Geoffrey Pugen (2010-10-02)

Geoffrey Pugen
Practice: Multimedia Artist
Date of Lecture: 2010-10-02

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The 2010-2011 Student Run Lecture Series is proud to present a lecture by Canadian multimedia artist Geoffrey Pugen. Working with and manipulating film, photography, and digital technologies, Pugen creates a tense dialogue between the real and the artificial, juxtaposing our perceptions of history, performance, documentation, and simulation. His most recent work, Bridge Kids, is a multi-format installation including CGI, found footage, photography, film, and video centred around the subject of ESP/parapsychology. In presenting a false history of Julia Denzig and connecting it to a research documentary of parapsychologist J.B. Rhine, Pugen examines the capacities of both technology and human nature to resurrect the imaginary in a real space.

Geoffrey Pugen is an MFA graduate in Film and Video from York University. He has completed programs in both Theatre Arts from the University of British Columbia and in Integrated Media from the Ontario College of Art And Design. His work has been supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, The Ontario Arts Council, The Toronto Arts Council, The National Film Board of Canada, and Bravo!FACT. He has exhibited his work at Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, World Wide Short Film Festival, Berlin Transmediale International Media Arts Festival, Poland 12th International Media Art Biennale WRO ’07, and England Moves ’08 Festival. He is a recipient of the K.M Hunter Award for Interdisciplinary Art.

Additional links: http://www.geoffreypugen.com/