25 Mar 2014


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


13 Mar 2014

Altitude Zero – Lauren Cook

Altitude Zero
16mm film
a feminist palimpsest of cinematic representation

Selected Screenings: Athens International Film Festival, Wisconsin Film Festival, Women in the Director’s Chair, PDX, Humboldt International Film Festival, VideoEX Film Festival, Antimatter Film Festival, Brighton Film Festival, NextFrame Film Festival, Des Moines Art Center, Cannes Film Festival’s Emerging Filmmakers Showcase, Gene Siskel Film Center, Braquage Paris, KinoLab Poland, FOL Istanbul, Microscope Gallery (Brooklyn), Fem&Co. @ Denver Museum of Contemporary Art


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.


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.


24 Jan 2014

Video on PCS80 – Denis Luzuriaga

A camera, a projector, a Friday.


18 Dec 2013


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


15 Dec 2013

Out of Town Noir – Baird Soules

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


14 Dec 2013

Growing food with zero heating in Holyoke

Jonathan Bates is better known for the food forest he and his colleague Eric Toensmeier planted on their 1/10th of an acre urban lot in Holyoke, Massachusetts. When I visited him in February, most of the lot and its 200 plant species were still covered with snow, but Jonathan showed me around their eco-shelter. Thanks to good insulation and thermal mass, the passive greenhouse maintains above freezing temperatures all winter, and allows them to grow food throughout the year.


14 Dec 2013

Video Tagging in Holyoke

Nothing else to do on a Friday evening in Holyoke except drive around with Sara Krohn and throw some video on buildings. -Denis Luzuriaga


14 Dec 2013


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.”

A sampling of 30 individual performances ranging from Vintage Fluxus, to Intermedia Forms & Works, to Performance Works & Happenings, can be seen here.


14 Dec 2013

Playing With Tension – Chris Nelson

Installation by Chris Nelson, one of the artists participating in REACH April – May 2013. Kinetic, interactive sculpture installed in historic Wistariahurst Museum.


23 Sep 2013

SWITCH is a wrap

We’ve decided to end SWITCH at Episode 16, “Insomnia” . On behalf of the contributing artists, and Creative Director Jessica Higgins… Thank you very much for watching, and to Access TV stations for airing our shows. Access TV is a wonderful medium for artists to work in. Stay tuned to HolyokeTV for future projects.

If you are interested in showing SWITCH on your Public Access station, please download the episodes from PegMedia. You can also watch all 16 episodes here.

Denis Luzuriaga

HolyokeTV is Intermedia Television. It is organized by a collective of artists who work in many disciplines


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


29 Jan 2013

REACH One-Minute-VidFest

All of the submitted videos can be viewed here. Joining a recent history of international one-minute video festivals in the past decade, REACH hosts a One-Minute VidFest. All are encouraged to submit a one-minute video (including credits and titles) to be screened at the Popcorn Noir movie theater in Easthampton, MA and at other venues during the exhibition. Applicants may be included in a one-minute video DVD—a selection of the collected works from the one-minute film festival. Submit your video by March 4, 2013. www.reachfest.com/1-minute-film-fest/


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