3rd 01SJ Biennial September 2010

A global festival of art on the edge

Bruce Charlesworth

Bruce Charlesworth (US)
b. 1950, Davenport, IA; lives Minneapolis, MN
Love Disorder, 2008

Bruce Charlesworth is an artist, writer and filmmaker. He began his career making short films, performance-based videos and photo-novellas, and is one of the pioneers of post-modern staged photography.

Charlesworth has also designed, directed and appeared in over twenty video and film projects, written numerous scripts and short fiction works and has directed a feature-length film, Private Enemy-Public Eye. His projects for live performance and theater have always involved the use of video, sound and other technology as a way to expand the boundaries of the stage and allow performers to interact with a larger world.

One of Charlesworth’s early innovations was to use video and audio to power narrative aspects of physically immersive environments. Over time, these hybrid works have become increasingly complex in their narrative, performance and architectural content. More recently he has utilized sensors, robotics and control software to contribute to an interactivity that is predominantly physical and psychological.

Charlesworth’s artwork has been widely published and exhibited at many major international museums, galleries and film festivals, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, the Musee National d’Art Moderne in Paris, the American Film Institute and the Tate Gallery in London. Multimedia environments have been commissioned by the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, the New Museum of Contemporary Art, San Francisco’s Capp Street Project (where he was the first artist-in-residence), the International Center of Photography and other institutions.

His work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Fundacao de Serraives in Oporto, Portugal, the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Houston Museum of Fine Arts and the Walker Art Center, among others. He has received many awards for his work, including fellowships and grants from the McKnight, Jerome, Bush and Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundations and the National Endowment for the Arts. Recently he was awarded a 2007 Fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.