I THINK WE’RE READY TO GO TO THE NEXT SEQUENCE: THE LEGACY OF HALFLIFERS

HALFLIFERS (Torsten Zenas Burns and Anthony Discenza)

Artist Biography 

Hl 225x225HALFLIFERS is an ongoing collaborative project created by longtime friends and fellow media artists Torsten Zenas Burns (born 1968) and Anthony M. Discenza (born 1967). Working primarily in video, HALFLIFERS employs a lo-fi, improvisational strategy to investigate issues of anxiety and loss of identity in the technologic age. Drawing upon such elements as cartoons, play therapy, speculative fiction, and the local hardware megastore, HALFLIFERS constructs an absurd, color-saturated alternate. HALFLIFERS projects have been presented at venues around the world, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; DiRosa / Gatehouse Gallery, Napa, CA; Smack Mellon Gallery, New York; the Berkeley Art Museum; the New York Video Festival; the Chicago Underground Film Festival; Video_Dumbo, New York; CinemaTexas; the Dallas Video Festival; the Impakt Festival, the Netherlands; the European Media Arts Festival, Germany; Pandaemonium Festival, London; Microwave Festival, Hong Kong; and many others. Their work was recently included in the book Radical Light: Alternative Film and Video in the San Francisco Bay Area, 1945-2000. In 2011, HALFLIFERS released a two-disc compilation that gathers together for the first time all of the collaborative’s single-channel work produced between 1992 and 2010, and features rarely-seen documentation of several large scale media installations. HALFLIFERS is distibruted by Video Data Bank, Chicago.