This site features a curated list of selected works by Hawaii-born and raised New Media Artist, Jen Goya / Jennifer Goya-Smith.

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Remember ‘Ōhi’a

Jennifer GoyaRemember Ōhiʻa, 2021Interactive Digital Media Installation Artists of Hawaii Now Honolulu Museum of Art *John Young Award 2021 Recipient The ʻōhi‘a tree and its blossom, lehua, are resilient. One of the first plants to break through lava, it is critical in sustaining other native life. Ōhiʻa lehua is sacred, the physical manifestation of several Hawaiian deities, such as …

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Remember Lehua

Jennifer GoyaRemember Lehua, 2020Website When I was a young child, I fondly remember Kupuna Gora and Kupuna Wong would gather us on the floor in my classroom at Ma’e Ma’e Elementary. We would learn songs and have language and culture lessons every week. I remember listening to the unrequited love story between Pele and ‘Ōhi’a. …

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  • Date
  • January 24, 2020

Remember the Time

Jennifer GoyaRemember the Time – https://bit.ly/rememberthistoo, 2019Computer Drawings, Websites, Interactive Graphics, Sound, and NFTs(6) 13 in x 19 in, (6) Websites, (6) Animated GIF NFTs Memories are complex and the experiences one can recall with accuracy can sometimes be challenged and retold through another perspective that’s different and unlike their own. I find this divergence …

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Who Moo New Coo

Jennifer GoyaWho Moo New Coo, 2017Interactive Sound and Image Who Moo New Coo is a multimedia installation that features custom software I designed that isolates the sounds of common words being spoken and are played on command by the user.  The sounds are paired with illustrations to introduce a playful way to learn how to …

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  • Date
  • January 22, 2020

She Didn’t Buy the Shirt

Jennifer GoyaShe Didn’t Buy The Shirt, 2017Website She Didn’t Buy The Shirt is a website that features interactive elements with a written account about an experience the artist had selling expensive t-shirts in Waikiki (Hawaii) when she was a teenager. The animations are paired with sounds to introduce a playful way to learn how to …

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  • Date
  • January 21, 2020

Ordnance Ordinance

Jennifer GoyaOrdnance Ordinance, 2012Single Channel High-Definition Video10 minutes, 10 seconds The US military used Kaho‘olawe as a bombing range for 50 years.  During that time, the island’s caprock was broken; loosing its ability to retain fresh water, making it nearly impossible for native life to thrive.  In one thousands years, the island’s caprock will remain …

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  • Date
  • January 20, 2020

Waikiki Sign

Jennifer GoyaWaikiki Sign, 2011Single-Channel High-Definition Video­­­10 minutes Waikiki Sign, is a pre-visualization of a future art installation as seen in a single-channel video installation.  The proposed art structure will be composed of seven white letters, 40 feet tall and 40 feet wide that spell out “Waikiki” and would be constructed on the makai side of …

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  • Date
  • February 22, 2019

The Pineapple is Not Native to Hawaii

Jennifer GoyaThe Pineapple is Not Native to Hawaii, 2010DVD-ROM The Pineapple is Not Native to Hawaii is a DVD which examines the role origins play in the legacy of the pineapple.  A DVD menu displays five”pine” buttons and five “apple” buttons.  The user must choose one “pine” button first before selecting one “apple” button.  A …

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  • Date
  • February 22, 2019

Pineapple Worker

Jennifer GoyaPineapple Worker, 2010Single-Channel Video3 minutes Pineapple Worker shows a woman wearing a traditional outfit for fieldwork on a pineapple plantation in her home.  Her face is covered entirely to protect her from the harsh sun and heavy dust. She’s caught in an awkward struggle with the fruit she is expected to cultivate.   The performance, …

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  • Date
  • February 22, 2019

A Log of the Overthrow

Jennifer GoyaA Log of the Overthrow, 2010High-Definition VideoProduced for Olelo Community TV/ Public Access Television28 minutes As the fire struggles to burn the pineapple, the fruit is transformed by its own history.  A Log Of The Overthrow is a 28-minute long video intended for broadcast on Olelo Community Television in Hawaii on December 21, 2010, …

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  • Date
  • February 22, 2019

Silencing Venicia

Jennifer GoyaSilencing Venicia, 2009Interactive Media Silencing Venicia is an interactive video installation that uses oral history documentary that physically separates the worker from the product.  The pineapple (the product) is shown visually by a repetitious loop of pineapples moving across a screen.  Venicia Guiala (the worker), a college educated pineapple plantation worker from the Philippines …

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  • Date
  • February 22, 2019

The Tree on Quincy Street

Jennifer GoyaThe Tree On Quincy Street, 2009Web: Image and Sound The Tree On Quincy Street is a series of photographs that documents tree types located on Quincy Street in Bedford-Stuyvesant/Bushiwick in Brooklyn.  An audio recording is paired with each photo that describes the data I collected while photographing these trees in October 2009. You can …

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  • Date
  • February 22, 2019

Goya Can

Jennifer GoyaGoya Can, 2008Animation3 seconds Goya Can is an animated GIF self-portrait. The can’s facade mirrors a certain famous brand of food, replacing its canned contents with a lesser known vegetable (bitter melon) known as ‘goya’ in the Okinawan dialect. The packaging and selling of ‘Goya-Bitter Melon’ is in reference to the occupation of Okinawa …

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  • Date
  • February 22, 2019

BSTV: Buy Stuff TV

Jennifer GoyaBSTV: Buy Stuff TV, 2008DVD-ROM BSTV is a custom-authored DVD that toys around with thoughts on consumer and pet-obsessed culture. The DVD menu and navigation buttons are disguised as familiar television shopping networks. As the user purchases products, they are treated with an assortment of media content that consist of appropriated images, original images, …

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  • Date
  • February 22, 2019

Lo Mein Baby a.k.a. Ms. G.

Jennifer GoyaLo Mein Baby a.k.a Ms. G, 2008Single Channel Video2 minutes, 5 seconds Ms. G. prepares “authentic” lo mein noodles using non-traditional methods. Concepts of cisgender, ethnic stereotypes, and cultural performance are explored. Exhibition User GeneratedWestside Gallery133-141 West 21 StreetOctober 24 – November 18, 2009

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  • Date
  • February 22, 2019

Rapids Merging Flow

Jennifer GoyaRapids Merging Flow, 2005VHS Tape with analog edits2 minutes, 4 seconds Rapids Merging Flow explores the concept of collage by blending extremely close-up images of Kilauea volcano erupting using analog mediums. The video is overlaid with other close-up images of semi-harden lava flowing like water creating a geological metaphor: two types of rapids merging …

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The Lychee Tree

Jennifer GoyaThe Lychee Tree, 2004 and 2009Experimental Documentary9 minute, 29 secondsInteractive: WebInteractive: DVD-ROM This is a 17+ year project that started in my final year of college. I recorded a series of conversations with my grandfather for my senior thesis project. He passed away while I finished this film. He never got to see the …

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  • Date
  • February 22, 2019

Fashion Plate

Jennifer GoyaFashion Plate, 2003Single Channel Hi-8 Video2 minutes, 52 seconds Fashion Plate uses fashion styles from the early to mid-1900s as a historic link to the present.  A dark historical narrative unfolds in this triptich experimental film using historical fashion, performance, and projection. The film playing in the upper left quadrant depicts a girl passing …

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  • Date
  • February 22, 2019

Sweet Life

Jennifer GoyaSweet Life, 2003Single Channel Hi-8 Video4 minutes Credits: Paranoid Woman – Stacy HayashiVoice – Sarah Harvey In a Sweet Life, an Alligator-Man lives in the mind of a disturbed woman. This film references a published tabloid article about an Alligator-Man lurking in the Louisiana Bayou.  Eyewitnesses wanted the human-alien captured. The article became the …

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  • Date
  • February 22, 2019

3:16

Jennifer Goya3:16, 2003Single Channel Hi-8 Video with Projection2 minutes Credits: Projected Woman – Stacey Hayashi 3:16 attempts to codify a 3-act non-linear narrative in edited cuts involving the number 16. The repetitious cuts involving the numbers 3 and 16 is a methodic attempt to immortalize the woman through a projected landscape.

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