Daniel Arsham is a graduate of The Cooper Union in New York City. He has collaborated with artists such as Merce Cunningham, Hedi Slimane, Robert Wilson, and Richard Chai.Architecture is a prevalent subject throughout his work. He draws inspiration from environments with erodedwalls, stairs going nowhere, nature overriding structures, and works with a general sense of playfulness within existing architecture. Arsham is able to confound and confuse our expectations of space and form by straddling the line between art, architecture, and performance. He mines everyday experiences for opportunities to make architecture do things it’s not supposed to do. Simple yet paradoxical gestures dominate his sculptural work, like a façade that appears to billow in the wind, a white cube eroded on all sides like a glacier, or a figure wrapped up in the surface of a wall. Structural experiment, historical inquiry, and satirical witare all combined in Arsham’s ongoing interrogation of the real and the imagined. His work has been shown at PS1 (New York City), The Museum of Contemporary Art (Miami), The Athens Biennial (Greece), The New Museum (New York City), Carré d’Art de Nîmes (France), and other venues. He is represented by Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin in Paris.
Charles Atlas is a video artist and film director, who also works in lighting and set design. He has developed the idea of media dance; also known as dance for camera. Media dance is work that is created directly for the camera. While Atlas’ primary artistic medium is video, he also began to experiment with live electronic performance in 2003. Atlas worked collaboratively with Merce Cunningham from 1975 – 1981, before he became the Cunningham company’s filmmaker-in-residence from 1978 – 1983. While Atlas was an assistant stage manager for the company, he made ten dance films by filming Cunningham in little experimental movement studies during breaks from rehearsal. Following his work with Cunningham, he worked independently in film, and collaborated with other professionals in the field.
Davide Balliano was born in Turin, Italy in 1983. He began his studies in this city, and earned a Bachelor in Graphic Arts. In 2002 he moved to Milan where he earned a second degree in Photography at the CFPRiccardo Bauer, and worked as an artist. From June 2004 to June 2005, Balliano was a resident in Fabrica, artist residency of Benetton group. Through an unemotional and minimal use of different media, such as drawing, painting, sculpture, and performance, Balliano’s artistic research allows him to delve deeply into the most hidden aspects of the human mind, revealing their fragile structures and contradictions. Balliano’s work has been shown at The Artists Space (New York), Location One (New York), PS1 Contemporary Art Center (New York), Sean Kelly Gallery (New York), The Watermill Center (South Hampton), Plymouth Art Center (Great Britain), Madre Museum (Naples), as well as in New Zeland, Japan, and all across Europe. His portfolio has recently been exhibited as part of the Archive of Via Farini in the “NO SOULS FOR SALE” event, at the Tate Modern Gallery in London. In 2010, he won the “AOL 25 for 25 Award”, and in 2012 he was appointed as one of the Kempinski Art Programme fellows. He currently lives and works in New York.
Irit Batsry is an artist working mainly in video and installation. Her work has been shown extensively in 35 different countries. In 2002, she was awarded the prestigious Whitney Biennial Bucksbaum Award. She received the Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship (1992), the Grand Prix Video de Création of the Société Civile des Auteurs Multimedia in Paris (1996 and 2001), and has won first prize in the Grand Prix, Locarno (1990 and 1995), Vigo (1994 and 2001), the Australian Video Festival (1989), and the San Francisco Poetry Film Festival (1989). She has shown work at the National Gallery in Washington, the National Film Theater in London, the ICA in London, Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid, Museu d’Arte Moderna in Rio, Ludwig Museum in Koln, Tel Aviv Museum, Artists Space in New York, the Whitney in New York, and the MOMA in New York. In 2007, the Jeu de Paume in Paris organized a retrospective of the videotapes she made between 1981 and 2007
Liubo Borissov is an associate professor at Pratt Institute’s Department of Digital Arts. He received Bachelor’s degrees in Mathematics and Physics from Caltech, and earned a doctorate in Physics from Columbia, where he also studied electro-acoustic music at the Columbia University Computer Music Center. He received a masters degree in Interactive Telecommunications from NYU’s Tisch School, where he was a Global Vilar Fellow in the performing arts. He has taught at Harvestworks, Parsons School of Design, and the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. In his work, he explores the interface between art, science, and technology. His multimedia installations, performances, and collaborations have been featured throughout Europe, Asia, and North America, in the New Interfaces for Musical Expression conference, the International Computer Music Conference, SIGGRAPH, the Spark Festival, the Lincoln Center Summer Festival, the Kennedy Center, and the Carnival Center.
Michael Cole earned a BFA in Modern Dance at the North Carolina School of the Arts in 1987. Soon after, he began a career in New York, dancing with David Gordon, Mark Dendy, Ton Simons, Peter Pucci, Bill Young, Robert Kovich, and others. In 1989, Michael joined the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, where he danced original roles in such pieces as Beach Birds, Enter, Doubletoss, Ocean, CRWDSPCR, and Scenario, and had the opportunity to perform them at many of the world’s greatest theaters, such as the Paris Opera. After leaving the Cunningham troupe in 1998, Michael won the Jacob K. Javits Fellowship, which afforded him the opportunity to earn two separate MFA degrees in August, 2002. The first degree was in dance, with a concentration in dance and technology at Arizona State University, and the second was in computer arts at the Academy of Art College in San Francisco. During those years, he created computer animated dance videos that were screened in film festivals in Japan, Argentina, Scotland, Moscow, Naples, the American Dance Festival, and the International Dance and Technology Conference. Michael’s latest computer generated dance work, Hyper Alarm Dance, aired on Metro Arts 13 (New York Television), won honorable mention at the Cinedans Festival (Amsterdam), won the “Chippie” award for best animation of the year at the Academy of Art College, and was nominated for the jury prize at the “Dance On Camera Festival” at Lincoln Center. Cole began his teaching career at the Merce Cunningham Studio in 1993, and has since taught dance technique at the Dance Theater of Harlem School, Arizona State, ODC/San Francisco, University of Utah, and Princeton University. He has taught dance and technology workshops at Slippery Rock University, University of Wisconsin (Madison), Middlebury College, and Telford College in Edinburgh, Scotland. Finally, Michael has appeared in films such as My Folks, choreographed by David Gordon, Beach Birds for Camera, CRWDSPCR, and Cage/
Robert Gober is an American sculptor. He studied literature at Middlebury College, Vermont, and fine art the Tyler School of Art, Rome. Gober settled in New York in 1976, where he worked as a carpenter, handyman,and as an assistant to the painter Elizabeth Murray. His work is often related to domestic and familiar objects,such as sinks, doors, and legs, often dealing with themes of nature, sexuality, religion, and politics. The sculptures are meticulously handcrafted, even when they appear to just be a re-creation of a common sink. While he is best known for his sculptures, he has also taken photographs, made prints and drawings, and has curated exhibitions. For the 2012 Whitney Biennial, he curated a room of Forrest Bess’s paintings and archival materials dealing with the artist’s exploration into hermaphrodism. He also curated “Heat Waves in a Swamp: The Paintings of Charles Burchfield” at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles (2009).
Marisela LaGrave, New York based media artist. Her work is based on photography, video art Installation, multidisciplinary site-specific performance art works for camera, sound track design, experimental scripts, works on paper. She is a co-founder and artistic director at Magnetic LaboratoriumTM (2001) a New York + Paris based media art group (magneticlaboratorium.com). La Grave’s original concepts, and performance works for camera, as well as her works in photography and video art have been screened, exhibited, presented, and published internationally and housed in private collections and museums around the world; e.g. The Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, MA – The Whitney Museum of American Art, Live Series, New York, NY – Paris Underground Film Festival, Paris France – The Watermill Center, South Hampton, NY – Art Miami Basel Video Lounge, Miami Florida – Hamptons International Film Festival, New York – Scotiabank Nuit Blanche in Toronto, Canada – Dance Theater Workshop, Movement Research, New York, NY – Dance Space Saint Marks church, New York, NY – PS1-22, New York, NY – 98 Bowery Gallery, New York, Museo de Bellas Artes & Museo Jacobo Borges, in Caracas, Venezuela – Nikki Dianne Marquardt Gallery in Paris, France. She currently lives and works between Hudson, NY and New York City.
Christian Marclay is a Swiss/American visual artist and composer. Marclay’s work explores connections between sound, noise, photography, video, and film. He uses gramophone records and turntables as musical instruments to create sound collages. He studied at the Ecole Supérieure d’Art Visuel in Geneva (1975–1977), the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston (1977–1980), and the Cooper Union in New York (1978). As a student, he was notably interested in Joseph Beuys and the Fluxus movement of the 1960s and 1970s. While based in Manhattan, Marclay has divided his time between New York and London in recent years. Marclay released Album Without a Cover on Neutral Records in 1986. He has collaborated with musicians John Zorn, William Hooker, Elliott Sharp, Otomo Yoshihide, Butch Morris, Shelley Hirsch, Flo Kaufmann, and Crevice. He has also performed with the group Sonic Youth. At the 2011 Venice Biennale, he won the Golden Lion for The Clock.
Anthony McCall was born in St. Paul’s Cray, England, in 1946. He currently lives and works in Manhattan. McCall is known for his ‘solid-light’ installations. This series began in 1973 with his seminal “Line Describing a Cone”, in which a volumetric form, composed of projected light, slowly evolves in three-dimensional space. Occupying a space between sculpture, cinema, and drawing, his work’s historical importance has been internationally recognized in such exhibitions as “Into the Light: the Projected Image in American Art 1964-77” at the Whitney Museum of American Art (2001-2002), “The Expanded Screen: Actions and Installations of the Sixties and Seventies” at Museum Moderner Kunst, Vienna (2003-2004), “The Expanded Eye” at Kunsthaus Zurich (2006), “Beyond Cinema: the Art of Projection” at Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin (2006-2007), “The Cinema Effect: Illusion, Reality and the Projected Image” at Hirshhorn Museum, Washington DC (2008), “The Geometry of Motion 1920s/1970s” at the Museum of Modern Art, New York (2008), and “On Line” at the Museum of Modern Art (2010-2011). McCall’s work has also been exhibited at, Centre Pompidou, Paris (2004), Tate Britain, London (2004), Institut d’Art Contemporain, Villeurbanne, (2006), Musée de Rochechouart, France (2007), SFMoMA (2007), Serpentine Gallery, London (2007-2008), Hangar Bicocca, Milan (2009), Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2009), Adam Art Gallery Wellington, New Zealand (2010), Sprueth Magers/Ambika P3, London (2011), Serralves, Porto (2011), and Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin (2012). His work is represented in the US by Sean Kelly Gallery, New York. McCall is in the process of completing an Arts Council England/Cultural Olympiad sculpture commission, to realize theColumn in North-West England, which is a spinning column of cloud that rises vertically from the surface of the water into the sky.
Lee Ufan (b. Korea, 1936) emerged as one of the founders and major proponents of the avant-garde Mono-ha (Object School) group in the late 1960s. Mono-ha was Japan’s first internationally recognized contemporary art movement. It rejected Western notions of representation, emphasizing materials, perception, and interrelationships between space and matter. Artists would create works from raw and natural materials with little manipulation. Ufan continued to develop his philosophies of Mono-ha outside of the group in individual solo exhibitions, and through symposiums and essays. In 1970, the artist explained that “[t]he highest level of expression is not to create something from nothing, but rather to nudge something that already exists so that the world shows up more vividly.” He joined the Pace Gallery in 2007, and works between kamakura, Japan, and Paris, France. Ufan allowed Jonah Bokaer to reimagine a choreographic work based on Things and Words (1969), and Relatum (2011), at his 50-year retrospective at the Guggenheim Museu, New York.
Robert Wilson is an American experimental theater stage director and playwright. He has worked as a choreographer, performer, painter, sculptor, video artist, and sound and lighting designer. He collaborated with Philip Glass, Heiner Müller, William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, Lou Reed, Tom Waits, David Byrne, Laurie Anderson, Gavin Bryars, Darryl Pinckney, Rufus Wainwright, Marina Abramović, Lady Gaga, and many others. He worked with choreographers such as George Balanchine, Merce Cunningham, and Martha Graham. In 1968, he founded the Byrd Hoffman School of Byrds. With this company, he created The King of Spain and The Life and Times of Sigmund Freud in 1965. Wilson created the opera Einstein on the Beach with the composer Philip Glass. He created Deafman Glance in 1972, and in 2010, Wilson worked on a new stage musical with Tom Waits, and the Irish playwright, Martin McDonagh. Wilson creates sculptures, drawings, and furniture designs. At the 1993 Venice Biennale, He won the Golden Lion for a sculptural installation. His work was presented at Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (1991), the Boston Museum of Fine Arts (1991), the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Museum Boymans-van Beuningen, Rotterdam, London’s Clink Street Vaults, Neue National galerie, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, the Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, the Seattle Art Museum, the White House Biennial, and the Thessaloniki Biennale 4.