Fabiola Hanna is an artist from Lebanon who currently lives and works in Santa Cruz. Hanna’s artistic practice encompasses computer science, art, and politics, moving between electronics and software, to research-based, collaborative installations.
Hanna’s current work focuses on how a machine can edit oral histories in order to put them in conversation. Starting with first-person narratives about the civil war in Lebanon (1975-1990), this project weaves together work on archives, narrative intelligence and interactive documentary. The conflicting narratives of daily life are automatically edited together using planner systems from the field of artificial intelligence to produce oral histories put in conversation with one another synthetically.
Her work has been exhibited widely in California at the Museum of Art and History in Santa Cruz, the New Children’s Museum in San Diego, the SubZero Festival in San Jose, the Digital Arts Research Center in Santa Cruz, and the MakerFaire in San Mateo.
Hanna is currently a PhD candidate in the Film and Digital Media program at the University of California Santa Cruz. She holds a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Computing in the Arts from the Visual Arts department at University of California at San Diego and an M.F.A. in Digital Art and New Media from the University of California at Santa Cruz. She is also a 2015 fellow of the Institute for Critical Social Inquiry at the New School, New York and has previously taught at University of California, San Diego and at various maker spaces including FabLab San Diego and MakerPlace.