Over the last 19 years, David Gatten (b. 1971, Ann Arbor, Michigan) has explored the intersection of the printed word and moving image. His body of work illuminates a wide array of historical, conceptual and material concerns, while cataloging the variety of ways in which texts function in cinema as both language and image, often blurring the boundary between these categories.
Visiting Artists | 2018
Erin Johnson is a feminist, transdisciplinary artist and curator who creates video and sound pieces, performances, and social practice works. She holds a MFA and Certificate in New Media from U.C. Berkeley and is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Art at Bowdoin College.
Geoff Dyer was born in Cheltenham, England, in 1958. He is the author of four novels, and the genre-defying But Beautiful, The Ongoing Moment, The Missing of the Somme, Out of Sheer Rage, Yoga for People Who Can’t Be Bothered To Do It, and Zona, about Andrei Tarkovsky’s film Stalker.
With a sense of place and historical research, Kevin Jerome Everson films combine scripted and documentary moments with rich elements of formalism. The subject matter is the gestures or tasks caused by certain conditions in the lives of working class African Americans and other people of African descent.
Nathaniel Dorsky, born in New York City in 1943, is an experimental filmmaker and film editor who has been making films since 1963. He has resided in San Francisco since 1971.
Ruxandra Guidi has almost two decades of experience telling stories in public radio, magazines, and multimedia, and has reported throughout the United States, the Caribbean, South and Central America, as well as Mexico and the U.S.-Mexico border region.
Sam Stephenson is a writer and documentarian that grew up in Washington, North Carolina. In addition to his books, Sam has written for The New York Times, The Paris Review, Tin House, among others, and is the founder of Rock Fish Stew.
Adam Shingwak Khalil (Ojibway) is a filmmaker and artist. His practice attempts to subvert traditional forms of ethnography through humor, relation, and transgression. Adam's work has been exhibited at UnionDocs, e-flux, and Maysles Cinema.. Khalil is a UnionDocs Collaborative Fellow and Gates Millennium Scholar. In 2011 he graduated from the Film and Electronic Arts program at Bard College.
Chi-hui Yang, curator, film scholar, and educator, makes grants in film, new media, and visual storytelling for the Ford Foundation's JustFilms program. Chi-hui is president of the Flaherty Film Seminar’s board of trustees and an advisory board member of the Firelight Media Producers’ Lab. He earned a master’s degree in film studies from San Francisco State University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Stanford.
Ephraim Asili is a Filmmaker, DJ, and Traveler whose work focuses on the African diaspora as a cultural force. His films have screened in the New York Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, and Ann Arbor Film Festival. As a DJ, Asili can be heard on In The Cut on WGXC, or at his monthly dance party Botanica. Asili is a Professor in the Film and Electronic Arts Department at Bard College.
Euphus Ruth, Jr was born in Texas but raised in Bruce, Mississippi from age two. He is a photographer living in the Mississippi Delta focusing exclusively on wet collodion and film processes, from visualizing the image through the ground glass to the final print or plate in the darkroom or mobile darkbox.
Helga Fanderl was born in Germany in 1947 and wanted to be a poet. She studied, and then taught, language and literature, before discovering that film was the appropriate medium for her artistic expression. She has created a body of work consisting of 1000 short films, shot in Super8 with no postproduction, that she draws from for her screenings. She constructs her own programs for each occasion & venue, and presents them in person.
Jeff Silva is a filmmaker, teacher and film programmer originally from Boston. A long-time affiliate of the Sensory Ethnography Lab at Harvard University, Jeff helped develop its curriculum and methodology at its inception while a teaching fellow aside founder Lucien Castaing-Taylor. In 2000 he co-founded BALAGAN, an the offbeat and alternative micro-cinema screening series in Boston that continues to present marginalized films to the community.
As an immigrant filmmaker who grew up in the American South, Jing Niu (MFA|EDA '14) shot her first film on 16mm with a Bolex camera, which went on to screen at experimental film festivals across the world. Her autobiographic film DEPARTING toured prestigious art museums in the South, in an exhibit with the likes of Andy Warhol and Carrie Mae Weems. Currently based in Los Angeles, Jing spends her time creating films that dismantle the model-minority myth by featuring independent female Asian protagonists.
Renee Stout grew up in Pittsburgh, and received her BFA from Carnegie Mellon University. She looks to the belief systems of African peoples and their descendants throughout the African Diaspora, as well as to the world and her immediate environment, for the inspiration to create works that encourage self-examination, self-empowerment and self-healing.
Sky Hopinka (Ho-Chunk/Pechanga) was born and raised in Ferndale, Washington and spent a number of years in Palm Springs and Riverside, California, Portland, Oregon, Milwaukee, WI, and is currently based out of Cambridge, Massachusetts. In Portland he studied and taught chinuk wawa, a language indigenous to the Lower Columbia River Basin.
Vic Rawlings is a musician, instrument builder, sound installation artist, filmmaker, and teacher based in western Massachusetts.
Zack Khalil (Ojibway) is a filmmaker and artist from Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, currently based in Brooklyn, NY. His work often explores an indigenous worldview and undermines traditional forms of historical authority through the excavation of alternative histories and the use of innovative documentary forms. He recently completed a B.A. at Bard College in the Film and Electronic Arts Department.