Tanya Gayer is a curator and writer based in Oakland, CA. Her curatorial projects and research examine the state of the archive in mobile and web-based media, algorithmic manipulation of culture and identity, and performance-based new media. Gayer received her dual masters degree in Curatorial Practice and Visual + Critical Studies from California College of the Arts and her BFA from University of Nevada, Reno.
Her curatorial projects have been exhibited at Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, Sonoma, CA; The Internet Archive, San Francisco, CA; Gray Area, San Francisco, CA; CTRL + SHFT Gallery, Oakland, CA; Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, CA; Pro Arts Gallery, Oakland, CA; Hayes Valley Art Works, San Francisco, CA; Embark Gallery, San Francisco, CA; Some Thing Spacious, Oakland, CA; and Adobe Books Backroom Gallery, San Francisco, CA. She has been in residence at Picture Berlin, Berlin, Germany and Signal Culture, Owego, New York. Her writing has been published in Daily Serving, in exhibition catalogs associated with CULT Exhibitions, San Francisco, CA; Holland Project, Reno, NV; Pro Arts, Oakland, CA, Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, CA, and co-produced a one-off audio podcast for a Living Room Light Exchange publication. Gayer has lectured at UC Santa Barbara and UC San Diego. She is currently the Exhibitions Manager at Sonoma Valley Museum of Art in Sonoma, California and the Chief Curator for the Soundwave ((8)) Biennial.