Saturday, June 9th @ 6pm > Dreamland Film Center > 821 E Market St
(Tony Balco solo program – artist bio)
Q&A following with media artist, programmer and educator Tony Balco
Death Throes #1
16mm color, 15min, 2010
A relentless effort to interrogate the banality of vacation photography,
Death Throes #1 is an animated trip through some of the most iconic landscapes of Northern California. Presented with live sound!
Death Throes #2, #3
16mm color, 7min, silent, 2011
Coming to terms with taking pictures of flowers and shit like that.
3 Men & A Baby Ghost
SDV, 9.5min, 2011
3 Men & A Baby Ghost launches an urban legend through The Rainbow, rupturing the barriers between us, the movies, and the spirit world. An ominous knock on Ted Danson’s door leads to a psychedelic trip through the astral plane. The truth behind myth is proven not to matter, belief is affirmed, and transcendence is unintelligible.
HDV, 16min, 2012
Emotional Sundiving considers the New Age as a path to total fulfillment. The sun’s rays are transmuted through the power of belief into the substances of life.
Tony Balko is an artist, educator and programmer from Smithton, Pennsylvania, USA. He works primarily in the moving image, dealing in psychedelia, flicker, landscape, fandom, general weirdness, and working-class values, among other things.
He is currently finishing his MFA in Film, Video, Animation and New Genres from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he also cofound/operated the monthly screening series Light Stroke. An advocate for public education, he has taught in a variety of public learning institutions, from Pittsburgh Filmmakers to the Lampangkanlayanee School in Lampang, Thailand.
His work has screened throughout the United States and internationally in museums, galleries and film festivals including the Museum of Modern Art (New York), Milwaukee Art Museum, Institute of Contemporary Art (Boston), 21C Museum (Louisville), Jefferson Presents… (Pittsburgh), Green Lantern Gallery (Chicago), New Nothing Cinema (San Francisco), Stereo Underground (Seoul, South Korea), the PDX film festival (Portland), and the FLEX film festival (Gainesville).