. In 2011, Sergel was honored to be invited to the Obama White House to participate in the Community Leaders Briefing Series. New York Times reporter Stephen Greenhouse captures the power of this book in the 2011 article, “In a Tragedy, A Mission to Remember.”