The collaborative localStyle was founded in Amsterdam in 2000 by Marlena Novak and Jay Alan Yim. Using high and low tech means, their intermedia practice includes video, interactive installations, live performance with electronics, and audience participation.
Their projects explore how thresholds and boundaries—whether physical or intangible—are constructed, interpreted, and negotiated, via themes as varied as issues of trespass, the mating behavior of hermaphroditic marine flatworms, and the sonification of electric fish from the Amazon.
These works have been presented in festivals, museums, galleries, and alternative venues in more than thirty cities worldwide (a.o. Amsterdam, Amersfoort, Barcelona, Beijing, Belgrade, Berlin, Boston, Brussels, Budapest, Camden, Chicago, Cologne, Duluth, Eindhoven, The Hague, Huddersfield, Jerusalem, Linz, London, Mexico City, New York, the Orkney Islands, Richmond, Santa Barbara, Santa Fe, Sarasota, Sydney, Szczecin, Sittard, Tel Aviv, Torino, Toronto, Valencia, and Warsaw). The interactive installation scale (in collaboration with neuromechanical engineer Malcolm MacIver) was presented July–August at the National Art Museum of China (Beijing) as part of the TransLife 2011 Triennial.