Julia Meltzer and David Thorne


Julia Meltzer is an artist and director of Clockshop. Her work takes up subjects ranging from the bureacracy of secrecy to contemporary politics in the Middle East. She has taught at Hampshire College and UC Irvine. She received her BA from Brown University and her MFA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She is a recipient of grants from Art Matters, the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, the Rockefeller Media Arts Fellowship Fund. She was a Fulbright Fellow in Damascus, Syria in 2005–6 and is a Guggenheim Fellow in 2009-10.

David Thorne lives and works in Los Angeles. He is he recipient of a 2007 Art Matters grant and a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Biennial Award, and a 2004 recipient of a Rockefeller Media Arts Fellowship. He completed his MFA in Interdisciplinary Studio at the University of California, Los Angeles in 2004. In spring 2006 David was a visiting artist at The Cooper Union in New York City. He recently collaborated with Andrea Geyer, Sharon Hayes, Ashley Hunt, and Katya Sander on the project 9 Scripts from a Nation at War for documenta 12.

Selected exhibitions and screenings

'In possession of a picture,' Steve Turner Contemporary, Los Angeles
'Transmission Interrupted,' Modern Art Oxford
Light Industry, Brooklyn

'PhotoCairo 4,' Cairo
Moscow International Film Festival
Homeworks IV, Beirut
'Soft Manipulation,' Casino Luxembourg
Argos Center for Art and Media, Brussels
'The Greenroom: Reconsidering the Documentary in Contemporary Art,'
Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College
'Open Sky' Medienturm Kunstverein, Graz, Austria
Wallraf-Richartz Museum, Nam June Paik Award Nominee, Cologne, Germany
Wexner Center, Columbus, Ohio
Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
Electronic Media Arts Festival, Osnabrueck, Germany (Winner, Dialogue Award)
Ballroom Marfa, Marfa, Texas
Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley
Transmediale, Berlin, Germany (winner, Transmediale Award)

Redcat, Los Angeles
ArteEast Film Festival, New York
Gene Siskel Film Center, Chicago
Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe, Germany
Kunstlerhaus Stuttgart, Germany
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco
Oberhausen Short Film Festival, Germany
Impakt Festival, Utrecht, Holland
Images Festival, Toronto, Canada (winner, Best New International Video)
“System Error: War is a force that gives us meaning,” Palazzo de la Papesse, Siena, Italy

“Undercurrents,” Göteborgs Konstmuseum, Goteborg, Sweden
2006 California Biennial, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach
“Rumour as Media,” Akbank Sanat Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey
“The Look of Law,” University Gallery, University of California, Irvine
TBA Festival at Portland Institute of Contemporary Art
San Francisco Cinematheque
Aurora Picture Projects, San Antonio, Texas
San Francisco Cinematheque, Yerba Buena Arts Center
“A Secret Service,” Hayward Gallery touring exhibition, London
Whitechapel Gallery, London

Foundation for Art and Technology, Liverpool, UK
Australian Center for the Moving Image, Melbourne, Victoria
Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, CA
“Disinformation,” Apex Art, New York
“Enemy Image,” Momenta Art, Brooklyn, New York
Toronto International Film Festival
Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, Germany
“Public Record,” web-based exhibition project curated by UltraRed, 
Los Angeles

Rio de Janiero Short Film Festival
Art in General, New York, NY
Athens International Film Festival, Athens, Ohio
International Documentary Encounter, Bogotá, Colombia
Shadow Festival, Amsterdam
Toronto International Film Festival
Images Festival of Independent Film and Video, Toronto
San Francisco International Film Festival
Rotterdam International Film Festival, Netherlands
Transmediale, Berlin

Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, CA
Margaret Mead Film Festival, NYC
New York Video Festival, NYC
NYU Center for Media, Culture, and History, NYC

P.S. 122, NYC
The Project, Los Angeles, CA
Banff Center for the Arts, Banff, Alberta, Canada
P.S. 122, NYC

“take into the air my quiet breath,” Bidoun, Fall 2007
“Notes for a possible timeline,” Field Report, Journal of Cultural Politics, Spring 2007
“In Possession of a Picture: 24 incidents of videotaping by persons of interest at various sites of interest, referenced by still images from other sources,” Derive (Austria), October 2004.
“Addendum: as though there is nothing else on the drawing board,” Art Journal, Spring 2004.
“The Narrative of sdurn,” Cabinet, issue 12, Fall 2003.
1 in 32: The Culture of Secrecy,” Cabinet, issue 3, Summer 2001.

Filip, October 2008
“Time to speak,” Hannah Feldman, Frieze Magazine, October 2008
“In Times of Trouble,” Nancy Princenthal, Art in America, June/July 2008
“Openings, Julia Meltzer and David Thorne,&rdquo Alan Gilbert, Artforum, January, 2008.
“But will we live at all,” Naeem Mohaimen, Bidoun, Summer 2007.
“The Faces of this Place,” Christopher Knight, LA Times, October 7, 2006
“The Art of Forgetting; The Speculative Archive’s It’s not my memory of it,” John Menick, Parachute 119, Fall 2005
“Juxtaposed,” Holly Willis, LA Weekly, Best of LA Issue, October 28, 2005
“Art in Review; Russia Redux No. 1, Enemy Image,” Holland Cotter, New York Times, October 7, 2005
“The Art of Questioning,” Holly Willis, Res, July/August 2004.
“What Will Rise,” Carly Berwick, Film Comment, March/April 2004.
“Tape Heads: The New York Video Festival” (review), Claiborne Smith, The Independent, October 2003.

Grants and Awards
Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, 2008
Art Matters, 2007
Durfee Foundation, 2007
Rockefeller Technical Assistance Grant, 2006
Senior Fulbright Fellow, Damascus, Syria 2005–2006
Rockefeller Media Arts Fellowship, 2004
Puffin Foundation, 2004
Paul Robeson Fund for Independent Media, 2001