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Torsten Zenas Burns is an artist and media arts educator living in Holyoke,
Massachusetts. Since 2008 he has been curating exhibitions, video screenings and
performance art events and magazine projects for PARSONS HALL PROJECT SPACE
based in Western Mass. He received his BFA in video art in 1990 from the New York State
College of Art & Design at Alfred University, and his MFA in New Genres: video and
performance art from The San Francisco Art Institute in 1993. He has created & curated
video, photo and installation projects exploring speculative content, including re-imagined
educational practices, experimental space programs, zombie / afterlife relationships,
post-human fictions, and improvisational choreographies. Other long term projects
include collaborations with Darrin Martin and Anthony Discenza (under the name
HALFLIFERS). Burns' selected video work is distributed by Vtape, Video Data Bank, LUX
and EAI. Over the past twenty years Burns has participated in over eleven residency
programs including Headlands Center for the Arts, Experimental Television Center,
L.M.C.C. World Views Studio Program, Smackmellon, Eyebeam and Signal Culture.
Burns has had video work screened at the Museum of Modern Art's Video Viewpoints and
Premieres series, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Pacific Film Archive, SF
Camera works, Dumbo Arts Center, Video_Dumbo, Aurora Picture Show, Migrating Forms,
Krowswork Gallery, The Chicago Underground Film Festival, The European Media Arts
Festival, The Impakt Festival, The Melbourne International Film Festival, The Oberhausen
Short Film Festival, The Busan international video festival, and The Stuttgarter Filmwinter:
Festival for Expanded Media. In 2014 his latest videotape FAMILIARS screened at the
Chicago underground film festival. In 2015 he designed and curated a magazine + video
performance screening called HOLYOKE TRANSFER at PARSONS HALL PROJECT
SPACE. In 2015 he was awarded a grant from the Berkshire Taconic Community
Foundation / Artists Resource Trust, Sheffield, Massachusetts.

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  1. West Den Haag
  2. Matt's Gallery
  3. Monika Czyzyk
  4. Caspar
  5. Signal Culture
  6. caspar stracke
  7. Limboland Productions
  8. Michelle Handelman
  9. Kristin Lucas
  10. Shana Moulton
  11. Monica Panzarino
  12. Darrin Martin