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I am on the internet because I would like to believe that I still believe in it.

I make site-specific internet & ambient art, tools, gatherings, and community archives that gather us now and in perpetuity.

Chia Amisola
hotemogirlfriend@gmail.com

Biography

Chia Amisola is an internet artist & a ambient artist.
b. 2000 in Tondo, Manila

They are interested in gathering all the people they love in one place and how the internet might be this place.

Their practice surrounds gathering & worldmaking on the internet through the construction of worlds, systems, and tools for communal care, self-preservation, and maintenance. Mostly, they are interested in the ‘invisibles’ and ‘unseens’ within technology, and what the application of a quantum listening-like practice with our relationships with technology & tools—a relation of technology as activism, and of love.

Through the making of worlds and the tools to continue shaping these worlds, creation becomes a radical act of self-preservation.

Chia is interested in the question of technology in the Philippines & Southeast Asia, ambience of sound, gathering, and web, environmental media, clouds, folk technologies & archives, dualities (or the lack thereof) in offline & online spaces of care.

By day they are a Product Designer on Figma's Prototyping team. At night, they create Developh— a community of practice towards radical, critical technologies that Chia founded in 2016. They're also stewarding the beginnings of the Philippine Internet Archive, a net label, web experiments, radio, and field recording. They recently graduated from Yale with a BA in Computing and the Arts, receiving the Louis Sudler Prize, where their thesis was a game engine that's a game in itself.

Presently

Designing tools for prototyping at Figma.

Working on WHEN WE LOVE, a dating simulator beyond one screen, a set of interconnected online & offline experiences about expressions of love in the time of the internet.

Critical technology projects at Developh, focusing on publishing and communinty archival.

Stewarding the beginnings of the Philippine Internet Archive, presently researching and recording Filipino internet history.

Doing ambient & experimental radio shows on Filipino radio, internet history; and investigating the 'sound of a website'.

Radio and raves in San Francisco.

Find Chia

CV
Resume
Index
Chia's blog

engine.lol (2022)
A tiny gamemaker that's a game in itself
we are only moving towards each other (2023)
A dream sequence and a love letter in a concrete browser poem
When We Love (Upcoming)
An upcoming browser-based dating simulator
ifyouknewmewouldyoulove.me
chia.design (2022—)
Just what I'm working on
I love it when you (2021–22)
autocomplete (2022)
Being a teenage girl is impossible
Gazing (2023)
A gathering under the stars
thesoundof.love (2022)
I heard of love in the YouTube comments section.
bisita (2021)
A recollection and tour
chia.pics (2022—)
Philippine Cassette Archive (2022)
Making a Poetic Web(site) (2022)
Workshop

Selected Works

Websites


Net Art, Selected


Selected


Teaching

Contact

For work, freelance, teaching, etc.
chiamisola@gmail.com
(Not open to full-time work)

For inquiries on art, collaborations, personal, DJing, etc.
Available starting January 2023.
hotemogirlfriend@gmail.com

I am always open to making something for you and/or with you. I do not even have to be paid or see anything in return but the object & idea in existence, having found a place.


Chia is on Github, Are.na, Instagram, & Twitter as well.
And read.cv & LinkedIn & my resumé.

  1. naming ambient art, Dec 2022
  2. theophany / when there is a desire to invent a world, Jan 2022
  3. in May 2022, with a degree in Computing and the Arts and some awards
  4. a gamemaker that is a game in itself, a love letter to the browser & indie creation, and a question towards how software can feel