13 Sep 2014

The White Rose

I Am Holyoke Short story series.

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11 Jun 2014

HolyokeTV

15 May 2014

REFLECTIONS – Burns Maxey and Maggie Nowinski

Excerpt from part of “reflections” installation by Burns Maxey and Maggie Nowinski

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22 Apr 2014

Holyoke Hummus Company Food Cart

27 Mar 2014

ARTBARN

The ARTBARN team is busy writing, building, and scheming in preparation of the mystical, moving, and haunting piece we’ll launch this May. And you — yes, you! you theatre-lover, you summer-dweller, you number-one-fan-of-artistic-collaboration — can be a part of it. Help make it happen for ARTBARN.

ARTBARN gathers together innovative artists from across disciplines and around the county for a residency at Byrdcliffe Arts Colony culminating in a festival of site-specific work that allows an audience to re-see a space, a story, a relationship, and themselves.

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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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25 Mar 2014

ANIMATRONLOVE: (DARRIN MARTIN & TORSTEN ZENAS BURNS)

“What-If? In the Days When the Tiger Smoked” is the culmination of an ongoing project which began in Busan, South Korea in 2006. At the heart of the work is the unfolding of a role-playing workshop where participants reenact dates leading up to a fictional polyamorous romance. The performance, played by a rotating international cast of artists, leads to a group wedding and honeymoon between characters based upon two obscure Marvel superheroes and two internationally renowned art personalities. The happy foursome are Orlan, an artist whose actual redefinition of her own body via plastic surgery confronts representations of woman throughout art history; Stelarc, an artist whose cybernetic mission in life is to render the body obsolete; the Scarlet Witch, a mutant superhero who has unlimited powers over probability, and the Vision, a “synthezoid” superhero whose mechanically fabricated body contains a human soul. What-If?…unfolds the entangled story that brought this romantic foursome together spanning the gulf between genders and representations; the body and technology.
Named after the Korean saying for “Once Upon a Time,” our project In the Days When the Tiger Smoked, fuses together our two single-channel video works from 2009, What-If? & What-If? Beyond a carnalove . New works from our polyamorous databank of speculative fiction include a series of video loops. Honeymoon Valley is an ambient exploration of both historic and contemporary South Korean sites and reengages with the terrain where our characters first met and later honeymooned. Wundagore Spa enacts a Proxy-Orlan character’s simulated operation with sticky and reckless abandon.
AnimatronLove revisits variations on the choreography performed by our characters’ virtual avatars contextualized into a series of alternate worlds.

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25 Mar 2014

THE LAST KNOWN PHOTOGRAPH OF THE HALFLIFERS – BY HALFLIFERS: TORSTEN ZENAS BURNS & ANTHONY DISCENZA

The complete halflifers index

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25 Mar 2014

FAMILIARS

Familiars is an experimental video project re-imagining the Skinners Massachusetts Wistariahurst family house and grounds as a fictional residency program populated by speculative Holyoke entities. Scenes include variable collaborations between (Kirsten-cameras), Hanne-recorders, kitten & catman, living relative memory, baseball ramblers, silk worms, immersion Man, frozen aviary, Japanese & Holyoke mill workers, ectoplasmic typewriters, and spectral publishing entities.

FAMILIARS – HDV – 9:00 – stereo – color – variable dates / variable versions – Torsten Zenas Burns
Special thanks to: Holyoke, MA, The Skinner family, Wistariahurst, The staff and
volunteers at Wistariahurst Museum, Kari Gatzke, Hanne Burns, Lee Pembleton,
Alexis Fedorjaczenko, Chris Nelson, Michael Martindell

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13 Mar 2014

The Western Front – Lauren Cook

Three narrators are forced to reconcile experiences of senseless violence and cruelty. By juxtaposing intricately handcrafted images and harsh reality, the film examines what we choose to remember and forget in our own lives.

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06 Mar 2014

PXXL – Lauren Cook

Using century old technology, PXXXL creates digital glitch from analogue process. It was animated directly on the celluloid without a camera, in a darkroom, using lights, objects, and handmade lenses. Please do not watch if you are prone to seizures. 35mm print, optically printed.

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06 Mar 2014

Holyoke citizens will get Public Access TV

Mega-cable company Comcast has signed a 10 year renewal contract with the City of Holyoke. For the first time in decades, the contract is favorable to the citizens of our city. The negotiations were led by Mayor Alex Morse and a group of members who have helped to advise him on matters pertaining to Public Access Programming. Notably, Al Williams from Northampton Community Television has been instrumental in steering the advisory committee in “all things Public Access”. The three arms of cable access programming are commonly referred to as “PEG”. Public, Education, Government. Holyoke has had television channels for education and government programming but until now, has never had the “Public” channel. Along with this dedicated channel, Comcast will fund the building of a state of the art media center that will be available to all residents of Holyoke – who have a desire to create content – and that can be watched on TV sets of any Comcast cable subscriber in the city. A percentage of the Gross Annual Revenue of all Holyoke Cable subscribers will be directed toward the operating budget of the access station. There are other important benefits that this new contract will bring; all of the details can be seen on the City of Holyoke’s website. In addition to the work and effort of the mayor and the advisory committee members, the citizens of Holyoke are to be thanked for their effort. There were two ascertainment hearings and others submitted statements regarding cable TV and public access for Holyoke. Thanks to advisory committee member Michael Hines and Holyoke Public Schools Channel 12 (The E in PEG) for the great footage of the announcement.

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24 Jan 2014

Video on PCS80 – Denis Luzuriaga

A camera, a projector, a Friday.

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18 Dec 2013

Plasti-city

This is the kind of ingenuity that Holyokers possess. Holyoke Hummus Company is an example. Let’s get creative with food in this town.

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15 Dec 2013

Out of Town Noir – Baird Soules

The Professor has a couple of things he’d like to say…

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