Leslie Raymond and Jason Stevens

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Leslie Raymond is a video artist living in San Antonio, Texas. Her solo and collaborative films and videos have been presented at festivals including the 50th Sydney Film Festival (Australia) dLux Media Arts "Future Perfect" screening, the Lausanne Underground Film & Video Festival (Switzerland), Loop Barcelona (Spain), and the Museo de Arte Contemprareano (Argentina) in which her work was awarded first place in video installation. As vjFutureWorkerGirl, Raymond has mixed video live with experimental musicians and DJs at festivals and venues including the Ann Arbor Film Festival, Chicago Underground Film Festival, 21 Grand (Oakland), the Detroit Electronic Music Festival, and the Soap Factory (Minneapolis). Potter-Belmar Labs is Leslie Raymond and Jason Jay Stevens, collaborating artists since 1999, with internationally exhibited, prize-winning work, in live cinema performance, single-channel video, and installation art. Their latest short, Double Thunder, won Honorable Mention at its debut at the 2009 Fargo Film Festival. Potter-Belmar Labs specializes in audience-participatory, multimedia spectacles and curiosities. Their work offers means of interaction, like unique switches, sounds and peepholes, and their live cinema performances often involve direct audience participation. Leslie Raymond produces work in expanded cinema forms including sculpture, installation, site-specific and public art. She also performs as vjFutureWorkerGirl alongside DJs and sound artists, teaches video and digital media at the University of Texas at San Antonio, and organizes exhibitions and events of new media art. In addition to his work as a laptop-based composer and performer, and sound artist, Jason Jay Stevens designs and fabricates museum exhibitions for science and art museums. Born in Saint Paul and raised in Detroit, Raymond received her BFA in film and video from Rhode Island School of Design in 1990, and an MFA from the University of Michigan School of Art & Design in 1999. She currently teaches at The University of Texas at San Antonio where she started the New Media Studio Program in the Department of Art & Art History.