My artistic practice is a blundering convergence of text, video, and still imagery. Often via appropriation and obsessive repetition, my work addresses ideas around ‘the other’, human/non-human relations, and concepts of boundary and transgression through the lens of history, religion, sci-fi, and popular culture. My work rarely offers resolutions, but rather stages propositions, presents multifarious perspectives, and isolates small gestures to foster contemplation.
I have screened at video festivals internationally, such as European Media Arts Festival (Germany, 2014 & 2017 + We, The Enemy touring program), Athens Video Art Festival (Greece, 2014 & 2017), Experiments in Cinema (USA), Antimatter [Media Art] Festival (Canada, 2016 & 2017), Festival Les Instants Vidéo (France, 2014 & 2015), Video Babel Festival (Peru), Jornadas de Reapropiación (Mexico), & Festival de Cine Experimental de Bogotá (Colombia, Internacional: Mujeres, Subversión en la imagen experimental en movimiento (Women and Subversion in Experimental Film touring program), & Seattle Transmedia & Independent Film Festival (USA), and have exhibited at artist-run centers in Canada, such as Harcourt House, Latitude 53, Stride Gallery, and Artspace. I hold a Masters of Fine Art from the University of Western Ontario and a BFA Honors from the University of Alberta, and am currently a permanent faculty instructor at the Yukon School of Visual Art in 4-D: Introduction to Time-Based Media and Visual Culture Studies (Fall Semester). I am the founder and producer of Cold Cuts Video Festival, and currently live and work between Dawson City, Yukon, and more southerly locations.
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Nicole Rayburn 2017