Upon noticing that distant stars would disappear when looked at directly,
ancient astronomers discovered that the rods of peripheral vision
are actually more sensitive to movement and light
than the cones of central focus.

So, 
by gazing to the side of and beyond the star they wanted to see,
paradoxically, were able to perceive it more clearly.

These projects deploy a similar type of sideways and peripheral glimpsing
within a time oriented media praxis, committed to developing techniques
for stalking oneself through disorientation, as well as methods for
capturing and releasing those plasma like instances
which seem to dissolve and overwhelm when looked at directly;

such as,
a coincidental earthquake (THE THING IS ALL AROUND ITSELF),
the sound of an ancient bell (CENTER FOR CELLULAR ALIGNMENT),
the taste and texture of antimony (BALANCING THE STONE),
or the internal dimensions of a tornado (FLATLANDER),
the song of a santorini's sirens (TYMPANIC TETHER),
or a mysterious sculpture within an empty warehouse (LANGUAGES TO REFORM THE BODY),
a cinematic trap (A ROOM IN WHICH THE ONLY WALL  IS IN THE MIDDLE),
an Icelandic midge stuck in the eye (FLY IN THE EYE)
or a lava-flow overtaking the garden (THE VISCOUS SHAPE) and so on... 

 


write to: curtis.tamm@gmail.com


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

University of California at Berkeley
2008 - 2010
Film Studies BA

University of California Los Angeles
2012 - 2014
Design Media Arts MFA

                                                                                                                                                                                         

Awards and Grants

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Art and Technology Grant 2017
New Music USA 2017
Arts Council England, International Development Fund 2016
University of California Institute for Research in the Arts (UCIRA) Major Grant 2013
University of California Institute for Research in the Arts (UCIRA) Mini Grant 2012
William Nestrick Award UC Berkeley 2010
Roslyn Eisner Prize for Creative Excellence UC Berkeley 2010

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Residencies 

      Arcus Project, Moriya City, Ibaraki, Japan (2017)
 Skaftfell Center for Visual Art & GPL Walker Geology Center, Iceland (2016)
Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha, Nebraska (2016)
Titanik Gallery, Turku,  Finland (2016)
Santozeum, Santorini, Greece (2015)
Soma, Mexico City, Mexico (2014)

 

Select Performances/Exhibitions/Screenings (2014-2019)

spelling for the protection against oneself -- debut solo exhibition, curated by Ken Kondo. Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan (forth-coming, 2019)

Ripening: Seedlings -- sound design for Vanessa Walter's dance/theater piece. Triskelion Arts, Brooklyn, New York (2018)

The Infrathin Space Between Hearing and Listening -- lecture performance, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan (2017)

Center for Cellular Alignment -- audio/visual research into culture/catastrophe + residency/performance/exhibition, Arcus Project, Moriya City, Ibaraki, Japan (2017)

Material Mortality, The Destruction of Royal Gardens screening at Artists' Television Access (ATA), San Fransisco (2017)

Spectacular Reading, The Destruction of Royal Gardens screening at Dispersed Holdings, New York (2017)

Skaftfell Center for Visual Art with The George Walker Geology Center Breiddalsvik, Iceland ‘The Viscous Shape’, supported by Arts Council England (Sept. 2016 - Nov 2016)

Opera for Known and Unknowable Universerses -- multi-media performance with Travis Wyche and Maneesh Raj Madahar, Mengi Performing Arts Center, Rekjavik Iceland (2016)

From Byss to Abyss and Back Again -- multi-media performance with Omar Zubair & Maneesh Raj Madahar, BetaLevel, Los Angeles, CA (2016)

Balancing the Stone -- research oriented residency & exhibition,  Titanik Gallery, Turku,  Finland (2016)

Aesthetica Art Prize, St Mary’s, York (2016)

The Thing Is All Around Itself -- Live-cinema performance, EXteresa Arte Actual, Mexico City, Mexico (2014)

A Room In Which The Only Wall Is In The Middle -- MFA thesis exhibition, live cinema performance/installation. Experimental Digital Arts Center, Los Angeles, CA (2014)

Those Who At Close Range Resemble Flies -- performance/lecture with Hermione Spriggs. UCLA Art/Sci gallery, California Nano Systems Institute, Los Angeles, CA (2013)

Those Who From Afar Appear as Islands -- Lecture/performance hosted by the Lorquin Entomological Society at BIOQUIP Supply Warehouse (largest entomological supply store in the world), Collaboration with Hermione Spriggs, Los Angeles, CA (2013)

Coyote Anthropology -- Angle of Incidence (UCLA, DMA group show), Design Matters, Los Angeles, CA (2012)

Transmutating Into the 8th and the 9th -- performance/lecture w/ Maneesh Raj Madahar & Omar Zubair, University of Florida, Corpus/Bodies Conference, Gainesville, Florida (2012)

Capturing and Releasing the Vapor -- Pataphysical symposium presented by the "Multi-versity". Collaboration with Hermione Spriggs, Omar Zubair, Maneesh Raj Madahar, Mike Glover. BetaLevel, Los Angeles, CA (2012)

A Shapeless Spectacle -- multi-media performance. Collaboration with Maneesh Raj Madahar & Travis Wyche, Berkeley Art Museum, CA (2011)

Tomato Quintet v2.0 -- multi-media installation commissioned by zero1 & Swissnex. Collaboration with Greg Neimeyer and Chris Chaffe. San Jose Museum of Modern Art, San Jose, CA (2011)

Efflorescence of Duramater -- multi-media performance. Collaboration with Michael Campos-Quinn. Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, CA (2011)

.hour) or a fis... -- Eisner award film screening, Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, CA (2010)

Teaching
Teaching Assistant to Christian Moller -- UCLA Design | Media Arts, Video, 2014
 Teaching Assistant to Rebeca Mendez -- UCLA Design | Media Arts, Undergraduate Senior Projects, 2013
Teaching Assistant to Noa Kaplan -- UCLA Design | Media Arts, Color, 2013
Teaching Assistant to Peter Lunenfeld -- UCLA Design | Media Arts, Media Histories, 2013
 Instructor for Technological Possibilities for Alternative Cinemas, a UC Berkeley de-cal course sponsored by the Center for New Media, 2010