Contributors

Contributors
Dara Birnbaum

Artist
The provocative video works of Dara Birnbaum (b. 1946, New York) are among the most influential and innovative contributions to the contemporary discourse on art and television. In her videotapes and multimedia installations, Birnbaum applies both low-end and high-end video technology to subvert, critique, or deconstruct the power of mass media images and gestures to define mythologies of culture, history, and memory. She has been the recipient of numerous distinguished awards, including the TV Picture Prize, International Festival of Video and Electronic Arts in Locarno, Switzerland (1991); Certificate in Recognition of Service and Contribution to the Arts, Harvard University (1988); and the American Film Institute's Maya Deren Award for Independent Film and Video Artists (1987).


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Olaf Breuning

Artist
The work of Olaf Breuning (b. 1970, Schaffhausen, Switzerland) encompasses photography, installation, sculpture, film, and drawing. Breuning lives and works in New York and Zurich.


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Rebecca Cleman

Director of Distribution, Electronic Arts Intermix
Rebecca Cleman is the Director of Distribution of Electronic Arts Intermix, a leading international resource for video and media art. She most recently programmed “The Parallax View: On Media” as part of the Contraband Cinema series at BAMcinématek, and was on the jury of the 2010 Migrating Forms media festival in New York.


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Michael Connor

Writer and curator
Michael Connor is a writer and curator based in New York. He is founder of Marian Spore, a contemporary art museum in Brooklyn, and cocurator of the permanent exhibition Screen Worlds at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image in Melbourne. Connor teaches at the School of Visual Arts and New York University's Interactive Telecommunications Program. He is currently a visiting curator at Cornerhouse in Manchester.


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Sarah Cook

Curator, author
Sarah Cook is an internationally recognized curator of media art and co-author of Rethinking Curating: Art After New Media (MIT Press, 2010). She is a research fellow at the University of Sunderland in the UK, where she teaches in the master's program in curating and co-edits crumbweb.org


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Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy

Director, Museo Tamayo
Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy is director of Museo Tamayo, a contemporary art museum in Mexico City. She has curated exhibitions at Americas Society and Art in General, both in New York; Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires; and Kadist Art Foundation, Paris. She publishes regularly for exhibition catalogs, art magazines, and on the blog she created, Sideshows.org.


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Jaime Davidovich

Artist
Jaime Davidovich (b. 1936, Buenos Aires) is known for his work as a painter, installation artist, video artist, public-access television producer, activist, and nonprofit organizer. In the mid-1970s, he was one of the first artists to recognize cable television for its potential for contemporary art, producing The Live! Show, a weekly public-access television program that featured avant-garde performances, artwork, political satire, and social commentary. He is currently working on pieces for his YouTube channel, as well as “video paintings,” or video images projected onto a gestural painting surface.


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R. Luke DuBois

Composer, artist, and performer
R. Luke DuBois is a composer, artist, and performer who explores the temporal, verbal, and visual structures of cultural and personal ephemera. He holds a PhD in music composition from Columbia University, and has lectured and taught worldwide on interactive sound and video performance. He was director of the Princeton Laptop Orchestra for its 2007 season.


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Lena Dunham

Writer and filmmaker
Lena Dunham is a writer and filmmaker living and working in New York. Her second feature film, Tiny Furniture, will be released by IFC in October 2010.


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Maria Fusco

Writer, editor, and academic
Maria Fusco is a Belfast-born writer, editor, and academic. She is Director of Art Writing at Goldsmiths, University of London, and is the founder/editor of The Happy Hypocrite, a journal for and about experimental art writing. She was the inaugural critic-in-residence at Kadist Art Foundation, Paris (2008–09) and the inaugural writer-in-residence at Whitechapel Gallery, London (2009–10).


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Caitlin Jones

Executive Director, Western Front Society, Vancouver
Caitlin Jones is the Executive Director of Western Front Society in Vancouver. Prior to this appointment she had a combined curatorial and conservation position at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and was the Director of Programming at the Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery in New York. A key member of the Variable Media Network, Caitlin has also been responsible for developing important tools and policy for the preservation of electronic and ephemeral artworks. She has been a contributor to Rhizome.org and her other writings have appeared in a wide range of exhibition catalogues, periodicals, and other international publications.


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Olia Lialina

Internet artist, critic, and curator
Olia Lialina is a pioneering Internet artist and theorist as well as a critic and curator of experimental film and video. In 1995, she was one of the cofounders of of Cine Fantom, an experimental-cinema club in Moscow. Her network-based art includes My Boyfriend Came Back from the War (1996), Agatha Appears (1997), First Real Net Art Gallery (1998), and Last Real Net Art Museum (2000). Since 1999, Lialina has been a professor at Merz Akademie in Stuttgart. She writes frequently on digital culture, Internet art, and Web vernacular.


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Hanne Mugaas

Curatorial Associate, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
An independent curator since 2004, Hanne Mugaas founded the gallery Art Since the Summer of ’69 in New York in 2008. She has curated exhibitions and screenings at venues including the Museum of Modern Art and Rhizome at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, both New York; Vilma Gold, London; and Ooga Booga, Los Angeles.


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Ellen Pau

Video artist, cinematographer, curator, art critic
A self-taught video artist, Ellen Pau inhabits many roles in Hong Kong art scene, as an independent cinematographer, curator, and art critic. Her single-channel videos and video installation works are extensively exhibited worldwide. Pau is the founder of Videotage and a director for the Microwave International New Media Art Festival. In recent years, she expanded her research to Asian new-media art and worked as an art consultant with her newly founded company Inter-Act Arts.


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Rob Pruitt

Artist
Rob Pruitt (b. 1964, Washington, D.C.) has been exhibiting work internationally for the past 25 years. In 2009, in association with White Columns, he conceived and presented his performance-based artwork The First Annual Art Awards at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York. In March 2010, Abrams published Pruitt's first comprehensive monograph, Pop Touched Me. A testament to Pruitt's perseverance, versatility and talent, the book surveys almost 25 years of the artist's work and reflects his influence upon a generation of younger artists.


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Aïda Ruilova

Artist
Aïda Ruilova (b. 1974, Wheeling, West Virginia) is a video artist and musician. She lives and works in New York.


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Mike Sperlinger

Assistant Director, LUX, London
Mike Sperlinger is Assistant Director of LUX, London. He is the editor of Afterthought: New Writing on Conceptual Art, and Kinomuseum: Towards An Artists' Cinema. Sperlinger recently curated the show Let's Take Back Our Space (2009) at Focal Point Gallery, Southend-on-Sea, UK.


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Ryan Trecartin

Artist
The videos of Ryan Trecartin (b. 1981, Webster, Texas) catapult viewers into a hallucinogenic alternate reality in which cybernetic avatars run amok, presenting themselves with gleeful sass as they play out a complex web of melodramatic fictions. The works are filtered through a distinctive do-it-yourself aesthetic that incorporates ramshackle sets, brightly colored homemade costumes, cheap off-the-shelf video and sound effects, and rapidly edited, jargon-filled dialogue. Trecartin draws his audiences further into his virtual reality through sculptural objects and installations built from his sets. His work has been shown at major international institutions including the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2006, 2008); the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles (2006); the Saatchi Gallery, London (2006); the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao (2009–10); Deutsche Guggenheim Berlin (2008); the New Museum, New York (2009); the Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia (2009); and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.


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Lee Wells

Artist and curator
Lee Wells is an artist and independent curator based in New York. His artwork and projects primarily question systems of power and control and have been exhibited internationally, including at the 51st Venice Biennial; National Center for Contemporary Art, Moscow; Kimpo/Seoul International Airport; WRO07 XII Media Biennial; MoMA P.S. 1; Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati; and the State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg; in addition to numerous art fairs, festivals and galleries. He is the director of IFAC-arts and a co-founder of PerpetualArtMachine.com. Wells has an upcoming New York solo exhibition at Rooster Gallery and will be hosting an artist workshop on video and new media at New Zero Gallery in Rangoon, Burma (Myanmar), in April 2011. 


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Gregory Zinman

Adjunct Professor, Department of Cinema Studies, New York University
Gregory Zinman is a PhD candidate and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Cinema Studies at New York University. He is currently writing his dissertation, "Handmade: Cinema in the Artisanal Mode." He is a curatorial consultant to the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and co-editor and curator of BigElectricCat.com, a forthcoming blog dedicated to online moving-image art.


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