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Jacki Apple is an American artist, writer, composer, producer and educator based in New York City. She has worked in various disciplines such as performance art and installation art. As well as art making, Apple is also a prolific writer, penning over 200 reviews and critical essays on topics such as performance art, media arts, installation art and dance. Her writing has appeared in publications such as Performing Arts Journal, Public Art Review and The Drama Review. She is currently a professor in the department of Humanities and Design Science at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.



Apple is a multimedia and performance artist who has been recording and performing since 1971. She has presented works nationally and internationally, with presentations in New Zealand, Australia, Brazil, Ireland, and Canada. In 1976, she published her first books, Partitions, this was followed up by Trunk Pieces released in 1978. She attended Syracuse University in 1959 and 1960. Apple graduated from Parsons School of Design in 1963. Born in New York City, she currently resides in Los Angeles where she continues to perform and record. Apple has been a professor at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California since 1983. She teaches courses in modernist cultural history, ecology of fashion and performance art.


Apple's career began in the early 1970s, beginning with installations, feminist performance art pieces as well as more conceptual artworks dealing with the subjects of image and identity. The first of these performances took place in 1971. 'Transfer', a collaboration with Pamela Kraft, the concept was based around the idea of four people, with every relationship between two people, having the ability to see yourself and how others see you.

In the 1980s, Apple moved to Los Angeles where alongside her interdisciplinary practice which included site-specific installations and collaborative performance pieces. In the 1990s, she continued her performance based work, but began branching out into other areas such as radio and publishing. She has published a series of books that dealt with issues pertaining to the environment. The Culture of Disappearance series deals with biological as well as cultural extinction. In the You Don't Need A Weatherman series, Apple touched on meteorological and environmental phenomena like floods, droughts, the climate in crisis.


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