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Zoe Beloff

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Beloff
First Name: 
Zoe

Zoe Beloff is a moving image artist who works with a variety of cinematic imagery: film, stereoscopic projection performance, interactive media and installation. Her projects are philosophical toys, objects to think with. More and more she finds herself fascinated by phantoms, by images that, "are not there". She would like to think of herself as an heir to the 19th century mediums whose materialization séances conjured up unconscious desires, in the most theatrical fashion. Though lacking psychic abilities she confesses to relying on cinematic illusionism or one could say the cinematic "medium". Zoe's work has been exhibited internationally. Venues include: The Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum in New York, The New York Film Festival, Rotterdam Film festival, Pacific Film Archives and the Pompidou Center. http://www.zoebeloff.com Zoe Beloff grew up in Edinburgh, Scotland. She studied painting and Art History at Edinburgh University and College of Art. In 1980 she moved to New York where she received an MFA in Film from Columbia University. Her work has been exhibited internationally. Venues include: MoMA, The New York Film Festival, Rotterdam Film festival, Pacific Film Archives and the Pompidou Center. Zoe works with a variety of cinematic imagery: film, stereoscopic projection performance, and interactive media. Her projects are philosophical toys, objects to think with. More and more she finds herself fascinated by phantoms, by images that, "are not there". She would like to think of herself as an heir to the 19th century mediums whose materialization seances conjured up unconscious desires, in the most theatrical fashion. Though lacking psychic abilities she confesses to relying on cinematic illusionism or one could say the cinematic "medium". Zoe has also worked with artists from other disciplines. She collaborated with Composer John Cale on LIFE UNDERWATER which combined film, stereo slides and live music performance. She was invited by the Wooster Group theater company, to create the CD-ROM WHERE THERE THERE THERE WHERE, inspired by Gertrude Stein's play DOCTOR FAUSTUS LIGHTS THE LIGHTS. More recently she has been working with sound artist Ken Montgomery. Zoe presented A MECHANICAL MEDIUM, a projection performance inspired by Thomas Edison's search for an apparatus to communicate with the dead and SHADOW LAND OR LIGHT FROM THE OTHER SIDE, a stereoscopic film based on the life of the 19th century medium Elizabeth D'Espérance at the 2002 Whitney Museum Biennial. SHADOWLAND received a Finishing Funds award from the Experimental Television Center in 2000. BEYOND received an award in 1996, and CLAIR AND DON received a Finishing Funds award in 2002. Zoe teaches film and digital media at City College and the College of Staten Island in New York. Participated in the exhibition Meta-Forms: NYFA 2001 Computer Arts Fellows at Colgate University, March-April 2002. Also, organized and led Artists & Audiences Exchange event at Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, Buffalo, NY, February 2002.