Marina Zurkow

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Marina Zurkow is a multidisciplinary artist who works with character, icon, and narrative in several forms: animated works, interactive installations, and material objects. In 2004, Zurkow completed a seven channel, multi-linear animated installation, "Nicking the Never," which was presented as a work-in-progress at The Kitchen in New York, and premiered at FACT in the U.K. in 2004. Other recent projects include the award-winning animated episodic "Braingirl," that chronicles a mutant-cute girl who wears her insides on the outside; "PDPal," a mapping application/ installation for screen, web and mobile devices that allows a user to "write her own city," in collaboration with architect Scott Paterson and technologist Julian Bleecker; and "Pussy Weevil, or How I Learned to Love the War," a vile, interactive, animated persona. Zurkow's icons and characters have been incorporated into diverse projects, from animated films to hotel design, lightboxes and clothing. Zurkow's work has been exhibited at the Sundance Film Festival, the Rotterdam Film Festival, Ars Electronica, the Walker Art Center, the Brooklyn Museum, SFMoMA, Eyebeam Atelier, Totem Design and bitforms gallery, and broadcast on MTV and PBS. Zurkow was a 2003 Rockefeller New Media Fellow, and received grants in 2001-2002 from Creative Capital Foundation, the Jerome Foundation and the Walker Art Center. She is an adjunct professor at Parsons School of Design in the MFA Design & Technology Department and at NYU's Interactive Technology Program. She received a 2007 Finishing Funds award from the Experimental Television Center.