Marina Zurkow

Marina Zurkow

Marina Zurkow was at ISIS Arts throughout June as part of the research residency programme 2009.

Marina Zurkow makes psychological narratives about humans and their relationship to animals, plants and the weather. These take the form of multi-channel videos, customized multi-screen computer pieces, animated cartoons, interactive mobile works, and pop objects.

Marina’s recent work focuses on climate change: A contemplation on catastrophe, it pictures ways in which we imagine nature within us, and nature without us. “It is my hope that through this work, a conversation can erupt between art, social and cultural studies, and science.”
The resulting work takes the form of allegorical animations, which share form with manga, eastern and western painting formats and tradition, and borrow from youtube, mainstream cartoons, and stock footage sites.

Friends and Enemies: Nature_2.0 is a wide reaching arts and science project, conceived with artist and animator Marina Zurkow during her research residency at ISIS Arts in 2009, that explores the human impact on the environment we live in and focuses on issues surrounding invasive species, biodiversity and consumption.

The multifaceted project encompasses Mesocosm Northumberland, a large-scale animated work, representing one year of real time compressed into a continuous 6 day cycle, inspired by and set on the moors of Northumberland. Eat thy Enemy, a travelling food cart peddling foreign cuisine with a local charge: American Grey Squirrel Samosas with Himalayan Balsam Chutney, Asian Knotweed Turnovers, and other street food whose main ingredients are considered to be aggressively invasive species in the UK.


The project will, innovatively but sensitively, seek to challenge the prejudices and preconceptions towards ‘foreign invasion’ using invasive and native species within nature to address wider issues around migration, identity and acceptance.


Marina Zurkow is represented by Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery in New York; since 2000, she has exhibited at The Sundance Film Festival, The Rotterdam Film Festival, Res Fest, Ars Electronica, Creative Time, The Kitchen, The Walker Art Center, the Brooklyn Museum, The National Museum for Women in the Arts, and Eyebeam, among other venues. Her videos have been broadcast on MTV, FujiTV and PBS. She is a 2005 NYFA Fellow, a 2003 Rockefeller New Media Fellow, and a 2001 Creative Capital grantee. She teaches at NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP), and lives in Brooklyn.For more information, see her website.

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