Black Iris presents a night of 16mm film and electronic music with NYC-based filmmaker Fern Silva and Baltimore-based electronic musician Bonnie Jones on May 11th in the gallery.
About the Artists: Fern Silva (b. 1982, USA/Portugal) uses moving image to produce a sonic and cinematographic language for the hybrid mythologies of globalism. His films consider methods of narrative, ethnographic, and documentary filmmaking as the starting point for structural experimentation. He has created a body of film, video, and projection work that has been screened and performed at various festivals, galleries, museums and cinematheques including the Media City, Toronto, Berlin, Locarno, Rotterdam, New York, London, Edinburgh, and Hong Kong International Film Festivals, Anthology Film Archive, Gene Siskel Film Center, Cinemateca Boliviana, Museum of Art Lima, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Museum of Modern Art P.S.1, and Cinema du Reel at the Centre Georges Pompidou. He has curated film screenings at venues including the Nightingale Cinema, Gallery 400, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. He was listed as one of the Top 25 Filmmakers for the 21st Century in Film Comment Magazine’s Avant-Garde Filmmakers Poll, is the recipient of the Gus Van Sant Award from the 49th Ann Arbor Film Festival as well as grand prizes from the 2015 Curtas Belo Horizonte and 25FPS Film Festivals. He studied art and cinema at the Massachusetts College of Art and Bard College. He teaches moving image at Bennington College and is based in Brooklyn, NY. http://www.fernsilva.com/
Bonnie Jones is a Korean-American writer, improvising musician, and performer working primarily with electronic music and text. Born in 1977 in South Korea she was raised on a dairy farm in New Jersey, and currently resides in Baltimore, Maryland. Bonnie creates improvised and composed text-sound performances that explore the fluidity and function of electronic noise (field recordings, circuit bending) and text (poetry, found, spoken, visual). She is interested in how people perceive, “read” and interact with these sounds and texts given our current technological moment. Bonnie has received commissions from the London ICA and has presented her work in the US, Europe, and Asia and collaborates frequently with writers and musicians. She received her MFA at the Milton Avery School of the Arts at Bard College. http://www.bonniejones.wordpress.com/