Jeanne Liotta makes films, videos, and other ephemera including installed projections, works on paper, and photographic works. Her works encompass a constellation of mediums and interests often located at a lively intersection of art, science, and natural philosophy. OBSERVANDO EL CIELO (2007), her signature 16mm film of the night skies, was voted one of the top films of the decade by The Film Society of Lincoln Center, took the Tiger Award for Short Film at Rotterdam International Film Festival, and was listed in Artforum Top Ten Films of 2007. In 2011 Liotta was voted among the top filmmakers of the decade by Film Comment magazine, and in she 2012 received the Helen Hill award from the Orphans Film Symposium. In 2013 Anthology Film Archives held a retrospective of her work called THE REAL WORLD AT LAST BECOMES A MYTH. Her works are exhibited internationally, including The New York and Rotterdam Film Festivals, The 2006 Whitney Biennial, The 2013 Sharjah Biennial, The Centres George Pompidou, The Cinematheque Francais, The Arthouse/ Jones Center in Austin, The Exploratorium in San Francisco, The Wexner Center for the Art in Ohio, The Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, and the Cornell Astronomical Society amongst other venues. Liotta is presently Assistant Professor in Film Studies at The University of Colorado Boulder, as well as Film/Video faculty for the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College.
au•gust art festival project
Soon it would be too hot. Taking its title from the first line of JG Ballard’s climate-fiction novel The Drowned World (1962) which vividly describes a dystopic future Earth, SOON (2014, 7 min) by Jeanne Liotta utilizes original imagery and the most current Greenland and CO2 data visualizations to consider the ongoing state of melting Arctic sea ice due to the warming of air and oceans caused by our carbon emissions. This is a non-narrative media work visualizing the connection between human presence and the finite resources of planet Earth. We are as ephemeral as shadows but carbon emissions are eternal. SOON was commissioned for a unique science/art collaborative think tank for projection on NOAA’s Science on a Sphere, a 360 global platform for earth science education.