SWITCH

25 Mar 2014

COLLABOTRONICA: THE FICTION SCIENCE TRIANGLE

We are in a brick building with a red door from 1865. Existing in this building is a computer running a social media program called THE FICTION SCIENCE TRIANGLE. We activate a delivery system that has no physical location. We project our link with your interface and make available three fictions. We see two sisters walking through a re-imagined Holyoke residency program, the last known photograph of the HALFLIFERS and a post-human Korean dance forms dating workshop. We are now exploring speculative fictions by video makers who work together and apart.

THREE VIDEO WORKS:
FAMILIARS
9:00 – STEREO – VIDEO – TORSTEN ZENAS BURNS
THE LAST KNOWN PHOTOGRAPH OF THE HALFLIFERS
7:00 – STEREO – VIDEO – HALFLIFERS: TORSTEN ZENAS BURNS & ANTHONY DISCENZA
ANIMATRONLOVE
4:00 – STEREO – VIDEO – TORSTEN ZENAS BURNS & DARRIN MARTIN

BIOGRAPHY
Torsten Zenas Burns is an artist and media arts educator living in Holyoke, Massachusetts. Since 2007 he has been curating exhibitions, video screenings and performance art events for PARSONS HALL PROJECT SPACE based in Western Mass. He received his BFA in video art in 1990 from the New York State College of Art & Design at Alfred University, and his MFA in New Genres: video and performance art from The San Francisco Art Institute in 1993. He has created & curated video, photo and installation projects exploring speculative content, including re-imagined educational practices, experimental space programs, zombie / afterlife relationships, post-human fictions, and improvisational choreographies. Other long term projects include collaborations with Darrin Martin and Anthony Discenza (under the name HALFLIFERS). Burns’ selected video work is distributed by Vtape, Video Data Bank, LUX and EAI. Over the past 19 years Burns has participated in over nine residency programs including Headlands Center for the Arts, Experimental Television Center, L.M.C.C. World Views Studio Program, Smackmellon, and Eyebeam. Burns has had video work screened at the Museum of Modern Art’s Video Viewpoints and Premieres series, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Pacific Film Archive, SF Camera works, Dumbo Arts Center, Video_Dumbo, Aurora Picture Show, Migrating Forms, Krowswork Gallery, The Chicago Underground Film Festival, The European Media Arts Festival, The Impakt Festival, The Melbourne International Film Festival, The Oberhausen Short Film Festival, The Busan International video festival, and The Stuttgarter Filmwinter: Festival for Expanded Media. In 2013 he produced and curated a magazine + video performance screening called The Uncanny Pioneer Valley at PARSONS HALL PROJECT SPACE. In 2013 Burns & Discenza as HALFLIFERS co-curated a group exhibition and performance series called: I think we’re ready to go to the next sequence: the legacy of HALFLIFERS at Gallery 400, Chicago, IL. In 2014 his latest videotape FAMILIARS will have its Chicago premier at the Chicago underground film festival.

LINKS:
http://parsonshallprojectspace.blogspot.com
http://holyokeresearch.blogspot.com
http://halflifersprojects.blogspot.com
http://www.darrinmartin.com/163809/collaborations

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14 Dec 2013

About SWITCH

SWITCH was created by a group of artists who work in many disciplines and have exhibited and performed in venues locally, nationally, as well as internationally. Artists such as Jessica Higgins, Erika Knerr, Mary Averill, Denis Luzuriaga, GLOVE, David Teeple, Matt Waugh, John Landino. “Using tools from the latest imaging hardware, to video cameras from the 1970′s; digital editing suites to analog video switchers – we document our performance happenings and turn them in to the show we call SWITCH”. This half-hour program is also available on Community Access Television Stations in Massachusetts and beyond. Information about showing SWITCH on your local station can be obtained at PegMedia.org. “PegMedia.org is a media transfer site for PEG (Public, Education, Government) community television stations and producers of media for these stations.”

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18 Mar 2013

SWITCH 16 “Insomnia”

“Insomnia” is the sixteenth episode of SWITCH, an arts program created by artists in Western Massachusetts and the NYC area. This episode features Jessica Higgins, Bibbe Hansen, Alison Knowles, Joshua Selman, and William Stone. SWITCH is a Holyoke production. For additional information please contact: press at holyoketv.org

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22 Dec 2012

SWITCH 15 “Cooking With Cage”

“Cooking With Cage” is the 15th episode of SWITCH, an artists television program produced by artists in Western Massachusetts and includes work from various towns, cities and countries. This episode  includes works from the NYC area. Cooking With Cage features an archival video, courtesy of Arleen Schloss, showing John Cage and Alison Knowles preparing a meal in John Cage’s kitchen. The visual is supported by their spoken interpretation of Stephane Mallarme’s Un coup de des jamais n’abolira le hasard: A throw of the dice will never abolish chance. 2012 Is the centennial celebration of John Cage. Cooking With Cage also includes a new performance by GLOVE of John Cage’s 4′ 33″ using the timings originally performed by David Tudor in Wooodstock NY. The score of 4′ 33″ indicates 3 movements each marked “Tacet” where the movements may be any chosen lengths of time as long as they collectively add up to 4 minutes and 33 seconds. SWITCH is a Holyoke production. For additional information please contact: press at holyoketv.org. Many thanks to Canal Gallery of Holyoke, MA for hosting a new performance of 4′ 33″ and SWITCH episode 15.


Canal Gallery, Holyoke MA, 2012
photo: Denis Luzuriaga

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24 Oct 2012

SWITCH №14 “Fluxus Under Construction”

“Fluxus Under Construction” is the fourteenth episode of SWITCH, an arts program created by artists in Western Massachusetts and the NYC area. This episode features Larry Miller, a seminal Fluxus artist. Larry performs works exclusively for SWITCH. Gema Alava and Jessica Higgins perform their co-creation: CYCLE. The episode ends with a segment showcasing a recent show at The Victory Theatre in Holyoke, MA. This group effort involves site specific installations from nine artists. The Victory Theatre is scheduled to be totally renovated in 2013. SWITCH is a Holyoke production. For additional information please contact: press at holyoketv.org

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