Chris Basmajian
Since 2007
Works in San Francisco, California United States of America

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BIO
The work of video artist Chris Basmajian has been exhibited internationally in festivals, galleries, and cultural centers, including FILE 2009 Electronic Language International Festival, Ruth Cardoso Cultural Center, Sao Paulo, Brazil; International Forum Art Tech Media Córdoba in Córdoba, Spain; The Tank Space for Performing and Visual Arts in New York City; the Jyväskylä Art Museum in Jyväskylä, Finland; Orange County Center for Contemporary Art in Santa Ana, California; and the Foster Gallery at the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire.

Chris Basmajian was born in San Jose, California, in 1972. He received a M.F.A. from Maryland Institute College of Art, and a B.A. from George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
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EVENT

"I Need Some Space to Think" at the DCCA


Dates:
Fri May 06, 2011 10:00 - Sun Sep 04, 2011

Location:
Wilmington, Delaware
United States of America

Chris Basmajian is a new media artist who creates provocative
interactive sculptural works that utilize custom computer software and
proximity sensors to generate a dialogue about humanity’s elusive
search for knowledge and truth. For his exhibition at the DCCA, the
artist focuses on the subject of space as a site for a philosophical
discussion of vision, systems of knowledge, and information. He
specifically probes astrology, astronomy, and the media’s representation
of information to literally and metaphorically depict hindsight,
reality, superstition, and hubris through the medium of technology,
mirrors, and distorted screens. Basmajian also exploits photography and
video-projection as devices to re-frame our image of space, from the
psychological to the intergalactic. Rather than accepting received
wisdom—from zodiac readings to NASA’s space program—the artist draws
upon electronic and imagebased media to query the personal and cultural
motivation to interpret the stars or tame the “wild” universe. In a
larger sense, Basmajian allows us to visualize human folly from the
privileged perspective of the present, reminding us that truth is
subjective and perpetually shifting in time.
-Maiza Hixson, Gretchen Hupfel Curator of Contemporary Art


EVENT

Chris Basmajian at ArtHouse Gallery, San Francisco


Dates:
Thu Apr 16, 2009 00:00 - Fri Mar 27, 2009

CHRIS BASMAJIAN AT ARTHOUSE GALLERY, SAN FRANCISCO
“WORDS+MUSIC 2: TALES OF BETRAYAL AND REVENGE.”


The writing is on the wall, literally. It is also on the floor, in the air, and on the screen. The evidence reveals a plot to perpetrate upon the public new fiction, poetry, music, and interactive video artwork at ArtHouse Gallery’s upcoming event, “Words+Music 2: Tales of Betrayal and Revenge” on April 16, 2009.

Video artist Chris Basmajian is one of six artists and writers invited to participate in this multi-part series of collaborations. He will present interactive video installations that feature excerpts from new fiction works by Scott Hutchins and Adam Johnson. The installations combine the texts with images of viewers - in unexpected ways, making them part of the literary narrative. “My work explores the tensions between people, their image, and their self-image. I use processed real-time video of viewers as a basis for playful, humorous, and sometimes unsettling interactive experiences.”

Basmajian’s work has been exhibited in galleries and cultural centers in the United States, including the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art in Santa Ana, California; NYC Resistor in Brooklyn; the Foster Gallery at the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire; and the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. Chris Basmajian was born in San Jose, California, in 1972. He received an M.F.A. from Maryland Institute College of Art, and a B.A. from George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

Scott Hutchins’ fiction has appeared in StoryQuarterly, Esquire, and Five Chapters. He is the director of the Online Writer's Studio at Stanford and Editor-at-Large of The Rumpus. Adam Johnson is the author of the short-story collection Emporium and the novel Parasites Like Us. He won the California Book Award in 2003, and his work has appeared in Esquire, Harper's Magazine, Tin House and The Paris Review. Other participants in “Words+Music 2: Tales of Betrayal and Revenge” include the chamber group Classical Revolution, composer Minna Choi, and poet Silvi Alcivar.

“Words+Music 2: Tales of Betrayal and Revenge” will be held at 7:30 pm at ArtHouse Gallery, 1360 Mission Street, San Francisco.

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Press Contact:
Chris Basmajian
415-652-4668
chris@basmajian.net
http://basmajian.net