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Learning Stalls: Lesson Plans (2002)
Mixed media sculptural kit with touch screen (DVD palettes, organics, resin, computer, software); two single channel DVDs on plasma screen
Burns and Martin prepared time-lined lesson modules as the first exhibition stage of their reimagined education program, Learning Stalls. Psychological and physiological inquiry, psychic surgery and physical therapy are presented in a trans-disciplinary curriculum choreographed by other-worldly beings.
Burns and Martin began their collaborations in the video and sculpture programs at the School of Art and Design at Alfred University. Burns was born in 1968 and received his B.F.A. from the School of Art & Design at Alfred University in 1990 and an M.F.A. in video & performance from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1993. Martin was born in 1969 and received his B.F.A. from the School of Art & Design at Alfred University in 1992 and an M.F.A. from The University of California, San Diego in 2000. Burns creates videotapes, photographs, and installations exploring fictions that include zombie and afterlife relationships, experimental space programs, fictional medical practices, physical and psychic slapstick. Martin creates sculpture, print, performance and video works that examine various relationships the body has to urban architectures, landscapes, interactive technologies, and physiological and psychological testing procedures.
Together, Burns and Martin have based their single channel videotapes and current sculptural works on their research into diverse speculative fictions and reimagined educational practices. Their tapes have shown at venues including The New York Video Festival, Pacific Film Archive, Madrid Museum of Contemporary Art, Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art, Champ Libre, MOOV 2002 Festival and the Paris/Berlin International. They have also exhibited extensively as solo artists. Burns has had work shown at the The Whitney Museum of American Art, The New York video festival, Jaraf: video, Impakt festival in the Netherlands,The European Media Arts Festival in Germany and at the Museum of Modern Art, NY.
Martin has exhibited his installations at venues including The Kitchen and WRO Media Arts Biennale in Poland. His videos and performances have been screened and performed at festivals and museums including the DIA Center for the Arts, Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Arts, The European Media Art Festival and Anthology Film Archive.