Janene Higgins

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Janene Higgins' videos and digital media have been described as "abstract narratives: undefinable journeys filled with sudden layerings and allurings." Her videos began as a direct offshoot of her graphic design, incorporating collage, text, and image-layering into a time-based artform. Long a fan of the computer and all its possibilities, she was introduced to video via Quicktime movies. Her work today is generated from a combination of analog and digital methods. Higgins has directed numerous short videos and several installations; in the realm of live video performance, she has collaborated with many of New York's preeminent composers and improvisors of new music, including duo performances with Elliott Sharp, Ikue Mori, Mari Kimura, Alan Licht, Nurit Tilles, Aki Onda, Okkyung Lee, and Zeena Parkins. Her work has been performed and exhibited at The New York Video Festival at Lincoln Center; Documenta in Kassel, Germany; Museum of Contemporary Art, Lyon; City of Women festival, Slovenia; The Chelsea Art Museum, NYC; MAD '03 in Madrid; Art Institute of Chicago; Experimenta Festival in Buenos Aires; The Hamburg Short Film Festival; and at The Impakt Festival in The Netherlands. She has given workshops on her approach to video performance at A.I.R. gallery, NYC ("Women/Talk/Art/Technology" series), the Watson Festival at Carnegie Mellon University, and the Chelsea Art Museum ("Introductions" series, presented by the Electronic Music Foundation). After numerous residencies at The Experimental Television Center, she was a recipient of their Electronic Arts Grant.