Blurring the boundaries between the fine and applied arts.
Is This Art? is a fascinating DVD series featuring interviews with leading practitioners and conceptual artists from media, performance, visual art, music and sound.
Each episode presents a series of interviews with contemporary artists intercut with images and recent footage of their work. The interviews provide insight to why, how and for whom these artists create their work, and where their passion and artistic inquiries originate from. Where are the boundaries between science, technology, politics, popular culture and art? Viewers are challenged with the question while witnessing the freeflow of imagination.
Berni Searle was born in 1964 in Cape Town, South Africa, where she currently lives and works. She studied at the Michaelis School of Fine Art at the University of Cape Town, completing her MA in 1995. In 2003 she was presented with the prestigious Standard Bank Young Artist Award (South Africa), with a resulting solo exhibition, Float, which toured nationally. In 2004 Searle was short-listed for the international Artes Mundi award. Other solo exhibitions have included A Matter of Time at the UC, Berkeley Art Museum, 2003; Presence, Speed Museum, Louisville, Kentucky, USA, 2004; and About to Forget, Michael Stevenson Contemporary Art Gallery, Cape Town, 2005. Recent group exhibitions include Hang In There, My Dear Geum-Sun, Busan Biennale, Busan Metropolitan Art Museum, Seoul, 2004; Min(e)dfields, Kunsthaus Baselland, Basel, 2004; 5th Shanghai Biennale, Shanghai Art Museum, China, 2004; and Always a Little Further at the 51st Venice Biennale, 2005. Berni Searle is represented by Michael Stevenson Gallery, Cape Town.
Isaac Julien was born in London, England, where he currently lives and works. Julien attended St Martin's School of Art, graduating in 1984. He founded the Sankofa Film and Video Collective in 1983-84, and was a founding member of Normal Films in 1993. He was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2001 for The long road to Mazatl?, 1999, made in collaboration with Javier de Frutos. Earlier works include the documentary Looking for Langston, 1989; the Cannes prizewinning Young soul rebels, 1991; and Frantz Fanon: Black skin and white mask, 1996. Isaac Julien is a visiting lecturer at Harvard University and the Whitney Museum of American Arts' Independent Study Program. He is currently Visiting Mellon Professor at the University of Pittsburgh. In 2001 Julien was the recipient of the MIT Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts. In 2003 his video installation Baltimore won the Grand Jury Prize at the Kunstfilm Biennale, Cologne. Exhibition venues in 2005 include Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; MAK Center, Los Angeles; Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin. A re-working of Paradise Omeros, titled Encore (Paradise Omeros Redux), 2003, is currently being shown at Tate Modern, London, UK.
DENNIS DEL FAVERO
Dennis Del Favero was born in Sydney. He has had numerous exhibitions including solo shows at Munchner Stadmuseum, Munich; ViaFarini, Milan and Neue Galerie, Graz. He has participated in various major international exhibitions including Sex and Crime, Sprengel Museum, Hannover; Kriegszustand, Battle of the Nations War Memorial, Leipzig (joint project with Jenny Holzer), 1996; Der anagrammatische der Korper, Kunsthaus Muerzzuschlag, Muerzzuschlag, 1999; Future Cinema, 2002, ZKM, Centre for Art and Media, Karlsruhe. Del Favero hold an Australian Research Council QEII Fellowship and is Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Centre for Interactive Cinema Research at the University of NSW and Artist-in-Resident at ZKM. His CD-ROM multimedia work has been published by Hatje Cantz and during 2001 he co-curated and co-edited with Jeffrey Shaw (dis)LOCATIONS, an interactive DVD-ROM and Book: part of the ZKM Digital Arts Edition series. His video and multimedia work is the subject of a survey exhibition and book by the Sprengel Museum, Hannover, the Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney and UNSW Press pulished in 2004. Del favero is represented by the Mori Gallery, Sydney and Galerie Andreas Binder, Munich.