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Steve Cossman

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Steve Cossman, holds a B.A. in Sculpture and Painting from Albright College where he was introduced to cinema through the efforts of Berks Filmmakers. He participated in a film production program with a focus on traditional animation techniques at the Filmová a televizní fakulta Akademie Múzických Umění, F.A.M.U. (CZ) and has since been a guest artist / lecturer at Yale University, Dartmouth, School of Art Institute of Chicago, New York University, The New York School of Art and the University of Pennsylvania. In 2013, Cossman completed a residency at MoMA’s PS1 as part of Expo1 and at the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (Canada). His moving image work is part of the Len Lye Collection at the Govett-Brewster gallery (NZ), the special collections library at the University of Seattle, WA, the Hartford Art School and several private collections. His work on film TUSSLEMUSCLE earned him Kodak’s Excellence in Filmmaking Award and has been presented at numerous galleries, festivals, and institutions internationally.

In 2014 he was named one of the 100 most influential persons in Brooklyn Culture by Brooklyn Magazine. He is founder and director of MONO NO AWARE (est. 2007), the Brooklyn-based cinema arts non-profit through which he developed; an educational initiative for analog film-making, production and preservation, a monthly screening series ‘Connectivity Through Cinema’ presenting moving image art with the artist in person, and an annual exhibition, also titled MONO NO AWARE, which has become one of the premiere platforms for international artists working in expanded cinema, performance, installation, sculpture and hybrid forms of moving image work incorporating film or altered light projections. As a curator he has traveled with a touring program every year since 2010, most recently presenting ‘Early Signs of Decay’ (2013) in-person at CineCycle (Toronto, Canada), with +PLUS (Tokyo, Japan) and Los Angeles California. In 2012, he organized a 6-part retrospective for Estonian artist/animator Priit Parn in-person, marking Parn’s first visit to NYC since 1989 when presenting his films at MoMA. In 2013 he was asked by Anthology Film Archives to present a 2-night program of his experimental and abstract animation work on film and video as part of the Show & Tell series. In June 2014 he will present a series of analogue film making workshops throughout Texas and a retrospective for the animator Piotr Kamler planned for the fall.

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