Daria Martin Lecture
Graduate Studies Lecture Series
Thursday, February 21, 7 pm
California College of the Arts
Timken Lecture Hall
San Francisco campus
1111 Eighth Street
San Francisco, CA 94107-2247
Free and Open to the Public
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"I came to the medium of film because of its open potential," writes Daria Martin, "its invitation to travel through time and space within an imagined world." She calls her work a cinematic expression of the aesthetic impulses manifested in Joseph Cornell's shadow boxes; her films assemble memories, reveries, scholarly research, and imported citations into fragmented totalities. She values the contradictions of the medium of film, in particular the tension between the private fantasy it stimulates and the public physicality on which it depends.
History and Filmography (Excerpt From Film London)
Man and Mask by Daria Martin - one of the short films commissioned as part of the A Movie project
Martin was born in 1973 in San Francisco, California. She now lives and works in London. Following a degree in Humanities at Yale (1995) Martin attended UCLA in Los Angeles.
Her first film In The Palace (2000) was directly inspired by the Giacometti sculpture 'The Palace at 4am', and forms the first part of a trilogy which also includes Birds (2001) and Closeup Gallery (2003), the latter completed during her residency at Delfina Studio Trust, London. Her most recent film Soft Materials (2004), commissioned by the Showroom Gallery, was shot in the Artificial Intelligence Lab at the University of Zurich where scientist's research 'embodied artificial intelligence'.
She has exhibited at Hotel, London, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York and Kunsthalle, Zurich. Her work has been included in '100 Artists See God', ICA, The Moderns, Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art, Turin, and Art Now Lightbox, Tate Britain. She is currently making a film about the Olympic sport Pentathlon, entitled Modern Pentathlon and was recently been nominated for Becks Futures 2005.
Still image of HarpString from DariaMartin.com