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Ian Winters

Oakland, CA   

Ian Winters is an award-winning video and media artist working at the intersection of performance and time-based visual media to explore the relationships between physicality, technology, and place. He studied video & performance at SMFA-Boston and Tufts University, w/ post-graduate training in architecture and dance.


Recent awards include an upcoming master artist engagement with Atlantic Center for the Arts, 2013 residencies at Djerassi, Earthdance, Nexmap/CNM, presenting at ISEA 2013 and 2014, a 2012 Leonardo LASER presenter, the 2012 and 2014 LAD prize for video design, 2012-3 Isadora Duncan Award nominations and 2014 award for best visual design along with funding from Zellerbach, Rainin foundation, Clorox, Meet the Composer, CCI and others.


In addition to being co-curator of Oakland’s MilkBar with choreographer Mary Armentrout, he has been a guest artist and speaker in media & performance at many US, UK and AU institutions including USF, California College of Art, MIT, Mass Art, LSU, Amherst, Duke, Sussex, Roehampton, Brighton, AusDance & Brunel.


His work (either solo or a major designer) has been seen at many venues including Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Zero1 San Jose, ODC, Z-Space, The Center for New Music-SF, The Asian Art Museum-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), CounterPULSE, CNMAT, Highways, 21 Grand, Shotgun Players, The Magic, Luckman Center for Arts (LA).


Notable video and media design collaborations include work with Robert Moses Kin, Netia Jones/Lightmap, Francis Ford Coppola, Shotgun Players, ALICE Arts, Chitresh Das, Pamela Z, Mary Armentrout Dance Theater, Shadowlight Puppet Theater, Makrokosma Bali, Deborah Slater Dance Theater, ODC Dance, Lenora Lee, ALICE Arts, Evelyn Ficarra, Myra Melford, NAKA Dance, and many others.

Dissonant Futures

Dissonant Futures is an ongoing collaborative project of video/media artist Ian Winters, pianist and improvisor Myra Melford, and composer / electronic musician Evelyn Ficarra.
The excerpt is from a work in progress created for YBCA’s “Dissident Futures” exhibit and performed at Sussex University in 2/14. It uses prepared and amplified piano with live video projection and custom made video controllers in an effort to re-imagine the piano as a 21st century instrument in an actively fraying and contingent environment.

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Excerpt from Revery of Dislocation / perambulations

The Revery of Dislocation is part of an ongoing series of time-lapse site specific films and performances created with choreographer Mary Armentrout as part of the performance and site specific installation called Reveries and Elegies at The MilkBar in Oakland, CA in Jan 2013 and Jan 2014.

Video by Ian Winters, performance Mary Armentrout, sound by Pamela Z

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The Memory Table v2

V2 of the Memory Table is the transformation of Winters original Memory Table media installation into a place / site of devised performance. Based on a deceptively simple “social” installation where viewers interacting with an everyday table experience a visual and sonic mirror of their own present-tense experiences merged with table’s fragmentary/re-written “memories” of all the pasts that have transpired at the site the project works with performer paige starling sorvillo and composer Evelyn Ficarra. shown 9/13 at CNM-SF, and Sussex U.

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