Marc Lafia
  • About
  • Biography
  • Exhibitions
  • Artworks
    • Photography
    • Print
    • New Media
  • Marc Lafia
  • Birthdate: 1955
    Birthplace: United States |
    Gender: Male
    About:
    Marc Lafia was born in 1955 in the United States. He is an artist, filmmaker, photographer, curator, educator, essayist and information architect. His recent solo exhibition, Eternal Sunshine at The Min- sheng Art Museum, Shanghai, 2012 critiques this new cultural order as an ecstatic artifice.

    Marc’s varied works include, ‘This Battle of Algiers’ a commissioned work from The Tate Modern and The Whitney Museum of American Art, ‘The Memex Engine, or Lara Croft Striped Bare by her Assassins Even’ exhibited at The Walker Art Center and Georges Pompidou, ‘Ambient Machines’ which premiered at the Rotterdam Film Festival and the SFMoMA and ‘Variable Montage’ exhibited at the Beijing Art Academy.

    His many films, including ‘Exploding Oedipus’, ‘Love & Art’, ‘Confessions of an Image’, ‘Revolution of Everyday Life’,‘Paradise’ and ‘Hi How Are You Guest 10497’ have been exhibited in seminal exhibitions including ‘Net Condition’, ‘FutureCine- ma’ at the ZKM, Germany, the ICC Tokyo, Node-L, The Canary Islands Biennale for Architecture 2007 and other international museums, art centers and Festivals including Anthology Film Archives, Rotterdam, SFIFF.
  • Biography
  • Screenings and Exhibitions:
    2013 
    “Revolution of the Present”, New School, Center for Transformative Media
    “Revolution of the Present”, Columbia University, Graduate School of Architecture
    “You’re Not a Fish - How Do You Know What Fish Like”, Shanghai World Financial Center, Mori Museum, Shanghai
    “LAOWAI, Allegorist – Antagonist”, BANK, Shanghai
    “The Unbounded Wo(r)ld”, Artist Books of Marc Lafia, Wu Jin Bookstore, Beijing
     
    2012 
    “Just what is it about the end of the World that makes it so Appealing?”, V-Art Center, Shanghai “Cont.Text: The Tumblr Room”, Martial Vivot, New York
    “Trans-Media Art and Fashion Exhibition”, Shanghai Sculpture Space
     
    2011 
    “Eternal Sunshine”, Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai “dAFT”, Shanghai Gallery of Art
    “How are you Guest 10497”, Salon 191
     
    2010 
    “This Modern World, Art as Billboard”, Shanghai World Expo “Revolution of Everyday Life”, 17 Frost Art and Performance Space
     
    2007 
    “Oldham Ahead”, First Biennale de Canarias of Architecture, Art and Landscape, Canary Islands, Spain 
     
    2006 
    “Battle of Algiers” (commission), Whitney Museum of Art, New York; Tate Modern, London
    “Variable”, Nodel Festival, London “Computations”, Sonar Festival, Barcelona “Media Miniatures”, Pratt Museum, New York
     
    2005 
    “New Data”, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York
    “New Media - Early works of Marc Lafia”, The Chinese Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China
     
    2004 
    “New Montage”, Millenaris Park, Budapest/New York/Tokyo 2003 Variable Montage, ICC Tokyo
    “Ambient Machines”, Nano Festival v.01, Rotterdam
    “Sing to Me and Tell Me Your Story Linz”, OK Center for Contemporary Art, Austria “Ambient Machines”, Machinsta, Moscow,Russia
    “Ambient Machines”, Chiangmai Media Arts Festival, Thailand
    “Ambient Machines”, Le-Musee-Divisioniste Mediacentre, Paris
     
    2002 
    “Future Cinema”, ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany
    “Sing to Me and Tell Me Your Story”, Digital Art Lab in Israel’s Video Biennale, Holon, Israel
     
    2001 
    “Exploding Oedipus”, Mill Valley Film Festival, Mill Valley, CA
    “Exploding Oedipus”, Seattle International Film Festival’s New American Cinema “Metabolic House”, Flash Forward, Flash Film Festival, New York
    “Ambient Architecture”, Atlantic Center for the Arts, Site Specific Installation “History and Disappearance”, SOMARTS Cultural Center
     
    2000 
    “Let’s Entertain”, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; Portland Art Museum, Oregon Le Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris
    Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City
     
    1999 
    Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie (ZKM), MemexEngine, Karlsruhe, Germany
     
    Awards and Grants:
    2009 
    Annenberg Grant for Mister ArtSee, New York
     
    2004 
    Harvestworks, NYSCA Grant, New York
     
    2003 
    Machinista: AI Art Machine as Artist’s Co-Author, Distinctive Merit, Russia
     
    2003 
    Flash Forward, Flash Film Festival, New York, Silver
     
    2002 
    Atlantic Center for the Arts, Residency with documentary filmmaker Alan Berliner 2001 New York Art Directors 80th
    Annual Club Award, Distinctive Merit Medal
    Arts Council Grant, New York
     
    2000 
    I.D. Magazine Silver Medal for Interactive Media
    Communication Arts Gold Medal, Informational Design
    ASCI Net Award
    South by Southwest (SXSW) Best of Show and Best Cultural Experience
     
    1999 
    Yahoo’s Project Cool and Best Site of the Year
    New York Art Directors 79th Annual Club Award Silver Medal
     
    Conferences, Talks and Publications:
    2010 
    17 Frost Art and Performance Space, New Narrative Film, Brooklyn, NY Anthology Film Archives, The New Independence in Film, New York Norwood Club, Making Paradise, New York
     
    2006 
    Futurebrand, The Genius Lunch, The Cinema Engine and Computational Media, New York New School, Post-Linear Lab, Narrative Structures, New York
     
    2004 
    Montevideo Time Based Institute, Computational Media, Amsterdam, Netherlands New York Film Academy, Working with Actors, On Exploding Oedipus, New York Cal Arts, The Integrated Media Program, Hybrids, Los Angeles, CA
    Israeli Center for Digital Art, New Documentaries and Installation, Holon, Israel Harvestworks, Indeterminate Time, New York
     
    2003 
    School of Visual Arts, The Event of Time, New York
    Institute of Contemporary Arts, Allegories and Algorithm’, London, England
    Cal Arts, Shapes and Volumes, Wiki for Viralnet, Los Angeles, CA
    Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Computation and the Moving Image, New York
     
    2002 
    Eyebeam, ‘The (Re)Structured Screen: Conversations On The New Moving Image, New York Nettime.org, In Search of a Poetics of the Spatialziation of the Moving Image Nettime.org, Spectra, and Rhizome.org, Documenta 11 Art and the Figuration of Histories American Book Review, Review of Stephen Wilson’s book Information Arts
     
    2001
    SXSW, Networked Synaesthesia: A Tele-Metabolic Fold, Austin, TX
     
    2000 
    SFMOMA, The Artwork in the Age of Online Communication, San Francisco, CA
    SF International Art Fair, The Event of Art, San Francisco, CA
    Millenial Digest’s Millenium Museum Issue, Museum as Interface
    Artforum, The Pleasure of the Web: The Art of Active Montage
    Walker Art Center, Hyperdiction, The Artist Entertainment Network, Minneapolis
     
    1997 
    George Hara Cultural Alliance, The Internet and Cultural Identity, Tokyo, Japan Zakros Arts, The Telematic Manifesto
  • Exhibitions
    • PHOTOFAIRS SHANGHAI
      Sep 8, 2016 - Sep 11, 2016
      Artists: Chen Zhe, Daido Moriyama, Marc Lafia, Robert Mapplethorpe
      • Art Fairs
    • The Body Poetic
      Jul 10, 2015 - Aug 30, 2015
      Artists: Fang Lu, Fang Wei, Fu Jingian, Jean-Christian Bourcart, Jin Feng, Jin Shan, Marc Lafia, umafang, Wang Jiaxue
      • Group Exhibitions
    • Ground Floor Up
      Jan 24, 2014 - Mar 15, 2014
      Artists: Chen Tianzhuo, Kendell Geers, Ma Daha, Marc Lafia, Martin Murphy, Monika Bravo, Wang Jiaxue, Yao Shu‘an
      • Group Exhibitions
    • DYSTOPIA AND ITS CONTENT(MENT)S – 3 Solo Projects
      Dec 14, 2013 - Feb 16, 2014
      Opening: Dec 14, 2013 15:00 Saturday
      Artists: Geng Yini, Ma Daha, Marc Lafia
      • Solo Exhibitions
    • LAOWAI, Allegorist - Antagonist
      Jul 9, 2013 - Jul 13, 2013
      Artists: Alexander Brandt, Casper Stracke, David Kelley, Girolamo Marri, Heidi Voet, Isaac Julien, Marc Lafia, MATHIEU BORYSEVICZ, MAYA KRAMER, Patty Chang, Rainer Ganahl
      • Group Exhibitions
  • Artworks
    • I’ll Be Your Whor | Marc Lafia

      Photography | 110 × 127 cm | 2011

    • I love you. Don’t lie. | Marc Lafia

      Photography | C-print | 78.8 × 127 cm | 2013

    • 25067 | Marc Lafia

      Photography, Print | C-print | 90.87 × 127 cm | 2013

    • I want you to be happy but I want to be the reason | Marc Lafia

      Print, New Media | C-print | 127 × 94.04 cm | 2013

    • Man on Fire | Marc Lafia

      Photography | C-print | 118.39 × 127 cm | 2013

    • Shanghai Class of 2012 – Photography Workshop | Marc Lafia

      Print | Wallpaper Print | 635 × 320 cm | 2012

    • Jean-Auguste-Dominique-Ingres Uncovering Small Bather, Interior, 1828 | Marc Lafia

      Photography | Digital print | 101.6 × 74.7 cm | 2015