Torsten Z. Burns
Torsten Zenas Burns and Darrin Martin are two American artists who began their collaborations in the video and sculpture programs at the School of Art and Design at Alfred University (NY), where they both received BFAs, 1990 and 1992 respectively. Burns was born in 1968 and received his MFA in video and performance art from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1993. Martin was born in 1969 and received an MFA in media and sculpture from The University of California, San Diego in 2000. Together, they have based their single channel videotapes, curations, and current performance works on their research into diverse speculative fictions including re-imagined educational practices, cryptozoological musicals, appropriated horror genres, paranormal phenomenon, re-animation choreographies, cos-play, and trans-human love stories. They have jointly participated in residencies including Eyebeam and The Experimental Television Center in New York State. In 2003, Electronic Arts Intermix commissioned their net art project, Lesson Stalls: Learning Net which can be found at http://www.eai.org/lessons.
Selected videotapes are distributed by VTape, Canada; Recontres Internationale, France; and Video Data Bank, USA. Videotapes have screened at venues including The Museum of Art and Design (NYC), Migrating Forms festival (NYC), Video_Dumbo (NYC), The Chicago Underground Film Festival, Pacific Film Archive (CA), The Lab (CA), SF Cameraworks Gallery (CA), Aurora Picture Show (TX), Madrid Museum of Contemporary Art (Spain), Art Space Bandee (South Korea), Oberhausen Short Film and Video Festival (Germany).They most recently screened their new videotape What-if? Beyond a Carnalove at the 2010 European Media Arts Festival in Osnabruck, Germany and had a gallery exhibition at Krowswork Gallery (CA).
2004, 09:30 minutes, Colour, English
2004, 06:20 minutes, Colour
2003, 10:20 minutes, Colour, English
2003, 23:00 minutes, Colour, English
2001, 19:10 minutes, Colour, English
1998, 14:00 minutes, Colour