Simon Tarr


318 McMaster College University of South Carolina Department of Art Columbia, SC 29208


Assistant Professor of Art, University of South Carolina, 2006Film Expert, American Documentary Showcase, U.S. Dept. of State Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs, 2010Interim Head of Media Arts, University of South Carolina, Spring 2009 Conference Vice-President, University Film and Video Association, 2008Executive Board Member, University Film and Video Association, 2005-07 Trustee, University Film and Video Foundation, 2004Chair of the Board of Directors, Association of Independent Video and Filmmakers, 2004-06 Assistant Professor of Cinema and Photography, Ithaca College, 2001-06 Assistant Professor of Communications, Penn State, 1998-2001

Ohio University, Athens, OH— M.F.A., Film Production 1997 Penn State, University Park, PA— B.A., Film and Video, 1994

Selected Mediography
GIRI CHIT (14 minutes, DVD/HD, 2009)
GIRI CHIT tells an epic tale. A worker driving a mobile sweeper in hypnotic circles across an already immaculate surface. The high drama of cosplay aficionados clamoring to be seen. A cast of thousands toiling hundreds of feet above the street. Giri translates as ‘duty’ in Japanese, but the concept is in fact far more complicated. Giri is a sort of interpersonal political capital that informs careers, family relations, and much more. Its presence and flow is palpable in Japan, where this film was shot. A “giri chit” then may be a hypothetical voucher for this intangible flow (with a tip of the cap to Thomas Pynchon’s “Vineland”). Selected screenings include: “Best Experimental Film” at the DaVinci Film Festival, Athens International Film and Video Festival, Chicago Underground Film Festival, NewFilmmakers at Anthology Film Archives, Berlin Directors Lounge, Dallas Videofest, IndieGrits Film Festival.

TIA MAK (17 minutes, Live VJ Performance, 2007)

A live re-interpretation/adaptation of the classic documentary Nanook of the North (1922), that reconstructs the original public domain footage and then re-stages and re-mixes the images into a new context with each new public performance. Selected screenings include: World Premiere at Dallas Video Festival 20 Anniversary, International Digital Media Arts Association Conference, Coker College, Penn State, University of Iowa, IndieGrits Film Festival.

FUD (4 minutes, DVD/HD, 2006)

A return to anaglyphic technology to alter the audience’s view. Using two cameras joined together but shooting independently to explore the concept of FUD (fear, uncertainty and doubt). The term ‘FUD’ was coined in the 1990’s to refer to one of Microsoft’s P.R. strategies of domination over open source systems—simply suggest that the devil you know is better than one you don’t. Selected screenings include: Athens International Film and Video Festival, Dallas Video Festival, University Film and Video Association (UFVA) 2006. A live audio/visual performance and DJ/VJ collaboration with Art Jones, incorporating multiple video streams and music performed in real-time with multiple computers. The performance appropriates and remixes audio and visual elements from mainstream news, commercial, entertainment, and alternative media to critique how images validate and promote the idea of a benign 'new American empire." A special commission from the Occupied Spaces Research Initiative. DVD forthcoming. Performed at Occupied Spaces Research Symposium, Ithaca, NY. A sweeping technohistory of the human race from birth to obsolescence. Sacred geometry and ominous CGI intertwine with a retelling of the story of Noah to illuminate the illusion of authority and the nature of autonomy in the contemporary digital sphere. This hybrid DVD’s originating media spans hand-processed film to subcompact spy cameras to 3D animation, and invites the end user to explore multiple discourses between picture, 8 audio and 8 subtitle tracks. Selected screenings include: Angelika NewFilmmakers Series, Athens International Film and Video Festival, Dallas Video Festival, Honorable Mention at University Film and Video Association (UFVA) 2004.

Tet Vu Lan (75 minutes, Live Performance, 2005)

Rubicon (85 minutes, DVD, 2004)


facing an ancient megalith and its deadly shadow.” UFVA Conference.” at Society for Cinema and Media Studies conference. Sala Zero (Monterrey. DVD/16mm. DVD/16mm. Delving into the nature of anxious relationships between people and technology. MA. Panelist. DVD. Sarah Abbot. 2002 Panelist. 2 . Selected screenings include: Ann Arbor Film Festival.” UFVA Conference. Dallas Video Festival. (This issue of the Journal of Film and Video is the first DVD-based academic journal issue. April 2003 Guest Editor/DVD Author.” at the International Digital Media Arts Association annual conference. remastered with Dolby Digital audio and artist’s commentary. presented “Open Sources and Democratic Dreams: Intellectual Property and Copyleft Strategies for Independent Filmmakers. 2008. and memory. “Tales From the Southside: Service Learning in Production. this experimental comedy is the synthesis of simulacrum and Solar Max. and voice meet and fold back upon one another through this hypnotic night in the desert that explores the intersections of landscape. It features films by Pat O’Neill.” vol 54. NY. Athens Int’l Film and Video Fest. 2000. Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival. desire. Savannah. broadcast by Pacifica Radio Online). DVD. 2004 Panelist. 2010. “Guerrilla Filmmaking: Making Every Penny Count.” Public Policy. composed together with hand-painted 35mm film. Ann Arbor Film Festival. distributed by Microcinema International and Canyon Cinema. Cornell Environmental Film Festival.) Panelist. DVD/16mm. “Radical Experimentation and Catastrophic Change: The Pedagogy of Procedural Literacy. 1998) Selected Presentations & Publications Presentation. 2002. Mixing footage downloaded from satellite telescopes with tourist video from the Fremont Street Experience in Las Vegas. 2004. Maïa Carpenter. Democracy and Communications in the Digital Age (Charles Benton Forum. 2005. Dallas Video Festival. and David Gatten. “Meet the Makers: Animation in Film. Ann Arbor Film Festival Workshops. Athens Int’l Film and Video Festival. text.” UFVA Conference. 2000) The Cold Sun (8 minutes. Too Little: Media and Policy. no 1. 2002. Selected screenings include: Ann Arbor Film Festival. Selected screenings include: Black Maria Film Festival. New York Underground Film Fest.” Five Colleges Film Symposium. Phil Solomon. 2002 Guest Facilitator. 2000) Crescent Time (4 minutes. 2002) Extremely Bright Lights and the Sound of Explosions (3 min. Dallas Video Festival. Experimental Prize winner at Athens Int’l Film and Video Festival. Köln Film Festival. Monologue becomes dialogue as image. Ann Arbor FIlm Festival. 2003. DVD/16mm. Sundog Verga Matrix (4 minutes. Pennsylvania Governor’s School for Information Technology. a completely authored hybrid DVD-Video/DVD-ROM package. Amherst. SK). The images were traded over e-mail. Guest Professor. A live-action nomad wanders across a computer-animated. 2004) A DVD compilation of short films. 2001. post-apocalyptic desert. Athens Int’l Film and Video Festival. 2000) Burning Contour Matrix (3 minutes.n. Telluride Int’l Experimental Expo. Panelist. IFC Canada. Panelist. Selected screenings include: Award of Distinction at UFVA 1999. Journal of Film and Video: “Harvesting the Frame: Handcrafted Film at the Changing of the Centuries. Speaker. Selected screenings include: Award of Distinction at UFVA 2000.Simon Tarr Spy in the House of Ludd (43 minutes. Panelist. “Too Big. MX) A treatise on information overload and the all-encompassing anxiety bred by an omnipresent system of mass media. “Locations of Habit and Control: Building the Data-Driven Image in the Energy Monitor Project.” FilmColumbia Film Festival. Chatham. Los Angeles. this film centers on the entertainment spectacle of professional wrestling and draws eerie parallels to popular portrayals of warfare. Panelist. “Teaching and Learning. GA. Creative Vision Award at IndieKino Film Fest (Seoul.