Moving Image Studio

Isaac Julien: Baltimore

The Moving Image studio was dedicated to supporting creative practitioners who innovate with sound, moving image and software tools to generate new ways of perceiving. The studio commissioned new work and provided a range of computer programming, sound and moving image resources, including hardware, software and technical expertise,to support artists’ projects. Artists participated through a variety of programs, such as studio fellowships and residencies for emerging artists, commission grants of services, and a co-op program that provided subsidized audio/video post-production. The studio also produced its own content, such as work derived from its Apparatus open source software tools program.

The studio was structured cooperatively, where artists with different skill and experience levels collaborated to produce work. Artists in the year long Production Fellowship formed the heart of the facility. In addition to their own self-directed projects, studio fellows formed a key part of the production team that collaborated with commissioned, resident and co-op artists to implement their ideas.

The studio offered two Commissions each year to artists working with new forms of socially based moving image work, community based social sculpture work, and environmentally based work. The grant provided a year's worth of technical direction, systems design, programming and media post production services to international artists creating exceptional work. Production fellows collaborated with commissioned artists to execute work, exchanging technical knowledge for artistic critique.

The Co-op program provided subsidized work for hire services to independent artists.

The studio also organized a number of public programs to situate their work in a broader theoretical context. The Focal Point lecture series brought in a variety of media artists to give studio critiques to Eyebeam residents, followed by a public screening/talk. Speakers included Gregory Crewdson, Tommy Pallotta, Pierre Huyghe, Paul Pfeiffer and Mike Figgis. The Panorama screening series shows new formal and conceptual trends in video art, followed by live performance work, co-organized with guest programmers. Work produced in the Studio’s various programs is presented publicly in a variety of ways, ranging from workshops and beta testing demonstrations to short exhibitions.