Andrea Steves
artist / curator / producer / organizer

  1. Museum of Capitalism
  3. Center for Hydrosocial Studies

News + Publications
  1. RADIO GRAVEYARD ORBIT (w/Laressa Dickey)
  2. Looking for justice downwind of Trinity (with Gem Romuld)
  3. Museum of Capitalism (Inventory Press)
  4. Monument Lab Podcast -- Museum of Capitalism
  5. A View From the Edge of the Earth (
  6. Double Vision in Maine / California
  7. What Is The Speculative / Roundtable (Sublevel)
  8. Curating "Outside" of the Institution (Exhibitions on the Cusp)
  9. This New Museum Imagines a World Where Capitalism Is Dead (Sarah Burke for
  10. What Would a Museum of Capitalism Look Like? (Anna Wiener for The New Yorker)


2019: In residence at the Center For Capitalism Studies at The New School for Social Research
Jul 2019: In Residence @ Hewnoaks Artist Colony
Sep 5 - Nov 11, 2019: Bergen Assembly, sound design/composition in support of Dickey / Gharavi
Oct 30 - Dec 10, 2019: Museum of Capitalism at The New School
Nov 2019: sound design for company J.U.S.T., Südufer, Freiburg, Germany

Dec 2018: In residence at Skálar, Experimental Sound Art Residency, Seyðisfjörður, East Iceland, with Sam Hertz
Jan 16, 2019: Museum Interventions @ 516Arts, Albuquerque
March 28, 2019: The End of Everything, panel discussion at Pioneer Works, Brooklyn
April 25, 2019: Technology After Capitalism at SFMOMA with Finn Brunton, Kim Stanley Robinson, Caitlin Zaloom, and Xiaowei Wang
May 19-25 2019: The Whole Life: Archives and Reality, Dresden



2016 MFA, Digital Arts & New Media, University of California, Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA
2009 MBA, emphases in Nonprofit Management and Sustainability, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
2005 BFA, Performing Arts Technology (Media Arts), University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
2005 BSE, Interdisciplinary Engineering: Computer Science, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

2010-present FICTILIS with Timothy Furstnau
2014-present Museum of Capitalism with Timothy Furstnau
2015-present Center for Hydrosocial Studies with Annie Danis and Rose Linke
2017-present Double Vision with Francois Hughes and Yulia Pinkusevich

2018 William P. Heidrich Research Fellowship, Labadie Collection, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (FICTILIS)
Kindling Fund, Andy Warhol Foundation, for Double Vision with Orbis Editions
Puffin Public Interest Grant, for Double Vision
Public Art Funding, City of Santa Cruz, CA (FICTILIS)
Public Art Funding, Jack London Improvement District, Oakland, CA (for Museum of Capitalism // FICTILIS)
2017 Project Space Residency Grant, Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA (for Museum of Capitalism)
2016   Emily Hall Tremaine Exhibition Award (for Museum of Capitalism // FICTILIS)
Selected, YBCA 100, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA (FICTILIS)
Community Arts Grant, Zellerbach Family Foundation (FICTILIS)
Quick Grant Recipient, Center for Creative Innovation
Open Spaces Development Grant, Kenneth Rainin Foundation (for Museum of Capitalism // FICTILIS)
2015 Finalist, COAL Art & Environment Prize, Paris, France
Left Tilt Fund Grant Award (for Museum of Capitalism)
Arts Grant, Clorox Company Foundation (for Museum of Capitalism)
Arts Dean’s Fund for Excellence Grant Recipient, University of California, Santa Cruz
Finalist, Creative Climate Awards, New York, NY
Public Interest Grant, Puffin Foundation (for Wildcat Hauling // FICTILIS)
Porter Hitchcock Modern Poetry Fund, University of California, Santa Cruz
Finalist, SOIL Culture, Kew Gardens, London, United Kingdom
2014 Finalist, Southern Exposure Grau Offsite Award
San Francisco Soup Grant Winner
Awesome Foundation Grant Winner, San Francisco, CA
2013 Winner, Southern Exposure “Bank Heist Proposal Contest”, San Francisco, CA
2012 Seattle Storefronts Creative Enterprise Arts Grant, Seattle, WA
Seattle Storefronts Installation Grant, Seattle, WAn

2019 Visiting Scholar, Center for Capitalism Studies, The New School, New York, NY (FICTILIS)
2018 Skalar Sound Art and Experimental Music Residency, Seyðisfjörður, East Iceland (with Sam Hertz)
Visiting Curators, Vienna Art Week, Vienna, Austria (FICTILIS)
Public Residency, IF/THEN Studio, Berkeley, CA (Center for Hydrosocial Studies)
Artist-in-Residence, This Will Take Time, Point Arena, California (Double Vision)
2017 Visiting Artist, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland (FICTILIS)
Artist-in-Residence, This Will Take Time, Point Arena, California (Center for Hydrosocial Studies)
Project Space Residency, Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA (FICTILIS)
2016   Visiting Artist, Land Arts of the American West, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
Visiting Artist, Department of Architecture, University of California, Berkeley, CA
2015 Artist In Residence, Food Justice, Santa Fe Art Institute, Santa Fe, NM
Visiting Artist, University of Sussex Digital Media Exchange, Brighton, UK
Artist In Residence, Dickinson House, Belgium
2014 Interface Gallery Residency for Community Participation and Exchange, Oakland, California

2018 Double Vision, site-specific radio installation for A Long Wait, Fort Gorges, Portland, Maine
2015 “Grain Works,” sound installation, Center For 21st Century Music, Silo City, Buffalo, NY
2014 “meer im mund,” sound, with Steffi Sembdner, Bat-Studiotheatre, Berlin, Germany
“MUND,” sound, with Steffi Sembdner, Uferstudios, Berlin, Germany
2013 “Drawn Together: A Celebration of Bay Area Artists.” Oakland, CA
2012 “My Dinner With My Dinner With Andre”, FICTILIS Studio, Seattle, WA
“Magic Lantern” - Projection Event at Children’s Fairyland. Oakland, CA
2009 “Patina Tour” with Timothy Furstnau, Ann Arbor Film Festival. Ann Arbor, MI
2008 “Multitude of Happenings” with Karl Pestka, BlockM New Music Showcase, Ann Arbor, MI
2005 “Lullaby” with Keith Monda, University of Michigan Media Union, Ann Arbor, MI
“Tangle” (Solo Thesis Show), University of Michigan Video Studio, Ann Arbor, MI
2004 SEAMUS Electroacoustic Music Showcase, Ann Arbor, MI

2019 Museum of Capitalism, The New School, New York, NY
2018 Museum of Capitalism, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
Double Vision for Desire Trails, Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, California
Counter/Surveil, group exhibition, University of California, Santa Cruz, California
2017 Museum of Capitalism, Oakland, CA
Commons Opening, Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA
Museum of Capitalism, Cash Conference, San Francisco Mint, San Francisco, CA
Nightlife, Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA
Wastewater Walk, STEAM2017, University of West Florida Art Gallery, Pensacola, FL
2016 Tributaries, Santa Fe Art Institute, Santa Fe, NM
LOT Miami, site-specific commission, Miami, FL
Wildcat Hauling, solo exhibition, Corcoran School of the Arts & Design, Washington, DC
Behind The Smart World, Art Meets Radical Openness Festival, Linz, Austria
Document V, curated by Temporary Art Review, The Luminary, St. Louis, MO
Giant Steps, curated by Greg Lundgren, King Street Station, Seattle, WA
2015 Printed Matter, Target Gallery, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Alexandria, VA
Creative Climate, Human Impacts Institute, New York, NY
Producing Waste, Producing Space. Princeton School of Architecture. Princeton, NJ
Articulture New Media Art Biennial (theme: “Multiculturalism”). Media, PA
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Market Street Prototyping Festival. San Francisco, CA
2014 Strange Weather, Science Gallery. Dublin, Ireland
Night Light, SOMArts. San Francisco, CA

“Prehistory of a Museum of Capitalism,” Red May Arts Festival, Seattle, WA May 2018
“Museum of Capitalism,” guest lecture/workshop, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA March 2018
Invited Presenters: War, Security and Digital Media Working Group, University of California Humanities Research Institute, Santa Cruz, CA, March 2018
“Remaking the Museum: Curation, Conservation, and Care in Times of Ecological Upheaval” presenter and panelist, Aarhus University Centre for Environmental Humanities Dec 2017
“Prehistory of a Museum of Capitalism” invited talk, Leonardo International Society for Art, Science, and Technology. Institute of the Arts and Sciences UCSC Dec 2017
FICTILIS artist talk, Museum Cultures: The Politics of Display, UCSC Dec 2017
FICTILIS artist talk, Recent Methods and Approaches to Digital Arts and Culture, UCSC Dec 2017
“Museum of Capitalism,” ASAP/9: The Arts of the Present, Berkeley, CA, Oct 2017
“Museum of Capitalism”, curators’ talk, Long Room Hub, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, 15 Mar 2017
“Museums of Capitalism Global Summit and Panel Discussion”, Vierte Welt, Berlin, Germany, 11 Mar 2017
Panelists, “STEAM 2017: The Overlap of Citizen Science, Activism and Art Practice”. University of West Florida, Pensacola, FL 4 Mar 2017
Guest Lecture, YBCA Equity Fellows, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA, 26 Jan 2017
“Neighborliness”, artist talk, Living Room Light Exchange, Oakland, CA, 22 Dec 2016
“Museum of Capitalism”, International Association for Visual Culture Biennial Conference, Boston, MA, 29 Sep 2016
Anthropocene Campus, Invited Participant (Steves), HKW, Berlin, Germany, Apr 2016
Guest Workshop with Experimental Ethnographies group, UC-Berkeley, 23 Mar 2016
“Interlife Crisis”, artist talk, Digital Literacy, University of San Francisco, San Francisco, California, 5 Nov 2015
“Short Run Census Bureau”, Short Run Arts & Comix Festival, Seattle, Washington, 31 Oct 2015
“Museum of Capitalism”, World Wide West, Point Arena, California, 14 Nov 2015
YBCA Labor Collaborative Think Tank and YBCA Ecology Collaborative Think Tank, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 2015-2016
“Art & Environmental Activism,” Global Sustainable Soundscapes Network, Brookings, South Dakota and Wood River, Nebraska, 17 Jul 2015
Organizer, Moderators: “Enacting Awareness: Water, Waste, and Public Space,” University of California, Santa Cruz, 28 May 2015
“Walking the Waste Stream,” workshop with Lize Mogel, Princeton School of Architecture, Princeton, New Jersey, 6 Mar 2015
“Environmental Art”, Sustainable Systems, Parsons The New School for Design, New York, 4 Mar 2015
“Audio Walks”, Sound Installation MPSM-403, MassArt, Boston, Massachusetts, 27 Feb 2015
“Curation as Art”, Studio for Interrelated Media, MassArt, Boston, Mass., 26 Feb 2015
“Environmental Art”, Sustainable Systems in Design, University of San Francisco, San Francisco, California 30 Sep 2014 (Steves)
“Design for Environment,” Sustainable Use of Ecosystems, UC Berkeley. 28 Apr 2014 (Steves)
Sustainable Design Cafe, University of San Francisco, 26 Mar 2014 (Steves)
FICTILIS artist talk, “Sustainable Design”, Design Ecologies, Pacific Northwest College of Art, 1 Nov 2013

Museum of Capitalism, Volume II, edited by FICTILIS, Inventory Press, expected August 2019
Double Vision | A Long Wait, Orbis Editions, October 2018
Museum of Capitalism, essay for Decapitated Economies, intercalations 5, Co-published by K. Verlag and the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin (forthcoming)
Essay in Sublevel Magazine, The Speculative, CalArts School for Critical Studies, May 2018
Museum of Capitalism, edited by FICTILIS, Inventory Press, August 2017
Media-N Journal, New Media Caucus, Ecologies of Creative Activism, VISIBLE/INVISIBLE (Summer 2016)
Catalog essay for You Because Free Instantly New, Rhonda Holberton, ProArts Gallery, Oakland, CA
Emergency Index, 2011, Volume 2 (2012), Volume 3 (2013), Volume 4 (2014), Volume 5 (2015), Ugly Duckling Press

Art F City. Farley, Michael Anthony. “Monday Links: Failed banks and more at the Museum of Capitalism.” 12 June 2017. Web.
Art in America. Brown, Brandon. “Reality Check: Oakland’s Museum of Capitalism.” 17 July 2017. Web.
ArtNet. Boucher, Brian. “Is capitalism doomed? A new museum imagines the downfall of the economic system.” 12 June 2017. Web.
Artsy. Burke, Sarah. “This new museum imagines a world where capitalism is dead.” 12 June 2017. Web.
CityLab. Capps, Kriston. “Oakland gets marxist popup: the ‘Museum of Capitalism.’” 13 June 2017. Web.
Creator’s Project. Voynovskaya, Nastia. “The Museum of Capitalism Exposes the Cost of Our Collective Greed.” 16 Jul 2017. Web.
Curbed SF. Brinklow, Adam. “Oakland’s new Museum of Capitalism opens Saturday.” 14 June 2017. Web.
East Bay Express. BondGraham, Darwin. “Seeing State Power Inside the Museum of Capitalism.” 5 July 2017. Web.
Egypt Today. Staff. “New US museum shows capitalism through history.” 21 June 2017. Web.
Flaunt. Wiggins, Parker. “The inaugural Museum of Capitalism opens this summer in Oakland.” 12 June 2017. Web.
Hyperallergic. Tedford, Matthew Harrison. “The Museum of Capitalism isn’t Buying Our Prevailing Economic Model.” 3 July 2017. Web.
Grist. Merchant, Emma Foehringer. “Humans have been exploiting the world for so long that there’s a museum about it.” 27 Jun 2017. Web.
La Stampa. Opezzo, Irene. “Così l’arte contemporanea mette in scena la crisi.” 26 June 2017. Web.
Lonely Planet. McCarthy, Annemarie. “The USA now has a Museum of Capitalism and Oakland is hosting its inaugural exhibition.” 15 June 2017. Web.
Quartz. Yi, Hannah and Aamna Mohdin. “A new museum is preparing people for the downfall of capitalism.” 30 June 2017. Web, Video.
New Yorker. Wiener, Anna. “What Would a Museum of Capitalism Look Like?” 18 August 2017. Web.
Salon. Spencer, Keith A. “Opening day at Oakland’s Museum of Capitalism.” 24 June 2017. Web.
SF Chronicle. Millner, Caille. “Take a lesson from capitalism museum when you leave.” 23 June 2017. Web.
SF Gate. Desmarais, Charles. “Capitalism museum opens in Oakland.” 23 June 2017. Web.
SF Weekly. Kane, Peter Lawrence. “Yes, Oakland’s Museum of Capitalism is Free.” 5 July 2017. Web.
Temporary Art Review. Hunn, Sarrita. “Museums of Capitalism: Death by Aesthetics.” 14 August 2017. Web.
Temporary Art Review. McAnally, James. “New Constitutions: Institutions After Capitalism.” 28 June 2017. Web.