Curriculum vitae

//  Current + Recent Positions

2018 - Present
Visiting Artist/Researcher, Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Barcelona, Dec 2018 - Present.
Researcher in Residence, Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA), Oct 2018 - Jan 2019.
Artist in Residence, Werner Thöni Artspace, Barcelona, August-December 2018. Exhibition: Nov 2018 - Jan 2019.

2007 - Present [currently on leave]
Professor (2015-Present), Associate Professor (2010-15), Assistant Professor (2007-2010)
Department Chair (2008-11, 2015-17)
Art + Art History Department
Saint Mary’s College, Moraga, California USA

//  Education

PhD, MA: University at Buffalo (State University of New York).
Distinction awarded for comprehensive oral exams. 

AB: University of California at Berkeley. 
Magna cum Laude.

Additional coursework:
American University in Cairo, Egypt.
Cambridge University, United Kingdom.

//  Exhibitions

Interim: A Journal of Poetry & Poetics, August 2019.

Werner Thöni Artspace, Barcelona. <Solo exhibition: Lost Grids

Saint Mary's College Museum of Art, Moraga, California USA. <Solo exhibition: IRAN|USA + other nonorientable surfaces> 

Festival of (In)appropriation: LA Filmforum, Los Angeles, CA; Essay Film Festival, Institute of Contemporary Arts, Birbeck, University of London, UK; Western Washington University/Limelight Cinema, Bellingham, WA; Metro Cinema, Edmonton, AB, Canada; Hobart&William Smith Colleges, Geneva, NY; Northwest Film Forum, Seattle, WA; Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY; Block Cinema, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL; Spectacle Theater, Brooklyn, NY; Simon Fraser University, Harbour Centre, Vancouver; University of California Santa Barbara, Pollock Theater.
Moving Image Art, Comfort Station, Chicago, IL.
Unexposed Microcinema, Durham, NC.
Short Circuit: Experimental Documentary Short Films, Brighton, UK.
Locate Iran, Ko Projects, Dubai.
Visible Evidence XXIII, Special Events: Festival of (In)appropriation, Bozeman, MT. 

Sazmanab Center for Contemporary Art, Tehran, Iran. <Solo exhibition>
Chicago Underground Film Festival, Logan Theatre, Chicago.
Iranian Studies Program, Stanford University, Palo Alto.

Cine Experimental Norteamericano, Havana, Cuba.
The Picture Show, Brooklyn.
Contemporary Art Ruhr, DL Booth, Essen, Germany.
Australian International Experimental Film Festival, Melbourne, Australia.
Berlin International Directors Lounge, Berlin, Germany.
Black Maria Film Festival, US touring show. <Director's choice: third prize>
Arab Film Festival, 'Arab Shorts,' Roxie Theater, San Francisco.
[bOX] Gallery, Visual Container Milan, Italy.
Vaska Emanuilova Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria.

Ozon International Video Art Festival, Katowice, Poland. <First prize> 
Vermont International Film Festival, Burlington, Vermont.
Kedainiai Regional Museum, Lithuania.
Vilna Gaon State Jewish Museum, Lithuania.
Videoholica Video Art Festival, Varna, Bulgaria. <Finalist>
UFVA, Chapman University, Orange, California. <Top prize: video installation>
Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, California.
ISAFF, Saint Petersburg, Russia.
Center for Contemporary Art, Tbilisi, Georgia.
Carnival of E-Creativity, Uttarakhand, India.
Warsaw Jewish Film Festival, Poland.

Cologne Experimental Documentary Film Festival, Cologne, Germany.
XFILM: TVS, Sydney, Australia.
KLEX Experimental Film Festival, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The Journal of Short Film (vol. 26), Ohio. 
Shoah Film Collection, VideoChannel, Cologne, Germany.
ASPECT: The Chronicle of New Media Art, Boston.
Mena Experimental, ATA, San Francisco.
Trauma, Desire, Otherness; City University of Hong Kong, SAR.
Berlin International Directors Lounge, Berlin, Germany.
Asian Cinema Studies Society Conference, Hong Kong University, SAR.

National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan.
Festival of (In)appropriation: LA Filmforum, Egyptian Theatre, Los Angeles; Carsey-Wolf Center, Pollock Theater, UCSB; Society of Cinema & Media Studies.
Antimatter Film Festival, Victoria BC, Canada.
Panoptic: New Media, Camden Internat'l Film Festival, Maine.
Sydney Underground Film Festival, Sydney, Australia.
ATA Film|Video Festival, San Francisco, California.
Ars Cameralis, Katowice, Poland.
{SønikFest}Synthetic Zero, BronxSpace, New York.
Australian International Experimental Film Festival, Melbourne, Australia.
Videonale 13, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany.
The Silence of Politics, BAck doOR Gallery, Melbourne, Australia.
Foreign Language Association of Northern California conference, UC Berkeley.
University Film & Video Association conference, Champlain College, Vermont.

Les Rencontres Internationales, Berlin: Haus der Kulturen der Welt.
Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia. <Invited guest artist>
University Film and Video Association Conference, University of New Orleans.
Les Rencontres Internationales, Madrid, Spain: Complejo El Aguila, the Auditorio del Ministerio de Cultura, the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, the Instituto Cervantes and the Filmoteca Espanola.
Moving Baltic Sea Festival, St. Petersburg, Russia.
Graduate Multimedia Forum, California State University, East Bay.

Museo de Arte, Biblioteca Luis Ángel Arango, Bogotá, Colombia. <Invited guest artist>
Les Rencontres Internationales, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France.
Universidad del Magdalena, Santa Marta, Colombia. <Invited guest artist>
DO Gallery, St. Petersburg, Russia. <Invited guest artist>
OPEN Cinema International Film Festival of Short Films, St. Petersburg, Russia. <Experimental film prize>

21 Grand Gallery, Oakland, California. <Invited guest artist>
Exploding Head Gallery, Sacramento, California.
Addison Street Window Gallery, Berkeley, California.
Berkeley Community Media, Berkeley, California.

Cinema Department, Humboldt State University, California. <Invited guest artist> 
Eastman Kodak Center, Rochester, New York.
InterMedia Arts Festival, Aronoff Center for the Arts, Cincinnati, Ohio. 
Motion Pictures Department, Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio. 
Colorado College, Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Art in General, New York City. 
Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois.
Artists Space, New York City.
Emerson College, Boston, Massachusetts.
New College of California, San Francisco.
New York University, New York City. 
North Carolina School of the Arts, Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Offline Distributions, Ithaca, New York. 
Venue 9, San Francisco, California. <Resident artist, solo shows>
Video Space, Boston, Massachusetts.
Z-Space Gallery, San Francisco, California.

Cinema Department, University of Denver, Colorado. 
Other Cinema, Artists' Television Access, San Francisco.
PBS WYBE Channel 3, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 
SOMAR Gallery, San Francisco. 
Center for Cultural Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz.


//  Acquisitions

2018-19: IRAN|USA +other nonorientable surfaces

Asia Art Archive (Library Collections), Brooklyn + Hong Kong
Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA), Spain
Bard College (Center for Curatorial Studies Library + Archives)
Beirut Art Center (Media Library), Lebanon
Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive (Media Library)
Bidoun (International Libraries), Brooklyn
California Institute for the Arts (CalArts Library)
California College of the Arts (Simpson + Meyer Libraries)
Portland State University (Branford Price Millar Library)
Rhode Island School of Design (Fleet Library)
San Francisco Art Institute (Anne Bremer Memorial Library)
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (John M. Flaxman Library)
University of California, Berkeley (Art History/Classics Library)
The University of Texas at Austin (Fine Arts Library)
Whitney Museum of American Art (FMA Library), New York
Yale University (Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library), New Haven

The Journal of Short Film (Vol. 26): CAMP.
Shoah Film Collection, VideoChannel, Cologne/Köln: CAMP.
The Israeli Center for Digital Art, Tel Aviv: Selected works in video.
LA Filmforum: Festival of (In)appropriation (DVD), Los Angeles: CAMP.

ASPECT: The Chronicle of New Media Art (Vol. 3: txt+img): CAMP.
Videonale, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany: CAMP.

University of the Andes, Department of Fine Art, Bogotá, Colombia: Selected works in video.

Wright State University, Motion Pictures Department: IMPULSE OF OBJECTS.

New York University, Bobst Library: FOREIGN FILM.

Art Institute of Chicago: FOREIGN FILM.

“Is Essential.”

Universität von Göttingen, Germany.
“Word But Image: Literary Studies, Mystification, and the Image of the Word.”

// Selected Curatorial

4|4<VU, a project by Werner Thöni
Curator talk/performance
Gallery, Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Barcelona

Under Consideration:
Retracted Cinema, XCèntric, CCCB.

Festival Director, Surplus|Lack
International experimental film art exhibition
The LAB, San Francisco, California (USA)

Festival Director, IF (Independent Festival of Digital Arts)
International independent film art festival
Belladonna Gallery, Berkeley, California (USA)

// Selected Presentations

‘Digital Images: Truth or Lie?’ Biblioteca Ignasi Iglésias – Can Fabra, May 3.
‘Beyond Word and Image: From Interdisciplinary to Transdisciplinary Poetics,’ Faculty of English Studies, Literature and Culture; Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), April 26.
’Nonreciprocal Aesthetics,’ Faculty of Humanities, Pompeu Fabra University, April 10.
’Conceptual Method,’ Faculty of Fine Art, University of Barcelona, February.
’Lost Grids,’ Artist Talk, Werner Thöni Artspace, Gràcia, Barcelona, January.

’Détournement and Its Discontents,’ Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Vigo, Pontevedra, Spain, November.

Artist Talk Series (IRAN|USA), Saint Mary’s College Museum of Art:
Exhibit Opening Talk + Performance, March 2.
‘Digital Tomb,’ April 26.
‘From Trauma to Desire,’ May 2.
‘Alternative Facts,’ May 10.

‘Para-Praxis: From the Clinic to Art and Back,’ Annual Symposium of Hong Kong Society of Psychoanalysis, November.

‘Without a Propaedeutic Gesture Lexically Inflamed,’ Teachers, Teaching and the Media Conference, Saint Mary’s College of California, October.

‘Your Money or Your Life: Jean-Luc Godard’s Two or Three Things I Know About Her,’ University Film and Video Association, Chapman University, August.

‘Lost and Found: The Image in the Drive.’ 2013 Symposium of the Hong Kong Society of Psychoanalysis, City University of Hong Kong, June.

‘Perspective machine as l’objet petit a,’ Hong Kong Society of Psychoanalysis (skype), November.

‘Art, or the Perverse Ethics of the Lapse,‘ Trauma, Desire, Otherness: Symposium of the Hong Kong Society of Psychoanalysis, City University of Hong Kong, April.

// Selected Publications

’Il n’y a pas de rapport sémiotique: Three Lecturas Discontinuas,’ collaborative writing (with Eloi Puig and Vítor Magalhães).

Acorus Calamus, published in Interim: A Journal of Poetry + Poetics, University of Nevada, Las Vegas + Black Mountain Institute.
Werner Thöni’s Four Bar Four (4|4), an introduction to new work, artist catalogue.
Four texts, A*Desk, Barcelona, Spain:
Entry #1: “Flying over the detritus of the GIF” by Eloi Puig (July 2016)
Entry #2: “Background Silence” by Anna Dot (Sept 2017)
Entry #3: “What Criticism?” by Martí Peran (Feb 2006)
Entry #4: “Fail Better” by Sonia Fernández Pan (Nov 2015) and A*Desk’s May 2019 issue on Failure

IRAN|USA + other nonorientable surfaces, book-length exhibition catalogue.

Trauma Desire Otherness, edited by Peter Freund, Hong Kong Society of Psychoanalysis. ‘Introduction: The Failure of Shared Inquiry’ and ‘Art, or the Perverse Ethics of the Lapse.’

‘Film and the Problem of Witnessing,’ review of Film and Genocide (edited by Kristi M. Wilson and Tomás F. Crowder-Taraborrell), Latin American Perspec- tives, Vol.39, issue 6.

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//  Education

PhD, MA: University at Buffalo (State University of New York).
Distinction awarded for comprehensive oral exams. 

AB: University of California at Berkeley. 
Magna cum Laude.

Additional coursework:
American University in Cairo, Egypt.
Cambridge University, United Kingdom.

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//  Teaching Appointments

Professor (2015-Present), Associate Professor (2010-15), Assistant Professor (2007-2010)
Department Chair (2008-11, 2015-17)
Art + Art History Department
Saint Mary's College of California
Moraga, California.

Department of Art: Graduate Multimedia Program + Department of Electronic Art
California State University, East Bay
Hayward, California.

Full-time Faculty (Tenured)
Multimedia Arts Program, Berkeley City College, Berkeley, California. Tenure granted Spring 2005; Distinction awarded for outstanding teaching and professional service. Chair: 2003-05

Adjunct Faculty, Art + Multimedia, English, Humanities
Berkeley City College (Vista College)
Berkeley, California.

Artist in Residence
Venue 9, San Francisco, California.

Scholar in Residence, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Research Associate
Center for Cultural Studies
University of California, Santa Cruz.

California College of Arts & Crafts (now CCA),
Oakland, California.