Janice Tanaka

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Janice Tanaka began in the performing arts with the Allegro American Ballet Co.; studied music composition at the Conservatorio Internacionale de Musica; and performed in theaters, nightclubs and TV throughout the Americas. In '79 she built an analog computer for processing video. Her work as a visual artists is influenced by these early experiences, as evidenced in the rhythmic kinetic compression of her images and the content of her work which attempts to unravel the complexities of human nature, while examining the social implications of cultural dictums. Her work includes video, film and multichannel installations. Her national and international exhibitions include The Museum of Contemporary Art, The Geffen Museum, The Directors Guild and The American Film Institute in Los Angeles; The Museum of Modern Art, and The Whitney Museum of American Art, Biennial 91 & 93 in New York; The Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago; The London Regional Art & Historical Museum in England; El Centre de Cultura Contemporaria in Barcelona, Spain; The Science Museum in Hong Kong; Feministrische Kunst und Kultur in Germany; Maison De La Culture in France; Kroller Muller Museum in Holland; Finnish National Gallery in Finland; El Museo De Arte Modern in Lisboa, Portugal; Festival de Video de Navarro in Spain; The World Wide Video Festival in the Hague; Bonn Videonale International in Germany; and the European Media Arts Festival in Osnabruck, Germany. Broadcasts include POV on CPB, The Learning Channel and New Television. Awards include The American Film Institute Media Award, The National Endowment for the Arts Media Award, The Corporation for Public Broadcasting and Public Broadcasting Systems Media Awards, The Rockefeller Foundation Intercultural Media Award and The Columbus International Film and Video Award. Her work is included in the permanent collections of The Kroller Muller Museum in Holland; Carnegie Museum of Art in Pennsylvania; Long Beach Museum of Art in California; The Japanese American National Museum in California; The Institute of Kino Engineers in St. Petersburg, Russia; The Australian National Library; The New York Public Library; USC; UCLA; NYU; and the University of Chicago. From 1994-1997 she was a software developer designing CD-ROM games. She was an Artist in Residence from 1997-1998 at Sony Electronics Inc. Written publications include Resolutions, Contemporary Video Practices, Pub. Univ. of Minneapolis Press 1996; Felix, Post Literate, Vol. 1 No. 3 Fall 1993; and Re-Mapping the Culture, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, April 1992. She has been on a variety of panels including the NEA, Rockefeller Foundation and PBS. Her work is distributed by The Video Data Bank in Chicago, Electronic Arts Intermix in New York, Woman in the Directors Chair in New York, National Asian American Telecommunication Association in California, and V Tape in Canada. http://www.janicetanaka.com/ Distribution Women Make Movies Video Databank Electronic Arts Intermix V Tape NAATA