Ian Winters

Credits: still from summer winter spring. Summer.

His work spans traditional video along with extensive collaborations with composers, directors, and choreographers to create staged and open-ended media environments through performance, visual and acoustic media.

As an artist working in a complex relationship with technologu -- I strive to make technology (and all artistic means are technological) to be fundamentally a tool for exploration rather than a means in itself.  Even when the conceptual or political material may be complex - such as explorations of memory & series; temporality, scale and physical sites; exploration of the complex social relationship of urban space and the landscape; and the intersections of live performance, the social and technology - I see the emerging role of art and technology as one that expand our understanding of the world in ways not otherwise possible.

Recent awards include a Creative Work Fund grant for the Watershed project, 2014 and 2015 Isadora Duncan Award for visual and video design, a 2016 Master Artist residency at Atlantic Center for the Arts along with residencies at EMPAC, Djerassi, Sussex University, and Earthdance; Rainin and Zellerbach foundation funding,  2013 and 2014 ISEA panelist on sensor driven and network performance, Leonardo LASER presentations, 2012 & 2014 LAD awards for video design, and 2012-3 Isadora Duncan Award nominations for best visual design.  In addition he is a visiting research fellow at the University of Sussex Digital Humanities Lab, and has been a visiting artist / conference presenter in  media & performance at many institutions including USF, SF State, MIT, Mass Art, LSU, Roehampton, Brighton, Amherst, Duke, Sussex & Brunel.

Winters received a BFA in photography, video/film and performance at SMFA-Boston and Tufts University, and post-graduate training in architecture and live performance and is also the co-curator of Oakland's MilkBar with Mary Armentrout.

Recent collaborators and media projects include projects with Myra Melford, Chitresh Das Dance, Netia Jones, Francis Ford Coppola (designing the custom Isadora playback system for Twixt), Robert Moses Kin, ODC Dance, Alice Arts, Pamela Z, Evelyn Ficarra, paige starling sorvillo,/blindsight, Sara Kraft, Mary Armentrout Dance Theater, Shadowlight Puppet Theater, Makrokosma Bali, and others. Recent work screenings, performances and video / media design projects  include venues such as Zero1 Gallery, London City University, the Port of Oakland, The Luggage Store, Sergei Kuryokhin Modern Art Center, Moscow Conservatory Electro-acoustic Center, I-Park Artist's Enclave, Journées de l'électroacoustique, Paris, YBCA, ODC, Z-Space/Theater Artaud, The Asian Art Museum SF, The Kitchen, POTO Arts Festival, EMPAC, MIT New Media Center, Mass art, London Cutting Edge Festival, Oxford & Corsham music festivals, Moving Baltic Sea Festival and OPEN Cinema Festival in St. Petersburg, CounterPULSE, CNMAT, Highways, The Parkway Theaters, Hertz Hall at UC Berkeley, LA Freewaves festival, 21 Grand, Dance Mission and more. www.ianwinters.com

Awards & Recognitions

  • Creative Work Fund
  • Djerassi Resident Artist Program
  • Djerassi Alumni Workshop Faculty 2014-2017
  • Atlantic Center For the Arts Master Artist in Residence 2016
  • Isadora Duncan Award for Visual Design
  • Rainin Foundation
  • Visiting Research Fellow, Sussex University Digital Humanities Lab 2018-2019