Installation photograph, Tiana Birrell: the weight of a cloud, Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, Oct 29, 2021—Jan 8, 2022, photo © UMOCA
Tiana Birrell is a multimedia artist and curator from Massachusetts. She received her MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her MS in Environmental Humanities from the University of Utah. She currently resides in Salt Lake City where she investigates the copious amount of water and energy used by data centers in Salt Lake and Utah Valley. She uses photography, video, projections, installations, and performative lectures to consider these questions as well as bring these invisible structures into visibility.
Tiana was awarded the 2019 Digital Matters Lab Graduate Fellowship by the University of Utah for her research on the relationship between data centers and water consumption. She recently co-founded PARC, a Utah-based artist collective, and became a Granary Arts Fellow for developing Incubation Period, a virtual exhibition curated during the March 2020 COVID-19 global quarantine.