Yael Kanarek is an Israeli-American artist based in New York City. Born in New York City and raised in Israel, she returned to New York in 1991. Yael Kanarek was very active in the early days of the Net Art scene in New York and collaborated for over ten year with Eyebeam.
Kanarek has been developing an integrated media project called World of Awe since 1995. At the core of World of Awe is "The Journal"--an original narrative that uses the ancient genre of the traveler's tale to explore connections between storytelling, travel, memory and technology.
Selected for the 2002 Whitney Biennial, Kanarek has been recognized in the United States and abroad with awards including the Rockefeller 2005 New Media Fellowship, 2003 Netizens Webprize, and CNRS/UNESCO Lewis Carroll Argos prize in France. She has received grants from the Jerome Foundation Media Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, and commissions from San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Turbulence.org, and the Alternative Museum. Kanarek has also completed artist residencies at Eyebeam and Harvestworks.
Kanarek's work has been exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art; Sala Uno Gallery in Rome; K-99, in Cologne; Nelly Aman, Israel; Rhizome openMouse; The Kitchen; SIGGRAPH; American Museum of the Moving Image; The Drawing Center; and bitforms gallery, New York and Seoul, among many others. 1
Kanarek is the founder of The Upgrade!, an international network of artists and curators concerned with art, technology and activism. She holds an MFA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She teaches at NYU and Pratt Institute.