Nancy Nisbet is a multidisciplinary artist with a practice that weaves connections between the political, the technological and the personal.

Her current artwork, Exchange, has been in development since 2003. Exchange uses cultural resistance to unsettle questionable relationships between international politics, technological surveillance, and identity construction. For this project all of Nancy's personal belongings are inventoried and marked with Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags. Nancy will drive a semi-truck, trading personal items with individuals encountered on her 6-month road trip around North America.

As part of the art project itself, Nancy will consciously place herself outside of the expected private/commercial categories with respect to international border crossings. Her Exchange performances create friction surrounding international trade agreements, surveillance and national security. Participants must reconsider negotiation and exchange based outside of the standard economic model. There is no need for economic parity between traded items. Sharing of personal stories and experiences and the development of community and solidarity are the currency of Exchange.

Previous artworks include Crude Events, Pop! Goes the Weasel and After/noon Tea. In Crude Events Nancy donned a mask and stormed a gallery with a paint-ball gun to shoot paint onto canvases in a reflection of the price of crude oil during the 2002 build up to the War in Iraq. For Pop! Goes the Weasel Nancy created a video of the surgical implantation of her hands with RFID microchips as part of a larger installation that used RFID badges to track visitors' positions in a gallery space. After/noon Tea was a performance and installation that created community through the taking of tea. Each week for six months Nancy dropped large hand-made tea bags, hot and dripping, onto table-cloths in the preparation of tea to give to passers-by. The tablecloths were then hand-sewn together in a reflection of the labour and active process of community building.

Nancy is well known for her interest in RFID technology and is the author of "Resisting Surveillance: Identity and Implantable Microchips" and "What do we get out of what we put into the Blueberry iBox". Her artwork has been presented internationally including exhibits in the United States, Germany, Japan and Thailand. She maintains an active international conference portfolio and speaks on issues of art in connection with resistance, surveillance, human rights, RFID technology, and identity.

Nancy is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Art History & Visual Art at The University of British Columbia and is the recipient of the 2002/2003 Peter Wall Early Career Scholar Award. In 2004 Nancy was awarded the UBC Scholar in Residence at the Center for Research in Women's Studies and Gender Relations and she continues to be an associate Faculty member of the Centre.

Nancy received her MFA from the California Institute of the Arts in Photography in 2000 and holds a BSc. in Genetics('91) and a BEd. in Secondary Education('93). Now based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Nancy continues to push the boundaries of technology, politics, human interaction and identity while enjoying the beauty of west coast life.

Nancy Nisbet
Exchange 2006