T H E  U N S E E N  F E S T I V A L 2018

List of 2018 participants in The Unseen Festival:

Evanthia Afstralou: After finishing my sculpture degree in the university of the Arts in London I relocated in Berlin where I am based for the last three years. Using the ready made and the moving image, through my work I re-enact fragmented narratives of trivial moments whose artificial nature emphasises the way that social cliches, habits and social norms form our realities. My work has been shown in selected festivals like the new Media festival in Santa Fe, Festival Miden in Greece, the Heure Exquise festival in France and the London Greek film festival. I have also worked as an assistant editor for Winter on kithara which premiered in Sydney and was part of the Cannes short film festival.

Kanika Agrawal is an Indian citizen and longtime “temporary alien.” She studied biology at MIT, where she came to love restriction enzymes and fluorescent tags, and earned an MFA from Columbia and a PhD in English from the University of Denver. Her work is forthcoming in BAX 2019Matters of Feminist Practice, and various SFF/slipstream publications.

Karen Akerman (and Miguel Seabra Lopes) have worked together since 2010 with fiction, documentary, experimental, and expanded cinema.

Ayo Akingbade is a British Nigerian artist and filmmaker who lives and works in London. She experiments with a range of material, drawing attention to the psychogeographic realities of everyday life. Tower XYZ (2016) speaks to the imagined future of a young woman and her reflections on the ever-changing city of London produced under the STOP PLAY RECORD initiative (2015-2018). The film received a Special Mention Award at International Short Film Festival Oberhausen and won the inaugural Sonja Savi? Award at Alternative Film/Video Festival, Belgrade. Akingbade is a recipient of the Sundance Ignite Fellowship (2018) and Bloomberg New Contemporaries (2018).

Alexandre Alagoa (1994) is an art student based in Sesimbra, a village south of Lisbon, in Portugal. He graduated in Multimedia Art (Audiovisuals) from the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Lisbon in 2015; he completed an Audiovisuals Masters at the same college in 2018; and since November 2017 he has been working at the Faculty of Fine Arts of Lisbon as a Monitor of the Multimedia course.

Emily Barton Altman is the author of two chapbooks, “Bathymetry” (Present Tense Pamphlets, 2016), and “Alice Hangs Her Map” (forthcoming from dancing girl press, 2018). Recent poems appear in Bodega, The Journal Petra, Dream Pop Press, Ghost Proposal, and elsewhere. She co-hosts and produces the poetry podcast Make (No) Bones and is a recipient of a Poets & Writers Amy Award. She received her MFA from New York University and is currently pursuing a PhD in English and Creative Writing at the University of Denver.

 

Fady Alsaegh is a poet from Baghdad. He is the author of an Arabic poetry collection titled Letters From the God of Fear. Alsaegh writes for experimental essay films, including the script for the 2016 film Alazeef. His writings have appeared in several publications and poetry anthologies.

Saif Alsaegh is a United States-based Filmmaker and poet from Baghdad. Much of Saif’s work deals with the contrast between the landscape of his youth, Baghdad in the nineties and early 2000s, and the Montana landscape where he lived for seven years. In 2013, he published a book of poetry titled Iraqi Headaches. His films, made in collaboration with his brother Fady Alsaegh, have screened in many festivals including Cinema du reel, MedFilm Festival, Fronteira Festival and others. He is currently pursuing his MFA in filmmaking at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Maggie Ammons: Maggie is a choreographer and performer who is intrigued by how our bodies inform our experience. Her work explores themes of play and experimentation in immersive worlds. Maggie uses digital media to augment an experience with curiosity and wonder, while posing questions about how we exist in our bodies. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Bennington College with concentrations in Biology and Dance. She has shown work and performed across the world from the USA to Europe. Recently, she has performed in the works of Kate Speer, Mary Lynn Lewark, and those of her own creation.

Shawn Angel

Ieva Balode, born in 1987, in Riga, Latvia is an artist and film curator working with analog image. She graduated from the Latvian Academy of Art. In her artistic practice she is interested in human identity matters, which she explores through the language and philosophy of an image – both still and moving. Drawing inspiration from texts, archival materials and nature, the artist seeks to find the border between human consciousness and transcendence within it. Her interest in analog medium lies within the medium’s relation to nature and human perception. With her works she takes part in international exhibitions and film festivals presenting her work both in installation, as well as cinema and performance situations. As a curator she is a founding member of Baltic Analog Lab – artists collective providing a space and platform for analog film production, research and education. She is also a director of the experimental film festival “Process” happening in Riga since 2017. Akademia Dunkan was a sanctuary for those minorities who could find their shelter under one roof which unites them in a common movement of artistic creativity, freedom and equality.

Stephanie Barber is a multidisciplinary artist whose work has been focused on an expanded poetics that results in the creation of movies, books, installations and songs. This work sits between essay and story, cinema and literature, science and spirituality. It moves beyond allegiance to media and works hard at defying classification. Barber’s work considers the most basic existential questions of human existence; its morbidity, profundity and banality, with the unexpected tools of play and humor. She approaches these questions rigorously while sidestepping the oppressive, class-bound implications of academic form and language. Major museums and festivals in the US and abroad have hosted solo exhibitions of these films and videos and books, essays and poetry have been widely published. The past five years have seen the release of two feature films which focus on an imaginative approach to poetic essay represented in dialog, radio play and song (in DAREDEVILS) and lecture, song and monologue (in In The Jungle.) as well as other projects.

Lauren Beale

Jon Behrens is a Seattle based filmmaker/composer. His films have been screened at film festivals, colleges and museums throughout the world since the early 1980’s including screenings at Antimatter Film Festival Canada, Seattle International Film Festival, TIE Film Festival Colorado, London Underground Film Festival, Crossroads Film Festival San Francisco, Festival International des Cinemas Differents et Experimentaux in Paris, Alternative Film and Video festival in Novi Beograd Serbia, Sydney Underground Film Festival, Festival des Cinémas Différents de Paris and many many others. His work ranges from personal film diary’s to abstract hand painted optically printed works. In addition to filmmaking Jon Behrens is also a composer and has created sound designs for most of his own films starting about 10 years ago, as well as non film related compositions. www.jonbehrensfilms.com

Marisol Bellusci is a video artist, professor of Visual Arts and a feminist. Completing a Master’s Degree in Combined Art Languages ??at Universidad National of Art in Buenos Aires.  Production coordinator and curator for the Videopoetry Videobardo Festival. Currently her artistic productions gather expanded video and sound experimentation.

Mattia Biondi is an italian independent filmmaker mostly focused on images study and interested in specific purpose of Cinema. His research is mainly directed to the development of anti-narrative creative processes, aimed at expressing the inner sound of the ideas. This work is a poetic and contemplative investigation into the contemporary. His works have been screened at numerous international film festivals, including Pesaro Film Festival, Bogota? Experimental Film Festival, ULTRAcinema, Punto y Raya Festival.

Sara Bonaventura is an Italian visual artist currently based in Singapore. As independent videomaker she has been collaborating with performers and musicians, such as Carla Bozulich and the Canadian Constellation Records, vjing, directing clips, adv. She curated visuals in clubs and festivals. Her works have been screened in Italy and abroad; recently, at the Anthology Film Archives, NewFilmmakers NY series, and for Other Cinema at San Francisco ATA Gallery; she won the Veneto Region Award at the 10th Lago Film Fest in 2014, she has been selected for several residencies, ie in 2016 by Joan Jonas at Fundacion Botin (Spain). She is currently working on her first feature film, Forest Hymn for Little Girls.

Viktor Brim is a filmmaker and media artist, mainly concerned with the medium film. His works are equally infused with strategies and aesthetics of the fictional and the documentary. They focus on glances, gestures and actions in regard to urban and transitory spaces. In Viktor Brim’s films, space appears as a metaphor-creating process due to its liminal status between subject and object.

Bill Brown is a media artist interested in ways landscape is interpreted, appropriated, and reconfigured according to human desires, memories, and dreams. His research interests include haunted houses, UFO’s, memorial architecture, and outsider archaeology. He lives in North Carolina and teaches at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Dan Browne (b. 1982) is a filmmaker, photographer and multimedia artist whose works explore patterns and nature through dense and kinetic forms. His films and videos have been presented at over one hundred festivals and venues internationally, including International Film Festival Rotterdam, Diagonal Film Archive, Centre Georges Pompidou, Festival du nouveau cinéma, Wavelengths at the Toronto International Film Festival and Early Monthly Segments. His multimedia work memento mori (2012) received the Jury Prize for Best Canadian Work at WNDX Festival of Moving Image, First Prize at Athens International Film + Video Festival, and the Deluxe Cinematic Award at Images Festival. Most recently, Poem (2015) was released on Graphical Recording’s Variations, and received the Trinity Square Video Award at Images. Dan’s media practices also encompass live performances in collaboration with musicians, and video installations that have received public commissions in Toronto and Vancouver.

Laynie Browne is a poet, prose writer, teacher and editor. She is author of thirteen collections of poems and three novels. Her most recent collections include a book of poems You Envelop Me (Omnidawn 2017), a novel Periodic Companions (Tinderbox 2018) and short fiction in two editions, one French, and one English in The Book of Moments (Presses universitaires de rouen et du havre, 2018). Her honors include a 2014 Pew Fellowship, the National Poetry Series Award (2007) for her collection The Scented Fox, and the Contemporary Poetry Series Award (2005) for her collection Drawing of a Swan Before Memory.  Her poetry has been translated into French, Spanish, Chinese and Catalan. Her writing has appeared in many anthologies including The Norton Anthology of Post Modern Poetry (second edition 2013), Ecopoetry: A Contemporary American Anthology (Trinity University Press, 2013), Bay Poetics (Faux Press, 2006) and The Reality Street Book of Sonnets (Reality Street, 2008). She teaches at University of Pennsylvania and at Swarthmore College.

Sommer Browning

Dirk de Bruyn has made numerous animations, performance and installation work since 1973. Retrospective programs of his animations have been presented at Melbourne International Animation Festival (2016), Alternativa, Belgrade, Serbia (2015) and Punto Y Raya, Karlsruhe Germany (2016). His book The Performance of Trauma in Moving Image Art was published in 2014. His filmography is partially documented at: http://www.innersense.com.au/mif/debruyn.html His academic writing can be further sourced at: https://deakin.academia.edu/DirkdeBruyn

Vincent Carafano is from El Paso, TX and lives and writes in Denver. His collaborative novel, Swerve, is forthcoming from Astrophil Press.
Julie Carr

Alessia Cecchet is a maker of moving images. Originally from Italy, she makes hybrid films that incorporate live action film, stop motion animation, fibers and sculpture. Her work explores matters of loss, grief and memory. More recently she has been engaging with the way we look at animals and specifically animal death. Alessia holds an MFA in Film from Syracuse University and is currently pursuing a PhD in Film and Digital Media at the University of California Santa Cruz. Alessia’s work has been shown at Slamdance Film Festival, Torino Film Festival and Nashville Film Festival and it has been screened in several countries such as Australia, Germany, the UK, Egypt, Spain, Republic of Kosovo, Romania and Iran.

Harold Charre was born in 1980 and lives in Paris. His work, which combines video, painting and music, questions beliefs and relationships with the marvelous. His films have been selected at numerous international festivals (Digitopia, Videonomad, Linoleum Festival, Codec Video, Vaft, Videoforms, Filmideo …) and have been screened at the Maxxi Museum in Rome, the Cinémathèque de Toulouse and the gallery Sawtooth Ari of Launceston. He won the best film award at the Swedenborg Festival in London and was recently the winner of the Madatac Residency and Production Prize at the Casa de Velasquez in Madrid.

Jiayi Chen was born in Chongqing, China, and is currently based in Chicago, IL. She works in hand-processed film, video and installation. She is interested in language, instructions and correspondence; and speaks with an accent.

Serena Chopra has a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Denver and an MFA from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She is the author of two full-length books of poems, This Human (Coconut 2013) and Ic (Horse Less Press 2017), as well as two chapbooks, Penumbra (Flying Guillotine Press 2012) and Livid Season (Free Poetry 2012). She is a Kundiman Fellow and  a 2016-2017 Fulbright Scholar, for which she is composing hybrid writing informed by her research with queer women in Bangalore, India. She is a multidisciplinary artist, working as a writer, professional dancer, theater/performance artist and visual artist. She is a co-founder and actor in the poet’s theater group, GASP and worked with Denver’s Splintered Light Theater on a full-length production of Ic, for which she composed the soundscore. Serena currently teaches at the Lighthouse Writers Workshop and in the MFA program at Naropa University’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics.

Morgen Christie is a Chester County based artist whose work is exhibited nationally and internationally.  She studied Visual Arts, with a concentration in Video & Film Arts at Maryland Institute College of Art, in Baltimore, MD.  Her videos have been screened at MOMA’s Pop Rally in New York, Usurp Zone 5 Film Festival in London, UK, and Palazzo Jules Maidoff in Florence, Italy.  In addition, to gallery and theater screenings, she also projects videos onto structural surfaces – on the wall of an abandoned building, on the hubcap of a tire, or the base of a water fountain, to name a few.  Projection art, is just as much a part of her work as video is.

Gloria Chung lives in New York.  Her works are travelogues of places real and imagined, examinations of landscape and place. They have screened at galleries and festivals in the U.S. and internationally.

 

Raised by school teachers in Lawrence, Kansas, Luther Clement is a former internationally competitive fencer who got his start making videos in the music industry. Having graduated from Northwestern University with an MFA in Documentary Media in 2017, his thesis documentary film portrayed the dreams of a Haitian immigrant, screening at l’Alternativa Barcelona and Oberhausen Short Film Festival. His cinematography and sound design work has been exhibited at such venues as Locarno, MOMA, and Visions du Reel.

In September 2013, Graeme Cole became the first UK filmmaker to participate on the MFA program at Bela Tarr’s film.factory. His first movie under Mr Tarr’s mentorship, Epizoda?, is currently on the festival circuit; two more, Murmurs and Panic & Disgust In The 2015th Year, are soon to follow. In 2016 Mr. Cole completed an artist residency at Kino Klub Split, supported by Arts Council England. In 2017, he was EMAN#EMARE artist in residence at Bandits-Mages, Bourges where, with additional support from Arts Council England, he gathered a team to (p)reconstruct yet another episode of UNIVERSAL EAR – an infinite, unfound time-travel adventure serial of the future.

Colectivo Los Ingrávidos (2011) emerges from the necessity to dismantle the audiovisual grammar that the aesthetic of the television and cinematic corporatism used effectively to ensure the dissemination of audiovisual ideology through which it achieves social and perceptual control over the population. The works of the Collective has participated in Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Anthology Film Archives, The Flaherty Film Seminar, Images Festival-Toronto, CROSSROADS 2018 San Francisco Cinematheque, SF Museum of Modern Art, FILMADRID, Ambulante Cine Documental, FicValdivia, DocsDF, IBAFF, CCCB – Centro de Cultura Contemporánea de Barcelona. Dos veces ganadores del 2 Premio Norberto Griffa a la Creación Audiovisual Latinoamericana en Bienal de la Imagen en Movimiento de Argentina, The Marian McMahon Akimbo Award en Images Festival – Toronto, Experimenta India, Bangalore 2017, Experimental film festival Process 2018 Riga, Latvia, Punto de Vista Festival Internacional de Cine Documental de Navarra, One Flaming Arrow: Inter-Tribal, Art, Music, & Film Festival – Portland Festival internacional de Cine Lima Independiente, La maudite, Paris Mex-Parismental, VISIONS Montreal, Canada, DOBRA Festival Internacional de cine Experimental – Brasil, MARFICI, Festival Internacional de Cine  Independiente de Mar del Plata, Tabor Film Festival, Croacia.

Tameca L Coleman is a singer, writer, massage therapist, itinerant nerd and point and shoot tourist in her own town. She is a current grad student at Regis’ new writing MFA program, and has published work in many genres. She has also performed and recorded music with many different bands. She doodles sometimes and likes dancebreaks.

Anabela Costa is a visual artist, her work were subject of several solo exhibitions. From the eighties she became interested and moving progressively towards the digital image. Since 2000 she has been conducting research in the field of experimental film, based on two axes: the moving image – the aesthetics of representation of movement, and the formalization of thematic and scientific concepts. She made a few experimental animations combining these two research areas: Web, TIME, LIQST_liquid state, and Landscape, which were programmed and awarded in international festivals devoted to avant-garde cinema, animation and video art. She is also involved in international conferences where she presents these movies or articles about the image and its contemporary transformations. Living in Paris since 2010, she has continued her artistic research and technology by working with experimental software in the generation of images -still images or moving image.

Stephanie Couey is originally from Riverside, California, and after spending a few years as a young adult in Boise, Idaho, she considers part of herself to also be from Boise.  Stephanie received an MFA from CU Boulder in Poetry, with work focused on sound play, sexuality, whiteness, pornography, and small helpless animals. She is now pursuing a Ph.D. in English Literature, and her focus is on Contemporary American Literature, with emphases on American identities, poetics of embodiment, critical race theory and whiteness, and the policing of feminine bodies. She teaches undergraduate Literature courses at CU, which she finds to be an immense joy and privilege. Stephanie has recurring dreams of swimming among whales in clear blue water with her dad, and she has inordinate fondnesses of salt lamps, figs, word play, emotional conversations about pedagogy, cookbooks, and both expensive and cheap champagne.

Nick DelRose is a Biology PhD student at New York University, studying root regeneration in plants. A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, he received his bachelors in Biology with focuses in Developmental and Cell biology, and minors in Chemistry and Fine Arts.  His art and biology interests began at an early age when he became well-practiced in papier mâché and fascinated by the metamorphosis of caterpillar to butterfly. He has continued interest in the intersection between art and biology, and in science communications through 3D illustration and animation. In October 2016, he was randomly paired with Toma Peiu for the Symbiosis competition at the Imagine Science Film Festival in New York. Arabidopsis thaliana is the result of a 5-day creative process between them and filmmaker Luiza Pârvu.

Roger Deutsch was born in 1952 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. In 1979, he co-wrote, and produced the feature film Blank Generation. Directed by Ulli Lommel and starring Richard Hell, Carol Bouquet and Andy Warhol, Blank Generation has had a cult following to this day. In the early 1980s Deutsch worked as a freelance line producer for low budget horror films while pursuing an MFA at Bard College. In 1983 Deutsch completed the short film Dead People. Dead People has been invited to festivals worldwide winning prizes at the San Francisco Art Institute Film and Video Festival, the Black Maria Film Festival, the Ann Arbor Film Festival, Iowa City International Documentary Film Festival, and Florida Experimental Film/Video Festival. In 1984 Deutsch completed Jews, which he compiled from the 10 hours of 16mm film his maternal grandfather had shot in Chicago from 1927 to 1943. Jews won prizes at the Black Maria Film Festival and the Ann Arbor Film Festival. After receiving his MFA in 1985 Deutsch worked as a teacher of developmentally disabled adults in Brooklyn. He moved to Italy in 1993, where he worked as a script writer, script doctor and production consultant for various European production companies. In 2002 he completed the feature film Suor Sorriso (Sister Smile) which he directed from a screenplay he co-wrote with the Italian poet Francesca Terrenato. Sister Smile, starring Ginevra Colonna and Antonio Salines, had its world premiere in competition at the Sao Paolo International Film Festival and has been invited to over 20 festivals worldwide. In 2004 Deutsch’s short story Mario Makes a Movie, based on his work teaching developmentally disabled adults, was published in Raindance Film Magazine, London. His film adaptation of Mario Makes a Movie, has been invited to many festivals worldwide, winning prizes at the San Francisco Art Institute and Black Maria Film Festival. From 2009 to 2015 Deutsch worked on Repetition a cycle of five films with musical titles. Created from ‘found’ material along with his own, the films, Prelude, Suite Ancienne, Intermezzo, Scherzo and Ricercare were released individually and screened at numerous festivals worldwide. Taking off from a character who appears in Ricercare, Deutsch wrote the screenplay The Boy on the Train which he produced and directed in 2016. Starring James Eckhouse and Barnabas Toth, The Boy on the Train was awarded Best Narrative Feature at the Dallas Video Festival in 2016 and was released theatrically in Hungary in 2017. Also in 2016 Deutsch completed the short narrative The Disappearance as part of an omnibus production In the Same Garden which premiered at the Sarajevo Film Festival. Deutsch currently lives in Budapest.

Alexei Dmitriev‘s dream has been to star in an experimental film.

Marcia Douglas is the author of the novels The Marvellous Equations of the Dread, Madam Fate, and Notes from a Writer’s Book of Cures and Spells, as well as a poetry collection, Electricity Comes to Cocoa Bottom.  Her awards include a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and she is an Associate Professor at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Magali Dougoud is a visual artist born in Switzerland. She studied visual art in the Haute Ecole d’Art et de Design in Geneva (CH) and in the Haute Ecole des Arts de Berne (CH). Her practice relies on installation and video and her work has been shown in several places in Switzerland, Germany, France, Chile… She invests herself in different art fields and collectives, as the Collettivo UP – which is linked to the art space that she founded six year ago in Switzerland called Urgent Paradise. In 2015 she starts to work on two Episodes of the same series Fleur du pays, Pegman oder der zeitgenössische Cowboy and Pueblo, Pegman oder der europäissche Traum in duo with a swiss artist Nicolas Raufaste. These two videos were shown in several places in Switzerland and in France – Centre PasquArt à Bienne (CH), 29ème festival les Instants vidéo à Marseille (F), Blackslash Festival à Zürich (CH) – and the first was part of the visual art collection of the canton of Berne. Her last videos Nadia C and Lac Club was exhibited as part of the exhibition There is No I in Team in Standard/deluxe in Lausanne which also showcased an installation created by the artist.

Steven Dunn is the author of the novels Potted Meat and water & power. His work can be found in Rigorous, Best Small Fictions 2018, and Granta.

Anja Dornieden and Juan David González Monroy are filmmakers based in Berlin. Since 2010 they have worked together under the moniker OJOBOCA. Together they practice Horrorism, a simulated method of inner and outer transformation. Since 2010 they are members of the artist-run film lab LaborBerlin.

Taylor Dunne is a filmmaker, curator and university lecturer based in Colorado’s San Luis Valley and the Catskill Mountains of New York State.  She has an affinity for photographic processes, amateur film, the personal archive and the history of the cinematic apparatus. Her work strives to make visible underrepresented histories, and to inspire citizens to participate in shaping future trends in cultural representation. Her works have been exhibited at venues that include; the New York Film Festival, the Tribeca Film Festival, Crossroads Film and Video Festival (San Francisco), FOL: Experimental Film Society (Istanbul), EXDOC (Paris) and The Deluge Center for Contemporary Art (Victoria, BC). She has curated film screenings for The Black Cube Artist Program, Experiments in Cinema Film Festival (Albuquerque) and The Brakhage Center. Recently she co-curated Mountain Time: Films the Interior of North America, a program of artist-made films and toured with them at micro-cinemas across Europe. She holds a BA from The New School and an MFA from The University of Colorado at Boulder. Currently she is an Assistant Professor in the Communication and Media Studies Department at SUNY Cortland.

Olivia Dwyer received her B.A. in Dance and Sociology from the University of Colorado at Boulder under the guidance of artists such as Michelle Ellsworth, Erika Randall, and Donna Mejia. Dwyer has worked for a wide range of artists including Faye Driscoll, Sidra Bell, and Rennie Harris, as well as premiered work nationally at several acclaimed venues and festivals such as Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema and Gibney Dance in New York City. As a social justice practitioner, Dwyer is interested in creating work which grapples, complicates, and challenges codified social interaction while adopting an interdisciplinary approach to creating work which blends the world of dance with technology, film, and performance art. She currently teaches, creates and resides in Boulder, Colorado USA.

Carolina Ebeid is the author of You Ask Me to Talk About the Interior (Noemi Press). She is a student in the PhD program in creative writing at the University of Denver. She has won fellowships from CantoMundo, the Stadler Center for Poetry, and the NEA. Recent work appears in Poetry, PEN Americajubilat and American Poetry Review. She helps edit poetry at The Rumpus.

Cassandra (Cass) Eddington is originally from Utah but has most recently called Colorado and Berlin home. Her manuscript if the garden was a finalist in Kelsey Street Press’s 2017 FIRSTS! competition. Some poems can be found in La VagueWord For/WordOtoliths, and ditch. She currently develops curriculum and teaches for Colorado State University’s online creative writing minor. She is pursuing a PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Denver.

James Edmonds is an artist and filmmaker from the UK living in Berlin. His practice centres on a personal poetics in which the nature of recording, particularly when approached from the materiality of a medium, offers a tangible yet ultimately paradoxical surface for what is intangible and fleeting – our personal experience, inner worlds, thoughts and reflections. His work manifests in analogue films, painted gestures and long-form soundworks, occasionally combined along with found materials to create immersive environments. He has presented his work at festivals and venues such as A?ge d’Or Festival Brussels, Process Festival Latvia, Fronteira Festival Brasil, 3 137 Athens, Cinema Parenthe?se Brussels, Macao Milan, Ausland Berlin, and Another Vacant Space Berlin. He recently contributed to the book on filmmaker Jeannette Mun?oz – The Landscape As a Sea, (Revista Lumiere 2017) and since 2015 curates the film series Light Movement in Berlin.

 

Anuar Elias. Born in Mexico (1983). Artist and director, self-taught. As an artist, he won the 2010 Young Art Award and participated in group exhibitions in Mexico, Brazil, USA, Colombia, Bolivia and Chile. His first short film Quehuaya won the award for Best Visual Experimentation Short Film at the XXVIII Amalia de Gallardo Municipal Video Contest in La Paz, Bolivia and Best Experimental Short Film at the Eduardo Abaroa Prize, La Paz, Bolivia. It is part of the official selection of several festivals in Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Spain, Mexico and Romania.

Michelle Ellsworth is an American performance artist and an associate professor at the University of Colorado-Boulder as the co-director of the dance department. Ellsworth’s work spans video, performable websites, drawing and live performances and employs absurdist humor, new technologies, monologue, and dance. She has exhibited or performed at Fusebox (Austin), On the Boards (Seattle), Counterpath (Denver), Chocolate Factory (Long Island City, NY), DiverseWorks (Houston, TX), Dance Theatre Workshop (New York City), and the Abrons Arts Center (New York City). She has been called a “jittery performer who expertly folds nervousness into her character” and “an excellent comedian, impersonating a slightly scatterbrained TED talk lecturer.” Her major works include TIFPRABAP.ORGThe Objectification of ThingsPreparation for the Obsolescence of the Y Chromosome and Clytigation: State of Exception. She has received the Doris Duke Impact Award, is a Creative Capitalgrantee, and is a United States Artists Knight Fellow. ArtForum has said she is “doing some of the most engrossing explorations of how the body and technology coexist and collide.”

J. Gordon Faylor is the author of The Puppet Wedding (Smiling Mind Documents), Registration Caspar (Ugly Duckling Presse), and The Sycophant (TROLL THREAD), among other works. He edits Gauss PDF and is the managing editor of SFMOMA’s Open Space.

 

Aurèle Ferrier (*1975 in St.Gallen, CH) lives in Zurich. He obtained an MA in Fine Arts at Zurich University of the Arts. With his video and cinematic works, actions and interventions he explores the borders of civilization. His works have been presented in more than 30 countries and won, among others, a Grand Jury Award at Slamdance Film Festival.

Mo Flannery is a Scottish artist, filmmaker based in Melbourne, Australia. Her film and video works utilise different moving image technologies to create autobiographical and socially engaging narratives. These works have been shown in projection art festivals in and around Melbourne. She is an MFA candidate at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.

Michael Fleming is an Amsterdam based visual artist. In essence his work appropriates iconic cultural images, altering them to highlight underlying issues. His ‘moving paintings’ are primarily made out of found footage, using feature films, advertising and pop-cultural scenes completed into a mesmerising montage of images. Flemings work has been featured in exhibitions and film festivals internationally.

Laura Focarazzo is a video artist and independent curator. She lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Her works include experimental films and videos as well as curatorial works. Graduated in Graphic Design at the University of Buenos Aires in 1991, Laura Focarazzo also completed film courses and workshops with prestigious filmmakers of the local and international scene during the last years. She is currently completing a Master Degree in visual arts. She has participated in exhibitions and international film festivals around the world: 13th BAFICI – International Independent Film Festival of Buenos Aires-, Fuga Lab Festival in Buenos Aires, Abstracta Cinema -Festival of Rome-, AIVA – International Video Art Festival in Sweden-, FLAVIA – 1st Latin American Festival of Video Art -, Lab Gallery in Sweden, Incubarte – International Independent Art Festival in Spain, Poetry Film Festival 2013 – London, UK, Fonlad Festival 2013 – Coimbra, Portugal and her video work has been selected to participate the Gesamt project, concept by Lars Von Trier for the collective film: Disaster 521, What happened to man? in Copenhagen Art Festival 2012 – Denmark, Time is Love, Sonorities – Belfast, Punto y Raya – Iceland and Moozak – Vienna among other festivals. She is a member of the international audio / visual group: Exquisite, What ?. She is currently working on the audiovisual project “The Alchemists” where as a curator and a video artist she has invited to participate experimental musicians of the local and international scene to perform an audiovisual collective installation based on her own field recordings. Her work has been included at Datta Editions UK, an online art platform that commissions video, sound, poetry and web. “I make experimental videos using the sound as a “script” in the construction of non-narrative pieces. These audiovisual pieces provide poetic and sensory experiences in a dialogue with the unconscious by evoking chaos as a place to live endless possibilities.” “I work in collaboration with local and international sound artists in blending images and sounds to create a microcosm that can trigger poetic experiences which will rely solely on the viewer’s perception in the most original and profound sense of the term.” – LF

Ahja Fox is a poet obsessed with bodies/ body parts (specifically the throat). Her tagline is ‘#suicidebywriting’ and her muses are dead things found among the living. She can be found around Denver reading at various events and open mics or co-hosting at Art of Storytelling. Ahja is currently pursuing her BA in English-Literature/Creative Writing at UCD. You can find her work online and in print journals like Five:2:One, Driftwood Press, Rigorous, Noctua Review, SWWIM , Tuck Magazine, and more. She has also recently been included in the 2018 Punch Drunk Anthology. Follow her on Instagram or Twitter at @aefoxx.

Born in Igualada (Spain) on 1979,  Gerard Freixes studied Fine Arts at the University of Barcelona. His film works are usually made by digitally manipulating archive footage to create new stories. http://gerardfreixes.weebly.com/

Born 1983 in Germany, Elena Friedrich studied Cultural Studies, Political Science and Spanish Literature in Berlin, as well as in Granada, Spain. She completed her Masters Degree in Fine Arts in the Film Department of the University of Fine Arts in Hamburg (2017) with film maker and professor for experimental film Robert Bramkamp. Currently she lives and works at the artist residency Vorwerkstift in Hamburg, where she, collectively with the other artists in residence, is responsible for the programming and organisation of exhibitions and screenings in the house’s own gallery space. Additionally she is developing her next film in Thessaloniki (2018/2019) with the support of a research grant for post-graduates.

Lorenzo Gattorna is a filmmaker and programmer from New York. He holds a BFA in Film and Television Production from NYU and an MFA in Moving Image from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Recently, his cinematic work engages with extended temporality, eludes narrative causality and embodies the confluence of lived experiences and embellished counterparts. He also attempts to capture flawed, fleeting scenarios, and the bittersweet sentiments that accompany their passing. His short films have screened in association with ARKIPEL, Balagan, CCNY, Chicago Filmmakers, Concrete Dream, CUFF, Echo Park Film Center, EMP Collective, FOVEA, FRACTO, Galerie Myrtis, Howard County Center for the Arts, Image Forum, Les Rencontres Internationales, LMAKprojects, LOOP Festival, Maryland Film Festival, MICA, Microlights, Microscope Gallery, Milwaukee Underground Film Festival, Montreal Underground Film Festival, Moviate Underground Film Festival, NYFF, Onion City, Open City Cinema, PLUG Projects, Regional Support Network, Sonic Circuits, Tabor Film Festival, That One Film Festival, The Nightingale, Transient Visions, TULCA, UNEXPOSED and VIDEOMEDEJA. He has programmed screenings for American Medium, Anthology Film Archives, Antimatter, Maysles Cinema, Spectacle Theater, The Nightingale and UnionDocs. From 2012 to 2014, he was the co-director of Sight Unseen in Baltimore.

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Annelyse Gelman and Auden Lincoln-Vogel met at Reed College in Portland, Oregon, where they studied studio art and cognitive psychology, respectively, and were both awarded 2013 Kaspar T. Locher scholarships. They have worked together on several collaborative videos, including the music videos “Rio” and “Bottomfeeder” and the poetry-films “Giraffe” and “Trein.”  More of their work can be found at audenlincolnvogel.com and annelysegelman.com

Amir George is a filmmaker and curator who creates spiritual stories, juxtaposing sound and image with a non-linear perception. He creates fragmented vignettes that conjure the secret life of objects both found and collected. The characters that inhabit his stories tend to dwell outside of social norms and exist in the space between and in the process of becoming. Following up from his Better Made Progress collection of work presented in Denver in September 2017.

Giada Ghiringhelli is a London based filmmaker and video editor who has spent the last decade developing her passion in the visual arts, working across a number of industries including film, art, music and fashion. Her experimental works have been exhibited internationally in both gallery and festival circuit, including the Ann Arbor Film Festival, Vancouver International Film Festival, Locarno International Film Festival, Aesthetica Short Film Festival, London Short Film Festival and Uppsala International Short Film Festival. Her latest experimental film won Best Experimental Film at E?CU European Independent Film Festival in Paris and Best Sound Design at Underwire Festival in London.

Richard Greenfield is the author of three books of poetry: Subterranean (Omnidawn 2018), Tracer (Omnidawn 2009), and A Carnage in the Lovetrees (University of California 2003). In 2018, he was international writer in residence at Seoul Art Space Yeonhui in South Korea. He teaches in the MFA program in creative writing at New Mexico State University, and is editor in chief of Puerto del Sol magazine and co-editor of Apostrophe Books. He lives in El Paso, Texas.

Paul Jacques Yves Guilbert is born in 1987 in Le Havre (F). He studied at the Haute Ecole des Arts du Rhin (HEAR (F)), at Le Fresnoy (Studio National des Arts Contemporains (F)) and was part of the Digital Art Conservation with ZKM. PJYG is now developing texts, videos, installations and performances in Brussels, Belgium. (PJYG is also member and founder of the collective PEZCORP). Paul Jacques Yves Guilbert produces, from autobiographical anecdotes, “authors” elaborating their strategies of existence through essays. PJYG makes these “Autoessays” as fictional “authorizations” to realize its own discourse. PJYG makes these “Superfictional Autoessays” by spatio-temporal collages, intersecting multimedia corpus, generally glued with a digital imaging tube. PJYG manufactures these “Hypermediatic Superfictional Autoessays” as ASHs for a skeptical state. 

Karissa Hahn is a visual artist who works between film and video; accumulating a storm of spectral ephemera. Hahn has shown around the planet Earth in various cinemas, galleries, and institutions.

Evelyn Hampton is the author of Famous Children & Famished Adults (FC2), Discomfort (Ellipsis Press) and The Aleatory Abyss (Publishing Genius), and the chapbooks We Were Eternal and Gigantic, Seven Touches of Music and MADAM. For more information please visit www.lispservice.com.

Shunsaku Hayashi is a Japanese artist. He studied Fine Art at Goldsmiths University of London as a trainee under the Japan Cultural Ministry Abroad Research Fellowship for up- and-coming artists from 2012 to 2015. His recent films won the Grand Jury Prize for Animation Short at 22nd Slamdance Film Festival, the Chris Frayne Award for Best Animated Film at 55th ANN ARBOR FILM FESTIVAL, and Golden Horseman for Animated Film at 28th FILMFEST DRESDEN. www.shunsakuweb.com

Keith Haynes, a Houston native, is in his final year as a MFA Dance candidate at the University of Colorado at Boulder. As an artist, Haynes uses contemporary dance and video projection elements to investigate and explore the connections between identity, race, and faith. Haynes’s research emerges from investigations about how identities collide and coincide within one body. His choreography addresses the implications of socially deemed norms in the lives of people of color. Haynes has worked with Heather Samuelson, Gesel Mason, and Helanius J. Wilkins. Recently, he performed at the Kennedy Center and the American College Dance Association Gala.

Kate E. Hinshaw is a filmmaker and visual storyteller who hand paints and distresses 8mm and 16mm film. Through the tactile manipulation and destruction of celluloid, her work depicts internalized conflicts of memory and nostalgia. She was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia and is currently pursuing an MFA at the University of Colorado at Boulder. As a filmmaker, I create experimental films that externalize internal narratives of the subconscious mind and create visceral viewing experiences. My practice includes hand-processing and distressing celluloid film using coffee, bleach, India ink, nail polish, hairspray, craft materials, and a typewriter in order to create chaotic dreamscapes. In exploring narratives of the subconscious, I expose internal conflict, particularly as it relates to issues facing women and the phenomenon of internalizing trauma. By doing so, I render internalized womanhood visible and shift the cinematic gaze from a perspective that often objectifies women to one that seeks to express the experiences of womanhood holistically.” – KH

André Hoilette had a great uncle with super powers. His uncle had a black belt in roots magic. Hoilette spends a lot of his psychic energy avoiding duppies. Hoilette is a Jamaican born poet and Cave Canem alum. He took a decade plus away from writing and poetry and has a wicked interest in music and music lore and art. He is also a comic con and music festival operational ninja.

Born in 1996, Mahta Hosseini is a filmmaker, video artist and cinéphile. She is currently studying English literature at Azad University of Tehran and she is researching the connection between cinema and literature. She started writing at nine by writing comic books and wrote novels and screenplays in high school. She passed directing and screenwriting courses in cinema institutes in Tehran. In 2017 she and two of her friends made their first film Avalanche which was officially selected in Cortonero Film Festival Italy. She was invited to Festival de Cannes 2018 as a young cinéphile and filmmaker; as she said in her interview with an Iran international TV channel, she believes that cinema affects culture and is affected by culture so a filmmaker should use her/his art to impact and aspire the society in a good way. She also believes that cinema is the closest art to poetry and like poetry a filmmaker should provoke emotion and pleasure in audience. She is highly inspired by poetry and it is reflected in her works of art. In her latest experimental film The Sky is Mine she depicts Sohrab Sepehri’s poem with a poetic vision and shows how limitless humanity is just as the sky.

Ja’Tovia M. Gary  (Dallas, TX. 1984) is an artist and filmmaker currently living and working in Brooklyn, New York. Gary’s work confronts traditional notions of representation, race, gender, sexuality, and power. Gary is concerned with charting the various ways raced and gendered subjects navigate popular media. The artist earned her MFA in Social Documentary Filmmaking from a private for-profit art school in New York City.

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Pere Ginard is an illustrator, filmmaker and alchemist. His specialty lies in experiments with perpetual motion and variations on Lumière’s prototype; including phantasmagorical motions with robots and melancholic representations of mourning, triumphs, monsters, prodigies and mystic raptures, as well as at times unfinished observations on things that turn towards the sun and balding blond people with wavy hair. He has presented his films and artwork at a good number of national and international art centers, published several illustrated books and been awarded prizes for photography, illustration and audiovisuals.

Adrian Garcia Gomez is an interdisciplinary artist working in film/video, photography and illustration. His artwork, which is largely autobiographical and often performative, explores the intersections of race, immigration, gender, spirituality and sexuality. His short experimental films, photographs and drawings have exhibited around the world. He currently lives and works in Tel Aviv.

 

Joe Hambleton uses the mediums of video and animation to create experimental narratives that explore his experiences and surroundings. He continually alters his creative process through research and experimentation to further his understanding of the devices and processes found in other media such as film, videogames, music and literature. By applying this knowledge to video and animation, he is progressively creating narrative structures reflective of his personality and influences. He believes it is through creation that he gains an understanding of those who came before him, a realization of himself in the present, and a direction for the future. He currently lives in Toronto, where he teaches Digital Media and Art at York University, Centennial College, Toronto School of Art and the Liaison of Independent Film and Television. He is a graduate of the University of Windsor (BFA in Visual Arts) and York University (MFA in Visual Arts). His work has been shown across North America, Europe and Asia. He is represented by the Pari Nadimi Gallery.

Traci Hercher is a filmmaker and MFA candidate at the University of Iowa in Iowa City where she also teaches and programs for the microcinema Vertical Cinema. She is the recipient of an Iowa Arts Fellowship and her work has screened internationally at Process Festival, Milwaukee Underground Film Festival, Art Cinema OFFoff in Belgium, and Artists’ Television Access in San Francisco.

Onyeka Igwe is an artist filmmaker, programmer and researcher. She is born and based in London, UK. Her video works have shown at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, Nuit Blanche,Toronto and the London, Edinburgh Artist Moving Image, Rotterdam International and Hamburg film festivals. in 2018, she has exhibited at articule, Montreal, Trinity Square Video, Toronto  and The Showroom, London as well as screenings at LUX, Northwest Film Center, Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival and Berlin Berlinale.

Salvatore Insana graduated in 2010 at Dams di Roma Tre with a work on the concept of useless. In 2011 he creates with Elisa Turco Liveri the collective Dehors/Audela, producing, in the constant attempt to overcome genres, places and tools “deputies”, theater pieces, audiovisual research projects, urban installations, experimental workshops. Carrying forward his research among moving images, photography, performing arts and other forms of revision and erosion of the imaginary, he has collaborated with numerous musicians and sound artists (including Simone Pappalardo, Fabio Cifariello Ciardi, Giulia Vismara, Jacob Kirkegaard) and his works have been presented in numerous multidisciplinary festivals in Italy and abroad.

Ivelina Ivanova was born in Plovdiv, Bulgaria to a Russian-Bulgarian family. She grew up in Sofia where she first started developing her interest in art, starting with drawing, painting and illustrating until she moved to London in 2014 to study animation. After graduating from the University of Westminster, she moves back to Sofia. Coming from a mixed family and living in several countries at once has influenced Ivelina’s films, which are often inspired by urban spaces and their sociological and psychological impact. Her works are mixed-media, combining a variety of techniques including stop motion, digital collage and watercolour rotoscoping. Her aim for artistic development is to build up on the skill of melting the border between digital and analogue aesthetics to achieve alternative modes of representation.

Emilia Izquierdo is an artist based in London, UK working in video art using hand drawn animation and archival video footage. She has an MFA from the Slade school of Fine Art, London. MA Art and Politics at Goldsmiths University, London. Since 2012 she regularly exhibits her work in Video Art Festivals, Video Dance Festivals, residencies and exhibitions around the world. Exhibited internationally, among others: WNDX Moving Image Festival, Winnipeg, Canada (2018); 20th Belo Horizonte International Shortfilm Festival, Belo Horizonte, Brazil (2018); Exp. 01, Experimental Moving Image, Genesis Cinema, London, UK (2018); Oberhausen International Short Film Festival Seminar in Germany (2018); Intersections, The Ammerman Center for Arts and Technology, New London, CT, USA (2018); Part II Soundscapes and Landscapes, Onassis Cultural Centre Athens, Greece (2018); Respublika! Nemes Art Centre, Limassol, Cyprus (2017); Blue Magpie Experimental Video Art Series, Hsunchu City Taiwan (2017);Instants Video 30th Numeriques Et Poetiques, Nos Desire Font Desordre, Marseille/Buenos Aires/Milan (2017); Soundscapes & Landscapes, Onassis Cultural Centre, Athens, Greece (2017); 25th Quinzena de Danca International Videodance festival (2017); Supernova Digital Animation Festival, Denver, USA (2017); Videoproject 2017, Biennale of Video Art, Angers, France (2017); Festival Pirineos Sur, Galicia, Spain curated by Iury Lech (2017); Oodaaq International Video Art Festival, France (2017); Filmideo, Index Art Center, NJ, USA (2017) E Wide Shut, [.Box] Gallery, Milan, Italy(2017); Frame + Form | Screen Dance Festival, Black Mountain College Museum & Art Centre, USA (2017); Madatac 8th Edition Video Art & New Media Arts Festival, Madrid, Spain (2017); Syracuse International Film & Media Festival 8th Edition, Syracuse, Italy (2016); International Festival Of Creativity, Innovation & Digital Culture, Canarias, Tenerife, Spain (2016); The Digital Body Exhibition, BIDFF, Bucharest, Romania (2016); Medea Electronique, Athens, Greece (2016); Artists & Landscape, CICA Museum, Korea (2016); MIVA 10, Multidisciplinary Video Art Festival, Quito, Ecuador (2016); Off The Wall Video Art Festival, Artlab, Madison, USA (2016); Miden Festival of Video Art, Greece (2016); Art Projects, Istanbul, Turkey (2016); Filmideo 2016 Index Art Center / Newark Museum, USA (2016); Athens Institute Of Contemporary Art (Athica) Micromedia Fest, USA, (2016); International Video Art Festival, Buenos Aires, Argentina (2015); I Can’t breathe, Chicago, USA (2015); Lumen II, Chiesa de San Francesco, Atina, Italy (2015); Video Art Festival, 6th EDITION Highlights, Dubai, U.A.E (2015), Cairo Video Art Festival, Egypt (2014); NAA Video Festival Barcelos, Portugal (2014); Pixels of Identities, Museum of Almeria, Spain (2014); FunctionLab, London (2014); Portas Abertas, Forum Eugenio De Almeida, Evora, Portugal (2013); Pleinairism, Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff, Canada (2013); The Serpentine Gallery Pavillion (2012). Selected Awards and Residencies: 2018, IIPPE Conference on Political Economy, Art/Activism, Pula, Croatia; 2018, The Oberhausen International Film Festival Seminar, Germany; 2018, Ammerman Center for Arts and Technology, New London, CT, USA; 2017 EarthLab, Proving Grounds Colloquium, Pecha Kucha, University of Westminster, London, UK; 2017 8th Annual Conference in Political Economy, Berlin, Germany 2017 Joya Art + Ecology, Andalucia, Spain 2016 Medea Electronique, Soundscapes And Landscapes Residency, Athens, Greece; 2016 Kent Summer Seminar In Critical Theory With Bernard Stiegler, Paris, France;2015 Autocenter Residency With Thibaud De Ruyter, Berlin, Germany;2014 Investee Activism, Michel Feher, Forensic Architecture-Goldsmiths University/Zone Books; 2013 Tissardemine Residency Award, Morocco; 2012 Banff Art Center Canada Residency Award

Emelia Kamadulski is a second-year student pursuing a BA in English at the University of Denver. As a newly emerging poet and fiction writer, she is eager to push and pluck at genre boundaries, to unravel the familiar, and weave anew with its thread. Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Emelia divided most of her childhood and adolescence between Seattle, Washington and Denver, Colorado. Emelia is thrilled to debut at the Unseen Festival and further explore Denver’s vibrant creative community.

Victoria Karmin was born in 1987 in Arapahoe, USA. Captivated from an early age by painting, she studied physics at National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and specialized in animation at the National School of Painting Sculpture and Engraving “La Esmeralda”. Since then her exploration and artistic creation takes place in a wide spectrum of disciplines: drawing, painting, animation, free education, art video, dance and architecture. Her work has been exhibited in different national and international festivals such as the Morelia International Film Festival, Huesca International Film Festival, Short Film Corner in Cannes and in multiple independent forums, and has been supported by institutions such as the National Fund for Culture and the Arts(FONCA) and the Directorate-General for the dissemination of science (DGDC) of the UNAM. She resides in Mexico City.

Shambhavi Kaul has exhibited her work worldwide at such venues as the Toronto International Film Festival, the Berlinale, The New York Film Festival, the International Film Festival Rotterdam, The Edinburgh International Film Festival, the London Film Festival, the Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, and Experimenta Bangalore. Her work was featured in the 10th Shanghai Biennale, and she has presented two solo shows at Jhaveri Contemporary in Mumbai. She was born in Jodhpur,  India, and lives in the United States where she teaches at Duke University.

 

Jefferson Kielwagen (Brazil). Kielwagen is an artist and a researcher. His artistic practice is best described as intervention or social art. Some of the major venues in which he exhibited artwork are the Ghetto Biennale of Port-au-Prince, the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art in NYC, and the Coletiva de Artistas of the Joinville Art Museum, in Brazil. He teaches Sculpture and History of Art at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. His current research looks at the challenges and strategies in creating a global narrative for art history.

Originally from Nebraska, Vivian Kim is a choreographer, teaching artist, and performer based in Boulder, CO.  She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Nebraska Lincoln under the direction of Susan Levine-Orada.  During her time at UNL, Vivian had the opportunity to work with, and perform for, Kayvon Pourazar, Kendra Portier (David Dorfman Dance), Jenna Reigel (Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company), STREB: POP Action Company, Ekida Laurie, Noelle Bohaty, and many others.  After graduating from UNL in 2014, Vivian performed and taught for MamLuft&Company Dance in Cincinnati, OH under the Artistic Direction of Jeanne Mam-Luft. While in Cincinnati, Vivian also had the opportunity to present a commissioned work for the Cincinnati Area Choreographer’s Festival.  Recently, Vivian received her Master of Fine Arts degree for Performance and Choreography in Dance with a secondary emphasis in The Alexander Technique from CU Boulder May of 2018. During her time at CU Boulder, she had the opportunity to teach as a Graduate Part-Time Instructor, lecture and study under Helanius J. Wilkins, Gesel Mason, Erika Randall, Larry Southall, and many others.  Currently, Vivian is teaching at Red Rocks Community College as an Adjunct Professor in Hip Hop. She is also a company member for world-renowned Hip-Hop choreographer and dancer, Rennie Harris, in his Denver-based dance company, Rennie Harris Grass Roots Project. Vivian’s performance research is based around her Korean-American identity and the balance between imposed Korean traditionalism and being raised in the U.S.  She’s interested in the U.S. influences on South Korean media, culture, and expectations of women.  In this research, Vivian’s curiosities lie within in the collision, or intersection, of these two cultures and how they influence her actions, behavior, character, and thought-process. Vivian’s very excited to be a part of the Unseen Festival this year and looks forward to sharing the space with other brilliant artists.

Ralph Klewitz: “I was born in 1965, grew up in Switzerland and studied visual communication design as well as fine arts. In 2011 I graduated with a Master of Arts in Contemporary Arts Practice from the Bern University of the Arts and since 2014 I am a doctoral candidate to study towards the Doctor of Arts Degree at Aalto University, Department of Art, in Helsinki. The topics of my artistic practice and research in fine arts raise cultural, ethical and political questions and I negotiated those in various geographical contexts with meaningful and meaningless; intangible and tangible contents.” – RK http://ralphklewitz.blogspot.co.uk/

Wago Kreider is a media artist and educator whose work explores the influence of cinematic representation on our experience of landscape and the environment. His videos have screened at the Ann Arbor, Rotterdam, London, New York, Hong Kong, EMAF, and Viennale Film Festivals.

Eric Ko is an independent animator, filmmaker, and artist from New York. He is engaged with emotional distillation through textural and visceral atmosphere. He is interested in visual poetry by way of both abstraction and objective imagery.

Pedro Lacerda (1988) is a Chilean-Brazilian filmmaker and video artist. He studied media & communications at the UNIACC University (Santiago de Chile), and has a Master degree in digital narratives at the Internationale Filmschule Ko?ln (Cologne). His works have been screened at the FILE Festival (Sa?o Paulo), Santiago International Film Festival (Santiago), Images Festival (Toronto), WRO Media Art Biennale (Wroclaw), NYC Indie Film Festival (New York) and at the Museum of Visual Arts MAVI (Santiago), among others. In 2013, he was invited to attend the Locarno Summer Academy at the 66th Locarno Film Festival. Since 2016, he has been developing his first video-installation Five Places to Remember, which maps musical representation under the urban landscapes of the cities of Prague, Berlin, Bogota?, Paraty and Brussels.

Jessica Lawson is a Pushcart-nominated poet whose work has appeared in The FanzineYes, PoetryCosmonauts AvenueThe Wanderer; FLAG + VOID; Dream Pop and elsewhere. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Smith College, a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa, and an MFA from CU-Boulder, where she served as an editor for Timber Journal. Her chapbook Rot Contracts was a finalist for the New Delta Review 2017-2018 Chapbook Contest. She teaches classes on creative writing and LGBT literature in Colorado, and has just completed a manuscript about the downfalls of trying to power bottom the patriarchy.

Ana Rodríguez León. Born in Barcelona in 1981, she studied cinema at ESCAC (Escuela Superior de Cine y Audiovisuales de Cataluna), before moving to Madrid in 2006, where she develops her professional career. Her work is an inner and aesthetic search around the identity construction and its relation with representation, memory and body. She uses in her works several materials (S8, HD, found footage) to explore fiction, documentary, video art and its borders. She has directed the works El Sustituto (The Substitute) (post-production, 2018), Beyond Action (2018), El Umbral de Cristal (The Glass Threshold) (2105), Mundinuevo (Mundinuevo) (2014), Cranc (Cranc) (2014), La Maquina Espiritual(The Spiritual Machine) (2012), Memorais (Memorais) (2012, Super8), Bell & Howell 2146 XL (Bell & Howell 2146 XL) (2011), Lineas de Luz (Lines of Light) (2009). Her works have been screened at several national and international festivals: Message to man (Russia), Filmadrid (Spain), Miden Videoart (Greece), FIVA (Argentina), Festival Internacional de Las Palmas (Spain), Cologne Off (Germany), Madatac (Spain), Open Eyes FF (Germany), Cinespaña (France), Anthology Film Archives through Another Experiment by Women Film Festival (USA), and Simultan (Romania), between others. Beside, her works have been shown at museums and art galleries such as the Hong-Gah Museum (Taipei) and Centre d’Art Santa Monica (Spain). She has been recognized with several prizes. More information at:http://www.anarodriguezleon.com/blog

Bin Li (b. Fuzhou, China) is a composer and artist based in New York City. His recent work explores the immateriality of sound and its derivatives. More information: www.bindavidli.com

Auden Lincoln-Vogel and Annelyse Gelman met at Reed College in Portland, Oregon, where they studied studio art and cognitive psychology, respectively, and were both awarded 2013 Kaspar T. Locher scholarships. They have worked together on several collaborative videos, including the music videos “Rio” and “Bottomfeeder” and the poetry-films “Giraffe” and “Trein.”  More of their work can be found at audenlincolnvogel.com and annelysegelman.com

Ricardo Vieira Lisboa, 26, works as a film critic for the website À pala de Walsh, which he co-founded and coordinates. He’s a short film programmer for IndieLisboa – International Film Festival.He’s a masters in Dramaturgy and Directing at Escola Superior de Teatro e Cinema and a Degree in Mathematics. He is also a (video-) essayist and director.

Emily Van Loan is an experimental filmmaker from upstate New York, currently pursuing an MFA at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her work is personal in nature, focusing on whatever it is that has caught her obsession at any given moment. Today it is vulnerability and emotional honesty. When she is not making work, Emily enjoys eating bread dipped in a big heap of cream cheese, despite her lactose intolerance.

Terra Long is an independent filmmaker and educator. She creates tapestry like works that draw on natural history, deep time, and the space between the real and the imaginary. Her works have screened at festivals and micro cinemas all over the world including the Edinburgh International Film Festival, International Documentary Festival Amsterdam, CPH DOX, in the Wavelengths section at Toronto International Film Festival, and the Images Festival in her hometown of Toronto. She is also a member of the Independent Imaging Retreat Collective (Film Farm).

Ella Longpre is the author of How to Keep You Alive (Civil Coping Mechanisms 2017), as well as three chapbooks of poetry, image, and essay. She has worked as editor at the Fanzine, Bombay Gin, and other journals. She is a PhD candidate at the University of Denver, makes music in the band Giselle and the Willys, and lives with her partner, two cats, and a cherry tree. Ella is nothing without her chosen family and can be found in the woods.

Miguel Seabra Lopes (and Karen Akerman) have worked together since 2010 with fiction, documentary, experimental, and expanded cinema.

Michael Lyons (Canada, UK) is a researcher and artist based in Kyoto, Japan. He works as Professor of Image Arts and Sciences at Ritsumeikan University.

 

Bernd Lützeler: “In my films, installations and expanded cinema works I often explore the techniques of moving image production and presentation in interrelation with their form and perception. Therefore, loops, found footage and the disclosure of DIY- and analogue technologies have become an integral part of my work. I am an active member of the artist-run filmlab LaborBerlin e.V., a space where filmmakers can process, edit and copy their own films on 8 and 16mm celluloid film. Another strong influence in my work are the aesthetics of popular Indian culture. Over the last sixteen years I have spent a significant amount of time in Mumbai where some of my projects were produced. What fascinates me, is seeing universal global themes like urban angst, mass media or migration gaining an emphasis against the backdrop of inequality and overpopulation in contemporary urban India.” – BL

Julia Madsen is a multimedia poet and educator. She received an MFA in Literary Arts from Brown University and is a doctoral student in English/Creative Writing at the University of Denver. She is the video editor at Reality Beach, and has shown video poetry and projection mapping installations at Outlet Fine Art Gallery in Brooklyn, NY, No Nation Art Gallery in Chicago, IL, Counterpath Gallery in Denver, CO, and the Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory conference in Orlando, FL. Her video work has appeared in VICE’s “The Creators Project,” and her poems and multimedia work have also appeared or are forthcoming in jubilat, Drunken Boat, Caketrain, and others. Her first book, The Boneyard, The Birth Manual, A Burial: Investigations into the Heartland, is forthcoming from Trembling Pillow Press in 2018.

Erinrose Mager’s fiction appears in The Collagist, Passages North, DIAGRAM, The Adroit Journal, New South, and elsewhere. She is co-editor of The Official Catalog of the Library of Potential Literature (Lit Pub Books) and Creative Writing/Literature PhD student at the University of Denver.

Rita Mahfouz was born in 1985. She received an MA in Visual Arts from the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts (Alba), University of Balamand, in 2018; a BA in Music Composition from the Lebanese National Higher Conservatory of Music in 2016; and a Maîtrise and BA in Film and Video Studies from Holy Spirit University of Kaslik in 2008 and 2006 respectively. She is the videomaker of On Familiar Waters, 2018, and Graphic Composition on White Background, 2015; and the composer of Je chante pour passer le temps (2016), Ce soir je dîne à la maison (2014), and RAVENSCRYTOO (2013). She participated in “Immaterial Collection II, Forum 1: The Sides of Our Sea,” Beirut Art Center, May 2018, and “les 13e rencontres internationales de composition musicale de Cergy-Pontoise,” France, April 2014.

rick h m is a QTPOC, anti-disciplinary artist based in Boulder, CO. They are a current MFA (Choreography) candidate at University of Colorado Boulder, and a Center for Humanities & the Arts Fellow for the 2018-19 school year. rick received their BA (Dance & Sociology) from Wesleyan University, concentrating in performance studies and choreography as a means of ascribing a creative process rooted in imagining queer utopia(s). Their scholarly research on queer utopia has further led to community building via various artistic/life pursuits, including their performing under the stage name, umami goddess™. rick has collaborated with and studied under noted dance artists/scholars including Darrell Jones, Bebe Miller, Eiko Otake, Nicole Stanton, and Katja Kolcio. Through written and embodied forms of creative research, rick calls for a dismantling of the systems that enforce control over our abilities to liberate our social bodies.

Oscar Mangione (b. 1971) works with Lina Selander and has participated with her in several exhibitions. From 2006 to 2012 he edited and wrote for the magazine and art project Geist and took part in numerous exhibitions, performances and projects in venues such as the Reykjavík Arts Festival, the Museum of Modern Art in Stockholm and the Venice Biennale.

Bird Marathe. Ex-wrangler of feral cats from NY, NY. Graduate of CU Boulder’s MFA in Creative Writing program. Teacher of creative writing, literature, science fiction, public speaking, and the LSAT. Has performed one-man shows including Grow Fat in Far Pastures, The Spider Will Die, and Recipe for Banana Almond Cake. Currently writing and voice acting for interactive talking dolls.

 

Jean-Jacques Martinod is a filmmaker and visual artist originally from Guayaquil, Ecuador. His films have screened in a variety of venues including the Museum of The Moving Image and festivals such as FIDMarseille, EDOC (Encuentros del Otro Cine), Festival Dei Popoli, Les Inattendus festival de films (très) indépendants, Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival, ULTRACinema Festival de Cine Experimental y Found Footage, Stuttgarter Filmwinter Festival for Expanded Media, among others, while also in a variety of galleries and DIY venues. His films oscillate between non-fiction traditions utilizing formal experiments in celluloid film, analogue tape, digital media, and archival footage. He resides in Montreal, Canada, where he is a member of both the Global Emergent Media Lab and the Centre for Expanded Poetics at Concordia University, where he is currently an MFA candidate.

Andy Martrich is the author of A manifest detection of death-lot in banking games (Gauss PDF Editions), Ethical Probe on Mixed Martial Arts Enthusiasts in the USA (Counterpath), and Pitching with Demonic Sigil Grips (PRB Editions), among others. He lives in France.

Brooke MacNamara

A.J. McClenon was born and raised in “D.C. proper,” and is currently based in Chicago using performance practices, sound, video, movement, theatre and writing to share experiences living in a Black body. A.J. holds a Masters in Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Arts with a minor in creative writing from the University of Maryland, College Park and has also studied at The New School. A.J. hopes that all the memories and histories that are said to have “too many Black people” are told and retold again. A.J. has performed and shown work throughout the US, at locations like Steppenwolf, The Promontory, Woman Made Gallery, Echo Park Film Center, Chicago Filmmakers, Terrain Exhibitions, Gallery 400, Compliance Divisions, Fine Art Complex 1101 and Longwood Arts Center. A.J. is currently a co-founder of F4F, a domestic venue that cultivates a femme community, centers blackness, and expands upon understandings of what domestic space can be. A.J. also really enjoys being a teaching artist on the West Side of Chicago.

Monteith McCollum is an inter-media artist working in film, sound, and sculpture.  His films have screened at Festivals and Museums including The Museum of Modern Art, Hirshhorn, Wexner Center for the Arts and Festivals including SXSW, Slamdance, Hot Docs, San Francisco International Festival.   His films have garnered dozens of festival awards including an IFP Truer than Fiction Spirit Award. His film and sound work have received support from organizations including New York Foundation for the Arts, Rockefeller Foundation, NEA, Jerome Foundation and Kodak. Recent Audio Visual performances of include the project Hidden Frequencies and Rabbit in the Sand.

 

Madsen Minax works in documentary and hybrid filmmaking formats, narrative cinema, experimental and essay film, sound and music performance and media installation. His projects have screened and exhibited at spaces including the European Media Art Festival (Germany), the Ann Arbor Film Festival (MI), the Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago), Anthology Film Archives (NYC), The British Film Institute (UK), Museum of Fine Arts (Houston), REDCAT (Los Angeles), SOMArts (San Francisco), the Public Library of Amsterdam, Yale, Harvard, Outfest, Newfest, Frameline, Reeling and dozens of LGBT Film festivals around the world from Osaka, Japan to Montevideo, Uruguay. Madsen is a Samuel Edes Foundation fellow as well as a Queer|Arts|Mentorship fellow. He lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

Stefano Miraglia (b. 1988 in Ma?laga) is an Italian-Spanish visual artist based in France. Merging digital video, analog photographs, archival documents and autobiographical elements, his moving image work stands at the intersection between abstract art, experimental animation and diaristic cinema. His works have been screened at numerous international film festivals, including Transient Visions, Festival des Cine?mas Diffe?rents et Expe?rimentaux de Paris, Fracto and Montreal Underground Film Festival. Stefano Miraglia is the founder and main curator of The Moving Image Catalog (movimcat.eu) www.stefanomiraglia.eu

Eden Mitsenmacher Born 1987 in the USA; works in Rotterdam. Combining performance, video and installation to take a critical yet engaging view of social, political and cultural issues. Embracing the desire to do what you love and occasionally getting embarrassed by it. Finding a form for vulnerability and blurring the lines between sincerity and ambiguity. Using pop culture as a frame of reference for social and personal critique but also as a way to create familiarity and accessibility. Sharing and connecting experiences between an I and a You. Personal experiences such as love, loneliness and longing are taken at face value but are immediately turned into points of systematic general inquiry. The banal becomes serious, and vice versa. Presenting hyper-worlds, built from cultural stereotypes and cliche?s, then pushed to the brink of emotional overload. Kitsch is a conscious strategy in my research and practice. My inspirations often come from the observation in daily life and especially the firsthand experiences. As one of the many individuals who are experiencing the confusion and struggles in the current macro environment I am interested in the doubts, curiosity and cognition for the potential new value orientations and its unpredictable future possibilities.

Rashid Mohamed was born and raised in the foothills of the Alps, but his roots lie in east Africa. Rashid is an ambitious writer who served as managing editor of the Arapahoe Pinnacle as well as the art & photography editor of the triple-award winning literary journal PROGENITOR. To compliment his B.A. in political science, Rashid recently completed his associate degree in Contemporary Journalism. Working several years with the United Nations has provided Rashid with a curious international perspective on human behavior which he likes to focus on in his writing.

 

Juan David González Monroy and Anja Dornieden are filmmakers based in Berlin. Since 2010 they have worked together under the moniker OJOBOCA. Together they practice Horrorism, a simulated method of inner and outer transformation. Since 2010 they are members of the artist-run film lab LaborBerlin.

Katherine “Kitty” Moore has been teaching Yoga full time for 21 years and she’s devoted to her students and her teachers. She’s the owner and director of The Hidden Yoga Studio in Niwot, CO, and Sadhana West Teacher Training and Yoga Immersions.

Camila Moreiras (US/Spain) is a visual artist and scholar whose work focuses on the state of the image at a time of saturating surveillance and compulsive documentation. She received her PhD in the department of Spanish and Portuguese at New York University, and is currently pursuing her Masters in the Creative Documentary program at the Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona. Her work has been exhibited in the United States, Spain, Mexico, and the United Kingdom.

Rafal Morusiewicz is a PhD-in-Practice candidate at Akademie der bildende Kuenste Wien (AT), completing his second doctoral dissertation in Institute of Applied Social Sciences, University of Warsaw (PL). His “PhD in Practice” dissertation and artistic project map queerable moments in the films set in, produced in, and/or invoking Poland’s 1952-1989. His film and writing practice is informed by the historiographic and auto-ethnographic working with affective memory, which manifests in the weave of film, sonic, and textual interventions into the found-footage film material. Currently based in Vienna, Morusiewicz is also a faculty adjunct at Webster Vienna Private University (AT), where he teaches courses that intersect gender/queer studies, film studies, and social sciences.

 

 

Hadi Moussally is a filmmaker and photographer born in 1987 in Lebanon, a post-war time where art didn’t have enough space on the popular scene but he always had an artistic sensibility. He chose to study in Paris to learn filmmaking and especially to improve his artistic culture. He first had a master degree in feature films at the Université Paris-Est Marne La Vallée. Then he decided to explore another side of cinema, reality film, where he had another master degree in anthropological documentary in the Université Paris 10 Nanterre, founded by Jean Rouch. With those two degrees, he has been able to develop and give a meaning to his own aesthetic vision of an image. From one hand, the feature films studies helped him build his imaginary by creating his own world, to direct films and managing a team, and especially a sense of aesthetic. On the other hand, the anthropological documentary studies helped him developing his ability to observe the subject and catch the right moment. Since 2012, he decided to also work in the fashion industry by making fashion and experimental films. His aim is to show fashion with a meaning and combine it with his own artistic vision. Today he directed and scripted more than 30 movies (Documentaries, Short films, Experimentals and music videos). He founded h7o7Films, production company with Olivier Pagny in Paris and The12Project, the First Alternative Fashion Network.

Rob Munday is a filmmaker from London interested in patterns and the oddness of the everyday. Working in both live-action and animation his subjects range from musical happenings to curious lemons. His animation Teddy Goldblatt screened at South By Southwest and was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize. Rob’s other films have shown worldwide including the BFI London Film Festival, Flatpack Film Festival, Stuttgart Trickfilm Festival and the London Short Film Festival.

Dakota Nanton is an experimental animator based out of Boulder, Colorado. His artwork and films draw inspiration from such diverse influences as comic books, folklore, and science fiction to create meditative ruminations on desire and death. Borrowing from the images and iconographies of the past, and mixing old techniques with new, he explores the complexities and contradictions of living in the modern world. His work has been exhibited internationally and is held in permanent collections in the United States, Canada, Italy, Australia, Egypt and New Zealand.

Emmanuelle Nègre is born in France in 1986 and studied at the Villa Arson School of fine Art. She got the DNSEP (Diplôme National Superieur d’Expression Plastique) in 2010. Emmanuelle has participated in local and international exhibitions and in 2011 she became a co-director of Catalyst Arts, Belfast. She was a resident of La Station, Nice from 2013 to 2017. She is showing her work locally and internationally as part of exhibitions and screening. In 2017 she started to program screenings under the name Fovéa.

Alison Nguyen is a New York-based artist working in video, film, and installation. She received her B.A from Brown University, Providence, RI. Nguyen’s work has been featured in exhibitions and screenings at Microscope Gallery, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Crossroads presented by SF MoMA, Marfa Film Festival, San Diego Underground Film Festival, Traverse Vidéo, True/False Film Festival,Transient Visions, Palace Film Festival, Outpost Artists, Zumzeig Cine, BOSI Contemporary, and Satellite Art Show, Miami. She has participated in group performances at The Whitney Museum of Art: Dreamlands Expanded, The Parrish Museum, and Mana Contemporary (in collaboration with Optipus). Nguyen has received residencies and fellowships from The Institute of Electronic Arts, BRIC, Signal Culture, Vermont Studio Center, and Flux Factory. She has been awarded grants from NYSCA and The New York Community Trust. www.alisonnguyen.com

Diana Khoi Nguyen’s debut collection, Ghost Of (Omnidawn, 2018), was selected by Terrance Hayes for the Omnidawn Open Contest. She is a poet and multimedia artist whose work has appeared in PoetryAmerican Poetry Review, Boston Review, and PEN America, among others. In addition to winning the 92Y “Discovery” / Boston Review Poetry Contest, she has received awards and scholarships from the Academy of American Poets, Bread Loaf Writers Conference, and Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center. Currently, she lives in Denver where she is pursuing a PhD in creative writing and teaches in the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver. www.dianakhoinguyen.com

Salar Niknafs (Ph.D.) is a multidisciplinary artist and researcher currently based in Melbourne. Working with photography, video, sound and music, in his art he primarily engages with experimental aesthetic forms. Salar often focuses on abstract perceptions of self and its relation to spaces it occupies to open up a discussion about identity. Salar’s work is presented internationally in the context of conferences, workshops, music venues and exhibitions including FILE Electronic Language International Festival (Rio De Janeiro), Life Framer (Rome), Society for Photographic Education media festival and national conference (Orlando) and Incinerator Art Award for Social Change finalists exhibition (Melbourne).

Patrick O’Hare is a filmmaker and photographer exploring the modern landscape. His photographs have been exhibited at  MoMA PS1, Parsons School of Design and the Rhode Island School of Design. His photographs and book, “Slipstream” are included in various collections including The New York Public Library, MoMA Library, the Amon Carter Museum of American Art Research Library,  and the Samuel Dorsky Museum. He screened his films, Little Raptures for the Uncommitted, 2014 and Fissures, 2014 at UnionDocs in Brooklyn, New York in 2015.

L.E.O. (Reginald O’Neal) was born July 24, 1992 and raised in Overtown, Miami, Florida. Reginald began making music at the age of and painting in 2012. He painted his first mural in the summer of 2012 then in 2013 he met his friend and mentor who will teach him classically. In 2014, Reginald took his first trip to Europe and would complete 3 murals in (Austria, Norway, and Spain) and will enter a collective show alongside his teacher in Berlin, Germany. In the same year, he was invited to his first mural festival in Rio San Juan, Dominican Republic. And since then he’s been doing canvas work, residencies, and murals.

Vasilios Papaioannu (b. Thessaloniki, Greece 1978) is a Greek-Italian filmmaker-artist currently based in Syracuse, New York. In his work Papaioannu explores the fleeting dreamscapes of reality using noise, movement and disturbance. He merges different genres and unifies variegated media, primarily video, 16mm film and archival footage. In conjunction with his filmmaking activity he is also a mixed media visual artist, combining painting, vector art and photography. He holds an MA in Communication, Text Semiotics and Cinema from Universita’ degli Studi di Siena, in Tuscany, Italy and an MFA in Film and Cinematography from Syracuse University in New York. Papaioannu is currently an Assistant Teaching Professor at the Department of Transmedia, Film, in the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University. http://www.vasiliospapaioannu.com/

Marco Pareja obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in TV, Film and Radio Direction at the Instituto Superior de Arte in Havana, Cuba. He worked as an assistant director for a Cuban TV series and in the Dutch TV production “Eileen” as a Location assistant, filmed in Quito and El Puyo, Ecuador, in 2011. He co-founded the Art Group Ramuneta; their works have been screened in Ecuador, Mexico and the United States. He currently works as a screenwriter and director, also as an occasional writer for the digital magazine La Barra Espaciadora. His documentary ¿Dónde está Papobo? received a special jury prize in the 9th Festival of Young Filmmakers in Havana, Cuba. It also participated in the Cuban animation cinema exhibit in Quito in 2014. It was also screened in “De cierta manera”, the Cuban TV show by film critic Luciano Castillo and in Miami’s America TV show, “La Mirada indiscreta”. He directed, wrote and produced the short film Rooster, his graduation thesis, which was selected for the World Extreme Cinema Festival in San Sebastián de Veracruz. Mexico and for “Filmodiversidad ecuatoriana”, organized by the Ecuadorian Cultural Institute in 2011. His short film Cuerpo sin alma was chosen for the Film Festival “La noche de los cortos” and for the Independent Festival “Ecuador bajo tierra”, both celebrated in Quito, Ecuador. He also co-wrote and co-directed the Web Series “Shungo”, in 2016.

Luiza Pârvu and Toma Peiu have been working together since 2009. Their cinematic and installation narratives, produced in Europe, North America and Asia, capture moments of social, environmental or cultural transformation. Their work has shown in over 100 theaters and venues on five continents, from film festivals to multiplex theatres, schools and churches. Their first feature documentary film, Ubi Bene Ibi Patria (presently in post-production) is an autobiographically motivated “railroad movie”, featuring glimpses into the lives of several Romanian immigrants and their adopted communities in Western Europe and the US, capturing the social and political debates of the summer of 2016.

Born on the edge of the Berkshire Mountains in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, Sarah Paul is now a transdisciplinary artist based in Cleveland, Ohio. She received her BS in Mathematics from the University at Albany, and MFA in Visual Studies from the University at Buffalo, before swimming west along the southern coast of Lake Erie. After stopping to rest, mesmerized by the flaming smokestacks, she wandered inland and fell in love and lust with the steelyards, the city, and the lake. In the form of video art, installations, live art, sound, and photography, Sarah is making work that explores the multifaceted identity of this lush rusty belt. Sarah is presently an Associate Professor and Chair of Sculpture and Expanded Media at the Cleveland Institute of Art. http://www.sarahpaul.org/

 

Maria Molina Peiró is a filmmaker and audio-visual artist with a background in fine arts. She works in an open format mixing film, animation and digital media. Her body of work comprises Film, interactive installations and video art. Mari?a Molina’s films and art works have been showcased in international art spaces like EYE Film Museum (Amsterdam), MACBA (Museum of Modern Art Barcelona), Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW) Berlin, Hong-gah Museum (Taipei), Centre de Cultura Contempora?nia Barcelona (CCCB), Ci?rculo de Bellas Artes (Madrid), Centro Andaluz de Arte Contempora?neo (CAAC) and International Festivals including Art Futura (Barcelona), VISS (Vienna International Film Festival), Taiwan International Videoart Bienal, DC Independent Film Festival (Washington DC), Amsterdam Spanish Film Festival, Forecast Forum (Berlin), Festival de Cinema Independent de Barcelona among others. Her work explores, among other things, the fluctuating nature of time through different time-scales and memory systems (Neuroscience, Historical memory, Digital Memory and Geology). She is particularly interested in how the ubiquity and pervasive nature of Digital Technology is reshaping the view of our past and therefore our identity. Mari?a holds a BA from the US (University of the Arts, Sevilla) and graduated Cum Laude from the Master of Film at the Netherlands Film Academy in Amsterdam. She’s based in Amsterdam.

Esteban Peralta

Renato Pérez was born in 1986 in the city of Curico?, Maule region, in the southern center of Chile. Renato received his degree in filmmaking from the Universidad del Desarrollo in 2010 . His first feature film, his degree project, Anonymous gets premiered in San Sebastia?n Film Festival in 2011, along with other festivals such as Valdivia Film Festival, Festivalissimo of Montreal and Latin Film Festival of Utrecht among others, it was shown in the MALBA museum in Buenos Aires in a contemporary Chilean film cycle. In 2012 he participate in the Berlinale Talent Campus. In 2014 he was the second unit director for the historical Miniseries Port Famine. In 2015 he won the Chilean National Fund for the writing of the script of his second feature film. After two experimental short films focused on landscape Ring and Letter Inside a Bottle, he is filming a third short film, recording the Tiergarten park in Berlin throughout a year.

Jeffrey Pethybridge is the author of Striven, The Bright Treatise (Noemi Press 2013).  His work appears widely in journals such as Chicago Review, Volt, Poor Claudia, The Iowa Review, LIT, New American Writing and others. He teaches  in the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University where he is the Managing Director of the Summer Writing Program. He is also the North American Editor for Likestarlings, a web-archive of collaborative poetry and poetics. He lives in Denver with the poet Carolina Ebeid and their son Patrick; together the edit Visible Binary. He’s currently at work on a documentary project centered on the recently released torture memos entitled “Force Drift, an Essay in the Epic.” He grew up in Virginia.

Patrick Pethybridge is a teenage poet. He serves as the editor of Visible Binary, an online zine of experimental poetry, short text, media, and other genres. He enjoys geography, visualizing alternate worlds, and translating Spanish language poets such as Raquel Salas Rivera and César Vallejo. He resides with his parents in Denver, CO, where he pursues eighth grade at Dora Moore School.

Emma Piper-Burket is a visual artist, filmmaker, and writer working in fiction, non-fiction, and collected media. Her work is process-based and research driven, incorporating social trends, ancient history, science, politics, ephemera, and the natural world into her creative practice. She was an Ebert Fellow for Film Criticism at the Sundance Film Festival, a resident artist at Marble House Project, and participated in the Oberhausen Seminar and the Middlebury Script Lab. Her films have been exhibited nationally and internationally. Her writing frequently appears in Reverse Shot, and RogerEbert.com. She holds an MFA in Cinema and Digital Media from FAMU in Prague, and a BA in Arabic and Classical Studies from Georgetown University. http://emmapiperburket.com/

Bailey Mestayer Pittenger has lived mostly between Appalachia and the Deep South. She has an MA in English from Wake Forest University and an MFA from the University of Notre Dame. Her writing can be found in Glittermob, Gigantic Sequins, Denver Quarterly, and elsewhere. She is currently a PhD student at the University of Denver.

James Pomeroy is a Winnipeg based filmmaker and teacher. He has taught for both the Department of Philosophy and the School of Art at the University of Manitoba. He is a long time member of the Winnipeg Film Group. His works have been screened at festivals / events globally.

Terence Price II uses photography and video to give us a glimpse of life in Florida outside of the glamour we see in popular ads. Price has been photographing local life in Miami for nearly 10 years. His photos show the changes in its landscapes over time and are a visual documentation of the effects of gentrification on the city and its residents. He captures his own neighborhoods, from Carol City to Eatonville – the neighborhoods that raised him and generations before him – to show the real people who live through times of social strife, joyful and coming together when life demands stress. Price aims to raise awareness to structural inequities by localizing them and highlighting communities and people in Miami. “Summer Before Spring’s End,” a film set in Overtown, is a commentary on the alarming rates of black youth dying by gun violence. The film won the Audience Choice Award at FilmGate Miami’s “I’m Not Gonna Move to L.A.” monthly film festival and has shown at The Living Gallery in Brooklyn, NY, University of Illinois at Chicago’s Gallery400 in Chicago, IL, and most recently at the Bakehouse Art Complex in Miami, FL. Price is currently a resident artist at Art Center South Florida.

 

Jennifer Proctor is a filmmaker and media artist originally from San Rafael, California, and now in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Her award-winning found footage work examines the history of experimental film, Hollywood tropes, and the representation of women in cinema, and has screened around the world, including the Edinburgh Film Festival, Antimatter Film Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival, LA FilmForum, South by Southwest, and Anthology Film Archives. She is an Associate Professor of Journalism and Screen Studies at University of Michigan-Dearborn.

Annalisa D. Quagliata studied at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design with a double major in Film/Video and Studio for Interrelated Media. Her work has been screened internationally, and her project imago received the Princess Grace Foundation grant. She is also a grantee of FONCA’s Young Creators Program.

Vonnie Quest was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2017. His interdisciplinary practice allows him to move fluidly between mediums using film/video, installation, zine making and curatorial work as a means to communicate with his audience. He has screened work at Community Frames in Milwaukee WI, Milwaukee Short Film Festival and Milwaukee Film Festival in Milwaukee, WI, Gallery 400 at the University of Illinois Chicago in Chicago, IL, The 12th Annual Heritage Film Festival in Baltimore Maryland, and the 72nd Annual Student Film Festival. His work has been reviewed by Vernacular magazine and 89.7 NPR radio. He currently lives and works in Durham, North Carolina

Nicole Rayburn‘s artistic practice is a blundering convergence of video, text, and still imagery. Often via appropriation and obsessive repetition, my projects address ideas around ‘the other’, human/non-human relations, and concepts of boundary and transgression through the lens of history, religion, sci-fi, and popular culture. I hold an MFA from the University of Western Ontario and am currently a faculty instructor at the Yukon School of Visual Art. I am the founder and producer of Cold Cuts Video Festival, and currently live and work between Dawson City, Yukon, Canada, and Mexico.

Nacho Recio is a telecommunications engineer (sound and image) and multidisciplinary artist. After directing a documentary in Hollywood about John Frusciante’s life (ex Red Hot Chili Peppers) he began to work making videos for music bands like Chambao (‘lo mejor pa ti?’, 2013). He has also directed Tv series like Fausto (2011) in super 16mm or Films like N/949 (2013). His Videoart has been in museums like CAC Ma?laga or ERARTA Saint Petersburg  ‘morphoge?nesis’,2014), winning prices in International Experimental Cinema Festivals like PROTESTA 2016 (?preferentes?, 2016, FIRST PRIZE) or BIDEODROMO 2015(‘broken mirrors’, 2014, SECOND PRIZE) or in Important and independent Cinema Festivals like ESMoA VIDEOART Film Fest California 17, Film Sozialak CINE INVISIBLEBilbao 17, URBAN Film Fest Tehran 17, Miami New Media Festival 17, AIAPI Videoart in Loop UNESCO Italia 17, THIRD CULTURE Film Fest Hong Kong 16, EXILE Film Festival Malmo? 2016, Experimental Superstars Serbia 16, Festival de Cine de Ma?laga15, etc.

Tim Roberts is the author of Drizzle Pocket (2011) and The Reaganites (2018), and is the director of Counterpath.

André Almeida Rodrigues is a Portuguese director who was born in 1988 in Leça do Balio, Municipality of Matosinhos. In 2016, he finished a Master’s degree in Sound and Image in the School of Arts, Universidade Católica Portuguesa. As a student in the first year of the Master’s, he directed and produced “The Barber Guitarist”, a short documentary that was winner Latino Award for Best Portuguese Short Film, nominated for Sophia Student Award, a prize from the Portuguese Film Academy, and with 28 screenings in 19 countries.

 

Jean-Michel Rolland is a French artist born in 1972. A musician and a painter for a long time, he’s been mixing his two passions – sound and image – in digital arts since 2010. At the origin of each of his creations, musicality plays a role as important as image does and each one influences the other in a co-presence relationship. The result is a series of experimental videos, audiovisual performances, generative art, interactive installations and VJ sets where sound and image are so inseparable that the one without the other would lose its meaning. This formal research is guided by the desire to reveal the intrinsic nature of our perceptual environment and to twist it to better give new realities to the world around us. His works, always very experimental, are a reflection of the sometimes unexpected inner world of their author and are nevertheless the object of an important international diffusion. Several of them have been rewarded for their originality, by Digital Graffiti in Miami (USA), Multimatograf (Russia), dokumentART (Germany and Poland), North Carolina University (USA), Artaq (France) and The International Video Art Review (Poland). Convinced that dematerialization of video art is a strength and not a weakness, he allows anybody to access most of his productions on his website : http://franetjim.free.fr

Born in Southern Europe, David de Rozas is a multidisciplinary artist whose practice expands through filmmaking, education, and cultural production.  His interests relate to the politics of history and memory, and identity through a range of mediums and formats. David earned an MFA in Cinema at the San Francisco State University, and BA in Fine Arts from the Complutense University in Madrid. His projects have been recently screened at Visions du Reel, True/False, Sheffield Doc/Fest, AFI Docs, UCLA, FLEXfest, WUFF, or Artists’ Television Access among others. He is currently lecturer at SFSU School of Cinema.

A Haitian-American filmmaker and educator, in 2014 Stefani Saintonge won the ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Discovery Award for her short film, Seventh Grade. Her documentary, La Tierra de los Adioses, won Best Latin American Short Documentary at the Festival Internacional de Cine en el Desierto. Her work, which focuses on women, youth and immigration, has screened at several festivals in the US and abroad. A member of New Negress Film Society, she is a recipient of the Jerome Foundation Film and Video Grant, and works as an educator and adjunct professor in New York. She holds an MFA in Documentary Film Studies and Production.

 

Hiroya Sakurai. Born in Yokohama, Japan in 1958. Professor, Seian University of Art and Design. Sakurai’s work can be found in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada and J. Paul Getty Trust. Sakurai was awarded at “35th Asolo Art Film Festival (2016)”, Italy, “39th Tokyo Video Festival” (2017) and 56th Ann Arbor Film Festival (2018).

Rowan Salem: Rowan is a choreographer, performer, and teacher whose interests lie in compositional improvisation, links between philosophy and movement, and investigating the changing quality of perspective through dance in performance. She holds a Masters of Fine Arts in Choreography and Performance from Smith College in Northampton, MA, which she earned as a Teaching Fellow/Gretchen Moran Scholar. Recent teaching affiliations include Amherst College, Smith College, The University of Massachusetts Amherst, Colorado Ballet Academy, Colorado Academy, and Metropolitan State University of Denver.  She has recently performed in the work of Chris Aiken, Angie Hauser, Jim Coleman, Terese Freedman, Barbie Diewald, Kate Speer, and Tara Rynders. Rowan was a recipient of the 2017 Create Award Residency at Art Gym Denver. www.rowansalem.com

Rajee Samarasinghe is an award-winning Sri Lankan visual artist and filmmaker. Some of his recent work examines contemporary ethnographic practices through associations of family and heritage. He received his BFA from the University of California San Diego and his MFA from the California Institute of the Arts. Rajee’s work has been exhibited at venues internationally.

Laura Ann Samuelson is a choreographer, dancer and teacher of contemporary performance. She produces original work under the name Hoarded Stuff Performance and has collaborated with groups such as Joanna and the Agitators, square product theatre, Buntport Theater Company, and Screw Tooth Theater Company. Laura Ann was named one of Colorado’s most creative minds in Susan Froyd’s 100 Colorado Creatives Series in Denver’s Westword (2014), and has been an artist- in-residence at the Denver Art Museum, Dance Initiative (Carbondale, CO), Colorado Conservatory of Dance, and at SKOGEN arts (Gothenburg, SWEDEN). Currently, she is pursuing an MFA in Dance at CU Boulder. She is also a Feldenkrais Method practitioner-in-training.

 

Talena Sanders makes moving image works that explore the development of individual and collective senses of identity in affinity groups. Her films and videos are informed by an interest in presenting the many ways that social institutions can shape individuals’ lives on both the broader geopolitical level and the most intimate, personal scales. A common starting point for developing new projects begins with an interest in interrogating narratives from histories and how historical records can influence senses of identity, especially as it relates to ideas of national and regional character. She believes there are endless means to present and interrogate materials from the real on the spectrum from nonfiction to narrative production approaches. Her work often places historical found/archival footage and audio in dialogue with contemporary media captured on location to question constructs of privilege and power in who gets authorized to tell the story of a shared experience. She holds an MFA from Duke University’s Experimental and Documentary Arts program and a BFA from the University of Kentucky. Her work has been screened, exhibited, and collected internationally, including at the New York Film Festival’s Views from the Avant-Garde, FID Marseille, Montreal International Documentary Festival, Fronteira Festival, Viennale, DokuFest Kosovo, Edinburgh International Film Festival, and Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art. Her first feature documentary, Liahona, is distributed by Documentary Educational Resources and Doc Alliance.  She has previously taught film and video production and film studies at Duke University and the University of Montana. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Communication and Media Studies at Sonoma State University.

Luis Saray studied Fine Arts at the UJTL (Jorge Tadeo Lozano University), Visual Arts at the Academy of Arts A.S.A.B. in Bogotá, and the Specialization and Magister Degree in Lenguajes Artísticos Combinados (mixed artistic languages) ??at the National University of Arts U.N.A. in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He works in different medias; his videos were shown in exhibitions as the “Inter-American Biennial of Video Art” (BID) IDC Cultural Center. Washington D.C., Video Brasil Cultural Association (Sao Paulo, Brasil), Bogotá Film Festival (Colombia), Alta Tecnología Andina ATA (Cultural) Lima Perú, Loop ’09 Istituto Europeo di Design IED Barcelona, Chateau CAC centro de Arte contemporáneo (Córdoba, Argentina), Istituto Italo-Latino Americano in Rome, Museo del Barrio New York, Qorikancha Cusco Perú, “Yoveo International Video Festival”. The Suffolk Space / At CVS Cultural Center New York City, “Videopolis Helsinki” Helsinki Finland, “imagen Regional 7” Salas de exposiciones del Banco de la República de  Colombia, “Daliudens” Fundación Telefónica  in Lima,  festival “Video Bardo” National Library in Buenos Aires, the National Exhibition of Artists (Mincultura Col), the “Latin American selected Art exhibition” by the Spanish international cooperation agency (AECID) Centro Cultural de España en México CCMx, “I Festival Iberoamericano de videoarte ” Centro Cultural de España CCE Lima, Perú, “youth art” Modern Art Museum of Bogotá (MAMBO), “Lado V” La Verdi Buenos Aires, Argentina “New contemporary scene” at the Borges Cultural Center in Buenos Aires Arg, “Osmosis” audiovisual festival in Taipei, the audiovisual festival “now and after ” Moscow.

Kelly Sears is an experimental animator who recasts and reframes American archetypes and institutions to reimagine our own social and political legacy.  She views animation as a critical practice, cutting out and collaging as a way to intervene and expand context to appropriated source materials.  Through combining animated photographic and film documents with speculative storytelling, each of her films contains recognizable political and social narratives that take fictional twists, becoming uncanny or fantastic as history merges with myth. Her award-winning films have screened at festivals such as Sundance; South by Southwest; American Film Institute; Los Angeles Film Festival; San Francisco International; Off+Camera Film Festival, Poland; Festival International de Films de Femmes de Créteil, France; and Tricky Women in Austria; and retrospective programs of her short work at Anthology Film Archives in NYC; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; The Portland Art Museum; and the SF Cinematheque. She teaches advanced filmmaking, animation, experimental documentary, and media archeology at the University of Colorado – Boulder.

 

Lina Selander’s work often focus on junctures in history where a system or physical place collapses and something new begins to emerge; the narrative of mechanical cinema giving way to that of digital video, or a political or economic system plummeting into a new one. Her works revolve around images as memories, imprints and representations. Selander’s work has been shown at Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts), London; Index – The Swedish Contemporary Art Foundation, Stockholm; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; VOX – Centre de l’image contemporaine, Montréal, Galleri Riis and in international group shows such as Venice Biennale 2015; Kyiv Biennale 2015; Seoul Media City Biennale 2014; Manifesta 2012 in Genk, Belgium; Bucharest Biennale 2010; and at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin.

Marcos Serafim (Brazil). Serafim is a filmmaker whose practice focuses on video art, video installation and experimental documentary. Some of his major works are “O Artista tá nas Ruas”, a series of documentaries on street art in south Brazil; “Pretexto Performance”, a series of performance art documentation; and “Itapocu”, a documentary about an African-Brazilian popular festivity. Some of the major venues in which he exhibited are the Berlin Independent Film Festival in Germany, the Osmar Niemeyer Museum (MON) in Brazil, the Queens Museum in NY and the Ghetto Bienalle in Haiti.

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Wenhua Shi is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Art at UMass Boston. Originally trained as a doctor in China, Wenhua departed from the medical field and began working in radio and TV in his hometown of Wuhan. In 2009 he graduated with an MFA from Art Practice at the University of California at Berkeley. Wenhua Shi pursues a poetic approach to moving image making, and investigates conceptual depth in film, video, interactive installations and sound sculptures. His works have been screened or exhibited at Pacific Film Archive,, Smithsonian Freer Gallery of Art, and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, The National Museum of Film, Photography and Television (UK), Experiments in Cinema, Albuquerque, Denver Contemporary Museum of Art, Shanghai Ray Art Center, Beijing Film Academy, Berlin International Directors Lounge, The Jack Kerouac School of Naropa University, and dozens of international film and art festivals, including Rotterdam (IFFR), Osnabrück (EMAF), Black Maria Film Festival, Hamburg, Bradford, Clermont-Ferrand, Ithaca (FLEFF), Ann Arbor, Athens (AIFVF) and Mexico City, West Bund 2013: a Biennale of Architecture and Contemporary art, Shanghai, Shenzhen & Hong Kong Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism, International Arte Laguna Prize, Finalists Exhibition, The Arsenale of Venice in Italy. Recently he presented a solo show, A Year from Monday, at Squeaky Wheel Film and Media Art Center in Buffalo, NY and a solo screening, Autumn Air, at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, MA.

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Ben Skea is an artist and filmmaker living and working in Scotland. His moving image and sound often reflects on contemporary anxieties of the body in flux, the fragmented self and the fluidity of realities. Recent projects have focused on the intersection between the human condition and the digital. benskea.com

Guli Silberstein. A video artist & editor based in London, UK, born in Israel (1969), now a British citizen. He received a BA in Film from Tel-Aviv University in 1997 and a MA in Media Studies from The New School University, New York City, where he studied and lived in 1997-2002. Since 2000, Guli creates short video works winning awards and shown worldwide in festivals and art venues such as: London Short Film Festival, Transmediale Berlin, Go Short the Netherlands, Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival Germany, JIDFF Jihlava Czech Republic, Festival of (In)appropriation LA USA, The National Centre of Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts Omaha, NE USA, and The Nunnery Gallery, Bow Arts, London.

Steevens Simeon (Haiti). Simeon is a visual artist who works with photography, video and fine arts. Part of the Port-au-Prince Atis Rezistans community, he participated in all editions of the Ghetto Biennale and collaborated with several visiting artists. He took part on the Young Energies Summer Camp in Berlin, in 2012, and worked with the Africamerica Foundation and the Haitian Ministry of Culture, teaching video production to university students in 2013.

Laurids Andersen Sonne is a Danish interdisciplinary artist. Laurids’ work spans film, video, installation, sculpture, performance and socially engaged art. From 2004 to 2014, Laurids was a member of the four-person art collective Parfyme, focusing on participatory and social based processes; developing new platforms for community, interaction and exploration. Laurids sees art as a tool that can be used for many things: as a catalyst for personal reflection on being or ameliorations on our surroundings, a way to explore, entwine and unfold serious topics. Laurids holds a BA in Social Anthropology from Lund University, Sweden and an MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts from Duke University.

Eric Souther is a video and new media artist who draws from a multiplicity of disciplines, including anthropology, linguistics, religion and critical theory. These investigations coalesce into works where ritual, materials, and technological assemblages form emergent systems. Work made with these systems arise from the dialog between myself and the codes that constitute our world. He looks for new ways of seeing beyond the seductive qualities of an image to find unseen pathways that help us understand our digital and non-digital existence. His work takes many pathways, which includes single channel video, interactive installation, projection mapping, and audiovisual performance. His work has been featured nationally and internationally at venues such as the  Museum of Art and Design, NYC, Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY and the Museum of Art, zhangzhou, China. His work has been screened in The Athens Digital Arts Festival, Athens, Greece, Cronosfera Festival, Alessandria, Italy, the Galerija 12 New Media Hub, Belgrade, Serbia, and the Simultan Festival, Timisoara, Romania. In 2016, Eric won the Juried Award for Time-Based at the international art competition ArtPrize. He received his M.F.A. in Electronic Integrated Arts from Alfred University and is currently an Associate Professor of New Media at Indiana University South Bend.

Andrew Spickert: Andrew is a filmmaker and photographer who specializes in documentary and virtual reality production. His vast interests have allowed him to film and edit content for broadcast television, small businesses, and everything in between.  He holds a Master’s of Science in Earth and Space Sciences from the University of Washington, and approaches each project with the curiosity of a scientist and the creativity of an artist.

Spitzweg & Braun is the collaboration between visual artist Timon Meyer (German) and musician J. Waylon Porcupine (Northern Cheyenne) in the defense of the poor image.

Evelin Stermitz, M.A., M.Phil., studied Media and New Media Art at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, and holds the degree in Philosophy from Media Studies. Her works in the field of media and new media art focus on post-structuralist feminist art practices. In 2008 she founded ArtFem.TV – Art and Feminism ITV (http://www.artfem.tv) and received a Special Mention for the project at the IX Festival Internacional de la Imagen, VI Muestra Monográfica de Media Art, University of Caldas, Manizales, Colombia, in 2010. Her works have been exhibited and screened at various venues such as the MMoMA Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Russia / Vetlanda Museum, Sweden / Centro Nacional de las Artes, Mexico City / Museum of Modern Art, Buenos Aires, Argentina / PAN Palazzo delle Arti Napoli / CAM Casoria Contemporary Art Museum, Naples, Italy / Museum of Contemporary Art of Vojvodina, Novi Sad, Serbia / Fundació Joan Miró and CCCB Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, Spain / Museum of Fine Arts, Florida State University, USA / MAC/VAL Musée d’Art Contemporain du Val-de-Marne, France / Chelsea Art Museum, New York, USA / International Museum of Women, San Francisco, USA. www.evelinstermitz.net

Eric Stewart is an interdisciplinary multimedia artist and educator. Working predominantly with 16mm film his artistic practice invokes photochemical and darkroom processes to investigate landscape, place and cultural identity in the American West.  He was awarded the 2015 Mono No Aware Award for Excellence in Filmmaking at the Haverhill Experimental Film Festival and his films have shown at: The Yerba Buena Center for Fine Arts (SF), Yale University,  Crossroads Film Festival (SF Cinematheque), 25fps (Zagreb) and The Florida Experimental Film Festival.  He holds a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, an MFA from the University of Colorado, Boulder and is currently an Assistant Professor of Photography at Adams State University in the beautiful San Luis Valley of Southern Colorado.

 

Rhea Storr is an artist filmmaker born in Leeds, UK. She lives and works in London. Storr uses abstraction to examine and confront the cultural in-between and her own British-Bahamian heritage. Storr questions the slippages that occur when a language performs across cultures, questioning where images fail us and where they resist us. Previous screenings include: Hamburg International Short Film FestivalBlack British Shorts, ICA, London, Crossroads Film Festival, San Francisco,Affinities, Or, The Weight of Cinema, National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington DC, European Media Art Festival, Osnabrück and Saatchi New Sensations, London.

Jason Sudak is an artist who works in film and sound. He has an MFA from Duke University and currently lives in Durham, NC.

Roberto Oyarzún Susñar, around 41 years old. Born in Punta Arenas, Chile, 1974. Musician (around…50 albums), Social Science teacher (around…1878 students), Actor (around…6 movies), Composer (around… 2078 tracks), Film director (around… 6 movies), Writer (around… 3 books). Father of four tiny ninjas brothers/sons & two little Venus dancers, sisters/daughters. Only one love.. Alondra Isabella is her name.

 

Kotaro Tanaka. born in Tokyo, Japan in 1979; filmmaker, VJ, part-time instructor of movies; his works are exhibited in the country and overseas such as image forum festival, international film festival rotterdam and european media art festival; his main theme in his works is “gazing”; he is trying to expand the meaning and the concept of it; also his theme is how to narrate “stories” without common scripts, by just audio visual; he thinks that he has to try new narrative of cinema and believes that he has what he can do for cinema so much.

Cristián Tapies. Born in Santiago de Chile, 1975. Works in Documentary Films and Experimental Film and Video Art.

McCormick Templeman is the author of The Little Woods (Random House, 2012) and The Glass Casket (Random House, 2014). Her writing has also appeared in The Los Angeles Review of BooksCJOM, and the feminist horror anthology, Slasher Girls and Monster Boys (Penguin, 2015). In addition to being a licensed herbalist and acupuncturist, McCormick holds an MFA, an MSTOM, and is a PhD candidate at the University of Denver. Her collaborative novel, Swerve, is forthcoming from Astrophil Press.

Born in 1995, Lê Xuân Tién is now living and working in Hanoi, Vietnam. Studied Cinematography and graduated from Hanoi Academy of Theatre and Cinema. Since 2015, Tien started practicing and working with moving image. He’s on his endless way to the Beyond, exploring “Communication”.

Alex Tomassian graduated from The University of Colorado at Boulder with degrees in Dance, Journalism and Art Practices. She is interested in weight and texture within movement and focuses on exploring her relationship with gravity and space. She believes dance has the power to transcend human boundaries spiritually, culturally and physically.

Domietta Torlasco is a filmmaker, critical theorist, and associate professor at Northwestern University. Her pieces have screened at national and international venues, including the Galerie Campagne Première in Berlin, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles.

M. Dianela Torres is a producer, filmmaker and audiovisual researcher from Mexico City, interested in experimental cinema and video. She studied Broadcast & Media with a specialization in Audiovisual Production at the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). Her work has been exhibited and projected in Mexico, South America, USA and Europe. http://cargocollective.com/mdianelatorres

Gabriele Tosi, born in Busto Arsizio (a town in Northern Italy), is a conceptual artist, director, and plot writer. He is the Dean of the Video Art Department of the Istituto Cinematografico Michelangelo Antonioni, a first-of-its-kind school in the cinematographic arts. He has been author and/or producer of several videos – including music based videos – and organizer of Happening and Live Performance; he has also been involved in the production of music videos following a successful album of a famous Italian rock star. He founded the BA Film Festival, currently at its 16th edition, and created its section dedicated to Video Art. Among the videos and performances he authored, the following are of importance. In March of 2014 he organizes the Spring Performance (‘Performarce di Primavera’): he creates a free standing tensile structure 90 meters long and 20 meters high; next to it, between two ancient chimneys – vestigial towers of an ancient industrial past – he pulls a slackline, 84-meters long and 15-meters high. The Austrian athlete Mich Kemeter goes back and forth four times while a group of 50 students perform below him; choreographies and music were created for the occasion. This event allowed for the creation of a video-art clip (much more than a simple documentary), The Extreme Challenge (‘La Sfida Estrema’) which was presented with success at the following Italian and International festivals. Co-author of the book Conoscere la Video Arte (How to know Video Art), he has recently led master classes at Academia delle Belle Arti di Brera (Milan) and Academia delle Belle Arti di Bologna. In February 2015, he creates a performance presenting some of the topics discussed in the book. The show is a true-and-true happening thanks to the collaboration of four actors, two musicians, projections, and images. On July 25th and 26th, 2015 he set up the performance The Extreme Challenge: Feeding the Planet. In the then-highest point in the city of Milan, the belvedere at the top of the Skyscraper Palazzo Lombardia. He creates a performance where the spectator is actively involved. This performance was part of a program parallel to the World EXPO that was taking place that year in Milan, trying to raise awareness towards the issue of world hunger. More than 150 people actively showed their will to end famine in the world and accepted the challenge: they walked over a narrow path held three meters above the highest floor in Milan, surrounded by glass windows that gave them the impression to be walking over the whole city. After a five-meter walk over a 14-centimeter (about 5.5 inches) wide platform, performers had to drop a rice grain over a scale that symbolized the imbalance in food availability in the world. The event was recorded, the images fused with the Milanese skyline, and shown in real time to the audience and to the participants, who saw themselves walking over the city. This was one of the first uses of the Green screen shot in natural light and shown live in front of a big audience. This performance was the base of another Video Art Clip, presented and appreciated in numerous Academies of the Arts in Italy. In 2016 and 2017, he was involved in the creation of the Mibart project, a Video Art festival for the city of Milan. Furthermore, he was heavily involved in teaching Video Art at Istituto Cinematografico Michelangelo Antonioni.

Janelle VanderKelen’s videos and sculptural installations situate the telling and marking of time within the body as mutable monument. Her work has been included in exhibitions at various institutions including San Diego Underground Film Festival, IC DOCS, Athens International Film + Video Festival, Antimatter [Media Art], and Anthology Film Archives. She currently co-curates a non-profit screening series called aCinema and teaches film and video at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee where she received both her MFA in Film, Video, Animation, and New Genres and her MA in Intermedia Art.

Phuong Thao Vuong has been awarded fellowships from Tin House, VONA/Voices, and Kearny Street Workshop’s Interdisciplinary Writers Lab. A 2017 Joy Harjo Poetry Prize finalist, she has publications in or forthcoming in DuendeCutthroatApogee, and elsewhere. Her debut poetry collection, The House I Inherit, is forthcoming on Finishing Line Press in early 2019. She is currently an MFA student at the University of Colorado Boulder.

 

Experimental filmmaker, video artist and independent curator, Guillaume Vallée graduated from Concordia University with a Major in Film Animation and MFA in Studio Arts – Film Production option. He’s interested in alternative forms of moving images in analogue forms as a way of considering the direct interaction between different mediums. His work is an exploration of materiality within the creative process. In attempts of creating a more complex relationship with his subject matter, Vallée makes use of cross-medium forms that range from camera-less techniques to optical effects, glitch, video feedback, resulting in expended & hybrid pieces. Vallée is questioning the notions of recycling & reappropriation, treating all material as found footage within a collaborative practice, in film, video & performance. His audiovisual performances  have been shown in various festivals in Quebec, Canada, USA and France. His experimental films and videos, distributed by Vidéographe and Winnipeg Film Group, have been screened internationally. His short film, Le bulbe tragique, won the ”Best Canadian Work” at WNDX (Festival of Moving Image) in 2016. He’s also the co-founder & programmer of Ibrida*Pluri Festival, along with Sonya Stefan & Samuel Bonony. He is completing a PhD in Études et Pratiques des Arts at UQAM, under the direction of Louis Jacob & Mario Côté. His Research-Creation thesis is about the notions of DIY apparatus, scene and the artist as bricoleur, around the practices of experimental cinema.

Michael Joseph Walsh lives in Denver. He is co-editor for APARTMENT Poetry, and his poems have appeared in DIAGRAMDREGINALDFenceLikestarlingsjubilatThe Volta, and elsewhere.

Josh Weissbach is an experimental filmmaker. He lives in a house next to an abandoned village with his wife, two daughters, and three cats. His films and videos have been shown worldwide in such venues as Ann Arbor Film Festival, Slamdance Film Festival, Mono No Aware, Chicago Underground Film Festival, 25 FPS Festival, and Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival. He has won jury prizes at Videoex, ICDOCS, $100 Film Festival, Onion City Experimental Film and Video Festival, and Haverhill Experimental Film Festival. He is the recipient of the 2008 Cary Grant Film Award from the Princess Grace Foundation-USA, a 2013 Mary L. Nohl Fellowship for Emerging Artists from the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, and a 2015 LEF Fellowship from the Robert Flaherty Film Seminar.

Simon Welch is a British artist and filmmaker based in France since 1994. Studied Fine Art (painting) at WSCAD and then at Liverpool John Moores University in the 1980s. Subsequently studied Visual Arts at Strasbourg University to PhD level. Regularly shows films in international film and video festivals and exhibitions.

Lili White works across disciplines, laying impressions, based on personal and collective dreams. She delves into liminal, borderline space, describing the inter-connectedness and elusiveness of living change, found under the surface of things. Her imagery draws from mental projections residing in the fluctuating movements of spirit which are the ceaseless dynamisms of evolution. Delineating intuitive feeling-meanings, viewers are coaxed into contemplation, rendering a deeper capacity of self-awareness. Lili White studied painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, while also making Super 8 films. Her edits span between the personal, history, and society’s collective memory, connecting stories tangentially, presenting a dream-like logic. FOOL’s GOLD: CALIFORNIA ROADTRIP in an ELECTION YEAR, a feature film essay from 2014, “painted” a tableau portrait of American “greed”. It received a NYSCA finishing funds award. In 2010 she founded ANOTHER EXPERIMENT by WOMEN FILM FESTIVAL in NYC, (http://axwff.com) which screens experimental film by women (and some men) at Anthology Film Archives, through NEW FILMMAKERS NY. Its online streaming web-site (http://axwonline.com), presents these works and pays the filmmakers immediately upon purchase. It also functions as an archive of women’s endeavors. From 2012 to 2015 she served as an elected Board Member to Millennium Film Workshop, and was chairperson of the Archive Committee, which eventually sold to NY’s MoMA Museum.

Sharon Whooley is a Film Artist based in Baltimore in West Cork in Ireland. “I have worked in film for over 20 years, as co-director of Harvest Films (www.harvestfilms.ie.  As writer, I was co-writer with Pat Collins and Eoghan Mac Giolla Bhríde on the feature films Silence (2012) and Song of Granite (2017) (Dir: Pat Collins). We are currently writing a new film The Aran Islands based on John Millington Synge’s book of the same name. My own films include Fathom (2013) a meditation on thinking and isolation based on the Fastnet Lighthouse, Nettle Coat (2014) on Visual Artist Alice Maher’s work of the same name, Imogen Stuart: Dealbhóir (2016) on Irish/German sculptor, Imogen Stuart and Distance (2018); a story about time in a specific place, Glenbride in Co. Wicklow in Ireland.  All of these films were funded by the Arts Council of Ireland. My next film, Night Flight is an experimental film about yearning and the human condition seen from the real world, the dream world and the other-world.” – SW

Lara E. Wilber grew up in rural southwestern Colorado, splitting her time between the woods and the library where her mother worked. Her poetry has been published in several journals and an anthology of horse poetry, Cadence of Hooves. She shares a home in Denver with two ginger rescue dogs.

Allissa Woodson is a second-year Creative Writing MFA student at Regis University. She received a BFA in Creative Writing and BA in Speech-Theater from Arkansas Tech University. She was the Fall 2013 Editor of Nebo: A Literary Magazine, which won third place in the Magazine Cover Design category at the Arkansas College Media Association Convention in 2010. Her works appear in ProgenitorLiterary Review-EastCaffein8ed Review, and Black Couch Literary Magazine. She is also a reader for the experimental literary journal Inverted Syntax.

 

Yuri Yefanov. Born in 1990 in Zaporizhia, Ukraine. Grew up in Crimea. In 2012 graduated from Kyiv National University of Culture and Arts, Film Direction Faculty. Artist, film director, actor and musician. Works predominantly with video. Participant of exhibitions, film festivals, music projects in Ukraine and abroad.

Rebecca Zinner is a multi-media documentary artist and recent MFA graduate from the University of Colorado Boulder. She studied the clarinet under Doris Hall-Gulati during her time as an undergraduate student at Franklin & Marshall College and continues to perform with campus and community ensembles. As her artistic practice has expanded, Zinner has enjoyed taking her clarinet beyond classical contexts and utilizing her skills as a musician in performance art pieces.