November Artists (Balam Soto, Ally Christmas, Angela Ferraiolo)

knife_ferraiolo_landscape_titled_720p

When The Body Is Present / When The Body Is Not Present- Ally Christmas (Athens, GA)

The antiseptic relationship our culture has with the dead creates the need to distort reality by disguising death’s pallor, involving a ritualistic process of pumping the body full of chemicals and transforming it into an imitation of its former self. Without a living agency, the body becomes a hollow vessel; ready for expelling, filling, and masking. By purposefully creating a fiction of repose, the mortician lures the viewer’s mind away from our finite mortality and toward something more easily digestible, though less tangible.

Ally Christmas (b. 1991 in Northern VA) is a visual artist currently living and working out of Athens, GA. After earning her BA in Photography from the University of Virginia in 2013, Christmas went on to stay at the school for another year as a recipient of the 5th Year Aunspaugh Fellowship. She is an active member of the Society for Photographic Education, from whom she received a Graduate Student Award in 2016 to attend their national conference. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Fine Arts at the University of Georgia in Photo/Video, and she has taught a number of courses at the college level – including Contemporary Video, Intro to Photo & Image Culture, and Art Criticism.

 

The Knife Cuts Two Ways - Angela Ferraiolo (New York)

The Knife Cuts Two Ways (2017) continues my interests in generative and
systems art. It was abstracted from the pop styles of comic books, music
festivals, and Otaku culture, but also inspired by Korean scroll
painting, flocking algorithms, modular installation, and the city of
Hong Kong. Bright colors, continual motion, and repeating patterns are
meant to engage viewers both up close and from a distance. Nearby,
Knife is full of small surprises, and tries to reward the attentive
viewer with small, continual variation. From a distance, Knife is meant
to feel like a huge, abstract comic book.

Angela Ferraiolo is a visual artist working with systems, noise,
randomness, and generative processes. Her work has been screened
internationally including SIGGRAPH, ISEA (Vancouver, Hong Kong), the New
York Film Festival, Courtisane, the Australian Experimental Film
Festival (Melbourne), and the International Conference of Generative Art
(Rome, Venice). New projects include further experiments in urban
screen, generative art, and ambient media.

 

Impossible Creature of a Digital Spirituality – Balam Soto (Hartford, CT)

Balam Soto creates contemporary, exploratory artworks that fuse low tech with high tech, including interactive art installations, public artworks, and video.  Balam works independently on the artistic and technical sides of his pieces, incorporating technologies, including custom software and electronics.

 

October Artists (Michael Lasater, Ash Coates, Wenhua Shi)

ashcoates

Mycolinguistics – Ash Coates (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia)

The languages and symbiotic relationships of plants, fungi and bacteria cultures, give rise to transformations of microorganisms, energy fluctuations, transmigration of cells and the distribution of nutrients within the environment and our bodies. It is these processes that influence and form the shapes, composition and psychedelic tones within my work. The paintings are a process of ritual and meditation on things both massive and microscopic, magic and scientific, internal and external.
Within my animations, the digital and handmade worlds of image making meet in a collision of pixels, molecules and cosmic energy to create a dialog regarding identity, our place within our environment and the impact of a technologically developing world on the way we interact and communicate within the environment. You stand as a voyeur overseeing the processes of the life and death of cells and the language of plants taking on visual forms. The unseen becomes visible and it allows time for contemplation on what it means to be a part of this complex and symbiotic network of cells and microorganisms.

http://ashcoates.blogspot.com.au

Ready, Set – Michael Lasater (Indiana, USA)
Ready, Set started with a snapshot, taken by my mother sometime in the 60s, of my uncle and father standing in a parking lot at the Eisenhower Museum in Abilene, Kansas. Their poses—my uncle stiff-armed, my father a bit more relaxed, hand in pocket—called to mind David Hockney’s subjects in American Collectors, and for that reason I remembered it and eventually took it up as a motif for composition. The piece is entirely self-referential and somewhat formalistic, a time-object referencing cubism and counterpoint, in the direction of Keith Haring.

http://michaellasater.net

Walking Cycle – Wenhua Shi (Massachusetts, USA)
Walking Cycle is an abstract audiovisual piece that celebrates the line, its quality, and its movements. This piece is a tribute to early abstract animation masters Len Lye and Hans Richter.
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. http://shiwenhua.net

SEPTEMBER ARTISTS (Ellen Mueller, Aurèle Ferrier, Dawn Nye and Katrazyna RANDALL)

untitled-project

Planning a Starter Castle – Ellen Mueller (Massachusetts, USA)
This animation is a part of a larger body of work examining McMansions, the large ostentatious modern houses that are cheaply built and are often considered lacking in architectural integrity. There are stereotypical markers of affluence that regularly appear in home decor magazines: house plants, novel fixtures, statuary symbols of wealth (pineapples, lions, gargoyles), the latest trending furniture, and so on. These animations, created with Processing, emphasize the repetition and sameness that occurs in much of this advertising material.

Ellen Mueller has exhibited nationally and internationally as an interdisciplinary artist exploring issues related to the environment, hyperactive news media and corporate management systems. She creates experiences that engage with social and political issues through a variety of media.

Recent exhibitions include Americana at The Soap Factory in Minneapolis MN, Currents New Media Festival in Santa Fe NM, and Direct Object/Direct Action at Threewalls, Chicago IL. Artist residencies include Ucross Foundation, Santa Fe Art InstituteNes Artist Residency in Iceland, Virginia Center for Creative Art where she was a Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Creative Fellow, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the ArtsOx-Bow, Coast TimeSignal CulturePlaya Fellowship Artist Residency, and Künstlerhaus Lukas (full scholarship, Germany, May 2017).

Transitions  –  Aurèle Ferrier (Zurich, Switzerland)
The work Transitions (2017) by Aurèle Ferrier examines the traces left by human civilisation -the conquest of the unwelcoming hostility of the desert ends in the surreal and hedonistic consumerism of Las Vegas. The camera leads us, with a menacing langour, through a backdrop of deserted city-outskirts. The buildings, cars and billboards speak of people’s dreams as they strive for a version happiness. The prevailingly eerie, apocalyptic mood draws you along on this filmic journey. These traces of humanity seem increasingly laughable and helpless, they vibrate with a peculiar melancholy. Where have the people disappeared to?

Aurèle Ferrier (*1975 in St.Gallen, CH) lives in Zurich. With his video and cinematic works, actions and interventions he explores the limits and connections between nature and civilization. „His video works display a calm contemplation and visual precision” (Alexandra Blättler, curator). He has exhibited on all the continents and won prizes, i.a. the Grand Jury Award for Experimental Short at the Slamdance Film Festival. He attained a BA in Theatre and an MA in Fine Arts at Zurich University of the Arts.

Maintenance – Katrazyna Randall and Dawn Nye  (Maine, USA)
This video is a loop designed for the Media Wall at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg VA. This piece shows a mysterious being maintaining a portal between two words. The piece moves slowly, and is meant to be noticed in snippets that form a whole, rather than watched from beginning to end.

Katrazyna Randall and Dawn Nye have been working collaboratively since 2001. They have screened their video and animation all over the United States as well as internationally. Ms. Randall is a combined media artist who uses traditional media as well as new media to explore subjects related to commodification and our relationship with nature. Ms. Nye has worked as a graphic designer, but has maintained a studio art practice for the last 20 years. In her work, she is most concerned with telling stories of conflicting human desires, best intentions, beauty and futility.

 

 

JUNE ARTISTS (TINA WILLGREN, SIMON FALK, SELDEN PATERSON )

junemediawall

Dust_atCam – Tina Willgren (Stockholm, Sweden)

Tina Willgren is a visual artist working primarily with video. She lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden, where she received her MFA at the Royal Institute of Art in 2005. In her videos and installations, she explores the mind and body in relation to the contemporary world.

Recent exhibitions and festivals include “Jingled”, Art Center Haihatus, Joutsa, Finland (solo), “Blaue Stunde VII”, Alte Feuerwache, Cologne, Germany and “Athens Digital Arts Festival”, Athens, Greece.

I based the video imagery of Dust_atCam on a library of visual effects, normally used for adding explosions, smoke, water splashes, dust and blood to action movies. I find it interesting that these special effects often contribute to mere superficial spectacles, but that they simultaneously represent some of the elementary forces of the evolution on the planet.. When working with the video I associated to a speeded up version of the history of the globe; to the big bang, earthquakes and wars, and explored how different speeds, movements and material qualities might affect the mind.

Pink and Blue Compositions – Simon Falk (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)

“Pink and Blue Compositions” is a reaction to the presence of social media networks; the desire to be stimulated, rapidly shrinking attention spans, infinite feeds of content and advertising. Computer-generated bubbles, floating iridescent cloth, spinning palm trees, pulsating blobs and other abstract forms are linked together by a pastel pink and blue palette.

Simon Falk is a Toronto based artist who uses both physical and digital media to examine niche visual cultures, digital dualism and abstraction. He holds a BFA in Drawing and Painting from OCAD University.
simonfalk.net

Healers – Selden Paterson (Chicago, IL)

Healers is a series of short videos created as a part of the larger project Integrative Ontological Practices by Beta Plus Sy stems (IOP B+) . IOP B+ is the leading self-help & healing system for modern cyborgs, using the principle of Tertiary Natural Consciousness to help humans achieve a wholer mind and self through healing audio-visual prescriptions. To learn more visit systems.betaplusinc.com.

Selden Paterson is a Chicago-based artist whose work addresses humans’ evolving relationship with technology and with our environments, created and otherwise. She is driven by curiosity about the way humans organize and experience ourselves in physical, digital, and in-between spaces. Ongoing endeavors include Beta Plus Inc., Selden’s lifestyle improvement products company; The City at Newcomb Crater, her all-amenities included colony on the moon; and IOPB+, her self-help & healing system for modern cyborgs.

May Artists (Nicole Cohen, Dan Rule)

maymediawall

Crystals - Nicole Cohen (NYC)

“Crystals” is a video art work of a room of Cabinets of Curiosity (a science room in the 18th Century in France, for exploration of the natural world).

The image of the room is scanned and looks as if you enter into it. Layered and integrated into the image are natural objects, i.e. Roses, gems, diamonds, and more, that are made in 3D animation, and float and travel through space that appear more like a dream state or meditation room.

The room is from a French interior book of a Palace in France that still exists. The contrast of natural objects to digitized ones, makes this digital art, and reveals human needs to connect with nature and even design it by mimicking it with technology. There are a lot of layers at an interplay here that alter ones reality, however makes it believable by the realism of the composition and atmospheric perspective.

NICOLE COHEN received her BA from Hampshire College and her MFA from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. She has exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Los Angeles County of Art, Williams College Museum of Art, Shoshana Wayne Gallery, La B.A.N.K Galerie in Paris, France , at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, the Autostadt, Wolfsburg, Schloss Britz in Berlin, Germany, American University Museum at Katzen Art Center in Washington D.C., Wave Hill Public Gardens and Cultural Center in the Bronx, and traveling exhibitions in Asia. She has lived in Los Angeles and in Berlin, Germany, in New York City. She lives in New Jersey and her studio is in New York City.

“Her work is positioned at the crossroads of contemporary reality, personal fantasy, and culturally constructed space. Although trained in painting and drawing, Cohen most frequently uses video as her medium, playing upon its intrinsic capacities to manipulate time, distort scale and environment, and overlay imagery. Consistently interested in engaging her audience and challenging notions of lifestyle, domesticity, celebrity, and social behavior, Cohen also uses the surveillance camera to involve her viewers in their own voyeurism. Her work projects serve as some of the most paradigmatic and successful examples.”, Getty catalogue 2009

Caves - Dan Rule (New Orleans, LA)

These landscapes are fabricated from YouTube videos, online photos, nature desktop wallpapers and some ‘real life’ shooting. They were made without visiting anyplace worth seeing. Using the visual conventions of landscape painters throughout time, the surreal combinations emphasize our idealized visions of particular landscapes. The Cave, the Waterfall, the Valley, etc. as ideas are made into places both pastoral and unsettling.

The video and animation collage works are fictitious landscapes fabricated from YouTube videos, online photos, nature desktop wallpapers and some ‘real life’ shooting. They were made without visiting anyplace worth seeing. Using the visual conventions of landscape painters throughout time, the surreal combinations emphasize our idealized visions of particular landscapes. The Cave, the Waterfall, the Valley, etc. as ideas are made into places both pastoral and unsettling.

Dan Rule was born in Belleville, IL in 1977. He studied printmaking at Southern Illinois University Carbondale (BFA) and Northern Illinois (MFA). He works primarily in drawing, prints, video and animation, often focusing on topics that are scientific and philosophical in nature. Dan is currently an Assistant Professor of Art at the University of New Orleans, where he teaches Printmaking, Photography and Digital media.  He has exhibited nationally and in Japan, Canada and Europe. Dan currently resides in New Orleans with his wife Kaori, son Sean and daughter Hana.  Recent and upcoming exhibitions include the International Print Center in NYC, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery in New Orleans and the Lawndale Art Center in Houston TX.

April Artists (Tom Bridgman, Genna Duberstein, Scott Wiessinger )

304-171_overlay_blend_crop

Luminare – 2017 – Tom Bridgman, Genna Duberstein, Scott Wiessinger

The sun is not a static ball in space. It is constantly moving, and its behavior is relevant to both art and science. Every twelve seconds, NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory images the sun in ten wavelengths of invisible ultraviolet light. Each wavelength is represented in a unique color and every frame is eight times the resolution of HD video.  After an event occurs on the sun, a team of media specialists works about ten hours to create one minute of footage.

Data visualizer Tom Bridgman and multimedia producers Genna Duberstein and Scott Wiessinger at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center are this team. They create media for the public about the sun and its influence on the solar system. Their content has been featured by every major news outlet, in print and online, and shown internationally. Solarium, the team’s first immersive video installation, has previously been exhibited at The American Museum of Natural History, The Center for Creative Photography, The Louisiana Museum of Art and Science, Baltimore’s Artscape, USD Filmatic Festival, and the GSU Window Project.

March Artists (John C. Kelley, McLean Fahnestock, Russell Sheaffer )

marchmediawall

On Surgery- Russell Sheaffer (San Diego, California)

ON SURGERY is an attempt to replicate the physical process of bone surgery on the body of 16mm film stock. By wetting raw, unprocessed 16mm color negative film and then separating out the photosensitive emulsion from the base of the film using a medical scalpel and then reapplying the layers, the only images visible are representative of the scars left on the film. The music for ON SURGERY is taken entirely from the sound of the projection of the 16mm film and from a reading of one of Sheaffer’s post-surgical diary entries. ON SURGERY is a part of a series of collaborative works that explore the intersections of trauma, memory, and abstraction.

Russell Sheaffer is an experimental and documentary media maker and educator who received a Master’s Degree from NYU’s Department of Cinema Studies and is currently working on his Ph.D. in the Department of Communication and Culture at Indiana University.  Most recently, his 60-screen, site-specific work “it’s so easy (the mechanism of power)” ran the length of the Atlanta Film Festival, blending moving image media, interactive technology, and live performance.  In 2014, his short experimental documentary “Acetate Diary” premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and was named one of the “12 best shorts” of Tribeca by Film School Rejects.  In addition to his own experimental work, he produces documentary, fiction, and experimental works, including Josephine Decker’s “Thou Wast Mild and Lovely,” which premiered in Forum at Berlinale in 2014, and Daniel Laab’s forthcoming “Jules of Light and Dark.” He is one of the founders of The Magnifying Glass, a granting partnership between six film festivals and institutions that provides micro-grants to short works investigating social injustice.

In the Duplex Across the StreetJohn C. Kelley (Knoxville, Tennessee)

JOHN C KELLEY is a media artist and musician living in Knoxville, TN. His video work has screened internationally at institutions and festivals including AntiMatter [Media Art] (Victoria, BC, Canada), the Tasmanian International Video Art Festival (Launceton, Australia), the Concordia (Enschede, Netherlands), Edinburgh Artists’ Moving Image Festival (Edinburgh, Scotland), the SIMULTAN Festival (Timisoara, Romania), The Mid-America Arts Alliance (Kansas City, MO), The Arizona International Film Festival (Tucson, AZ), The Front (New Orleans, LA) and many others. Kelley has written original music for award-winning feature-length narrative and documentary films through Gray Picture in St. Louis, MO, released music as a solo artist through King Electric Records in Austin, TX, and has appeared on more than 25 recordings and albums. He is an Assistant Professor of 4D and Time-Based Art in the School of Art at the University of Tennessee.

Stratagem 7- McLean Fahnestock (Sango, Tennessee)

In this video the sky and the sea mirror, shift, and merge. It is this way with all of the works in the Stratagem series. They examine dual natures, the polarity that exists in us and exists in the world. A stratagem is also a fiction — a carefully crafted lie, a strategically disorienting deception. In the series this manifests in the mirroring of the ocean at the horizon. We can accept the placement as sky but know the truth is not that simple.

McLean Fahnestock is a media artist who works in video, sound, sculpture, and digital collage. McLean reclaims material from institutions, seeking out footage, images, and items that intimate place and carry the trappings of exploration. McLean received a BFA from Middle Tennessee State University and MFA from California State University Long Beach. Her work has been exhibited and screened across the United States and Internationally at institutions such as the Black Mountain College Re{Happening}, North Carolina, Technisches Museum Wien, Vienna, Austria, The California Science Museum, Los Angeles, The British Library, London, and MOCA Hiroshima, Japan. Her work was included in a DVD compilation of short videos by the LA Film Forum. She was a finalist for a 2012 Vimeo Video Award and was named “Most Promising New Artist” at MADATAC 5, in Madrid, Spain. McLean is an Assistant Professor of Art at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN. She keeps a studio in Old Hickory, TN.

February Artists (Dan Browne, Jason Bernagozzi, Stephen Nachtigall )

febmediawall

Cathedral/Grid024- Dan Browne  (Toronto, Canada)

Cathedral | 2015 | 20 minutes | 4K

Cathedral considers the relationship of the screen to earlier forms of mediated light, such as stained glass, an art form designed for quiet contemplation. Through a merger of organic and digital forms, this work seeks to generate a similarly contemplative oasis via a refracted metamorphosis of the Douglas Firs of Cathedral Grove in MacMillan Provincial Park.

Grid024 | 2015 | 13 minutes | HD

Grid024 is part of a series of ongoing video paintings that are each recorded in a single, improvised take in real time using live image mixing software. Pre-existing material is remapped through transformations of density, movement, scale and rotation, generating complex shapes and patterns over time.

Dan Browne (b. 1982) is a filmmaker, photographer and multimedia artist whose works explore patterns, nature, and sensory perception through dense and kinetic forms. Dan’s films and videos have been presented at over one hundred venues worldwide, including International Film Festival Rotterdam, Oberhausen, BFI London, Centre Georges Pompidou, Images Festival, Festival du nouveau cinéma, and TIFF Cinematheque. His practice as a media artist unfolds within a variety of contexts and forms, including installation, with current video commissions in public spaces in Toronto and Vancouver, and live video performances at festivals and events, including MUTEK and Vector Festival. For more information please visit www.danbrowne.ca

Memory and Ritual in Frame Difference- Jason Bernagozzi  (Owego, NY)

Memory and Ritual in Frame Difference is  was produced during an artist residency in Malaysia. The work is a meditation on the complex relationships between ritual and public space at the Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. In a space shared by both devout hindus and tourists, the frame difference processing allows the viewer to focus on action and change within the recording. Electronic insights of body vernacular happening in mediated time.

Jason Bernagozzi is a video, sound and new media artist living and working in upstate New York and is the co-founder of the experimental media arts non-profit Signal Culture. His work has been featured nationally and internationally at venues such as the European Media Arts Festival in Osnabruk, Germany, the LOOP Video Art Festival in Barcelona, Spain, the Beyond/In Western NY Biennial in Buffalo, NY, and the Yan Gerber International Arts Festival in Hebei Province, China. His work has received several awards including grants from the New York State Council for the Arts, free103point9 and the ARTS Council for the Southern Finger Lakes.

Sway- Stephen Nachtigall  (Eugene, Oregon)

With an interdisciplinary approach to art making; from video, sculpture, to 2D work and installation, Stephen Nachtigall’s practice explores intersections of ecology, technology and culture from a perspective planted in mimesis, transparency and simulation. Born in 1986 in Calgary, Canada, he received a BFA from the Alberta College of Art + Design in 2011, and an MFA from the University of Oregon in 2016. Nachtigall has exhibited internationally in solo and group shows in Germany, Scotland and across the United States and Canada. He currently lives and works in Eugene, Oregon.

Plants are rooted in the ground, their position relatively fixed. They are headless, receiving their nourishment both from below and above, along the whole expanse of their corpus while also releasing oxygen and providing nourishment in turn. The posture of a plant connects to what lies below, and stretches out above and surrounding itself to connect the various elements that make up its ecological environment. As such, perhaps plants can be seen as a kind of avatar for an expanded notion of consciousness and relationship to the environment. If plants were to demonstrate sentience through technological mediation in much the same way that humanity has embraced it, what might that look like? Sway presents a plant image, mediated and affected by simulated forces that allow it to move and twist its body as if by its own accord. The plant dances across the screen as if striving towards an embodiment of nonhuman expression, and an expanded terrain of coexistence.

 

 

January Artists (Matthew Keff, Devis Venturelli, Peter Christenson)

januarymediawall

Dancing Columns- Devis Venturelli  (Milan, Italy)
Dancing Columns is a floating museum, a virtual hypercollection of vases from the digital archive of Italian Ceramic’s Museums, including: the Renaissance majolicas and the Italian Postwar design by Guido Andlovitz, Giò Ponti, Antonia Campi, Ettore Sottsass, Piero Fornasetti, the  pre-Columbian vases’ collection and the classical-archaeological ceramic; the regional-Italian handicraft and the European manufacture of porcelain; the Twentieth Century’s art ceramic and the contemporary sculpture-vases. The column as architectural element is an endless obsession.  A melting pot,  literally containing every age and every style, generates the hypnotic landscape of an unconscious dance.
Devis Venturelli is an architect and transdisciplinary artist based in Milan, Italy.

Idealized Circulation Cells- Peter Christenson  (Pullman, Washington)
A list of things I might think about while viewing the video Idealized Circulation Cells:

+ Does the universe always follow patterns? Woot woot algorithms?!
+ If clouds were giraffes, could we climb up their elongated necks into the troposphere?
+ Everything is data. Like, whoa.
+ Does ideal mean perfect?
+ Atmospheric circulation patterns, duh.
+ Why does Aristotle get credit as “founder” of everything?
+ Magnified aerosol particles are spherical.
+ Nephology—like coition with dead clouds?

Peter Christenson is a multidisciplinary artist, filmmaker, and educator originally from metro Detroit. He is co-founder of Left of Centre, a guerrilla-marketing firm and interventionist artist collective, and he has lectured, exhibited, and screened his work across the United States and internationally. He is an Assistant Professor of Fine Arts at Washington State University.
http://www.psychologartist.com

Pie in the Sky- Matthew Keff  (New York, New York)
Pie in the Sky is a software driven visual using video game mechanics to express thoughts on fantasy and feelings.  Created with the Unity3D game engine, simulated physics and effects are perpetual and never ending.  Various digital objects are placed into the scene at random and flung about in space.
Matthew Keff is a visual artist currently living and working in NYC.  He received a BFA at the School of Visual Arts with a focus on experimental cinema in 2007.  His recent work has been featured on RNE Radio 3 and Noisey MX and as part of gallery exhibitions at the CICA Museum KR, Matchbox Gallery Houston TX, Diorama Mexico City MX, Amos Eno Gallery, Elements Festival, Keroxen Festival, and The Hollows Art Space in Brooklyn.

 

December Artists (Alejandro Parra, Sthef Folgar, Jessica Giacobbe, Anders S. Solberg)

decembermediawall

At Odds- Alejandro Parra (Los Angeles, CA)
At Odds is an architectural scale video installation that runs continuously with no sound. The image is an aerial view of beach waves crashing–containing qualities of isolation as well as a relentless vitality. Seducing the viewer to transcend time and the reality of landscape, the work can be interpreted as an event that straddles a past world, our current shorelines, or perhaps a fading future terrain.

Alejandro Parra is a media artist from Los Angeles whose work contemplates ideas of time, landscape, and experience to meet at a point of art and philosophy. He holds a B.A. in Visual Arts Media from UC San Diego.
www.alejandro-parra.com

Natural Paradox – Sthef Folgar (Madrid, Spain)
Although the incessant lights are a constant reminder of the formidable presence of the city, the eerie nocturnal silence allows a brief insight into the uncanny and limitless dimension of nature. I attempt to enter into those feeling of vertigo that separates the unknown from the known, and explore this union between the domesticated and the wild where emerges a new territory that refers to, but is not.

Sthef Folgar is a Uruguayan photographer and filmmaker, currently based in Madrid, Spain. Master’s degree in Contemporary Photography from EFTI International School, and recently awarded with a grant to attend a Master of Arts. She has worked as freelance on different photography projects, developed personal experimental films and collaborate with different visual art installations. In March 2016 has co-founded otrocolectivo, an interdisciplinary art collective focused on the development of visual projects.

Catalysts and Aftershocks – Jessica Giacobbe (Brooklyn, NY)
When you’re young everything feels surreal, every place is exciting, and every place contains a story.  These seemingly unscripted moments of my life are the ones that have persistently made their way to the foggy tank I call my memory.  This short is a collection of memory induced explorations of places I once knew.  My interest was not just in the memories themselves but the spacesin which they were born. The approach in these exercises were completely instinctual, tactile, honest, and improvisational (a similar process in all my work).  Through using this unbiased approach, I realized these places were no longer weighted with nostalgia.  They had suddenly been reinvented to contain potential for new and catalytic discoveries.  Catalysts and Aftershocks depicts both a fictional and non fictional representation of my re-encounters with these childhood sanctuaries as an “adult.”

The place I call home has shaped me and continues to resonate with me in the present. Growing up on a dirt road, never wearing shoes in summer, spending time with horses, and knowing nature are aspects I aesthetically utilize.  The importance of tactile experiences is something I can never stray away from.

Leucosis- Anders S. Solberg (Trondheim / Sør-Trøndelag, Norway)
Digital video work, abstract, immersive, can be viewed as fluid or liquid paintings experienced through time. Depicting the metaphorical transformation of silver into gold, enlightenment, the ascension from earthly, crude matter, into a higher, divine state.

Anders Solberg (b. 1984, Trondheim, Norway) is educated as a photographer at the Norwegian School of Photography and currently a student at the Trondheim Academy of Fine Art, NTNU.