Along the way, she’s shown her work at venues like the Denver Art museum and the Frye Art Museum, Seattle.
She was also included in the Crystal Bridges Museum of Art’s contemporary-art roundup, “State of the Art.” Like Siren, some of Lee’s previous works have also called on mythical references, like the 2012 operatic performance .
Another fun feature is that it allows women to sign up invisibly so that they can check out men’s profiles and point them out to their friends—a function called “wing woman.” And, back to those mythical women, the “siren call” feature lets women send out a signal to people nearby that they’re ready to meet up right away, be it for coffee or something racier.
The app’s attempt to create a friendlier, safer environment seems to be paying off; the company claims to have had zero reports of harassing messages.
(When the app started, the questions were penned by Seattle artists.) Artists often deal with visibility and lack thereof, and one of Siren’s main selling points is that it aims to discourage the creepy, harassing guys who plague other dating sites and apps by allowing women to remain invisible until they decide they like a guy. It allows you to indicate whether you are male or female or if you don’t classify yourself in that binary way.
It also lets you indicate whether you’re open to dating transgender people.
Whether you are looking for inspiration for your current piece of work or the next one, then you might just find the answer in starting up a relationship.
What other place to find love and inspiration than amongst a community of other creative minds also looking for love or inspiration?
Photo: courtesy Siren." width="640" height="502" srcset="https://news.artnet.com/app/news-upload/2016/01/1183w, https://news.artnet.com/app/news-upload/2016/01/Siren-300x235300w, https://news.artnet.com/app/news-upload/2016/01/Siren-1024x8021024w" sizes="(max-width: 640px) 100vw, 640px" / There are plenty of dating apps that aim to hand the reins to women, but now there’s even one that was designed by a female artist.
Siren, named for the mythical beauties who lured sailors to shipwreck on rocky shores, was founded by Seattle artist Susie J.
Previous works also employed digital means to allow interaction between viewers and artworks, perhaps foretelling her predisposition to create an application meant to digitally foster connections between people.
(2011) invited viewers to call, text or email a mixed-media sculpture that followed up with a message the next day, asking questions like “Are you thinking of me? ” And the interactive 2009 video installation Siren aims to be better than other digital dating services, and even when talking trash about the competition, Lee resorts to an artist’s vocabulary: “I didn’t believe anybody else’s self-portraits,” she told The Stranger’s Jen Graves.
And it has earned plenty of press and some plaudits, winning Geekwire’s app of the year award for 2015.