Christiane Robbins

Member Since January 1, 1996

Christiane Robbins is a cross-disciplinary artist/media maker, curator/programmer and scholar working at the intersection of the studio practice, digital media and critical theory components of Media and Visual Arts production. Robbins' studio practice focuses primarily on digital media imaging and database aesthetics, video, and installation. Much of her studio practice and scholarly interests revolve around issues of media analysis, identity and displacement through an examination of the way in which concepts and perceptions of reception, inscription, spectacle, memory, space/place, and time shape the articulation of subjectivities. Robbin's artistic practice has been internationally recognized in exhibitions such as Image World at the Whitney Museum of Art, New York, NY, the Berlin Film Festival, the American Film Institute's National Video Festival, the International Film and Video Festival-Budapest, Women in the Director's Chair, the Rotterdam Film Festival, the Vigo International Film Festival and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Her work is included in the permanent collections of the Stedlijck Museum, Amsterdam, Museum of Modern Art, NY, the Kitchen, NY, the Banff Centre for the Arts, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Honolulu, the Oakland, Museum, the Long Beach Museum of Art, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the California Institute of the Arts, among many public, private and corporate collections, as well as having been the recipient of numerous awards and grants, including the esteemed 2002-03 C.O.L.A. Individual Artist Fellowship Award.Robbin's artistic projects more over extend beyond the purely aesthetic, the Fine Art system or the entertainment industry realms. Rather, they have served as catalysts of social movement and transcultural understanding throughout their creation, production and reception. With these priorities in mind, Robbins has worked on a number of collaborative projects. In 1990/1 she was a co-director of one of the first international cultural projects to appear on the Internet "On-Line Against Aids ". This internationally acclaimed project was an all encompassing ( visual art, installation, performance, and media/technology ) site-specific project which offered alternative cultural and health perspectives to the Sixth International Conference on AIDS. Not only was this project located on the Net - Robbins also directed, curated and collaborated on a number of exhibitions, public installations, broadcasts and performances throughout the SF Bay Area, including Diamanda Galas's searing performance at Capp Street Project. Robbins received her MFA from the California Institute of the Arts in 1989. Her curatorial/programming practice is currently embodied by her position as a co-organizer of the USC / MIT bi-annual conference Race in Digital Space, October, 2002, and as Executive Producer for the AIM Festival. She is also a principal of Jetztzeit, a studio researching and developing projects and issues critical to the intersection and negotiation of visual culture, digital media and video practice. She is Associate Professor at University of Southern California, Los Angeles.She has worked with many artists during the past ten years including Bill Viola on his feature length video " I do not know what it is that I am." She began her work in video through her collaboration with Max Almy on the internationally recognized videos " Perfect Leader ", 1983 and " Leaving the Twentieth Century ", 1981/82 and installation " Deadline ", 1981.