911′s Artist in Residency Program
2004 MEDIA ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE:
Wendy Jo Carlton, John Feodorov, and David Russo
911 Media Arts Center is pleased to announce three new artists selected to participate in their 2004 Media Artist in Residence program: Wendy Jo Carlton, John Feodorov, and David Russo.
911′s Media Artist in Residence program nurtures local emerging and established artists using digital media as an art form. The program supports both digital filmmakers as well as media installation artists. While in residence at 911, artists have dedicated access to production equipment, post-production facilities, and technical support. Each artist receives a project budget of up to $4,000, in addition to a $1,000 artist honorarium. At the residency’s culmination, artists are supported in exhibiting their work to the public, either in a screening venue or exhibition environment.
An open call for project ideas was broadcast locally in Fall 2003, resulting in over 20 applications from a myriad of talented artists and filmmakers. A peer review panel convened in late December and selected this year’s Media Artists in Residence:
Wendy Jo Carlton is a queer filmmaker and screenwriter who has been active in the Seattle film community for many years. Her films have been shown internationally, including: The American Film Institute, PBS, Seattle International Film Festival, Outfest Los Angeles, and the San Francisco, Vancouver, London, and Chicago Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. Wendy Jo’s films Bumps and My Dinner at Dan’s are listed in Jenni Olson’s comprehensive Best of Queer Film Anthology. She will complete an experimental digital video project titled Flock during her residency at 911.
For the past 10 years, John Feodorov has worked primarily as an installation artist, often incorporating video and digital media with other elements. In 2001, he was featured in the PBS television series Art for the 21st Century as well as in the companion book published by Abrams Press. His work has been exhibited throughout the country, most recently in Whiteness: a Wayward Construction at the Laguna Art Museum. He is represented by Howard House gallery in Seattle. The 911 residency will allow John to complete a digital video installation he has imagined for many years, focusing on landscape and ritual.
David Russo is an award winning filmmaker and artist based in Seattle. He was recently named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film” and was a runner-up in the Stranger’s 2003 First Annual Genius Awards. His most recent films Pan With Us (2003) and Populi (2002) premiered in back to back years at the Sundance Film Festival and have appeared in dozens of festivals around the world, garnering numerous awards. Populi, commissioned by Paul Allen, is on permanent display at the Seahawks Stadium in Seattle. During his residency at 911, David will workshop key sections of his new feature screenplay, #2, and will complete a short personal artwork/digital film called A Cow and I.
911 Media Arts Center’s Media Artist in Residence program is made possible through generous funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and Seattle’s Allen Foundation for the Arts. 911 receives additional support from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.
911 Media Arts Center is Washington State’s non-profit organization supporting the creative use of new media. 911 offers: affordable access to equipment, workshops in all aspects of media production, screenings of independent films and videos, youth programs in media literacy and production, and artistic programs in the exhibition of new media.
2001 MEDIA ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE:
A WORK IN PROGRESS
Media: Site specific installation, video, soun
Dates: November 24 through December 15, 2001
Hours: Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, from 4:00 – 8:00 pm (free admission)
Opening Reception: Saturday, November 24, 6:00 – 8:00 pm (free admission)
Location: The Sanctuary of Seattle First Christian Church, 1632 Broadway (across from SCCC on Capitol Hill) – enter through front doors facing Broadway
Dimensions: H 20′ x W 55′ x W 55′
Artist Support: Ed Mannery, Bardi Martin, Pete Bjordahl, David Donar, Sean Taylor, Pedro Alexander, Greg D’Elia, Howard Howlett, Howard Meeks, Kelly Wilbur, Corey Contreras, Franklin Joyce and Peter Drury.
Description: This project emerges from Iole Alessandrini’s studies and applications of space, lasers and video as the result of a three month residency program at 911 Media Arts Center. With the use of multiple LCD panels and sound, the artist combines words and numbers to present the viewer with an exhibition that is both visually and cognitively stimulating — visually in terms of beautiful overlays of light and colors; cognitively by drawing attention to the aesthetic qualities of numbers in the intangible sense of representation. The result is an enchanting visual and aural experience that brings together the ephemeral nature of installation art with the transcendence of the Church’s sanctuary and the ambiguity/beauty of language.
Five distinctive LCD panels are placed between the pews, the pulpit, the lectern and the altar of the First Christian Church. From the altar, two LCD panels show images of numbers scrolling from one panel onto the next, while projecting a reversed shadow of themselves. Numbers are numeric coordinates describing the arches, columns, and pews’ profiles of the church. The same images are seen from two distinctive LCD panels in the pews area, where a sophisticated set of live cameras and luminous screens allow viewers to simultaneously see themselves mixed into recorded video images of numbers — the same ones visible from the altar. On the pulpit, another LCD panel, shows animated words continuously repeating truth is not a sentence. A sound in “A” surrounds the space and is synchronized to the voice of the artist speaking in multiple accents. The overall speech is incomprehensible. The sound of the words sometimes resembles real ones, but essentially they say nothing.
Italian artist and architect Iole Alessandrini holds a diploma in fine arts from the First State School of Fine Arts in Rome. She earned master’s degrees in architecture from both the University of La Sapienze in Rome and the University of Washington. Alessandrini has received numerous national grants and awards, and was a recipient of the prestigious 2000 Betty Bowen Memorial Award. Past large-scale installations have taken place in the historic water tower at Volunteer Park, Sand Point Naval Base, and the ruins of a two city blocks in downtown Tacoma.
Resulting directly from discussions with artists, 911 Media Arts Center’s Artist in Residence Program nurtures emerging and established artists using digital media as an art form. The Artist in Residence program is made possible through generous support from: the Andrea Frank Foundation, Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and the Allen Foundation for the Arts.
911 Media Arts Center is Washington State’s largest non-profit organization supporting the creative use of new media. 911 Media Arts Center offers: affordable access to equipment, workshops in all aspects of media production, screenings of independent films and videos, youth programs in media literacy and production, and artistic programs in the exhibition of new media.