Christiane Robbins

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Christiane Robbins is a cross-disciplinary director and scholar working within the mutable environment of studio practice, digital media and critical theory components of Media and Visual Arts production. Robbins' studio practice focuses primarily on digital video, installation, digital imaging, digital media and database aesthetics. It has also included installation, site-specific, and public art projects as well as work in architectural, object-oriented, and publication projects. Thematically, much of her studio practice, research and scholarly interests revolve around issues of media analysis, identity and displacement through an examination of the way in which concepts and perceptions of reception, inscription, spectacle, memory, space/place, and time shape the articulation of subjectivities. Robbins' work has been widely exhibited including one-person shows in Canada, the U.S. and Europe. She has also participated in numerous international film and video festivals in the U.S., Canada, Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, and in Europe. Her video work has won several awards, including the Best of Category Award at the San Francisco International Film Festival, and has been broadcast on PBS (KQED, KCET, WGBH, WNET) American Public Television, Channel 4, UK, and cablecast throughout the world. Group and solo exhibitions/screenings include: Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; Museums of Modern Art, Tokyo and Kyoto, JP; Canadian Cultural Centre, Paris, FR; Institute of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia; List Gallery, MIT, Boston; MA, Pacific Film Archives, Berkeley, CA; Banff Centre for the Arts, Banff, CA; American Center, Paris, FR.; Whitney Museum, New York, NY; P.S. 1, Long Island City, NY; Wexner Center for Contemporary Art, Columbus, Oh; National Women's Museum, Washington D.C.; Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts; San Francisco, CA; Camerawork, San Francisco; CA, New Langton Arts, San Francisco, CA; The Arsenal, Berlin, DE, Film & Video Festivals include: VideoFest/MedienOperative, Berlin, DE; Images Festival, Toronto, CA; American Film Institute Video Festival; Los Angeles; International Film & Video Festival, Budapest; Vigo International Film Festival, Vigo, Spain; The New Festival, New York, NY; Rotterdam International Film Festival, NE; San Francisco International Film Festival; Kasseler Documentarfilm- und video Festival, Kassel, Germany; Women in the Director's Chair, Chicago, IL; Mill Valley International Film Festival, CA; LA Freewaves, Los Angeles, CA. Her work is included in several public, private and corporate collections, as well as having been the recipient of numerous awards and grants, including a 2002-2003 C.O.L.A. Individual Artist Fellowship as well as recent nominations for Rockefeller Foundation Fellowships. Her work is in numerous permanent collections including the Stedlijck Museum, Amsterdam, Museum of Modern Art, NY, the Getty Museum, LA, the Kitchen, NY, the Banff Centre for the Arts, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Pacific Film Archives, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Honolulu, the Oakland Museum, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Stanford University Art Museum, and the California Institute of the Arts. Robbins' projects more over extend beyond the purely aesthetic, the Visual Arts and Media systems or the entertainment - industry realms. Rather, they have served as catalysts of community, social movement and transcultural understanding throughout their creation, production and reception. With this priority in mind, Robbins has worked on a number of collaborative projects. She has worked with Marlon Riggs on " Color Adjustment " - the recipient of the 1992 Peabody Award for International Documentary of the Year. In 1990/1 she was a co-director of one of the first international cultural projects to appear on the Internet. This internationally acclaimed project was an all-encompassing (visual art, installation, performance, and media/ technology) site-specific project that offered alternative cultural and health perspectives to the Sixth International Conference on AIDS. Not only was this project globally positioned throughout the Net - Robbins also directed, curated and collaborated on a number of exhibitions, public installations, broadcasts and performances throughout California's Bay Area. During this period in the early nineties she also programmed symposiums and exhibitions at the San Francisco Art Institute including the Artist Committee's Transactions in the Post-Industrial Era and The Voice of Citizenry. In 1995 she was a co-director in creating, producing and authoring one of the initial on-line conferences, X-Factor, referencing issues endemic to the survival, sustainment and expansion of independent media practice and distribution. She began her work in video through her collaborations with Max Almy on the internationally recognized videos " Perfect Leader ", 1983 and " Leaving the Twentieth Century ", 1981/82 and the video installation " Deadline ", 1981. She has also worked with many artists during the past ten years including Bill Viola on his feature length video " I do not know what it is that I am " and Marlon Riggs' " Color Adjustment' and "Anthem". Robbins received her MFA from the California Institute of the Arts in 1989, a BS in 20th Century Art/Art History (specializing in New Genres) and studio practice (photography) from the University of Wisconsin, and postgraduate studies at Harvard University. She is currently a Visiting Research Professor at Stanford University, Associate Professor at University of Southern California, Los Angeles. and former Director of the MATRIX Program of Digital Media. Previously, she was Director of the Digital Media and Emerging Technologies Program in the Department of Film, Television and New Media, and has been Visiting Faculty at Mills College, San Francisco State University, and the University of California, Berkeley. During the past 10 years she has lectured extensively and taught a broad range of visual arts and media classes. During this period she was also active within the cultural, museum and gallery communities, acting as a Director, Curator and Cultural Producer. Robbin's curatorial projects are numerous and varied. They include film/video series, visual art exhibitions, performance and literary series and have traveled throughout the world. Her written works have appeared in a variety of publications ranging from Art Forum to Wired magazine. Her studio work and curatorial projects have been the recipient of numerous grants most notably from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Film Arts Foundation, the Long Beach Museum of Art, the Lannon Foundation, the Hewlett Foundation, the Andy Warhol Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, to name but a few. Robbins' curatorial practice is most recently embodied as a co-organizer of the USC/MIT bi-annual conference Race in Digital Space, October 2002 and as Executive Producer for the AIM Festival for Time-based Media. In the early to mid 1990's she served as Co-Director of New Langton Arts and directed the NEA's Regional Regranting Program for Artists Fellowships. She is also a principal of Jetztzeit, * a studio researching and developing projects and issues critical to the negotiation of visual culture and digital media practice.