Barbara Lattanzi


Still from "A Teakettle's Thermal Beings", a new work in progress created during Barbara's SC residency

Barbara Lattanzi works at the intersections of cinematic form and digital networks through her creation and application of innovative works of software. "Idiomorphic software" (as she terms this computational form) involves questions of performativity, that is, performativity as an emergent property of multiple systems that are bound together through the catalyst of code. Her work includes software for live video improvisation ("Unwriting"), software that re-mediates iconic structuralist films of the early 1970s ("HF Critical Mass", "EG Serene"), software that re-examines the sing-along genre as annotation and ideology critique ("C-SPAN Karaoke"), software that combines perceptual experimentation with extended-duration structures for the moving image ("Optical De-dramatization Engine").  Barbara Lattanzi's films and videos have been screened at venues such as the Ann Arbor Film Festival, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the Museum of Modern Art, the Robert Beck Memorial Cinema in New York City. Her experimental software, "C-SPAN Karaoke", received an Honorary Mention at Transmediale, the Berlin-based international media art festival. Her interactive media works have been exhibited internationally as well as online through such venues as Turbulence,, and Rhizome. She has presented workshops on her idiomorphic software at the New Media Workshop of the University of Chicago and at University of Southern California Annenberg School of Communication. Writings on the work of Barbara Lattanzi have appeared in books, magazines, and online including Millenium Film Journal, Neural Magazine, BoingBoing, Internet Art, Springerin Magazine, New Digital Cinema, among others. She has received grants from the New York State Council on the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Experimental Television Center. Barbara Lattanzi resides in Alfred, New York, where she is Associate Professor at the School of Art and Design of the New York State College of Ceramics, Alfred University.



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