Torsten Zenas Burns

2014BURNS_PORTRAITTorsten Zenas Burns is an artist and media arts educator living in Holyoke, Massachusetts. Since 2007 he has been curating exhibitions, video screenings, magazine projects and performance art events for PARSONS HALL PROJECT SPACE based in Western Mass. He received his BFA in video art in 1990 from the New York State College of Art & Design at Alfred University, and his MFA in New Genres: video and performance art from The San Francisco Art Institute in 1993. He has created & curated video, photo and installation projects exploring speculative content, including re-imagined educational practices, experimental space programs, zombie / afterlife relationships, post-human fictions, and improvisational choreographies. Other long term projects include collaborations with Darrin Martin and Anthony Discenza (under the name HALFLIFERS). Burns’ selected video work is distributed by Vtape, Video Data Bank, LUX and EAI.

Over the past twenty years Burns has participated in over eleven residency programs including Headlands Center for the Arts, Experimental Television Center, L.M.C.C. World Views Studio Program, Smackmellon, Eyebeam and Signal Culture.

Burns has had video work screened at the Museum of Modern Art’s Video Viewpoints, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Pacific Film Archive, SF Camera Works, Dumbo Arts Center, Video_Dumbo, Aurora Picture Show, Migrating Forms, Krowswork Gallery, The Chicago Underground Film Festival, The European Media Arts Festival, The Impakt Festival, The Melbourne International Film Festival, The Oberhausen Short Film Festival, The Busan International Video Festival, and The Stuttgarter Filmwinter: Festival for Expanded Media. In 2013 he produced and curated a magazine & video performance screening called The Uncanny Pioneer Valley at PARSONS HALL PROJECT SPACE. In 2013 Burns & Discenza as HALFLIFERS co-curated a group exhibition and performance series called: I think we’re ready to go to the next sequence: the legacy of HALFLIFERS at Gallery 400, Chicago, IL. In 2014, his latest videotape FAMILIARS will screen at the Chicago Underground Film Festival.