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Darrin Martin is an artist and educator. Through video, sculpture and multi-channel installation, Martin engages the overlaps of personal and collective memories and the synesthetic qualities of perception as ways to examine the limits of certainty. Influenced by his own experiences with hearing loss and working with a critical disability studies group, his current projects have been considering notions of accessibility through the use of tactility, sonic analogies, and audio descriptions.
His videos have screened internationally at festivals and museums, including the Museum of Modern Art, Pacific Film Archives, Impakt Festival, European Media Art Festival, and in 2009 he toured a program of works to over a dozen cities in the United States. His installations have exhibited at venues including The Kitchen in New York. Krowswork Gallery in Oakland, and the Center for Contemporary Art in Sacramento. He is preparing for a February 2015 solo exhibition at Aggregate Space in Oakland, CA.
Martin frequently collaborates with artist Torsten Zenas Burns, building diverse speculative fictions around re-imagined educational practices. Their works have been included in screenings and exhibitions in venues including The Oberhausen Short Film Festival, The Paris/Berlin International, Eyebeam, and the Dumbo Arts Center in Brooklyn. They are presently preparing for a Fall 2014 exhibition at the Fosdick-Nelson Gallery at Alfred University.
Martin occasionally curates video screenings. Most recently, an exhibition of works by 18 artists for Vanity Projects in New York City titled “Tooth and Nail.” He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Art and Art History at University of California, Davis. He lives in San Francisco, CA.
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