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Jennifer Gradecki is an artist-theorist with an interdisciplinary background in experimental psychology, sculpture, new genres, and visual studies. She uses methods of institutional critique, tactical media and information activism to open up secretive and specialized systems to analysis and critique. Her investigations have focused on Institutional Review Boards, social science techniques, financial instruments and, most recently, intelligence agencies and technologies of mass surveillance. Gradecki is a PhD candidate at SUNY Buffalo in the Department of Visual Studies and her dissertation focuses on the informational mosaic metaphor as used by intelligence agencies and in practice-based artistic research projects that deal with the surveillance state. She earned her MFA in New Genres from UCLA's Department of Art in 2010. She has participated in numerous international exhibitions and conferences, including ADAF (Greece), ISEA (Vancouver), Critical Finance Studies (Amsterdam), New Media Gallery (Zadar), AC Institute (New York), Science Gallery Dublin, The New Gallery (Calgary), Istanbul Contemporary Art Museum, and Eyebeam’s Radical/Networks.