Residency Dates: May 15, 2016 - June 04, 2016
Application Deadline: December 06, 2015

Ian is an award winning video & media artist working at the intersections of physical performance, installations / architectural form, and time-based media. In addition to individual work he often collaborates with composers, directors, and choreographers to create both staged and site-specific media environments through performance, visual and acoustic media.

His current work often works with ideas of expanding musicality and choreographic practices onto visual media, exploring improvisatory practice in hybrid media / performance / installation works, and how to create responses to sites where performers, media and the architectural space are all part of an integrated hybrid generative structure(s). A particular interest of late is in the creation of novel “interfaces” that explore the physicality of human/media interaction in ways that are integrated directly with the project.

A deep love for contemporary music and physical performance has informed many of his ongoing collaborative projects including work with Myra Melford (whom shares this session’s residency program at Atlantic), Lightbulb Ensemble/ Gamelan Sekar Jaya, Pamela Z, Mary Armentrout Dance Theater, ODC Dance, and many others.

Recent awards include Rainin, Clorox, & Zellerbach foundation funding, residencies at Djerassi, Sussex University, and Earthdance, 2013 and 2014 ISEA panelist on media and performance, Leonardo LASER presentations, 2012 & 2014 LAD awards for video design, and 2012-3 Isadora Duncan Award nominations for best visual design. In addition he teaches workshops in interactive media composition and has been a visiting artist in media & performance at institutions including USF, SF State, MIT, Mass Art, LSU, Roehampton, Amherst, Duke, Brighton, Sydney Sussex, CCA & Brunel.

Recent video and media design collaborations include work with Myra Melford, Robert Moses Kin, Francis Ford Coppola, Shotgun Players, ALICE Arts, Chitresh Das Dance Company, Pamela Z, Mary Armentrout Dance Theater, Shadowlight Puppet Theater, Makrokosma Bali/Gamelan Sekar Jaya, DSDT, ODC Dance, Lenora Lee Dance, Evelyn Ficarra. His work (either solo or as a video/media designer) has been seen at many venues including Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Zero-1 Gallery, ODC, Z-Space, The Asian Art Museum, Center for New Music-SF, The Kitchen, EMPAC, London City University, the Port of Oakland, Attenborough Centre for the Arts (Sussex University), The Luggage Store, Moscow Conservatory Electro-acoustic Center, Journées de l’électroacoustique: Paris, Mass Art, London Cutting Edge Festival, OPEN Cinema Festival (RU), CNMAT, Highways, 21 Grand, Shotgun Players, The Magic, Luckman Center for Arts (LA).

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Residency Statement:

Long-term musical collaborators Myra Melford and Evelyn Ficarra are sharing this session’s program and in our own work we will be developing a structured improvisation project called Dissonant Futures that explores the idea of the piano as 21st inter-media instrument.

I am particularly interested in working with artists who are interested in collaboration across media – especially work that involves media arts, physical performance / dance, and music / sound. Some questions inform much of thinking about the residency — How long is now? What happens when the now of performance is extended through image, sound, light, and repetition / amplification / contrast? What does interaction mean in a sensor-driven world and where does the ‘interaction’ occur? How can these tools extend choreography beyond the body to ideas of attention and experience? What kinds of compositional strategies / tools / scores can be used to work across divergent media? Where is the body in all of this? What is the lowest tech way to proceed?

The program of the residency will be tailored a great deal to the particular grouping of artists that develop – but an interest in exploring both conceptual, physical, collaborative and technical tools at our disposal will be part of the process.

Potential things to be exploring include the intersections of installation, site-specific / outdoor projection space, the development and fabrication of novel interfaces (such as building your own physical controller), sensor and data driven media and cross-disciplinary improvisation. Both Myra and I will be looking for ways to foster / tap into the collaborative potential of the Associate Artists working with each of us.

We will need a core group with a base in the media arts but I will also be especially interested in working with other artists coming from a backgrounds in dance, physical and devised performance, traditional film/video or photography, sound, and computer arts. While we will certainly make use of the black box theater we will also be working with many of the spaces in and out of doors at the ACA.

As part of the residency I will also be leading elements from my basic/intermediate workshop in Isadora and simple physical computing tools for artists so that we all have some common technical tools. More details on that are at

Application Requirements

  1. work sample: up to 20 images and/or 10 minutes of video/sound of current work (.jpg files for images | .mp3 files for audio | for video files, please include a document with link to an online video such as youtube or vimeo)
  2. work sample description
  3. current CV
  4. one e-mail reference (name and an email address for one person he could contact on your behalf, .doc, .docx, .pdf)
  5. artist statement (1 page max)
  6. residency comments:
    • 1-2 written pages about the ideas you think you’d like to explore during the residency. These can be very open-ended and are apt to change.
    • Please also briefly list the various specific talents, skills and technologies you have worked with and could contribute to the arsenal of knowledge of the group.

Residency Fee: $900

Includes a $100 administration fee, weekday meals and housing; does not include artist materials, transportation, or weekend meals.

Scholarships / Financial Assistance

Only accepted Associate Artists may apply for financial assistance. For details, please visit the master artist details page.

Application fee: $25 

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