Since 1995, Yael Kanarek has developed a unique project using photography, text, sculpture, and performance. For the past decade she has integrated a range of media into a hypertext system with epic proportions titled World of Awe.
Grounded with an original narrative that expands the ancient tradition and genre of a traveler's tale, Kanarek's World of Awe explores connections between storytelling, travel, memory, and technology. With a solo exhibition slated for 2007 at the Jewish Museum, Kanarek has been recognized internationally with a Rockefeller New Media fellowship, the Netizens Webprize, and the CNRS/UNESCO Lewis Carroll Prix Argos in France. Selected for the 2002 Whitney Biennial, she has received grants from the Jerome Foundation Media Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, and commissions from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Turbulence.org, and The Alternative Museum. Kanarek has also held residencies at Eyebeam and Harvestworks. Her work has been written about in The New York Times, Le Monde Interactif, Tema Celeste, ARTnews, Time Out, Flash Art Italy, Firma, Paper, Wired, The Journal News, ArtByte, and Internet Art by Rachel Greene. In 2000, Kanarek founded Upgrade!, an international network of artists and curators.