Lisa Erdman (U.S.A) is an artist, educator, and researcher. In April of 2019, at Aalto University (Finland), Lisa defended her doctoral dissertation, entitled, Performing false hope: Ethical outcomes of fictitious pharmaceutical advertising as a public art intervention.
Using satire and corporate parody, Lisa's multimedia work explores the politics of medicine, advertising, and cultural identity. Lisa is interested in examining the mechanisms that shape personal identity and one’s relationship to pharmaceuticals and medical authority. Her work borrows from traditions of conceptual art, speculative design, science fiction, and absurdist performative strategies.
Since 1992, Lisa’s videos, installations, and performances have been presented internationally in venues such as: The Kitchen Performance Space in New York City; Kiasma Contemporary Art Museum; The Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki, Finland; SIGGRAPH Conference on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques in Boston; The Houston International Film Festival; and the Cine Estudiantil Latino Film Festival in Enseñada, Mexico. Lisa has participated in artist residencies at the Red Gate Gallery in Beijing (2006), and at the Hungarian Multicultural Center in Budapest (2008).
Lisa’s poetry has been published in an anthology of mid-Hudson Valley poets, entitled Dyed in the Wool, by Vivisphere Publishing (2001). In 2003, Lisa received a grant award from the Washington D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, for her poem entitled, Café con Léche which explores her Dominican-U.S. bicultural identity. The poem was included in an exhibition of Latin American art and writing entitled, Our Voices, Our Images at the Inter-American Development Bank and Cultural Center in Washington D.C.
Lisa holds a Doctorate of Arts from Aalto University in Helsinki, Finland. She earned a Master of Fine Arts in Electronic Arts from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY, and a Bachelor of Science in Dance, Interarts & Technology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.