Trans-disciplinary artist, Tanya has an extensive background in dance, theater, media, and literary arts. She has produced and curated several multidisciplinary arts events throughout the Bay Area. See Colibrita Productions.
In 2005 Tanya Vlach was found on the side of the road unconscious from a severe car-accident. Since losing her left eye and her brush with death, Tanya changed the direction of her work to the more personal dealing with perception, identity, and transformation. Besides writing and creating multimedia pieces exploring these themes, it led to the the sci-fi idea of an augmented technological upgrade of her prosthetic eye. An artistic experiment in building a miniature recording wireless device to be implanted in her prosthetic eye, Tanya is currently in development on organizing an engineering team to build a prototype. This eye-camera is not only a way for her to transform her lost eye from a traumatic car accident bionically, but a conceptual and transdisciplinary experiment merging media and performance. In June of 2011, Grow a New Eye, a short documentary directed by Phoebe Tooke, about Tanya’s plight was selected and screened at TEDxSF Alive! at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Then in August, Tanya completed a successful fundraising campaign through social media and crowdfunding on Kickstarter to raise the preliminary funds to build her bionic eye-camera. http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/growaneweye/grow-a-new-eye
Tanya balances her technological and artistic experimentations with teaching media literacy to youth at S.C.R.E.A.M. (Sunset Creators Reaching Every Able Mind) an after school program at the Sunset Neighborhood Beacon Center, as well as organizing large scale community art events for ART I.S. in the Sunset District neighborhood of San Francisco where she was born and raised.
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