The Velocity of Concurrence (2012) is an exploration of simultaneity. A female subject focuses intently on levitating a foam ball on a cushion of air while a laboratory technician leads her through two conflicting scenarios. While mentally registering and responding to the scripted narrative, the subject attempts to maintain control over the ball’s altitude via sensors monitoring her brainwaves.

Writer: Peter Garfield
Director: Peter Garfield
Editor: Peter Garfield
Camera: Peter Garfield

Model: Mie Iwatsuki
Voice: Christen Clifford
Production assistants: Jean Bettingen and O Zhang



Peter Garfield is an interdisciplinary artist working primarily in photography, video, sculpture and drawing. A graduate of Dartmouth College and the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris, he is now based in Brooklyn, NY. In 1993 he was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship grant for his work as a painter and in 1999 was awarded a fellowship grant by the New York Foundation for the Arts for his artist book Harsh Realty. He was awarded a second NYFA Fellowship grant in 2009 for his video Deep Space 1, which was also nominated for Best Short Film at the 2007 Rotterdam International Film Festival. Garfield has been exhibiting internationally since 1995 and is included in the collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the M.I.T. List Visual Arts Center, the F.R.A.C. Bourgogne in Dijon, France, International Center of Photography, The Berkshire Museum, The MacArthur Foundation, The Elton John Collection and the Margulies Collection among others. He was a 2009 finalist for the Prix de Rome and is a 2012 resident fellow at the Wexner Center in Columbus, Ohio where he completed this project.




2013 The Box, Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH
2008 Musée Historique de Vevey, Vevey, Switzerland (Festival Images ’08)
Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY
2007 Freight + Volume, New York, NY
2003 Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
2002 Feigen Contemporary, New York
2001 Kapinos Galerie, Berlin, Germany
2000 Art & Public, Geneva, Switzerland
1999 Kapinos Galerie, Berlin, Germany
Vaknin Schwartz, Atlanta, GA
1998 Feigen Contemporary, New York, NY
Queens Museum at Bulova Center, Queens, NY
1996 Feigen Inc., Chicago, IL
Pierogi 2000, Brooklyn, NY


2009 A Stream Bends for a Thousand Li, (collaboration with O Zhang), Asia Song Society, New York, NY
Peter Garfield and Max Yawney, Nassau County Museum of Art, Roslyn Harbor, NY
2007 Adam Cvijanovic and Peter Garfield; Unhinged, Mass MoCA, North Adams, MA
Nulle Part Ailleurs: Renaud Auguste-Dormeuile, Peter Garfield, Séverine Hubard, La Porcherie, Ménétreux-le-Pitois, France
1997 Conversation Show #3, Art Resources Transfer, Inc., New York, NY (with Andy Yoder)


2012 Mie, Freight + Volume, NY
Seeing Ourselves, MUSE Center of Photography and the Moving Image, New York
2011 Of Bridges and Borders, CCEBA (Centro Cultural de España Buenos Aires), Buenos Aires, Argentina (curated by Sigismond de Vajay)
2010 Housed, Alice Austen House Museum, Staten Island, NY (curated by Joseph Maida and Katie Murray)
2009 2012+, Urban Art Infill, New York, NY (curated by Alexandra Chang and Mie Iwatsuki)
Video Forest, Media Art Installation, Kimpo Airport, Seoul, Korea
Les Roncontres Internationales; Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, Madrid, Spain
2008 Intérieur avec vue, Médiathèque, Bourbon Lancy, France
A Sixpack Space Odyssee II, Sixpack Film at Top-Kino, Vienna, Austria
Decameron, CRG, New York
Etat d’Alerte: oeuvres de la collection du Frac Bourgogne, Lycée Mathias, Chalon-sur- Saône, France
2007 Biennial of Moving Images, Geneva, Switzerland
Les Roncontres Internationales; Centre Pompidou, Paris, France; Cinéma Babylon, Berlin, Germany; Circulo de Bellas Artes, Madrid, Spain
Impakt in Russia, St. Petersburg, Moscow, Novogorod, Izhevsk and Kaliningrad, Russia
Impakt in Milan, Milan, Italy
Through the Night Softly, Nestroyhof, Vienna, Austria
Kortfilmfestival, Oslo, Norway
Impakt Festival, Utrecht, The Netherlands
International Film Festival Rotterdam, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
2006 Breathing Time: Works from the Debra and Dennis Scholl Collection, Newcomb Art Gallery, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
Grieder Contemporary, Zurich, Switzerland
Joint Venture; Contemporary and Vintage Photography / The Ramer Collection and Other Selected Work, Richard L. Nelson Gallery, University of California , Davis, CA
2005 Contemporary Photography in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction, New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT
Fiction or Not Fiction, E31 Gallery, Athens, Greece
Staging the Real, Projects at Clifford Chance, New York, NY
Architektur Mobil, Wilhelm-Hack Museum, Ludwigshafen, Germany
Voyages Immobiles, Maison Pour Tous, Saint-Germain du Plain, France
La Perspective du Cavalier, Parc Saint Léger Centre d'Art Contemporain, Pougues-Les-Eaux, France
2004 Somewhere, Everywhere, Nowhere: contemporary art from the collections of the FRACs du Grand Est, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee, Scotland and The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland
Only Skin Deep : Changing Visions of the American Self, (ICP Online project, International Center of Photography, New York, NY (Curated by Cynthia Fredette)
2003 Image of Reality, Reality of Image; Making photo, Taking photo, Third International Photo/Media Festival, Gana Art Center, Seoul, South Korea (Curated by Sophia Hyoseon Kim)
Brooklyn on 57th Street, Hohra Haime Gallery, New York, NY
Imag(in)ing Architecture, The University of Connecticut Center for Visual Arts and Culture, Storrs, CT
2002 Recent Acquisitions, LACMA, Los Angeles, CA
Unheim -- Capricci und Anarchitecturen, Stadthaus Ulm, Ulm, Germany
Three In One -- Kapinos Galerie, Galerie B. Wien, Wohnmaschine, Essor Gallery, London, England
Paris in Brooklyn à Paris, Espace Huit Novembre, Paris, France (in conjunction with Star 67, Brooklyn, NY)
2001 Mayday Mayday, Swiss Institute, New York, NY (Curated by Marc-Olivier Wahler)
Bogus: Counterfeit Images and Contemporary Art, College of New Rochelle, New Rochelle, NY
Altered Landscape, LFL Gallery, New York, NY
Wertwechsel -- Zum Wert des Kunstwerks, Museum fur Angewandte Kunst, Cologne Germany
Superman in Bed, Museum am Ostwall Dortmund, Dortmund, Germany (illustrated catalogue)
Re-location: on moving, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, NY
Mobile Home, Kabinett, Bern, Switzerland (Curated by Rolf Staub)
A View of MacDowell, St. Botolph Club, Boston, MA

2000 Galeria Antonio de Barnola, Barcelona, Spain
Sky, Galerie Ulrich Fiedler, Cologne, Germany
Deep Distance - Der Entfernung der Fotografie, Kunsthalle Basel, Basel, Switzerland
Picturing Modernity: Selections from the Permanent Collection of Photography, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
Transfert, international urban poster project in conjunction with Centre d'Art Neuchâtel, Neuchâtel, Switzerland
Mayday, Centre d'Art Neuchâtel, Neuchâtel, Switzerland

1999 Rattling the Frame, San Francisco Cameraworks, San Francisco, CA
The Comforts of Home, Hand Workshop Art Center, Richmond, VA
Whichkraft? , Trans Hudson Gallery, New York, NY
Summer Salon IV, Bonni Benrubi Gallery, New York, NY
Zero G: When Gravity Becomes Form, Whitney Museum of American Art at Champion, Stamford, CT
Freudian Slips, Saks Fifth Avenue, New York, NY
More Than Meets the Eye: Triennale der Photographie, Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, Germany (curated by Wilhelm Schürmann)
Threshold: The Domestic in Contemporary Art, Kohler Arts Center,Sheboygan, WI
Fiction Reality, Deven Golden Fine Art, New York, NY (Curated by Lisa Jacobs)
Rage for Art, Pierogi 2000, Brooklyn, NY

1997-1999 Making it Real, a traveling exhibition organized and circulated by Independent Curators International (ICI), New York, and curated by Vik Muniz. Traveled to the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT; Reykjavik Municipal Art Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland; Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME; Bayly Art Museum, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA; Bakalar Gallery, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA; Emerson Gallery, Hamilton College, Clinton, NY


Bankers Trust Company, New York, NY
The Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield, MA
The Equitable Corporation, New York, NY
Elton John Collection, Atlanta, GA
FRAC Bourgogne, Dijon, France
Harvard Business School, Cambridge, MA
International Center of Photography, New York, NY
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, MA
MacArthur Foundation, Chicago, IL
Martin Margulies Collection, Coconut Grove, FL
Peter Norton Collection, New York, NY
Progressive Corporation, Cleveland, OH
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
Wilhelm Schürmann Collection, Hamburg, Germany
Howard Stein Collection, New York, NY
Dean Valentine Collection, Los Angeles, CA
John Waters Collection, Baltimore, MD
John Wieland Homes Collection, Atlanta, GA
The West Collection, Oaks, PA

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