Torsten Zenas Burns
Burns was born in 1968 and received his B.F.A. from the School of Art & Design at Alfred University in 1990 and an M.F.A. in video and performance from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1993. He creates videotapes, photographs, and installations exploring fictions that include zombie and afterlife relationships, experimental space programs, fictional medical practices, physical and psychic slapstick.
Together, Burns and Martin have based their single channel videotapes and current sculptural works on their research into diverse speculative fictions and reimagined educational practices. Their tapes have shown at venues including The New York Video Festival, Pacific Film Archive, Madrid Museum of Contemporary Art, Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art, Champ Libre, MOOV 2002 Festival and the Paris/Berlin International. They have also exhibited extensively as solo artists. Burns has had work shown at the The Whitney Museum of American Art, The New York video festival, Jaraf: video, Impakt festival in the Netherlands,The European Media Arts Festival in Germany and at the Museum of Modern Art, NY.