Burns and Martin began their collaborations in the video and sculpture programs at the School of Art and Design at Alfred University where they both received their B.F.A.s. Burns was born in 1968 and received his M.F.A. in video and performance from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1993. Martin was born in 1969 and received his M.F.A. in video and sculpture from The University of California, San Diego in 2000. Burns creates videotapes, photographs, and installations exploring fictions that include zombie and afterlife relationships, experimental space programs, fictional medical practices, psychic slapstick/splatstick. Martin creates sculpture, print, performance and video works that examine various relationships the body has to urban architectures, landscapes, interactive technologies, and physiological and psychological testing procedures.
Together, Burns and Martin have based their single channel videotapes and current installation works on their research into diverse speculative fictions and reimagined educational practices. Their collaborations have exhibited at venues including The New York Video Festival, Cinematexas International Short Film Festival, Pacific Film Archive, The Madrid Museum of Contemporary Art, Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art, Champ Libre in Montreal, Space 101 in Brooklyn, and the Paris/Berlin International. In 2002, they premiered their first media tactility kit at Eyebeam in NYC. Besides their collaborative endeavors, both artists have also exhibited their solo works nationally and internationally. Burns work has been included in screenings and exhibitions at the The Whitney Museum of American Art, The New York Video Festival, Impakt Festival in the Netherlands, The European Media Arts Festival in Germany and premiered his single channel video "Exchange program: Galactica/Lifespace" at the Museum of Modern Art, NY. Martin has exhibited his installations at venues including The Kitchen and WRO Media Arts Biennale in Poland. His videos and performances have been screened and performed at festivals and museums including the DIA Center for the Arts, Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Arts, The European Media Art Festival and Anthology Film Archive.